AAPI Coalition announces $20M in new state funding

April 29, 2022

Originally published in AM New York/The Villager on April 29, 2022.

Members of the AAPI community and elected officials celebrated Thursday after receiving a $20 million investment to combat anti-Asian hate while also going to fund supportive services.

Senator John Liu, AssemblyMember Yuh-line Niou, Senator Brian Kavanagh, and AssemblyMember Zohran Mamdani joined outside 1 Centre Street to begin AAPI heritage month with what the group is touting as a big victory thanks to the $20 million allocation.

“We all know that these last couple of years have been terrible, terrible for the pandemic, but also as members of the AAPI community. It’s been terrible because of the hate and bigotry that we have seen, a level to which we have never seen before and the pandemic really brought out some of the most difficult challenges and ordeals faced by many in our community,” Senator Liu said.