Cuomo signs order making Juneteenth a holiday for state employees

New York's governor has signed an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 12:45 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2020 12:53 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's governor has signed an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees.

Juneteenth is observed on June 19 and commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will propose legislation next year to make it a permanent state holiday.

Cuomo called it “a day we should all reflect upon” and “a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history.”

Texas was the first state to make Juneteenth a state holiday, in 1980.

Cuomo also discussed the decline in coronavirus hospitalizations during his briefing, crediting the commitment of New Yorkers to following guidelines to stop the spread. He said most other states are seeing an increase in cases as they continue reopening.

According to the state, less than 1% of COVID-19 tests conducted on June 16 came back positive.

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