Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s First 100 Hours in Office

April 18, 2007
Former North Hempstead Town Clerk Michelle Schimel won 86 percent of the vote to replace Tom DiNapoli in the 16th Assembly District on March 27. Twelve hours later, Schimel was sworn into office in Albany and took her seat on the Assembly floor.

Eager to get to work, Assemblywoman Schimel entered into budget negotiations and helped pass a state budget committed to improving the quality of our schools, providing tax relief to middle class families, expanding health insurance coverage for uninsured children, and funding stem-cell research.

“I am pleased to announce that school districts in the 16th Assembly District will receive an increase of 18% in state aid while municipalities will receive an additional 3% in state aid,” said Schimel. “This increased aid will provide for essential services while easing the local property tax burden.”

In her first week in office, Assemblywoman Schimel joined a group of Nassau elected officials in sponsoring a bill to authorize Nassau and other counties to establish a tax on the sale of cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobacco.

“Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of death among Americans. Cigarette taxes are an effective way to reduce smoking among youth and adults. This bill will not only help save lives, but it will also generate revenue and lower health care costs,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

Besides legislative priorities, the Assemblywoman is also busy setting up her District Office located at 11 Middle Neck Road, Suite 200 in Great Neck, New York. Constituents in the 16th Assembly District can contact her District Office at (516) 482-6966 or by email at schimelm@assembly.state.ny.us.