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Muslim Public School Holidays Will Be Observed In New York City, Says Mayor de Blasio On The Brian Lehrer Show

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30:  New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks at a press conference to announce the city will not appe
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks at a press conference to announce the city will not appeal a judge's ruling that the police tactic 'Stop-and-Frisk' is unconstitutional, which the judge had ruled over last summer, on January 30, 2014 in in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough ofNew York City. DeBlasio, who campaigned for mayor saying he would stop 'stop-and-frisk,' stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who staunchly defended the tactic. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally see some changes under new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

On Monday he discussed the issue on the Brian Lehrer Show, declaring that he planned to move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as for the Lunar New Year.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said, according to the New York Daily News.

Though Muslims appreciate his efforts, another community is feeling stiffed. De Blasio said on Monday that he hadn't yet taken a position on whether Diwali should be officially recognized with a day off for public schools. The festival of lights is celebrated in the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities and is an important holiday. Dr. Shashi Shah of the Association of Indians in America told the Daily News, "We are disappointed. We’ve been trying for a long time … It’s very important for the community."

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