Legislator urges Nassau to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for county workers

The Town of Hempstead has already enacted legislation that makes Juneteenth a paid holiday. Other Nassau towns have done the same for town employees. However, Nassau County has not.

News 12 Staff

Jun 15, 2022, 4:30 PM

Updated 675 days ago

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There are growing calls to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for Nassau County workers.
The Town of Hempstead has already enacted legislation that makes Juneteenth a paid holiday. Other Nassau towns have done the same for town employees. However, Nassau County has not.
Legislator Siela Bynoe is urging Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and her colleagues to follow suit by supporting her proposal to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for Nassau County employees.
“It's important because it's an opportunity for people to celebrate the holiday, be able to reflect and also recommit to the ideals of human dignity and equality, and we want the country to acknowledge that and celebrate it in a significant way in Nassau County," says Bynoe.
Yvette Gaynor works as a supervisor for the Nassau County Department of Social Services and says Juneteenth is a moment in U.S. history that should not go unnoticed.
"It's not about getting a day off, it's about the recognition of what has happened," Gaynor says
A spokesman for Nassau County tells News 12 that, "Days off are subject to collective bargaining with the county's union and that has not yet happened."
On Suffolk's holiday calendar, Juneteenth is listed as a holiday for county employees.


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