Lawmaker: Space Shuttle ProgramOwes Success to 30 Astronauts Born &Raised in New York State
Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera unveils legislation tocommemorate New York State’s Contributions to Space Shuttle Program, fund engineering programs at University at Binghamtonand City University of New York
ALBANY, NEW YORK – (7/18/2011)
--- Stating that New York State has a richhistory of contributing outstanding talent to the Space Shuttle Program, today,Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, member of the New York State Assembly StandingCommittee on Education, unveiled legislation that will commemorate the State’scontributions to space exploration and creates a dedicated and voluntary donation optionon tax forms that will support the engineering programs at the University at Binghamton,State University of New York and City University of New York.According to Rivera, The only two women to ever command a space shuttle both callElmira and Rochester, New York their home. The current pilot of the Atlantis, thehistoric last space shuttle mission, is a native New Yorker who was born in Endicott, inour southern tier. “New York has a long history of contributing outstanding talent to our nation’s work to explore space and this is very clear when we review the list of talented people that have helped make the Space Shuttle Program and International Space Stationa reality and a success.” “New York has contributed more astronauts to the Space Shuttle Program than any other state. Combined 30 astronauts, born and raised in New Yorker, have participated in 75Space Shuttle missions that have yielded tremendous research activity, new discoveriesand the completion of the International Space Station. New York State needs to honor and commemorate its contributions to this historic achievement for humanity,” declaredRivera.