Governor declares Juneteenth (June 19) a holiday for all State employees

June 18, 2020 - 10:37am
Dear SUNY Oswego employees, 

Yesterday we learned that the Governor issued an Executive Order declaring the observance of Juneteenth a holiday for all state employees. Effective immediately, this Friday, June 19, 2020 will be recognized as a paid holiday.

If you are not required to work, you shall be entitled to leave at full pay without charge to existing accruals. If you are required to work, you shall receive one day of compensatory time.

From the Governor’s order: “…the observance of Juneteenth honors the history, perseverance, and achievements of African Americans, and celebrates America’s progress and continuing commitment to realizing the principles of liberty and equality upon which our nation was founded… it is fitting that all New Yorkers join to commemorate such an important day in our nation’s history, as we take this opportunity to reflect upon and rejoice in the freedom and civil rights that we all share as Americans.”

Given the late notification of this holiday, you should contact your supervisor if you are unsure if you are required to work.

Please note that the SUNY Time and Attendance system will need to be programmed to accommodate the holiday, so it may be some time before this information is visible in the system.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at or Payroll at Please visit this webpage for the most up-to-date information from your Human Resources and Payroll offices.

Amy Plotner
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources