STATE OF NEW YORK
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
January 11, 2017
Introduced by Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO, GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered
printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Educa-
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the St.
Patrick's Day school holiday
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3204-a
2 to read as follows:
3 § 3204-a. St. Patrick's Day school holiday. 1. The 17th day of March,
4 commonly known as St. Patrick's day, shall be a school holiday for all
5 public schools in a qualified school district.
6 2. A qualified school district, for purposes of this section, shall
7 mean a city school district of a city having a population of one million
8 or more inhabitants.
9 3. The school authorities of a qualified school district are hereby
10 authorized and directed to cause all public schools within such district
11 to be closed on St. Patrick's day.
12 § 2. Section 3604 of the education law is amended by adding a new
13 subdivision 7-c to read as follows:
14 7-c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes of any
15 calculation under subdivision seven or eight of this section, the
16 commissioner shall disregard any reduction resulting from observance of
17 St. Patrick's day and, if necessary, such observed holiday shall be
18 calculated as a session day.
19 § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
20 it shall have become a law; provided that any and all rules and regu-
21 lations and any other measures necessary to implement any provision of
22 this act on its effective date may be promulgated and taken, respective-
23 ly, on or before such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.