ALBANY – NYGOP Chair Ed Cox released the following statement in response to reports that Kathy Hochul will sign a bill establishing a commission to study reparations:
“Governor Hochul’s decision to endorse this divisive and unproductive reparations study is misguided. Instead of focusing on the issues that truly matter to New Yorkers, like our ongoing immigration crisis, crime, and the exodus of residents from our state, she’s chosen to reopen old wounds and stoke racial tensions for political gain.
“This commission is a taxpayer-funded exercise in futility that will only generate more division and resentment. It’s a slap in the face to all New Yorkers, regardless of their race, who are demanding solutions to real problems, not imagined ones.
“Governor Hochul and Albany Democrats have demonstrated yet again that they are more interested in playing identity politics than addressing the real challenges facing our state.”