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With Crystal Peoples-Stokes (Majority Leader, NY State Assembly) & Liz Krueger (Chair, NY State Senate Finance Committee).
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 07:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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CannaGather is the largest cannabis industry community in New York. Join us for a lecture style event with amazing speakers plus a great networking community. No cannabis consumption is allowed at our events. Additional details below. Free tickets for legislators & their staff as well as veterans & Drug War veterans.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Majority Leader, New York State Assembly

Assemblywoman, District 141

In December 2018 Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes was elevated to the position of Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly. Peoples-Stokes has served Buffalo's 141st Assembly District since 2003.

Peoples-Stokes was born & raised in Buffalo, New York. The daughter of a school teacher & a sanitation worker, Peoples-Stokes attended Buffalo Public Schools before earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education & Master's Degrees in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. Stokes also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Medaille College. She worked briefly as a school teacher before the Buffalo Urban League & Citizen Action of NY. Peoples-Stokes went on to serve on the Erie County Legislature from 1993 until 2002, being appointed as Majority Leader in 1998.

Peoples-Stokes has a reputation for being a strong advocate who puts people & principle before politics. She is a fearless fighter for diversity in our state & has been an integral part of ensuring that Minority & Women Owned Businesses have a fair chance in obtaining state contracts. In recognition of these efforts, an Assembly Subcommittee on MWBE was created & she was selected to serve as Chair in 2012. In 2015 she was appointed as Chair of the Assembly's Committee on Governmental Operations. This committee maintains oversight on ethics reform & FOIL requests, state police, homeland security, disaster & emergency preparedness, MWBE, crime victims, human rights, & military & naval affairs. In June 2017, she was voted by her colleagues to be Chair of the New York State Legislative Women's Caucus which is a bi-partisan & bi-cameral group.

Peoples-Stokes has championed a Diversity in Medicine initiative that has promoted entry into the medical field with academic & financial supports for promising students of color. Peoples-Stokes secured resources to start Buffalo's Teacher Diversity Pipeline which will help teachers' aides & assistants obtain the proper training & certification to teach in NYS. Peoples-Stokes also successfully passed a law to decriminalize possession & the expungement of minor marijuana convictions from New Yorkers' criminal records, a critical accomplishment along the path towards the state legalization of marijuana & the reinvestment of disenfranchised communities of color, a bill she has sponsored for the last six years.

Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes attributes her accomplishments to her deep & abiding faith & family. She is a member of True Bethel Baptist Church & St. Luke's AME Zion Church & currently resides in Buffalo, New York with her family.

Liz Krueger

Chair, New York State Senate Finance Committee

State Senator, 28th District

First elected to the New York State Senate in a Special Election in February 2002, Liz Krueger is currently the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee & a member of the Budget & Revenues, Housing, Construction & Community Development, & Rules Committees. Senator Krueger is a strong advocate for equal rights, tenant protection & affordable housing, improved access to health care including reproductive health, social services, & more equitable funding for public education, including higher education. She has made reforming & modernizing New York State's governmental & electoral processes & tax policy central goals of her legislative agenda. Senator Krueger received her Bachelor's degree in Social Policy & Human Development from Northwestern University & also holds a Master's degree from the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.
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