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NY lawmakers push for slavery reparations commission

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New York State legislators are pressing Governor Kathy Hochul to approve a bill that would create a commission to evaluate reparations for slavery, aiming for her endorsement before year-end.

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Sen. James Sanders (D-10th Senate District) underscored the disparity in the realization of the American dream for African Americans compared to other populations and voiced his belief that the bill could inch the state closer to equal opportunities. Assembly Member Michaelle Solages (D-Assembly District 22) sees the proposed commission as a starting point to discuss remedies for Black communities that have endured systemic racism.

According to the bill’s provisions, once established, the commission should convene within six months and produce a report within a year of their initial meeting.