NY: Honor the Real Heroes”
Tedisco Joins Local Parent of Son Who Died on September 11th to Call for Passage of New 9/11 Commemorative License Plate

Assemblyman seeks to honor the heroes of the terrorist attacks of September 11th before the gridiron heroes of the Super Bowl
February 9, 2012
In light of the recent announcement that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be issuing new license plates to celebrate the Super Bowl victory by the New York Giants, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called for swift passage of legislation to create a license plate to commemorate the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The bill (A.2134/S.1939), sponsored by Tedisco, creates a September 11th distinctive commemorative license plate with proceeds from the sale of the plates to go toward the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program. Assemblyman William Scarborough is the bill’s prime majority sponsor in the Assembly and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-Suffolk County) is the prime majority sponsor in the Senate. The measure was first introduced in 2005.

“If the DMV can find a way to issue a Super Bowl license plate, then without question, it's beyond time for them to provide New Yorkers with a special commemorative plate to honor the real American heroes of 9/11,” said Tedisco, former Assembly Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip. “I’m happy that the Giants won the Super Bowl as much as the next New Yorker, but who are the real heroes our state should first be celebrating with distinctive plates, the athletes on the gridiron or the first responders and the people who lost their lives on September 11th?”

“The Giants win of the Super Bowl is potentially a temporary one year reign. The tragedy of 9/11 with respect to our fallen heroes and those who survived is eternal. Are we more interested in yesterday’s game than that ill-fated day we should never forget…or have we forgotten?” said Steven Cafiero, of Glenville, whose son, Steven Cafiero, Jr., worked for the Aon Corporation on the 92nd Floor of the South Tower at the World Trade Center and died on September 11, 2001.

New York State placed a moratorium on new license plates in 2002 after a "Choose Life" plate was requested by the Children First Foundation. The DMV would not allow such a plate suggesting it implies government would be taking a position on a divisive issue. Recently, a federal judge ordered the move illegal by the DMV, but an appeal has been filed by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

“Athletes can be role models, but the real heroes are those individuals who lost their lives and put their lives on the line to run into burning buildings to save others, and those are the folks that deserve to be memorialized on a license plate first and foremost,” said Tedisco, a former high school and college athlete and coach.