Mayor Eric Adams announces Juneteenth now an official NYC holiday

Juneteenth — a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States — is now an official New York City holiday, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday.

“As the second Black mayor of New York City, I know that I stand on the shoulders of countless heroes and sheroes who put their lives on the line to secure a more perfect union,” he said in a statement. “Now is the time for me to do a small part and recognize one of our nation’s greatest wrongs.”

The paid holiday is being enacted via the issuance of a Department of Citywide Administrative Services personnel order that will apply to

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