There has been a whirlwind of activity here in Albany since the legislative session
opened in January and I am pleased to give you an update on the latest developments.
I want to share the news that the Assembly has approved a package of ethics reform
legislation that creates a comprehensive watchdog agency to ensure the integrity of
state government. This landmark legislation will help restore public confidence in state
government by reducing the influence of lobbyists on our democratic process.
Legislation has also been signed to reform the worker’s compensation system. It will
help working families make ends meet when faced with a crisis by providing an increase
in the benefit rate for newly injured workers. I am proud to say I cosponsored Governor
Spitzer’s proposal to raise benefits for injured workers.
As Chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Education, I have worked especially
hard to improve conditions at our schools so that students have every opportunity to
learn. I co-sponsored the Class Size Reduction Act which would require New York
City to spend at least 25% of the additional state education aid to lower class size in
all public schools. The City needs to listen to parent concerns. I am also working to
secure funding for after school projects so that we can continue offering our children
programs to enrich their lives.
It has been a pleasure meeting with local groups and their representatives who keep
me informed about the issues of most concern in our communities. During the past
few months we have monitored the Newtown Creek lawsuit and proposed clean-up
efforts initiated by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. We are also keeping our eye
on the #7 line and the Myrtle-Wyckoff and M/L Line renovations and progress,
demanding the MTA speed this work. Most importantly, I am working to continue
support to senior citizens and working families to improve the health care system.
I look forward to listening to your concerns throughout the coming months and
supporting legislation which reflects what is important to you.
Catherine T. Nolan
61-08 Linden Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385
45-25 47th Street
Woodside, NY 11377