Agudath Israel of America issued the following statement in reaction to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier today:

Governor Cuomo’s address was crowded with numerous policy proposals, many of which are worthy of broad bipartisan support. Agudath Israel looks forward to working together with the Governor’s office to help advance initiatives that will be of great benefit to the community.

Perhaps the high moment of the Governor’s address was when he spoke about the horrifying allegations of anti-Semitic harassment directed at students in the Pine Bush Central School District. We commend his proposal that such incidents be reported to state authorities. We also commend the emotional passion he displayed when condemning anti-Semitism. Clearly, Governor Cuomo was speaking from the depths of his heart when he articulated his zero-tolerance policy for such incidents. For that we are deeply grateful.