New York State Senator Mike Martucci, 42nd Senate District, has mailed a letter to constituents in which he is notifying everyone of a piece of legislation he's sponsoring along with Senator Felder, …
New York State Senator Mike Martucci, 42nd Senate District, has mailed a letter to constituents in which he is notifying everyone of a piece of legislation he's sponsoring along with Senator Felder, which would prevent any city from requiring a permit for those who wish to publicly sing our National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
He said in the letter, “As we pause to observe Memorial Day and look forward to celebrating our Nation's birthday on the 4th of July, I wanted to update you on this piece of legislation.”
In his letter dated May 11, Martucci said, “Why would such a bill be necessary?”
The senator noted in his letter that, “a few years ago a group of young students from North Carolina traveled to New York City on a field trip. As part of their tour they visited the 9-11 Memorial and the site of the former World Trade Center. In a spontaneous act of patriotism, the kids sang the ‘The Star Spangled Banner' in tribute to those who lost their lives on that terrible day,” but, “a security guard working nearby told them to stop, his reason, the singing of our National Anthem was a public demonstration and a permit is required for that.”
Martucci stated, “Can you imagine? A permit to sing our National Anthem in a public place? You and I know what that is…nonsense.”
The 42nd Senate District senator firmly stated in his letter, “stories like this make us all fearful for the future of our state now and then, but it's another reason when we need to stand up for what's right and against misguided and backward ideas that would undermine our democracy and our freedom.”
“That's why I introduced S3690 in the Senate, which would prohibit any city from requiring a permit to sing the National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance,” State Senator Mike Martucci said.