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Cuomo Proposes Making Juneteenth A State Holiday

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Governor Andrew Cuomo holds his daily press briefing on Tuesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says this Friday, June 19, known as Juneteenth in honor of the end of slavery in the U.S., will be a holiday for state workers. And he says he’ll work to make it a statewide holiday for 2021.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865, when slaves in Texas were finally freed, the last state in the nation that had not complied with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Cuomo says it’s even more important to honor the day in the era of worldwide protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.  

“It is a day that we should all reflect upon,” Cuomo said. “It’s a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history.”  

The governor signed an executive order giving state workers this Friday off, and he will propose a bill to make the date a statewide holiday next year.

The legislature is expected to approve the measure.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.
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