Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato reached out to the principals of the schools throughout the community, along with the Chancellor of the NYC Board of Education, and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education to remind them of a law that she passed in 2019 with regard to commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pheffer Amato succeeded in passing legislation with Senator Joseph Addabbo that would require all public schools throughout the State of New York to observe a moment of silence and discuss the event of 9/11. Since the signing of the bill by former Governor Andrew Cuomo, it has not been implemented due to remote learning from COVID-19 or 9/11 falling on a weekend.
“The terrorist attack had, and still has, a deep impact on our State’s history and was felt by many residents in my district, and across our great State. There are so many of us who suffered personal loss because of the attacks on the World Trade Center, along with the impact it left. As no student currently in K-12 was alive during the attack, it is imperative that our public education system take the time to educate students on both the loss and heroism experienced on September 11th. By mandating a brief moment of silent reflection every year on September 11th, we ensure that future generations will better understand this day and its place in our history,” said Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato.
The unique law passed both chambers with people praising Pheffer Amato for her commitment to ensuring that all school children would forever understand and learn how to honor the victims of 9/11, while also commemorating the survivors and heroes.