Albany, N.Y., September 11—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation, supported by state Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), to create a “Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund” by allowing taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the fund’s establishment through a state income tax check-off.
“Eight years ago, we witnessed the most horrific terrorist attack ever launched on our nation’s soil. Thousands lost their lives and millions were left shaken with despair. Though our resolve to co-exist in a free and tolerant society was tested, our courage and commitment to band together was never in question.
On September 11th, as we pause to reflect on this defining moment in our Nation's history, we can look back with pride on the sacrifices, commitment and dedication of the thousands of Americans who answered the call to duty on that fateful day. Thousands of men and women, many working 24 hour shifts, helped to free those still trapped under the debris. Volunteers helped to provide the rescuers with food, water and shelter while others donated time, resources and money to the recovery efforts. It was a day that forever changed the way we look at the world.
"The Republican opposition to our strong ethics package -- sponsored by myself and Senator Sampson -- and the fact that our conference was down one vote today means we will have to wait for passage. While it is frustrating to wait, I strongly believe it is better to be able to pass our whole reform package – made up of two crucial bills – than to vote today on a piece of the package and come away with only half the changes we need."
While eight years have passed since that tragic morning, no amount of time can erase the grief or ease the loss that so many families suffered that day. I hope everyone will take some time to remember the victims of September 11th and their families, respect the heroes who put their lives in danger to save so many others and look ahead towards peace.
"I appreciate this opportunity -- eight years after the attacks of September 11, 2001 -- to join all of you in a day of observance, remembrance, and respect."
The New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. requiring all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks.
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