Press Releases

Statement from Assemblymember Dan Quart on the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

“After decades of unjust arrests, convictions, and communities torn apart by prohibition, New York is finally legalizing marijuana. Most importantly, we are doing it the right way: by centering the communities most harmed by criminalization. Despite...

Assemblymember Quart, Advocates Demand Passage of the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act

New York, NY – Since 1989, 303 New Yorkers have been exonerated of a crime, amounting to a collective 3,068 years lost to wrongful conviction. Now, advocates and lawmakers are saying the true number of wrongful convictions is higher than reported...

Assemblymember Dan Quart Introduces Legislation to Ban the Use of Controversial Surveillance Tool

New York, NY – Fearing reverse location search warrants could ensnare innocent people, Assemblymember Dan Quart and Senator Zellnor Myrie have introduced legislation (A10246A/S08183) to ban the practice.Whereas a conventional warrant requires law...

Assemblymember Dan Quart Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Face Coverings in Public Spaces

New York, NY – On April 17, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all New Yorkers under the age of 2 to wear a face covering in public when social distancing isn’t possible. Despite the order, wearing a face mask in public is still...

Statement from Assemblymember Dan Quart Regarding Bail Rollbacks

“Rolling back bail reform is unconscionable. It undoes the progress we painstakingly negotiated for months, and it does so through what has been an anti-democratic process. No directly impacted people have been consulted. In fact, the people who...

Comment from State Assemblymember Dan Quart on the Draft Model Sexual Harassment Policies, Complaint Form and Training Document

Sexual harassment is a widespread problem across New York State; no industry is exempt. Stronger policies to protect victims of sexual harassment and to prevent harassers from carrying on unchecked campaigns of harassment for years are critical for the...

Assemblymember Quart Statement on SFY 2018-19 Budget Agreement

New York, NY – Following the announcement of the SFY 2018-2019 Budget Agreement, Assemblymember Quart released the following statement: “There are positives in this year’s budget to celebrate -- an unprecedented amount of funding for...

Assemblymember Quart Statement on Governor Cuomo's Criminal Justice Reform Bills

New York, NY – Assemblymember Dan Quart released the following statement today in response to Governor Cuomo's proposed criminal justice reform bills: “I applaud Governor Cuomo for his effort to draw more attention to the major reforms needed...

Assemblymember Quart Announces Legislation to End Cash Bail, Reform New York’s Criminal Justice System

New York, NY – Assemblymember Dan Quart, joined by anti-online harassment advocate Meaghan Barakett and exoneree advocate Jeffrey Deskovic, today announced a package of bills designed to improve New York’s criminal justice system. The legislation...

Assemblymember Quart, Senator Savino, Advocates Urge Governor to Sign Gravity Knife Reform into Law

New York, NY – Assemblymember Dan Quart, Senator Diane Savino, Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Tina Luongo of The Legal Aid Society, and Andrea Sáenz of Brooklyn Defender Services, today called upon Governor Cuomo to support reform to New York’s...

Letter to Attorney General Schneiderman Regarding the Manhattan DA

Attorney General Eric SchneidermanOffice of the Attorney GeneralThe CapitolAlbany, NY 12224-0341 Dear Attorney General Schneiderman: Public corruption is a stain on any elected official but it is particularly disturbing when the official himself...

A Brighter Future for East Midtown

New York, NY – Immediately after a unanimous vote by the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises, New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick joined New York City leaders on the steps of City Hall to announce the details of the nearly 78-block Greater...

Assemblymember Quart, Senator Savino, Advocates Laud Passage of Gravity Knife Reform, Call on Governor to Sign Bill into Law

New York, NY – Assemblymember Dan Quart, Senator Diane Savino, Tina Luongo of The Legal Aid Society, and Lisa Schreibersdorf, Executive Director of Brooklyn Defender Services, today called upon Governor Cuomo to take swift action and sign gravity...

Assemblymember Quart Announces $19m Investment for Neighborhood Libraries

New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart, Chair of the NYS Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, today announced a $19 million state aid award package for public library systems around New York. This money will be invested in 216 libraries...

Assemblymember Quart Statement on Gravity Knife Passage

New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart released the following statement on today's almost unanimous passage of A05667A, his bill to end discriminatory gravity knife prosecutions: “Today’s sweeping vote is a clear sign that reform to our...

Assemblymember Quart Statement on SFY 2017 - 2018 Budget Agreement

Manhattan, New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart has issued the following statement regarding the SFY 2017 - 2018 Budget Agreement: “My priority since day one has been to make New York a more equitable place for all. This year’s budget...

Assemblymember Quart calls on Governor to reinstate Award for Arts and Culture

The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNew York State CapitolAlbany, NY 12224Dear Governor Cuomo:New York State is a national and global capital for arts and culture. Our artists are consistently the vanguard of innovative, affecting and...

New Report Finds Dirty, Outdated Boilers Sending More Pollution into New York City Air than All Car and Truck Traffic

New York, NY – Today, Assemblymember Dan Quart released Financing Fresh Air, his report documenting the harm done to the city’s air pollution by a number of residential heating boilers still burning the lowest quality fuels. Assemblymember Quart...

Assemblymember Quart Releases Report Detailing Inequities in Property Tax System

New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart (D – New York City) released his white paper, “New York City Property Taxes: An Unbalanced Burden” today. His report sheds light on the inequities inherent in New York City’s current property...

Assemblymember Quart Announces Legislative Session Successes

New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart (D – New York City) announced the passage of his legislative agenda, as well as many bills he cosponsored, as the 2013 legislative session wrapped up. This session, I was proud to vote for an extension...