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CNY Vision: Q&A With Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

By Staff



July 22, 2015, Carl Heastie was presented with an award for being the first African American Speaker from the William H. Johnson Bar Association, the SUNY EOC Association of Directors in conjunction with the CNY Network and the Latino Professional Network. Photo L to R: Henry Hayes Melchor, Tin Penx, Assemblyman Carl Heastie, Lanessa Nes Owens, Joseph Bryant and Lisa L. McKay. Photo by LaVergne Harden

CNY Vision President and Publisher Dave McCleary sat down with New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in Syracuse, July 22, during his recent tour of Central New York. Heastie decided to tour the region in order to familiarize himself with upstate, both geographically and politically, following the end of the 2015 legislative session.

Vision spoke with Heastie regarding whether or not he feels he has an obligation to the minority community, the state’s expected increase in minimum wage, issues the legislature may have missed, and what his plans are going forward.

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