MANHATTAN - Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in New York City over the weekend to help kick off the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Cuomo joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and other African-American leaders at the National Action Network in Harlem on Saturday.

In a wide-ranging speech, the governor touched on issues from education and criminal justice policies to the state's new gun control laws, which are now the toughest in the nation.

Rep. Jose Serrano is also honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. In a statement released Sunday, the Bronx politician said in part, "Throughout his life he showed courage in the face of injustice, he showed humility by serving others, and he showed the persistence to move forward despite challenges and setbacks."