July 12, 2019
Albany, NY

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Statement From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


"I am beyond heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of Héctor Figueroa - a towering figure in politics and a hero of the labor community who did untold good for the working people of this state and this nation.


"Héctor was a champion for working people, minorities, the poor, the voiceless.


"Together with Héctor, we enacted New York's nation-leading $15 minimum wage - first for fast food workers and then for all workers - and the historic $19 minimum wage for airport workers just last year. Héctor fought for and won fairer contracts for his 163,000 members, ensuring working women and men have the protections they need at a time when hard-earned labor rights are under attack on the national level. Héctor was an indefatigable force in our fight against Trump's un-American assault on immigrant communities and a fierce defender of Puerto Rico.


"On behalf of the entire New York family, I extend my deepest sympathies to Héctor's wife Deirdre and his two children Eric and Elena, and his extended family at 32BJ. 


"Sí, se puede my friend."

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