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License plates commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be available in New York under a bill sponsored by State Senator Ken LaValle and Assembly Member Fred Thiele that has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation also provides that portions of the fees for the plates go to the “World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program.”

“On September 11, 2001 our nation experienced an unforgettable tragedy,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, which crashed in western Pennsylvania. These commemorative license plates will serve as a vivid and continuing reminder of the lives lost, the courage found, and the sacrifices made. This legislation sends a powerful message that they have not been forgotten.”

The new law authorizes the state Department of Motor Vehicles to create the distinctive plates.

For over a decade, new commemorative plates had been blocked by litigation involving free speech issues not directly related to the Sept. 11 plate legislation, Thiele said. With the conclusion of that litigation, the moratorium on such plates ended, clearing the way for the new law.

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