Andrew Hevesi
Andrew D. Hevesi was first elected to serve the residents of the 28th district in the New York State Assembly on May 10, 2005. A lifelong resident of the area, Assemblyman Hevesi has been privileged to serve the constituents of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, Glendale, and Kew Gardens.

In order to foster direct and easily accessible contact between himself and the residents of his district, the Assemblyman maintains a legislative email program that is used to update thousands of his constituents on legislation that passes through Albany, as well as events in the community. This program allows individuals to give feedback on pending legislation before votes are cast. The Assemblyman and his staff pride themselves on their hands on approach to each unique constituent case, and have successfully dealt with thousands of individual concerns since the Assemblyman took office.

With regard to public policy, the Assemblyman is the most senior member of the Assembly Energy Committee from New York City and has made that subject area a priority during his tenure in office. The Assemblyman recognizes that New York City, State, and our nation are at a turning point regarding how we generate, deliver, and consume energy. There is an emerging consensus that our existing energy policies are not sustainable, and must be replaced by new technologies and environmentally sound energy sources. To that end, Andrew has successfully written multiple laws that enhance renewable energy generation in New York State and has also taken a leadership role on environmental justice issues, both locally and statewide.

One of the Assemblyman’s most notable achievements regarding these issues includes legislation he has authored that now requires the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) to establish a first of its kind Generation Attribute Tracking System. This system monitors all energy production in the state, where the generation occurs, and the emissions that are produced in order to consistently ascertain exactly what types of energy sources, renewable or not, are being used statewide. On the environmental front, the Assemblyman negotiated a budget allocation of $3 million dollars in each of the FY2013-2014, FY2014-2015, and FY2015-2016 enacted budgets to upgrade antiquated freight locomotive engines that run through his district, as well as other parts of Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. This achievement will significantly reduce noxious toxins released into the atmosphere, providing relief to families that live along the railways.

From 2011-2015, Assemblyman Hevesi served as Chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Analysis, and Investigations Committee. With the hundreds of state departments, agencies, authorities, commissions, and task forces that comprise New York State government, Andrew believes it is essential that the Legislature ensure taxes collected from the residents of New York State are spent wisely, with every effort being made to cut down on waste and abuse. To that end, the Assemblyman wrote and passed “Enterprise Fraud” legislation, which uses appropriate data from all state agencies and authorities in order to combat fraud, waste, and abuse. This program will allow the State to utilize its vast data assets analytically to help detect improper behavior and in turn in reduce costs to taxpayers.

The Assemblyman was also proud to write and pass several government efficiency measures including the “Federal Clearing House” legislation. The federal clearinghouse, which is a digital repository for single audit documents that all federal agencies can access online, allows entities filing an audit to designate other authorized users of their documents. Local government resources that receive federal dollars in excess of $500,000 annually must file a single audit with the federal clearinghouse and appropriate state agencies to account for the expenditures of those funds. This legislation requires municipalities to designate the state agencies that they would be filing their audits with in addition to their submission to the federal clearinghouse, as authorized viewers to satisfy their state filing requirements electronically. This bill improves government efficiency by allowing localities to satisfy their responsibilities to the federal government and ensuring that the appropriate state agencies continue to have access to the audit information that they must receive under federal law.

In February 2015, Assemblyman Hevesi was named Chairman of the Assembly Social Services Committee, which is responsible for providing oversight of programs administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and analyzing the state’s multi-billion dollar funding allotment for social services each fiscal year. In this role, the Assemblyman reviews legislation addressing financial, medical, and other support for people in need throughout New York State. Upon taking over this chairmanship, the Assemblyman immediately created a new initiative to enable individuals and families on the verge of homelessness to remain sheltered in their homes. This new rental subsidy program targeted increased housing allowances to several specific at risk populations, including survivors of Domestic Violence.

The Assemblyman also secured a significant budget increase for Runaway and Homeless Youth that was designed to keep this vulnerable population off the streets. The budget allocation of $2.1 million in FY 2015-2016 will help hundreds of runaway and homeless youth across New York State obtain suitable housing, food, counseling, transportation, and other support.

In addition, Assemblyman Hevesi has partnered with the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing to work towards the creation of 35,000 Units of Statewide Supportive Housing. Assemblyman Hevesi gathered the support of 133 of his Assembly colleagues and called on Governor Cuomo to develop 35,000 new units of supportive housing over the next ten years. Support for this crucially important campaign continues to grow.

In the Summer and Fall of 2015, the Assemblyman, along with several of his colleagues in government, held three public hearings and roundtables throughout the State to explore the issue of child poverty in New York. At these events, the elected officials heard testimony from various agencies, local non-profits, medical professionals, and policy analysts from various regions of the state to discover how to eliminate barriers that keep children and families in poverty. The Assemblyman continues to work to create pathways out of poverty and into self-sufficiency for individuals and families in need.

Andrew obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Queens College. He served as Chief of Staff to former New York State Assemblyman, and now State Senator Jeff Klein. Andrew was also the Director of Community Affairs for New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, and worked in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Currently, Andrew lives in Forest Hills with his wife Rachel and their daughter.