Rockaway lawmaker applauds signing of landmark water safety bill


South Queens Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato announced Tuesday, Jan. 4, that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed her legislation creating the first-ever Commission to Prevent Childhood Drownings in New York state.

The landmark bill was inspired by a wave of drownings along the Rockaway Peninsula and was supported by a broad coalition of elected officials, community organizations and swim safety advocates.