December 12, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Changing New York State History Month from November to October

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Cuomo: "Given that many historic sites and cultural organizations are closed in November, it makes sense to designate October as our state's history month - giving people more opportunities to experience and learn about New York's contributions to our nation's progress and the arts."

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.5369/A.6462) changing New York State history month from November to October. This law will ensure historical organizations and sites can showcase New York's rich history and culture, while recognizing the wonderful contributions of the state and local historians.

 

"New York has deep historical roots and a cultural uniqueness, and history month is a great time to explore them," Governor Cuomo said. "Given that many historic sites and cultural organizations are closed in November, it makes sense to designate October as our state's history month - giving people more opportunities to experience and learn about New York's contributions to our nation's progress and the arts."

 

New York State History Month was created in 1977, but recently it has become clear that many historical organizations, including most State historic sites, are closed in November and therefore cannot take part in the celebrations. By observing New York State History Month in October, more people will have the opportunity to learn about the State's rich history.

 

Senator Leroy Comrie said, "The great diversity of New York's storied history is impressive but not always omnipresent and accessible; thus, this legislation empowers New York State History Month to be held at a time of maximum impact and receptiveness to the public, schoolchildren, visitors and those who serve at historic sites, keeping the doors of history open.  I commend the Governor for his timely approval and Assemblywoman Nolan for her leadership on this issue."

 

Assembly Member Catherine Nolan said, "By changing New York State history month from November to October, we are expanding access to many historical sites and the opportunity to discover, experience, and appreciate New York State's rich heritage. Thank you to Governor Cuomo, this legislation will help the people of our state continue to enjoy New York's unique history and culture."

  

The new law takes effect immediately.

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