January 16, 2017
Albany, NY

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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“Today, we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., celebrate his life, and reflect on his unrelenting commitment to justice for all. As a result of Dr. King’s leadership, we have achieved much progress in creating a fairer, more just state and nation. Yet there is still much more work to be done. Now more than ever, it is incumbent upon us to continue Dr. King’s crusade for equal rights.

"We still have a judicial system that is supposed to be blind, but that all too often finds the scales of justice tipped by resources or race. Together, we must take concrete steps to repair our broken criminal justice system and ensure we are all treated equally under the law.

"As part of our ‘New York Promise’ agenda, I will be advancing a comprehensive reform package to fix New York’s bail system, ensure a speedy trial, protect the integrity of investigations and raise the age of criminal responsibility.

"In the words of Dr. King, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ and we must do everything in our power to remedy injustice here in New York and lead the nation forward toward a brighter, stronger, more united future.”

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