U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, today issued the following statement about plans for the New York State Assembly to vote on Lunar New Year and Diwali holiday bills.
“I am thrilled to learn that the Assembly will vote on legislation that seeks to observe Lunar New Year and Diwali as holidays in New York State. I was proud to champion these issues when I served in the State Legislature where I led the bill for Lunar New Year. I worked to make Lunar New Year a school holiday in New York City, and I’ve long called for the same to be done for Diwali. In fact, on Friday, I will be announcing my legislation to make Diwali a federal holiday.
Our holidays should recognize and reflect the great diversity of our communities, and I look forward to these bills moving through the State Assembly. I also thank Assembly Speaker Heastie for his leadership on these important issues.”