NY Commissioner to Visit Vandalized Gay Center

The New York state human rights commissioner will appear Friday at a Long Island gay and lesbian youth center where vandalism occurred.

Commissioner Galen D. Kirkland will meet with representatives of the center in Bay Shore to discuss ways to counter violence.

Chief Executive Officer David Kilmnick says the damage included a broken door, smashed van windows and slashed tires.

The damage, which was discovered Monday, is being investigated as a hate crime by Suffolk County police.

Gov. David Paterson has issued a statement condemning "acts of hatred and violence." He says law enforcers are working hard "to bring the perpetrators to justice."

The hamlet of Bay Shore is 43 miles east of New York City.

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