Press Releases

Joint Statement by Manhattan Elected Officials on DOH Decision Re: Mount Sinai Beth Israel Closure Plan

"The State Department of Health has returned Mount Sinai Beth Israel's closure plan, calling it incomplete and citing inconsistencies in their submission. This is a major win for our community, which has for months been raising the alarm about the negative...

NYCEM Commissioner Joins Assemblymember Epstein and Supportive Legislators in Call for the Inclusion of Safe Basement and Cellar Apartments in Final Budget

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Albany – Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, chair of the Assembly subcommittee on Retention of Homeownership and Stabilization of Affordable Housing, was joined by Commissioner Zach Iscol of New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) and legislators from...

Elected Officials Representing Lower Manhattan Rally to Save Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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New York, NY – Senators Kristen Gonzalez, Brian Kavanagh, and Brad Hoylman-Sigal; Assemblymembers Harvey Epstein, Deborah Glick, and Tony Simone; Council Members Carlina Rivera, Erik Bottcher, and Christopher Marte; and Congressman Jerry Nadler rallied...

Statement by Assemblymember Harvey Epstein Regarding Community Education Council District 2 Resolution #248

I am deeply disturbed by the hateful resolution that passed Community Education Council (CEC) District 2 last night. As an elected official whose district covers part of CEC 2, I want to make it unequivocally clear that policies that harm LGBTQIA+ youth...

Lower Manhattan Health Activists Release Health Equity Impact Study: Beth Israel Closure Would Harm People with Disabilities and Low Incomes, Elderly

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New York, NY – Members of the Community Coalition to Save Beth Israel and NYEEI were joined by Assemblymember Harvey Epstein and State Senator Kirsten Gonzalez today to release a report on the results of a community-led health equity impact assessment...

Assembly Member Epstein Hosts Townhall to Discuss Community Issues

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New York, NY–– Assembly Member Harvey Epstein hosted a town hall on Thursday, January 18th to discuss four major issues facing Lower Manhattan: the proposed closure of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, the affordable housing crisis, the proposed SPARC...

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...