Press Releases

February 2021

Statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

I have read the reports. These are serious allegations. Harassment in the workplace of any kind should not be tolerated.

Speaker Heastie Appoints New Member to Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that he has appointed Richard F. Braun to serve on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).“Mr. Braun has an impressive resume that clearly demonstrates his commitment to the legal...

Statement from Assembly Director of Communications Michael Whyland

There was a formal request from Assembly committee chairs and other members to the Department of Health asking for more information on follow up questions in regards to data on nursing homes. The Governor's office communicated to staff that they needed...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Post-COVID Mass Transit Working Group

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has created an internal working group to focus on the recovery and future of the state’s mass transit systems as they mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Every day, hardworking...

Assembly Passes Legislation to allow N.Y. to More Safely Conduct Elections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker today announced the Assembly has passed a package of legislation that will help make conducting elections safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Ensuring our elections are free...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Amend N.Y. Constitution's Bill of Rights to Include a Right to Clean Air and Water

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would allow New Yorkers to vote to amend the New York State Constitution’s Bill of Rights to include...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Selection of Dr. Betty Rosa as Commissioner of Education

On behalf of my Assembly Majority colleagues, I would like to congratulate Dr. Betty Rosa for being appointed commissioner of education. Dr. Rosa’s outstanding reputation as an educator and an advocate combined with her proven track record as interim...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Extend Death Benefits to Families of Municipal Frontline Workers

Speaker Carl Heastie and Governmental Employees Committee Chair Peter Abbate, Jr. today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to extend the provisions granted last year that ensure families of municipal frontline workers who lost their lives to...

Assembly Passes Legislation Granting Employees Time Off to Receive Vaccinations

Speaker Carl Heastie, Governmental Employees Committee Chair Peter J. Abbate, Jr. and Assemblymember Charles D. Fall announced today that the Assembly passed legislation granting time off for public and private sector employees to...

Assembly Passes Repeal of the Walking While Trans Ban

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Amy Paulin today announced that the Assembly passed legislation repealing the ‘Walking While Trans’ ban, which prohibits loitering for the purpose of prostitution (A.3355, Paulin). This law has been...

January 2021

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Working Group on Transitioning N.Y. Economy Toward COVID-19 Recovery

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the appointment of an Assembly internal working group to focus on transitioning New York State’s economy toward a COVID-19 recovery. The working group will be led by Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation,...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Construction Workers Recover Stolen Wages

Speaker Carl Heastie and Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would provide New York construction workers with a new remedy against wage theft.“The Assembly Majority has earned its reputation...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today my colleagues and I in the Assembly Majority passed a resolution commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.Each year, this day serves as a stark reminder of what can happen...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Help Workers and Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly will pass legislation to help hard working New Yorkers and small businesses across the state weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will allow workers to collect unemployment...

Legislature Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2021-22 Executive Budget Proposal.These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic...

Speaker Heastie on the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

Today, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris brings a sense of hope and relief that Americans have desperately needed, especially following nearly a year of immeasurable loss and suffering caused by this global pandemic.We...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Executive Budget Proposal for FY 2021-22

This last year, the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis has put an incalculable strain on New York – on our institutions, our communities and the health and wellbeing of our people. We have lost billions of dollars in revenue, and...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the House of Representatives Impeaching President Trump

I am proud of the swift action taken by the U.S. House of Representatives today to impeach President Donald J. Trump. A week ago we watched in horror as domestic terrorists incited by the president and his allies flooded the halls of the U.S. Capitol,...

Speaker Heastie, Assemblymember Fahy and 75 Assembly Majority Members Send Letter to Congress Urging Them to Remove President Trump from Office

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy today were joined by 75 Assembly Majority colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leadership urging swift action on articles of impeachment and removal from office of President Donald J. Trump...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie

Opening the 244th Legislative Session

January 11, 2021Assembly ChamberAlbany_____________________________________[as prepared]Good afternoon members, staff, interns and guests. No matter where you are joining us from, welcome to the People’s House. Things may look different this year...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Election of Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. as Board of Regents Chancellor

I would like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. on his election as chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and applaud the Board of Regents for this excellent and groundbreaking choice. Chancellor Young, who will be the...

