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.

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