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Comptroller to audit NY hate crimes reporting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York comptroller's office is auditing hate crime reporting statewide after a legislator earlier this year cited an apparent spike in incidents.
Auditors will examine the state Division of Criminal Justice Services handling of annual reports culled from police data. The report last month showed 720 hate crimes statewide in 2012, up almost 30 percent. Most of the increase was in New York City and Suffolk County, which made changes in their reporting.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there's a need to ensure police report the incidents correctly and are trained to handle hate crimes appropriately.
The audit was by requested state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat. In August, he cited incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the city and increases in anti-Semitic incidents statewide.