Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, candidate for New York State Senate, said yesterday, “We must not forget New York’s 9/11 Memorial tradition. While the name reading has been canceled ‘to adhere to social distancing guidelines,’ that protocol hasn’t stopped Governor Andrew Cuomo from approving MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 30 at the Barclays Center.”
He said the families of the 9/11 victims had a front row seat to witness ‘Democrat Hypocrisy’, but what they deserved was a front and center podium to read the names of their loved ones.
The 9/11 Memorial honors everyday people who became everyday heroes and fallen police and firefighters who lost their lives during the worst terrorist attack on American soil. This would be the first year that names were not read in remembrance.
“We promised that we would never forget, and we cannot allow this year to go by without allowing families to read the names of their loved ones lost on that tragic day,” said Palumbo. “The Long Island community was devastated by the terror attack on 9/11 and we owe it to the victims and their families to honor their memory, publicly, at a live memorial service.”
“MTV hasn’t consistently aired videos since Beyonce was in Destiny’s Child, yet the Governor is allowing the VMAs to take place in Brooklyn as a sign of his ‘New York Tough’ catchphrase,” said Palumbo. “Let’s show the world that ‘New York Tough’ isn’t some recent COVID trend and remember the ‘toughness and bravery’ of those who ran into burning buildings to help others. It’s who we are, and have been. Let’s allow an in-person reading of the names during the memorial ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11.”