I am honored to represent you as a Member of the State Assembly. I am working hard to carry on
the tradition of your former Assemblyman, Ivan Lafayette, who did such an outstanding job serving
his constituents and making government work for the people.
Despite the economic crisis we are facing, I have worked hard to try to include in the new
State budget funds for various services needed by our community. It is also important that we find
the resources to continue to support the community-based organizations that are providing so much
for residents and businesses in this area.
My staff and I are available to help you with problems and concerns relating to State
government and community issues. Members of the staff speak several languages other than English:
Spanish, Korean, Urdu and Hindi. Please do not hesitate to contact my office, Monday through Friday,
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, if you need assistance. Information is available on a number of different programs,
including pamphlets on computer safety, youth services, and senior citizen benefits, such as SCRIE
(Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption). Also, for your convenience, a free legal clinic is available
every other Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at the district office.
The 34th Assembly District contains strong, vibrant communities. Working together, we can face
the challenges that lie ahead, and continue to improve the quality of life for everyone in our
Michael G. DenDekker
Assemblyman DenDekker is shown here in the Assembly Chambers in Albany taking the Oath of Office,
as he is being officially sworn in on January 5, 2009.
In Albany recently, Assemblyman DenDekker met with representatives from Queens Community House
in Jackson Heights. The Assemblyman is shown here with Anna Dioguardi, Director of Community
Organizing & Development, and some ESL students. Queens Community House offers ESL classes and
other programs that assist struggling immigrants.
Assemblyman DenDekker is shown here presenting an Assembly Citation to Dr. Parveen Chopra, who
received the Haywood Burns Memorial award at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the NYS Bar
Association. Dr. Chopra is the founder of the Jackson Heights and Flushing Merchants
Associations, and served as president of the Federation of Indian Associations.
Following are the capable staff members at Assemblyman DenDekker’s district office, ready to help
with problems and concerns:
Chief of Staff
Albany Office Manager
Syed Ali Ameer
Seth Sahr, Esq.
Tara Snow, Esq.
Albany Legislative Intern
Assembly Committee Memberships:
Assemblyman DenDekker is currently assigned to the following six Assembly Committees:
Committee on Aging
Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
Committee on Governmental Employees
Committee on Transportation
Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Assemblyman DenDekker is co-sponsoring a number of pieces of legislation that will
alleviate problems for community residents and protect them from harm. Following are a few of the
Assembly bills for which he is a co-sponsor:
Assemblyman DenDekker recently attended the annual Legislative Brunch at Elmhurst Hospital. The purpose of this event was not only to discuss threatened budget reductions, but also to inform everyone about programs and services offered at the hospital.
Pictured here, from left to right, are: Councilwoman Helen Sears; Elmhurst Hospital Center Executive Director Chris Constantino; Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, Mt. Sinai Regional Medical Director, Queens Health Network; Elaine Berg, President & CEO, New York Organ Donor Network; Eartha Washington, Chair, Elmhurst Hospital Community Advisory Board; Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; Assemblyman DenDekker; and Dr. Ann Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Queens Health Network.
Assemblyman DenDekker Sponsors
Credit Card Reform Bills
Assemblyman DenDekker has authored two new credit card reform bills to stop banks from systematically charging late fees and increased interest rates to customers making credit card payments. Banks schedule credit card payment due dates on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, then process the payments on the next business day, so they can charge a late fee. Banks will also raise the interest rate on any special balance transfer rates the customer may have had.
Assemblyman DenDekker is the prime sponsor of Bill
A6960, which would prohibit banks from setting credit card payment due dates on Saturdays,
Sundays, or Federal or State holidays. He is also the prime sponsor of A6961, a bill
prohibiting banks from charging late fees or increased interest rates until at least 48 hours
after the scheduled due date.
Through passage of this legislation, Assemblyman DenDekker hopes to protect consumers from
these predatory lending practices on the part of banks.