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Mayor Adams announces June 16 as an official holiday in New York

June 16 — a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States — is now an official holiday in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday.

“As the second black mayor of New York City, I know I stand on the shoulders of countless heroes and Sheroes who risk their lives to achieve a more perfect union,” he said in a statement. “Now is the time for me to make a small contribution and acknowledge one of our nation’s greatest wrongs.”

Paid leave will be enacted through the enactment of a personnel ordinance by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services that will apply to all city workers and an amendment to the collective bargaining agreement by City Hall’s Office of Industrial Relations and city workers’ unions, according to a mayor, according to a spokesman.

According to the City Hall representative, the holiday is expected to cost the city government $150 million a year.

The move comes after Congress passed legislation last year designating June 19, which falls on June 19, as a federal holiday. A day later, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that June 16 would be an official holiday in the Empire State.

After the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer of 2020 brought renewed focus to the historic oppression of black Americans, private businesses also began observing June 16, with some describing it as a paid company holiday.

Protesters participated in a June 16 march and rally near Central Park on Friday, June 19, 2020 in NYC.
Protesters participated in a June 16 march and rally near Central Park on Friday, June 19, 2020 in NYC.
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The move comes after Congress passed legislation last year designating June 19, which falls on June 19, as a federal holiday.
The move comes after Congress passed legislation last year designating June 19, which falls on June 19, as a federal holiday.

Last year, a series of parades across the country commemorated the end of slavery, including the unveiling of a statue of George Floyd in Brooklyn and New York landmarks lit up in red, black and green.

June 16, one of America’s oldest holidays, marks the official end of slavery in the United States on the date in 1865, when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform the last remaining Confederate sympathizers that they were breaking the law lost in the Civil War, so all slaves must be freed.

“The people of Texas are informed that pursuant to a proclamation of the United States Executive Branch, all slaves are free,” union general Gordon Granger read to residents of Galveston, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

In June 2021, June 12 became the 12th federal holiday and the first new one to be created since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.
In June 2021, June 12 became the 12th federal holiday and the first new one to be created since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.
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“June is a time for reflection, evaluation and self-improvement. People of all races, nationalities and religions across the country come together on this day to truly recognize the taint of slavery and celebrate the myriad contributions of Black Americans,” the mayor said in Monday morning’s news release. “It’s about time our city finally did the right thing and officially declared June 16 a city holiday.”

“This decision is long overdue, which is why it will come into force later this year,” he added. “Holding a mirror up to our nation’s past atrocities is never easy, but it is necessary.”

In June 2021, June 12 became the 12th federal holiday and the first new one to be created since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

People take part in a march in Brooklyn for both Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the 155th anniversary of June 19 on June 19, 2020 in New York City.
People take part in a march in Brooklyn for both Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the 155th anniversary of June 19 on June 19, 2020 in New York City.
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In the final days of his successful 2021 Democratic mayoral election, Adams ripped up rival contenders Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia for their joint campaign in the June 19 ranking election, claiming to be allied on June 19 against a black candidate who had “the wrong message” sent.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/11/mayor-adams-announces-juneteenth-now-an-official-nyc-holiday/ Mayor Adams announces June 16 as an official holiday in New York

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