Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation on Saturday declaring Asian Lunar New Year a public school holiday across New York state.
The legislation requires all public schools to close for the Lunar New Year holiday.
The governor’s office says Hochul remains “committed to supporting, protecting, and celebrating New York’s AAPI community,” and highlighted the $30 million in awards allocated for community organizations through Asian American Federation and the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. The funding aims to provide culturally responsive and linguistically competent services and address systemic violence, racism and discrimination faced by the AAPI community, according to the governor’s office.
In May, Heastie announced his chamber plans to pass legislation making both Lunar New Year and Diwali in New York.
Earlier this year, the state Senate approved a measure that would allow students at the State University of New York and City University of New York public college and university campuses to observe Lunar New Year without being penalized.