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Gov. Cuomo signs law requiring NY schools to observe 9/11 anniversary

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast rode an E train from Chambers St. to 34 St.-Penn Station on Thu., September 25, 2014 to assure New Yorkers that all security precautions are being taken, and that the subway system is safe amid reports of unspecified threats. (Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation requiring all schools statewide to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The new law, signed Monday, establishes Sept. 11 as September 11th Remembrance Day in schools across the state. Public schools will hold a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day every Sept. 11 to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations understand the 2001 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 in the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

“9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state’s and this nation’s history, and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response.”

According to the New York Post, the law was sponsored in the legislature by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, both Democrats in Queens.

The law takes effect immediately, beginning with the 9/11 anniversary this Wednesday.


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