Cuomo Proposes Making Juneteenth A New York Holiday

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ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Andrew Cuomo says this Friday, June 19th, 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.

Governor Cuomo at his daily briefing June 17, 2020 CREDIT GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICE

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.