Schools and government organizations in New York state are being prohibited from displaying or selling the Confederate flag and other "symbols of hate."

Governor Kathy Hochul signed the legislation containing the ban on Tuesday.

Hochul said the "recent and disgusting rise in racist, homophobic, and hateful behavior will never be tolerated in New York."

According to the governor's office, the legislation was introduced after incidents on Long Island last year. In one case, a Confederate flag was displayed on a firetruck during a parad. In the other, a fire department displayed such a flag in a window.

The new measure extends an existing New York state law that banned symbols of hate on state property.

The prohibition includes "symbols of White supremacy, neo-Nazi ideology, or the Confederate battle flag."

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