Designating the 18th of October as Disabilities History Day.
Ayes (32): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, DeFrancisco, Volker, Padavan, LaValle, Seward, Saland, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, Nozzolio, Leibell, Maziarz, Marcellino, Robach
Excused (1): Johnson O
BILL NUMBER: S7931
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to designating October eighteenth as Disabilities History Day
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
This bill would honor the struggles and accomplishments of people with disabilities by commemorating October 18 as Disability History Day.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
Subdivision 3 of section 168-a of the executive law, as amended by chapter 241 of the laws of 2009, is amended by adding October 18 as Disability History Day.
It is important that we understand history in order to appreciate how individuals with disabilities were once viewed and treated. On Disability History Day, schools, churches, community groups, and advocates alike will be provided the opportunity to learn how people with disabilities were instrumental in changing history, and how they became active participants in changing societal attitudes about their needs, desires and capabilities. By celebrating Disability History, we are continuing the movement towards an even more accessible society in future generations.
Recognizing October 18 as Disability History Day will continue the state's tradition of honoring its citizens and diverse cultures. Disability History Day will be a day to acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities.
If enacted, New York State would join 12 other states that promote and celebrate greater awareness of disability history and the disability rights movement.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS :
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7931 IN SENATE May 24, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. STACHOWSKI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to designating October eighteenth as Disabilities History Day THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 168-a of the executive law, as separately amended by chapters 31 and 72 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 3. The following days shall be days of commemoration in each year: January sixth, to be known as "Haym Salomon Day", January twenty-sev- enth, to be known as "Holocaust Remembrance Day", February fourth, to be known as "Rosa Parks Day", February fifteenth, to be known as "Susan B. Anthony Day", February sixteenth, to be known as "Lithuanian Independ- ence Day", February twenty-eighth, to be known as "Gulf War Veterans' Day", March fourth, to be known as "Pulaski Day", March tenth, to be known as "Harriet Tubman Day", March twenty-ninth, to be known as "Viet- nam Veterans' Day", April ninth, to be known as "POW Recognition Day", April twenty-seventh, to be known as "Coretta Scott King Day", April twenty-eighth, to be known as "Workers' Memorial Day", the first Tuesday in May to be known as "New York State Teacher Day", May seventeenth, to be known as "Thurgood Marshall Day", the first Sunday in June, to be known as "Children's Day", June twelfth, to be known as "Women Veterans Recognition Day", June nineteenth, to be known as "Juneteenth Freedom Day", June twenty-fifth, to be known as "Korean War Veterans' Day", August twenty-fourth, to be known as "Ukrainian Independence Day", August twenty-sixth, to be known as "Women's Equality Day", September eleventh, to be known as "Battle of Plattsburgh Day" and also to be known as "September 11th Remembrance Day", September thirteenth, to be known as "John Barry Day" and also to be known as "Uncle Sam Day in the State of New York", September seventeenth, to be known as "Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Memorial Day", the third Friday in September to be known as "New York State POW/MIA Recognition Day" except if such date of commemoration cannot be observed due to a religious holiday, such obser-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16749-06-0 S. 7931 2
vances shall then be conducted on the second Friday of September, the last Saturday in September, to be known as "War of 1812 Day", the fourth Saturday of September, known as "Native-American Day", the last Sunday in September, to be known as "Gold Star Mothers' Day", October fifth, to be known as "Raoul Wallenberg Day", October eleventh, to be known as "New Netherland Day in the State of New York", OCTOBER EIGHTEENTH, TO BE KNOWN AS "DISABILITIES HISTORY DAY", October twenty-seventh, to be known as "Theodore Roosevelt Day", November ninth, to be known as "Witness for Tolerance Day", November twelfth, to be known as "Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day", the third Tuesday in November to be known as "New York State School-Related Professionals Recognition Day", November thirtieth, to be known as "Shirley Chisholm Day", December seventh, to be known as "Pearl Harbor Day", December sixteenth, to be known as "Bastogne Day" and that day of the Asian lunar calendar designated as new year to be known as "Asian New Year". S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.