New York’s 3rd Congressional District, July 29, 2020 – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that he will allow the MTV Music Video Awards to take place in New York City in August, but prohibit the 9/11 Memorial tribute. This decision by Cuomo comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio said in early July that Black Lives Matter protests may continue despite the large-scale event ban throughout New York City.

“This is another example of New York leaders’ hypocrisy in determining social distancing rules and what is best for the state and city,” said George Santos, Congressional Candidate for NY-3.

Mr. Santos has not shied away from calling out the local leaders in New York for conceding to public pressure rather than leading and supporting events that are meaningful to their constituents.

“So much has already been taken away from the families of 9/11 victims. The memorial tribute has been an annual tradition since 2002. To not allow the families of those who died on September 11th to pay their respects to their loved ones is truly unjust and goes against their fundamental freedoms,” said Santos.

The portion of the tribute that is being prohibited due to COVID-19 is where family members read the names of those who lost their lives on-stage.

George is encouraging New Yorkers to sign a petition to ask Governor Cuomo to reconsider his decision and allow the 9/11 Memorial Tribute to occur.