NYC hires hate crime chief, worked at Anti-Defamation League for 18 years

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NEW YORK CITY (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he hired Deborah Lauter as the new Executive Director of the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) on Tuesday.

The announcement officially launches the city's new organization months ahead of the official deadline.Lauter worked at the Anti-Defamation League for 18 years and was formally introduced as the first executive director of the newly established office.

The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes will work with coordinating city agencies in order to respond to hate crimes as well as develop community-based strategies that would prevent them in the first place.Some City Council members have been critical about the amount of time it has taken for the de Blasio administration to open the office amid the recent uptick in hate crime investigations.Like 1010 WINS on Facebook and follow @1010WINS on Twitter to get breaking news, traffic, and weather for New York City.