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Governor’s Message

Governor Cuomo

We must live up to the promise of the Lady in our Harbor and ensure that New York remains a land of opportunity for all. We created an Office for New Americans to assist the many newcomers eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York.

The Office will promote programs that encourage New Americans to participate in New York State civic and economic life, and will help legal permanent residents navigate the path to citizenship. It will also help them by encouraging entrepreneurship. Finally, it will take steps to protect New Americans as they transition to full participation in New York’s communities.

When new New Yorkers prosper, we all prosper. When they succeed, we all succeed. We are not afraid of immigrants in New York – because we are immigrants, and children of immigrants, and we know how much they contribute to the State.

-  Governor Andrew Cuomo