Ramos Announces Assembly Committee Appointments

Will use positions to fight for quality education, affordable housing
February 6, 2003

Assemblyman Philip Ramos (D/WF-Brentwood) today announced his appointment to five Assembly committees: Aging; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Education; Housing; and Local Governments.

“I worked hard to secure these key positions in the Assembly,” Ramos said. “These important posts will give me the opportunity to do more for the people who elected me, and to fight for the things that matter most to working families across this state.”

Ramos said that he particularly looks forward to the work he will do on the Education committee, which is primarily responsible for overseeing educational policies and programs affecting prekindergarten, elementary, secondary and adult education. There he intends to be a strong voice against the governor’s proposed $16.6 billion cuts to his district’s schools, including over $2 billion in cuts to class size reduction measures.

“A seat on the Education committee puts me in an excellent position to help create better educational opportunities for the children of Suffolk County,” Ramos said. “I’ll fight the governor’s shortsighted education cuts, and make sure our community gets our fair share of state aid, as well as help in alleviating overcrowded classrooms.”

Ramos also said the work he will do on the Housing committee will be especially important to his constituents in Suffolk County. The committee drafts legislation on housing matters, such as multiple residence law, public housing law, private housing finance, and rent regulation.

“I’ll have a central role in fighting to reduce the problem of overcrowded dwellings in our community and help families find adequate, affordable housing,” Ramos said, adding “I am determined to work to improve the quality of housing available to our community.”