NY lawmakers hold annual Black and Puerto Rican conference

Carl Heastie
In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, newly-elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, waves to the Assembly after his election at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators is hosting its annual conference in Albany, an event that brings leaders from around the state together for three days of seminars, receptions and networking.

The association’s mission is to focus attention on issues facing minorities throughout the state, including economic challenges, inner city education, workforce training and civil rights. The conference has also become a key social event on the legislative calendar.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered Sunday evening at Empire State Plaza by political analyst Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore’s 2000 Whitehouse campaign and is currently the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

This is the 45th year of the event.

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