Press Releases

Assemblymember Simon, Muhammad Ali’s Daughter Miya, Students, & Advocates Kick-off the Inaugural Dyslexia Diagnosis Day

Brooklyn, NY – On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn), Miya Ali, Muhammad Ali’s Daughter, local elected officials, and students, parents and administrators from the Mary McDowell Friends School helped kick-off...

Assemblymember Simon and Miya Ali, Muhammad Ali’s Daughter, Will Kick off the First Ever Dyslexia Diagnosis Day

Brooklyn, NY – On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) will help kick-off the first ever global Dyslexia Diagnosis Day, conceived of by actor, activist and author Ameer Baraka, who did not learn to read until he was...

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Senator Martin Golden Announce the Enactment of Bipartisan Dyslexia Legislation to Address Common Learning Disability in Students

Brooklyn, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law dyslexia legislation that will improve the lives of thousands of students. A.8262/S.6581 will improve awareness of and understanding of dyslexia, the most common learning disability. This will...

Assemblymembers Jo Anne Simon & Robert Carroll Joined Families, Schools, and Nurses to Rally in Support of School Based Health Centers

Brooklyn, NY – Assemblymembers Robert Carroll and Jo Anne Simon, and other elected officials, joined families, schools and school-based health care providers today for a rally in support of School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in front of PS 146....

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Senator Martin Golden Announce the Unanimous Passage of Bipartisan Dyslexia Bill

Albany, NY – On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) and Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) announced that the Assembly and the Senate unanimously passed dyslexia legislation A8262/S6581 that will improve awareness...

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Senator Betty Little Announce Introduction of Bi-partisan Gender Neutral Bill to Update Antiquated Firefighter & Police Officer Language

Albany, NY – On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) and Senator Betty Little (R-Glens Falls) announced the introduction of gender neutral legislation (A8321/S6542) to update antiquated and inaccurate language in state...

Assembly Member Simon and Senator Golden Host 2nd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day in Albany

Albany, NY – Today, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) and Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) hosted the 2nd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day at the Capitol. People from all over New York State who are affected by Dyslexia attended including...

Assembly Passes the LICH Act

Today, the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act passed in the New York State Assembly, reported Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. “I am very pleased that this important piece of legislation protecting our communities is now one step closer...

Statement on the Proposed Education Investment Tax Credit/Parental Choice in Education Act

There is little doubt that many parents who choose to educate their children in religious or private schools feel the pinch. I understand this choice and the sacrifice many parents make. It is a choice my parents made when they sent me to Catholic schools....

Education Budget Letter

Dear Friend, I want to share with you my thoughts on the recently passed 2015-16 state budget and what it means for New York’s schools. This year’s state budget is the result of a hard-fought battle between the Legislature and the governor...