New York Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned she would work with the state legislature to pass the “important” Holocaust education laws that’s at present stalled within the Assembly, she informed Jewish Insider on Wednesday afternoon.
The bill would survey colleges to see that are offering Holocaust education, and make sure that all college students within the state obtain it.
“There are lessons to be learned [from Holocaust education],” the governor mentioned after an occasion on the Boro Park YM-YWHA, with survivors in attendance. “And many of these 40,000 survivors in the city of New York right now, they have powerful stories of resilience… We can never forget the atrocities that people — because of their faith, who they were — were subjected to, in the last century.”
She added, “I personally believe that this education needs to be part of the curriculum, and people need to talk about these experiences. So we’ll work with the legislature. I hope they do get this done.”
The state Senate model of the bill handed unanimously out of the physique’s Education Committee on Tuesday. It stays stalled within the Assembly, the place it was the one merchandise faraway from an inventory of agenda objects that had been mentioned at a Ways and Means Committee assembly earlier this week.
The governor was in Brooklyn to announce $2.6 million in funding for the state’s Holocaust Survivors Initiative to enhance survivors’ entry to well being care providers.
“We are here to recommit ourselves to supporting the survivors,” she mentioned. “And it is our duty, not just as New Yorkers, but as citizens of the world. And it’s something I take very seriously. But while I’m governor — and I hope to be your governor a long time, God willing — I want to make sure we have the resources to take care of you. So I can say we should take care of people and help them thrive and do well. But we need to put money behind it.”