New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new bill into law that bans selling or buying “hate symbols,” which includes swastikas and the Confederate flag on state property, and also prevents such symbols from being displayed on state property.
The law goes into effect immediately.
“This country faces a pervasive, growing attitude of intolerance and hate — what I have referred to in the body politic as an American cancer,” Cuomo said in a bill-signing memo.
“By limiting the display and sale of the confederate flag, Nazi swastika and other symbols of hatred from being displayed or sold on state property, including the state fairgrounds, this will help safeguard New Yorkers from the fear-installing effects of these abhorrent symbols,” he said.
He continued: “While I fully support the spirit of this legislation, certain technical changes are necessary to balance the State’s interests in preventing the use of hate symbols on state land with free speech protections embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
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The governor’s office has promised that it will have a legal team will review the bill to see if any amendments are needed.
“There’s going to be a chapter amendment that limits the prohibitions at the state fair, to ensure that we are respecting the protections that the Supreme Court has recognized for individuals and vendors at state fairs to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Maya Moskowitz, the press secretary for bill sponsor Sen. Biaggi.
Cuomo won the 2010 New York gubernatorial election to become Governor of New York and has been reelected twice after winning primaries against liberal challengers Zephyr Teachout and Cynthia Nixon.
During his governorship, Cuomo oversaw the passage of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, introducing same-sex marriage in New York, and the 2014 Compassionate Care Act, legalizing medical marijuana.
In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 2012 Webster shooting, Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act of 2013, the strictest gun control law in the United States. He co-founded the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to fighting climate change by following the terms of the Paris Climate Accords.
He also delivered Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a 2011 tax code that raised taxes for the wealthy and lowered taxes for the middle class, along with 12-week paid family leave along with a gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $15.
Cuomo took center stage in the c0vid crisis, hosting regular news briefings about the situation in the city. For his press briefings, Cuomo has received an International Emmy award.
The daily briefings began on March 2nd and ended on June 19th. They typically featured PowerPoint presentations and other images to illustrate what was happening. According to the Academy, about 60 million people tuned into Cuomo’s briefings, through TV networks and social media platforms.