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Monday, May 3, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces Virtual Town Hall and Series of Listening Sessions for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that, in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, New York State will host a virtual town hall and a weeklong series of listening sessions with state agencies to discuss issues impacting the AAPI community. 

New York State agencies will also launch a multi-agency social media campaign throughout the month of May to celebrate and spread awareness about Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with #NYSCelebratesAAPI.

"Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers have made tremendous contributions to this state and a part of the mosaic that make up the family of New York,"Governor Cuomo said."After all of the unwarranted and disgraceful hate and violence directed towards this community over the past year, we want to make clear that we stand united with our friends and neighbors and have zero tolerance for those who seek to divide and harm our fellow New Yorkers." 

A virtual town hall will be hosted by the Division of Human Rights on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 PM featuring a discussion led by Interim Commissioner Johnathan J. Smith, MTA Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng, New York State Liquor Authority Commissioner Lily Fan, New York Power Authority President & CEO Gil Quiniones.

The town hall will also feature: 

  • Department of Civil Service 
  • Department of Financial Services  
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Health  
  • Department of State, Office for New Americans 
  • Office for People with Developmental Disabilities  
  • Office for the Aging  
  • Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence 
  • Office of Mental Health 
  • Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Bureau of Refugee Services 
  • Office of Victim Services
  • New York State Police

Registration for this virtual town hall is open here:  

New York Power Authority President & CEO Gil Quiniones said, "As a proud Filipino-American, I know full well that Asian-American & Pacific Islanders have brought their skills, their passions, their imaginations, their beliefs, and their creativity to this country. We see their innumerable contributions all around us, as they advance our technology, science and engineering and expand our literature, music and art.  As a result, this nation and its culture are enriched."

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