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QUEENS, NY- Governor Kathy Hochul signed Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar’s bill A3301, creating the first-ever New York State Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission. This historic commission aims to bridge the gap between the Asian American community and the State government, addressing unique challenges, including a significant increase in hate crimes. New York now joins 12 other states and the White House with similar commissions, reflecting the growing demand to address racism against Asian Americans.
Assemblywoman Rajkumar gathered strong support for the legislation, passing it unanimously with 40 co-sponsors, including every Asian American legislator. She also secured funding for the Commission in the state budget. The Commission will consist of 13 members appointed by the Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly, chaired by New York’s Secretary of State. Its responsibilities include promoting the Asian American community’s safety, health, economic stability, and education, as well as launching public education campaigns on Asian American issues and culture.
Assemblywoman Rajkumar, the first South Asian-American woman elected to New York State Office, is dedicated to empowering the Asian American community and increasing their representation in various fields. Her efforts have led to significant achievements, such as establishing Diwali as a New York City public school holiday after over two decades of advocacy by the South Asian community.