Addabbo: Make St. Pat’s A School Holiday

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With the official celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, the New York State Senate Education Committee approved legislation (S.1933) co-sponsored by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. to allow New York City schools to recognize March 17 as an official holiday.

“Areas of my Senate district encompassing the Rockaway Peninsula have been referred to as the ‘Irish Riviera,’ and I can attest that from Breezy Point and throughout the communities on the peninsula, the grand tradition of Irish cultural pride is an integral part of family life,” Addabbo said.

“We need only to look at these gatherings – which draw enormous crowds every year and contribute significantly to our local economies – to know that just about everyone is a little bit Irish in New York City this time of year,” he said. “I hope our educational community will soon be able to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as a school holiday and officially join in celebrating our City’s many ties with the Emerald Isle.”

The legislation will now go to the full State Senate for consideration.

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