"Today we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to an unrelenting commitment to justice, fairness and equality. He was a leader who inspired us and believed that we could shape a better future for our children and our children's children.
"In New York, we are proud to be continuing his fight for justice. We know there is still much work to do, which is why I put forth our Justice Agenda to advance social, racial and economic justice — the causes that Dr. King lived for and died for. Through this Justice Agenda, we are leading the fight for education equity to ensure all of our students receive the resources and opportunities they need to succeed; we are spearheading historic criminal justice reform, including ending cash bail and passing speedy trial and discovery reform; and we are continuing Dr. King's fight for quality affordable housing for all.
"In these challenging times, New York must lead the way more than ever before. So on this day named after Dr. King, let us honor him, not just by recognizing his achievements in the fight for justice, but by doing the hard work he asked of us."