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On Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address


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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York City  (Wednesday, January 4, 2012)

On Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Following is a statement from Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

“Although Governor Cuomo’s delivered speech today only briefly touched upon immigration, it is important to bring attention to the Governor’s plan in its entirety as outlined in the press release that was sent out today.

“We are encouraged that in the Governor’s “New York Vision for a Progressive Future,” he plans to create an Office for New Americans, to provide citizenship, job training, adult literacy services, and other services. If done well, this new office could bring immigrants more effectively into the overall NYS plan to revitalize the economy and help our state capitalize on the human resource potential of immigrants throughout New York. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature on this and other ideas for positive change, such as increase in the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, equal access to financial aid for all immigrant students (NYS DREAM legislation), and support for K-12 and SUNY systems."

The Governor’s press release states:

Create an Office for New Americans: To ensure that New York remains a land of opportunity for all, Governor Cuomo announced that his administration will create an Office of New Americans to assist legal permanent residents who come to New York State. The office will provide a variety of services, including helping those with high-skills training and experience obtain the licenses and credentials they need to earn their way; helping those with limited formal education receive access to adult education and job training; and helping new legal permanent residents navigate the path to citizenship. It will also encourage entrepreneurship and take steps to protect new Americans as they transition to full participation in New York’s communities.



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