January 6, 2016
"Thank you all for your commitment to the communities that you serve. Whether they live in Lewis County, Niagara County, or the Bronx, every single one of our families matter. We are truly one New York. During the past six months it was my honor to travel all across this great state to visit with members and learn about their districts, their communities, and the challenges they face. I came away from these trips with a greater understanding of our wonderful state and I am more convinced than ever that New York is truly the Empire State," said Speaker Carl Heastie, speaking during the opening of the 2016 Legislative Session.