Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Above all else, Dr. King’s crusade was about justice – racial justice, economic justice, social justice. He was fighting for the very soul of our democracy, which was not living up to its promise of equality for all. The truth is that crusade for justice is not over; instead it is an ongoing struggle, and there is much more that we have yet to accomplish.
“Today we are fighting to continue that legacy and create a better future for our children. From raising the minimum wage and offering paid family leave, to proposing the nation’s most comprehensive package of criminal justice and re-entry reforms, we are showing the country that there is more we must do, and in New York we will lead the way. So today I join with all New Yorkers in honoring the tremendous impact of Dr. King, and in rededicating ourselves to the dream that he left behind. Together, we can and we will continue his march toward a more just and brighter future for all.”
Gillibrand Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“This holiday gives us a chance to look back and celebrate Dr. King’s incredible life, and then look ahead, to map out where we are heading as a nation. We can tackle inequality. We can reduce gun violence. We can make our families more stable and more cohesive, and to do it, we need new policies that actually reflect the world we live in today.
“We need equal pay for equal work, so a single mom can take care of her kid just as well as a single dad. We need day care that doesn’t bankrupt a family. We need to finally make gun trafficking a federal crime, so that guns from states with lax gun laws stop flowing into New York. And we need paid leave in this country, because eventually all of us are going to have moments when we need to miss work to take care of our families – or we need them to take care of us. We need new policies that actually reflect the way things are in this country in the year 2016.
“In the spirit of Dr. King, in the year ahead, let’s raise our voice and speak out about the issues that matter to us. If we do that, we can change the world.”