2006-07-14 / Community

Senate Approves 9/11 Remembrance License Plates

The State Senate has recently approved a September 11 License Plate Bill, co-sponsored by State Senator Malcolm A. Smith. The bill creates the distinctive "September 11, 2001, Remembrance" license plate, which will be available for issuance by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Eight percent of the annual $25 service charge will go towards the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program, which will provide scholarship money for the families of September 11 victims.

Passage of the legislation, which was also passed by the Assembly and now goes to the Governor's desk for signature into law, comes three months before the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. "On September 11, 2001, our country, state and our city were forever changed by a cowardly attack on the World Trade Center," Smith said. "More than 2,700 people- friends, neighbors, colleagues, family members, police officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel- perished on that awful day."

Smith pointed out that distinctive, or custom, plates are available for numerous causes such as breast cancer research, diabetes research and education, organ and tissue donation, and domestic violence awareness. These plates give New Yorkers a unique opportunity to show their support for a worthy cause, said the Queens lawmaker.

"Since 9/11, New York has proven to be a resilient city and resilient state. But we will never forget what happened at the World Trade Center. These commemorative license places will serve as a vivid reminder of the lives lost, the courage found, and the sacrifice made," said Smith. "That most of the proceeds from these plates will fund scholarships for the families of the victims of September 11 sends a powerful message that they have not been forgotten."

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