Speaker Heastie Statement

George Floyd’s murder a year ago today was a personal tragedy for his family and friends who continue to grieve his loss. The protests that were held across the country and the world in the weeks and months following his death spurred action. We saw legislation taken up to reform policing and his death forever changed our country. Here in New York, we passed several historic police reforms in the wake of this terrible tragedy, and as speaker of the New York State Assembly I will continue to work on solutions to help heal our communities. Today, we remember George Floyd and pray for his daughter and family and friends as they mourn, and we recommit to bring desperately needed change and reform to our criminal justice system.