NY pols ask Cuomo to allow outdoor, in-person high school graduations

Maya Rajamani
May 27, 2020 - 3:13 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A group of New York politicians have asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow outdoor, in-person high school graduation ceremonies — a day after New Jersey’s governor said schools in his state could hold socially distant outdoor ceremonies.

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    In a letter dated Wednesday, 23 New York state senators urged Cuomo to allow school districts across the state to “safely hold high school graduations outdoors and in person in July, by maintaining social distancing and following public health guidelines set by the Department of Health.” 

    Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced that New Jersey would allow outdoor graduation ceremonies “that comply with social distancing” starting July 6. 

    “We were heartened to learn that New Jersey’s Governor Murphy has allowed such an effort to go forward in that state,” the state senators wrote. “We hope that you will exercise your leadership and permit such gatherings under specified conditions.” 

    “The high school graduating class of 2020 should be permitted to embrace their achievements, celebrate their successes and be fully recognized as they embark on the next chapter of their lives,” they added. 

    Cuomo’s press secretary Caitlin Girouard on Wednesday confirmed that the governor had received the letter. 

    “We’re reviewing the request, but as the Governor has said many times, no one has a crystal ball and can predict what’s going to happen in the near future,” she said in a statement.

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