Press Releases

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...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Require Video Recordings of Juvenile Interrogations

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would require video recordings of all interrogations of juveniles in family court (A.7970, Frontus).“The Assembly Majority has fought...

Assembly Passes the Protect Our Courts Act, Ensuring Access to Courts Without Fear of Immigration Related Arrests

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Michaelle Solages today announced the passage of the Protect Our Courts Act, which would ensure that all members of the community are able to participate in the justice system without fear of immigration related...

Assembly Passes Legislation Expanding Rape Statutes and Allowing Survivors to Seek Justice

Speaker Carl Heastie, Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas today announced the Assembly passed legislation that will expand New York State's rape statutes, helping survivors seek justice and appropriate recognition...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

It is with great sadness that I join my colleagues – and the nation – in mourning the death of Representative John Lewis.A champion of the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality and basic human...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Right to Monitor Act Going into Effect

For years, the Assembly Majority has fought tirelessly to bring greater transparency and accountability to our criminal justice system. Today, the Right to Monitor Act goes into effect, ensuring every New Yorker has the legal protections they need to...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Announce Joint Legislative Hearings on Impact of COVID-19

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced a series of joint legislative hearings to be convened over the coming weeks. The hearings will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted New York State with...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Allow Employers to Deny Contraceptive Coverage for Women

The Assembly Majority knows that women's reproductive health care and family planning decisions should be made by women and their health care providers – not their employers. Today's Supreme Court decision delivers an unconscionable blow...

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins & Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Announce Joint Legislative Hearing on Independent Redistricting

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Government Operations Committee...

Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins & Assembly Speaker Heastie Statement on Appointing Ekow N. Yankah to Public Campaign Finance Board

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the appointment of Ekow N. Yankah to the Public Campaign Finance Board and issued the following statement:Elections are a sacred part of our democracy. With...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Assemblymember David F. Gantt

It is with great sadness that I join my colleagues in mourning the death of the longtime dean of the Assembly's Rochester delegation, David F. Gantt.David was a lifelong public servant and a fierce advocate for his constituents and his community....

June 2020

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court Striking Down Abortion Restrictions

Today's Supreme Court decision to strike down Louisiana's attempt to restrict abortion access is a win for women not just in Louisiana, but across our country.Time and again, we see states seeking to control and limit women's reproductive...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court DACA Decision

Today's Supreme Court ruling establishes what the Assembly Majority has long known to be true: Dreamers are an integral part of the economy and the social fabric of our communities.The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, was established...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Create the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly passed legislation that would establish the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office within the Department of Law to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal...

Assembly Passes Legislation Creating Office of Special Investigation, Ensuring Independent Investigation of Deaths in Law Enforcement Custody

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember N. Nick Perry today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation that would investigate and, when warranted, prosecute when a person dies in law enforcement custody...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Require Body Cameras for All New York State Police Officers

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to establish the New York State Body-Worn Cameras Program to increase accountability and evidence for law enforcement and the residents of the state by providing body-worn cameras...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Promote Transparency and Accountability for Law Enforcement

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would provide greater transparency of law enforcement conduct and promote trust between law enforcement and the public.“All across the nation, there is a shared sense...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Better Ensure the Safety of Individuals in Custody

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the passage of legislation to affirm that police and correctional agencies must provide attention to the medical and mental health needs of individuals in their custody (A.8226-B, Fernandez).“One of my goals...

Assembly Passes Legislation Protecting New Yorkers' Rights to Record Law Enforcement Activity

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember N. Nick Perry today announced the Assembly passed the Right to Monitor Act, which confirms the public's right to record public law enforcement activity (A.1360-A, Perry).“As we seek to bring transparency...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Prevent the Biased Misuse of Emergency Services

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would create a civil penalty for the biased misuse of emergency services, such as 911, when there is no reason to believe a crime or offense, or imminent threat to person or...

Assembly Passes STAT Act to Bring Transparency to Policing Data

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed the Police Statistic and Transparency (STAT) Act, which would provide for collection of data concerning police and court activities, in order to promote transparency and help researchers...

Assembly Passes Legislation Requiring Officers to Promptly Report Discharge of a Firearm

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember N. Nick Perry today announced the Assembly passed legislation that would that require law enforcement officers that discharge their weapon in circumstances where a person could be struck by a bullet from a weapon...

Assembly Passes Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley today announced the Assembly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, which would criminalize the harmful use of a chokehold by a police officer (A.6144-B, Mosley). “I have worked with my...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly to Pass Legislative Package to Protect New Yorkers, Improve Police and Community Relations, and Bring Transparency and Accountability to the Criminal Justice System

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that this week the Assembly will pass a package of legislation to protect New Yorkers, improve police and community relations, and bring transparency and accountability to the criminal justice system.“The Assembly...

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Today the Senate and Assembly had productive majority conferences to discuss the issues occurring in our communities that have caused so much unrest over the last several days. Members have bills on many topics related to these issues and we will be developing...

May 2020

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Tonight has been another night of heartbreak in the wake of the horrendous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protests have been unfolding across the country and here in New York. Let's be clear - the reason for the protests themselves is warranted...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Assembly Majority's Passage of Critical COVID-19 Legislation

Across the state, New Yorkers are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, my colleagues in the Assembly Majority and I convened session to pass a comprehensive package of legislation to address these challenges.Here...

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

Speaker Carl Heastie and Chair of the Committee on Governmental Employees Peter Abbate, Jr. today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure that the families of municipal frontline workers who lost their lives to COVID-19 as a result of...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Announce Passage of Major Legislative Package Combating COVID-19 and Protecting New Yorkers

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Legislature has passed a major legislative package to help support New Yorkers during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and help the state be prepared for...

Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins Announce Plans to Convene Session Next Week

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the Legislature plans to convene session next week to pass legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on...

Speaker Heastie Statement on HEROES Act

During this global pandemic, our state is facing a growing number of extraordinary challenges. As I have continuously said throughout this crisis, assistance from the federal government is critical to maintaining vital programs and ensuring that New Yorkers...

New York State Assembly and Uber Partner to Donate 8,000 Free Meals to New York City Nonprofits and Institutions

Speaker Carl Heastie and Uber today announced a plan for the company to donate 8,000 free meals to nonprofits and institutions serving New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. All of the organizations are on the frontlines of the city's health...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Funding for Food Banks

During this global pandemic, the Assembly Majority knows that New Yorkers are facing challenging times. This virus has threatened more than just our health – it has brought tremendous economic hardship, including food insecurity.For an increasing...

Legislature to Hold Two Joint Legislative Public Hearings on the Impacts of COVID-19 on New York State

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the Legislature will soon hold two public hearings to address the impacts of COVID-19 on New York State. In the interest of public health and safety, the hearings...