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Six Appointed to NY’s AAPI Commission

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced six appointments to the AAPI Commission in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Governor Hochul also issued a proclamation declaring May AAPI Heritage Month in New York

Newly appointed members of the AAPI Commission are:

  • Andrew Sta. Ana, Deputy Director of Research & Policy, Asian American Federation 
  • Gaurav Vasisht, Executive Director & CEO, New York State Insurance Fund  
  • Kyung Yoon, President, Korean American Community Foundation 
  • Peter Tu, Executive Director, Flushing Chinese Business Association 
  • Tai Shaw, Chair, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Syracuse Chapter  
  • Tim Law, Founder, Chinese American Social Services Center

“New York is home to more than 1.8 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – a true testament to the diversity of our great state,” Governor Hochul said. “Our vibrant AAPI community is a point of pride and our goal in celebrating this beautiful heritage is to ensure every New Yorker feels safe, supported and valued.”

Formed by legislation in November 2023, the AAPI Commission is tasked with advising on policies and coordinating programs to bolster the welfare of New York’s AAPI community. Governor Hochul has been proactive in supporting the AAPI community, highlighted by her approval of legislation making Lunar New Year and Diwali public school holidays. Under her leadership, the state made historic investments last year, allocating $30 million to empower community organizations to fight hate and enhance wellbeing. This year’s state budget includes an additional $30 million for these crucial initiatives and an extra $35 million to enhance security for organizations particularly vulnerable to hate crimes and vandalism.

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