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Joseph D. Morelle
Assembly District 136
Majority Leader
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Joseph Morelle

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, was elected to the Assembly in 1990 after serving six years in the Monroe County Legislature. He has authored more than 200 laws and served as chair of the Assembly’s standing committees on Insurance, Tourism, Small Business and Ethics.

In January 2013, Joe was honored to be appointed Majority Leader of the Assembly by Speaker Sheldon Silver. As Majority Leader, Joe is responsible for the day-to-day operational duties of the Assembly chamber including running the floor during debates. In addition, Joe is a member of the Rules Committee.

During his tenure in the Assembly, Assemblyman Morelle has established himself as a leader on critical issues including job creating, public safety and providing accessible and affordable health care for hard-working families.

A former small business owner himself, Assemblyman Morelle is especially recognized for his commitment to promoting job growth and opportunity for New Yorkers. In 2005 he published a widely-acclaimed report, Creating a State of Innovation: Unleashing the Power of New York’s Entrepreneurial Economy, in which he proposed solutions to the state’s many economic challenges. He has authored millions in business tax cuts and credits and fought to reduce regulatory bureaucracy for small businesses.

Most recently, Assemblyman Morelle worked with state and local leaders to bring 250 new, well-paying jobs to the Rochester region and was appointed by Speaker Sheldon Silver to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

Assemblyman Morelle sponsored New York’s milestone autism health insurance law requiring carriers to cover the cost of autism screening and treatment, and has advanced legislation protecting senior citizens from criminal exploitation and abuse. He has led the effort to reform managed care in New York and make life insurance carriers more accountable with respect to paying policy beneficiaries.

Always an advocate for law enforcement, Assemblyman Morelle has consistently backed the expansion of the state’s DNA criminal database and stricter rules regarding the tracking of sexual offenders. Early in his tenure he also successfully fought for a law increasing penalties for those who bring loaded guns onto school grounds.

Assemblyman Morelle grew up in the Rochester suburb of Irondequoit. He graduated from Eastridge High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Geneseo. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children. Mary Beth teaches in the East Irondequoit Central School District.

 
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