Chair, Labor Committee
Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie represents the 83rd A.D. in the Bronx and was first elected in 2000. Assembly Member Heastie has been called one of the most active assembly members by his colleagues. Carl has always been a strong advocate on behalf of New York State working families and continues his work as chairman of the Assembly Labor Committee. Since taking office, Assemblyman Heastie has become one of the leading advocates for the construction of the new schools in his district, and his vigilance has led to the development of several new schools in his district. In addition, he has secured funds for housing, education, after school programming, health and human services, jobs readiness and computer training within his district. Amongst his many legislative achievements, Assembly Member Heastie was the prime sponsor of the Wage Theft Prevention Act which provided stiffer penalties for employers that steal wages from employees. Heastie scored a victory for public health when he passed a law that prohibited the sale of Nico-water to children under 18 years old. He also authored a law to help victims of domestic violence be released from lease obligations if it is found that remaining in the residence would keep the victim in a dangerous environment. Assemblyman Heastie was a principal negotiator securing an increase in the minimum wage that will take effect January 1, 2014. Additionally, Assemblyman Heastie was able to work toward increases in unemployment insurance, which had been stagnant since 1998. Prior to taking office, Assembly Member Heastie served as a budget analyst in the New York City Comptrollerís office where he researched, prepared and authored reports on the Cityís spending patterns. This experience in budget analysis is one of the strongest skills Assemblyman Heastie brings to the New York State Legislature. Assemblyman Heastie is second to none when it comes to his ability to evaluate numbers. This skill was honed at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he earned a Bachelors of Science in applied Mathematics and Statistics, which he followed up with an MBA in Finance from the Bernard M. Baruch College (CUNY). Throughout his academic career, Assembly Member Heastie has shown an immense love and enthusiasm for math. Assemblyman Heastie continues his community involvement as a member of the Williams Bridge Branch NAACP, National Council of Negro Women and Grace Baptist Church. His involvement is not just limited to memberships though. On any given weekend, you will find him making his rounds to support block parties and street fairs, giving monetary donations and helping out however he can. Assemblyman Heastie will continue to push his agenda; addressing education, economic development and elder care. Standing Committee Assignments 2013: Chair-Labor; Education; Corporations, Authorities & Commissions; Housing; Ways & Means.