In 2009, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes joined Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly at One Police Plaza to announce an arrest in the bias attack and death of Ecuadorian Immigrant Jose Sucuzhañay, who was beaten to death on a Bushwick Street in 2008. Witnesses said the attackers screamed anti-gay and anti-immigrant slurs. Both attackers were convicted in the killing, but only one was found guilty on a hate-crimes charge.

Behind Brooklyn's High Hate-Crime Numbers

A large population, demographic diversity and prosecutors' commitment to punishing bias are factors. Some believe too much crime—and others too little—falls into the category of “hate."

Gov. Cuomo's budget briefing made the case for full-fledged casinos in the Empire State, in part by suggesting that the line between casino gambling and other forms of gambling already legal in New York is an artificial one.

Odds Could Be Against Casino Opponents

In the looming debate over full-scale casino gambling in New York, it will likely be harder for foes to document the proposal's potential costs than for pro-casino advocates to predict benefits.