Saying campaign rhetoric has left him “soul sick,” Gov. Cuomo on Sunday called for an end to the divisiveness after the presidential election and announced the creation of a police unit to counter the “explosion” of hate crimes since the vote.
“I come to you this morning with a heavy heart,” Cuomo told worshipers gathered inside the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
“The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day, in many ways it has gotten worse, into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” he said.
The spike in hate crimes in New York and across the nation “goes beyond politics, it questions our American character — who we are and what we believe,” he said.
“The answers by some, makes me soul sick for the America that I know and I love,” he added.
Cuomo cited how black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania found messages on their phones, including images of lynchings and racial slurs.