New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward with a bill that would allow cruise lines to carry up to 100 people from New Jersey to Virginia, even as other states ban them.
The measure would also allow them to carry passengers on other vessels, like those that sail to the Atlantic.
The proposal is part of the mayor’s “Bringing People Together” campaign, which was first introduced in September.
“We need to do everything possible to make sure that everyone is safe, that everybody is treated with dignity, and that everybody gets the chance to make a new life in New York,” de Blasio said at a press conference Thursday morning.
The mayor said that “everyone who wants to come to New York is welcome to do so, whether they’re a tourist, a business owner, or a citizen,” adding that the city is “trying to make it easier for all people to have a new opportunity to come here.”
The New York State Assembly approved the measure last month and the city and state are now in the process of filing the bill with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The bill, which will be up for consideration at the city council in June, would allow cruises to ship passengers from New York to New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, and New Hampshire.
In addition, a passenger would be allowed to enter New York on any vessel owned or operated by a cruise line and be transported from the New Jersey port of Newark to New Hampshire in an ambulance.
New York has been in the spotlight since it was revealed in June that the owner of a luxury yacht named “Lady Liberty” used an “illegal loophole” to ship her passengers to Virginia and other states.
De Blasio said that the loophole is one of the reasons he signed a law that was passed last year allowing cruise ships and private charter boats to bring up to 50 passengers on charter ships.
He said that people could still board a private charter ship in New Jersey or Delaware if they had a valid travel document from a third country.
In Virginia, the state has banned charter boats and cruise ships from carrying people from the Carolinas to Virginia.
The state’s tourism board said that it is reviewing the proposal and will take a final vote on the proposal.
Travel agencies in the state have said that they would be more likely to take passengers if it was allowed to ship from New Jerseys ports.
DeLores said that she would also welcome cruise ships that wanted to bring people to the state if it were allowed to.
“I am thrilled that Governor de Blasio has listened to our concerns and is working to make our state a safer and more welcoming place for everyone to come and stay,” said Kristy DeLaurentis, executive director of the Virginia Travel Alliance, which represents a group of travel agents and travel agents that represents about 2,500 hotels and resorts in the region.
“This bill would make it possible for the people of New York and Virginia to get together and get together as a state, to share a new experience and have an even better time together,” she added.
DeLaurents legislation also requires that all of the cruise ships transporting passengers from Virginia must have a valid license to operate.
“Every state has some kind of travel exemption, whether it’s for business, leisure, or pleasure,” she said.
De Laurents bill was first approved by the state Assembly in March but it was not until late June that it received the backing of Gov.
Cuomo said that he believes that cruise ships would be a “big help to the economy” in New Jersey.
The governor also said that New York could be a more welcoming destination for those looking to come from out of state.
“You’re going to be able to get there faster and cheaper,” he said.
“There’s no reason why you can’t go from New Orleans to Washington, D.C., or even from Boston to New Orleans and do that.
You can just do it.”
The bill has been dubbed “Bring Up The Bodies” and it has garnered support from business leaders, including Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire entrepreneur who has championed the idea of more open immigration policies.
“If you look at what the tourism industry has been saying, they think this is a huge opportunity,” said Bloomberg, who was among those who signed on to a letter that was sent to the governor and to the White House in support of the legislation.
“It’s a big boost to our tourism industry, a huge boost to New Yorkers, and a huge boon for our economy.
We have a lot of friends in the hospitality industry, and it would really be good for them to see that their tourism dollars go to help support the economy.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press event at the White New York Hotel on July 14, 2017 in New Rochelle, New York.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also supported the legislation, tweeting that he