Press Releases

Assembly Member Epstein and Senator Kavanagh Announce Bill Empowering New York City to Safely Legalize Existing Basement Apartments

New York – Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, chair of the Assembly subcommittee on Retention of Homeownership and Stabilization of Affordable Housing and Senator Brian Kavanagh, chair of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development...

State Legislators and Advocates Release Package of Bills to Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Albany, NY – A coalition that includes the Chairs of the Assembly Committee on People with Disabilities and Subcommittee on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities unveiled a package of nine bills that would improve employment outcomes...

Assembly Member Epstein and Senator Harckham Unveil Bill to Protect New Yorkers’ Right to a Nonreligious Treatment Program Option

New York – As National Recovery Month draws to a close, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein (D, WF-Manhattan) and Senator Pete Harckham (D, WF-Hudson Valley) are introducing legislation (A.8163/ S.7313) to require courts that mandate substance abuse treatment...

New York told landlords not to evict renters. Advocates say that’s not enough.

Calls Grow For State Exams to Be Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

N.Y. lawmakers seek relief from evictions amid coronavirus crisis

Bill Would Require Local Waste Management Plans

Bail reform supporters rally at state capital to protect law, end mass criminalization

Sen. Gounardes, State Elected Officials and College Students with Disabilities Rally for Increased State Funds

College students rally at State Capitol fighting to secure funding for disability services

Lawmakers question NY governor's higher ed spending plan

Advocates rally to denounce efforts to rollback NY's bail reform laws

Assemblymember Epstein and State Senator Salazar Unveil Proposal to Raise Millions for Public Housing by Taxing Private Equity Backed Real Estate Transactions

ALBANY, NY – Responding to the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) historic capital needs deficit and disinvestment in public housing across New York, state legislators Assemblymember Epstein and Senator Salazar are proposing expansion...

Assemblymember Harvey Epstein Holds 2nd Annual Town Hall

EAST VILLAGE, NEW YORK –– Assemblymember Harvey Epstein convened organizers and representatives from a host of community based organizations to educate and activate residents of the 74th Assembly District interested in fighting for progressive...

Cash Bail Was Never About Safety

Pols take aim at private equity with plan to tax mezz debt

ANOTHER VIEW: Have a brew, support higher education

Bill Would Require Access To Medication

New Coalition Highlights High Unemployment Rate for NYC Disability Community Despite Strong Economy

New York, New York – Advocates, government officials, and students today kicked off a campaign to call public attention to the dramatically lower labor force participation and employment rates in the disability community, noting that there continues...

Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Local Electeds Approve Sydney Ireland’s Eagle Scout Project

NEW YORK, NY -- TODAY, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein met with local electeds to hold an Eagle Board of Review for female Eagle candidate Sydney Ireland, ultimately voting to approve her Eagle Scout Project. The favorable vote cleared the way for Ms....