State Senate Passes Bill to Push Lunar New Year School Holiday

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 at 11:10 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Lunar New Year Parade 2014, view from the bridge;

New York City school children are one leap closer to having an additional day off. Local politicians continue applying pressure for the Department of Education to recognize the observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Earlier this week, the New York State Senate approved the bill that would require the DOE to close schools if the holiday is “likely to result in a considerable portion of students being absent.” The State Assembly already stamped its approval of the bill back in February.

The bill does not officially become law until Governor Cuomo scrawls his John Hancock.

State Senator Squadron noted in the press announcement:

[Tuesday’s] passage of the bill to push Lunar New Year school holiday is an important recognition by the state Legislature of the choice faced by so many families—celebrating the most important day of the year, or missing a day of school. It will also make the City Department of Education more responsive to changes in our city’s diverse makeup and ensure that each year’s 180 school days are as effective as possible.

Fortunately, NYC schools are already closed for winter recess during next year’s Lunar New Year, and I thank the City for that. I look forward to working closely with Mayor de Blasio to fully implement this measure so that New York City’s public school students no longer have to choose between their most important cultural holidays and missing class. I am pleased to work with Speaker Silver, Congresswoman Meng, Assemblymember Kim, and Senator Golden to advance this legislation that will resonate from Chinatown to Flushing and throughout New York City.

Recent Stories

Blockchain Company Anchors Sunshine Cinema Replacement Tower

The glassy office building that replaced the beloved Sunshine Cinema has its first tenant. And an anchor, at that. The arrival of San Francisco-based Solana Labs comes mere weeks after the sidewalk bridge outside 141 East Houston came down (thereby freeing Yonah Schimmel from bondage). Solana Labs, a blockchain company, reportedly signed a lease for […]

Man Shot and Killed on Q Train at Canal Street in Unprovoked Attack

A straphanger was shot and killed Sunday morning on a Q train just off the Manhattan Bridge in what investigators are calling an unprovoked attack. The 48-year-old victim, whose name is not released, was shot in the chest around 11:40am yesterday while riding a northbound Q train that was pulling into the Canal Street station, […]

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]