Assemblyman Lester Chang (R,C-Brooklyn) has introduced a bill to make Lunar New Year an official public holiday in New York state. This bill will empower the state to provide dates on a rolling basis, so the day becomes a public holiday on upcoming calendars.
“I am thrilled to bring forth this bill as my first bill in office, as the Lunar New Year is very important to the Asian community. Declaring this as a public holiday will honor the most important holiday of the Chinese, Korean and other East Asian communities in our state, which is the fastest-growing population in New York,” said Assemblyman Chang.
As we come to a close on the 2023 Lunar New Year celebration, the assemblyman looks forward to the passing of this bill so that all New Yorkers can have this day as a day off in 2024 to celebrate with friends and family.