State Sen. Cordell Cleare Brings Harlem to Albany For The 53rd Annual NYSABPRHA Caucus Conference

February 17, 2024

New York State Senator Cordell Cleare hosted a number of community-focused workshops and a press conference focused on the African migrants in New York, at the annual Caucus Weekend.

Sen. Cleare’s programming focused on a number of topics, including the proliferation of ghost guns in the age of artificial intelligence technology, the importance of supporting minority and women-owned businesses, domestic violence, children with disabilities, mental health in the Black community, and a focus on her robust affordable housing agenda.

The annual conference brings crowds from all over the state, and the Senator made sure that programs sponsored by her colleagues in the Senate and Assembly are well-represented.

Their workshops will cover Black wealth creation, the right to legal counsel, and the importance of community schools. 

For the first time, Senator Cleare hosted a press conference in the legislative office building. The purpose of this event is to discuss the unique challenges faced by African migrants arriving in New York, particularly in her 30th Senatorial District in Harlem.

At least two buses of African migrants traveled to Albany for the workshops, including one hosted by the Senator, entitled “The Hidden Crisis: African Migrants in New York.” The migrants and asylum-seekers are coming from select West African nations, such as Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, and Senegal. 

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“Recently, the Village of Harlem in the City of New York has seen a tremendous influx of migrants from West African countries,” said Senator Cordell Cleare. “We have hundreds of new New Yorkers, many from the African continent, whose everyday needs we are attending to. The neighborhood is the chosen destination because of the significant number of West Africans already living in the area, along with “Recently, the Village of Harlem tradition of Black history and culture. As my office, our community partners, and our generous neighbors ensure that we assist them on several levels, there is a need for baseline funding from the state and federal government. Our continued advocacy is to make sure service providers can maintain their work, and as the migrants try to establish residency, they are able to grow, thrive and contribute to their new communities in a safe, healthy, and sustainable manner.”

Photo credit: State Sen. Cordell Cleare.

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