An executive order signed on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make Juneteenth, this Friday, a holiday for state workers.
Juneteenth commemorates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas and has come to be a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Cuomo plans to advance legislation that would make Juneteenth a public holiday in New York.
Currently a day of commemoration in New York since 2004, state lawmakers in recent days have introduced bills that would recognize Juneteenth as a public holiday on par with Dr. Martin Luther Jr.'s birthday.
The push to make Juneteenth a public holiday at both state and federal level is coming amid a societal reckoning surrounding police brutality and racial inequality against people of color in the United States.