Speaker Heastie Statement Congratulating U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer

Congratulations to former assemblymember and Brooklyn’s own U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer on becoming majority leader of the U.S. Senate. He has spent his career fighting for all New Yorkers, from the shores of Lake Erie to the Long Island Sound....

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Unrest at the U.S. Capitol

The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol and our democratic institutions that is occurring right now in Washington is deplorable. In the United States of America, we pride ourselves on a peaceful transition of power. This is domestic terrorism and it is...

Speaker Heastie Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2021 Legislative Session

Speaker Carl E. Heastie Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes Chair, Ways and Means Helene E. Weinstein Deputy Speaker Catherine Nolan Assistant Speaker Phil Ramos Speaker Pro Tempore Jeffrion L. Aubry Chair,...

Heastie Re-Elected New York State Assembly Speaker

I would like to thank my Assembly colleagues for entrusting me to serve as speaker of the People’s House for the fourth time. I am truly humbled by your faith in my leadership. It will undoubtedly be a challenging year, but I am confident...

December 2020

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means ensuring that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a living wage. The fight to increase New York’s minimum wage began here in the People’s House. In 2016, my colleagues...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Keep New Yorkers in Their Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020, which will help New York tenants and homeowners who are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic stay in their...

Speaker Heastie Statement on December 28th Session and Passing Critical Legislation to Protect New Yorkers from Eviction and Foreclosure During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Housing is a basic human right, and that is why I am calling the Assembly into session on Monday, December 28th to take up critical eviction protections for tenants and residential mortgage foreclosure preventions for homeowners.Far too many of our friends...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Former Assemblymember William Magee

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of former Assemblymember William “Bill” Magee. Bill was born and raised in Central New York’s farming communities, and for 28 years in the Assembly, he was a voice and an advocate...

Statement from Speaker Heastie on December Session

In March of this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly amended the rules of the People’s House to allow the body to convene according to emergency procedures during a declared state or national state of emergency. Today, we will amend...

Speaker Heastie Welcomes New Members to the Assembly Majority

This was an election cycle unlike any other, but now, almost a month after Election Day, I am happy that we officially know who will be joining us in 2021 in the People’s House. I would like to offer my congratulations and give a warm welcome the...

July 2020

Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Support Vulnerable New Yorkers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure vulnerable New Yorkers have the tools and resources they need to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and to foster trust and accurately trace the virus in our communities.“New...

Assembly Passes Legislation Creating Automatic Voter Registration

Speaker Carl Heastie, Elections Committee Chair Charles Lavine and Assemblymember Latrice Walker today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to make it easier for eligible voters to register to vote by creating a system for automatic voter registration...

Assembly Passes Legislation Protecting New Yorkers from Discrimination by Real Estate Brokers and Agents

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to help end discriminatory practices in the real estate industry that disproportionately affect minority homebuyers. This legislation makes...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Advance Legislation Limiting Immunity for Health Care Services

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Legislature has advanced legislation to limit the immunity that was granted in the State Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget. The new legislation will narrow that...

Assembly Passes the Healthy Terminals Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman today announced the Assembly has passed the Healthy Terminals Act to ensure that airport workers are paid fair wages and have access to benefits including health care.“New York’s airports...

Assembly Passes Legislation Recognizing Abolition Commemoration Day and Juneteenth in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember J. Gary Pretlow and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth and Abolition Commemoration Day in New York State.“African American history has too...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Advance Anti-SLAPP Legislation to Protect Free Speech

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that offers legal protection to any individual or entity sued for exercising their free speech rights. A “Strategic...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide That New York Drivers Will Not Lose License for Inability to Pay Certain Traffic Fees and Fines

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Pamela Hunter today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would enable New Yorkers to make installment payments for many traffic-related fines and fees, helping to ensure they do not lose their driving...