Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Today, as we gather with friends and family to enjoy the last days of summer, we pay tribute to the American workforce.

The Labor Day holiday celebrates the social and economic achievements of our working men and women and has its roots right here in New York.

The nation’s first Labor Day was celebrated in New York State in 1882, and throughout the generations since our state has led the nation in supporting the labor community and workers’ rights. The progress achieved by organized labor, as well as its leadership in creating jobs and rebuilding the state’s infrastructure, has benefited all New Yorkers.

Today, we celebrate that history and we offer gratitude to our brothers and sisters in the labor community for their hard work in building the Empire State.

Thank you,