Mayor de Blasio spreads message of unity at Cooper Union following uptick of hate crimes in NYC

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NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at Cooper Union in an effort to continue spreading a message of unity Monday morning.

He addressed fears that a Trump administration will infringe on so-called "New York values" as an alarming number of hate crimes have been reported locally and nationally after the election.

The FBI reported that crimes against Muslims rose to their highest level since after the 9/11 attacks.

During Trump's bid, he called for a moratorium on Muslims entering the United States.

Meanwhile Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday he was putting together a state police task force to investigate hate crimes.

Since Donald Trump became President-elect, there has been a spike in Nazi vandalism in New York City.

There have been over a dozen incidents of swastikas scrawled in public places this year compared to just two this time last year.

Over the weekend, the words "Go Trump" were painted next to the hate symbols at a Brooklyn playground.

The mayor told PIX11, he's now devoting his attention to put New Yorkers at ease and spread the message of inclusion.

"They're worried and fearful," de Blasio said. "What's they've heard so they've organizing to fight for changes we want to see. It's inspiring."

Cuomo had a similar message.

"The separation is poison and it has to stop and it has to stop now and New York is going to lead the way in showing the way for positive growth," de Blasio said. "We remember what made this nation the greatest nation on Earth."

So far in 2016, hate crimes have spiked from last year, up 31 percent in New York City. Crimes targeting Muslims are up 108 percent, while crimes targeting Jews increased to 9 percent as of last week.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said over the weekend in an interview, he believes those disturbing numbers are due in part to the divisive election rhetoric.

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