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New York's reparations commission to be announced soon

Feb 20, 2024 12:21 pm

Kate Lisa reports for New York State of Politics that Gov. Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Couisins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will each appoint three members to the state Community Commission on Reparations Remedies by the end of the month. Assemblyperson Michaelle Solages said, "Black communities are at a disadvantage.... We are a victim of systematic racism and we need to break those systems down and then give us restorative justice or whatever that looks like. We demand that now." The commission has to start its 18-month work by the end of June. The group will study the cost of reparations and how to close the income inequality gap for Black people stemming from slavery. In New York, slavery remained legal until 1827, and the state continued to insure slave owners in other states for generations. Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams said the commission should look at more than just payouts. Williams said, "I need these towns to open the books and see specifically how they prohibited mortgages of Black people.... I need to see how corporations colluded with insurance companies." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.