Press Releases

NYS BPHA Caucus Urges Passage of Legislation to Protect Black Lives and Push for Criminal Justice Reforms

Queens, NY – Today, Queens legislators of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus held a press conference to urge immediate passage of legislation aimed at bringing justice to police and judicial departments...

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NY to Have First Crypto Task Force

Recently, New York State became the first state in the nation to create a cryptocurrency task force to study how to properly regulate, define and use cryptocurrency. Last week, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, signed into law The Digital Currency Study Bill,...

NYS Net Neutrality

In 2015, under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) advanced rules that treated telecom companies and Internet service providers (ISP) like utilities, aiming to stop them from meddling with the Internet. The rules also...

Life by 2030, New York State Get Ready

From September 9, 1777 to June 30, 1778, the first New York State Legislature convened in Kingston New York. And that time, mail was being transported by foot or horseback. The lawmakers traveled to Kingston by horse. The automobile, airplane and telephone...

Did Russia Hack our Elections? NY Lost 126,000 Voter Records! The Case for Blockchain Technology

Since the United States presidential election in 2016, there remains uncertainty on whether Russians hacked into our various state boards of elections. In the same year in New York, 126,000 registered voters were found to be missing from the election...

Bitcoin Around the Corner, Literally

Recently, while sitting in my office in Queens Village, I decided to conduct a Google search on Bitcoin ATM’s near me. To my surprise, a number of results came up. The closest Bitcoin ATM is located in a convenience store 1/10 of a mile away on the...

Assemblyman Vanel passes sweeping criminal justice reforms to increase fairness, transparency

Assemblyman Vanel (D-33) announced he helped pass a series of bills aimed at increasing fairness and transparency in the state’s criminal justice system. The legislation helps assure that young people charged with nonviolent offenses have a better chance...

Statement from Assemblyman Clyde Vanel on President Trump’s Immigration and Border Control Plan

This weekend we witnessed the power of American patriotism as thousands of fellow New Yorkers flooded every terminal of JFK Airport to protest the deeply un-American motion made by President Trump to close our country’s borders. The ban violates our...

Clyde Vanel takes Oath to Represent NYS 33rd Assembly District

United State Senator Chuck Schumer, left, was one of the main speakers at Assemblyman Clyde Vanel’s inauguration to the New York State Assembly. QUEENS VILLAGE — On Sunday January 22, 2017, approximately 800 people from Queens and surrounding areas...