Press Releases

Assemblymember Bronson: Safe Staffing Legislation a Win for Health Care Workers, Vulnerable New Yorkers

Assemblymember Harry Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Henrietta) announced that he helped pass legislation that prioritizes the health and safety of New Yorkers by setting safe staffing standards at hospitals and nursing homes statewide.“The heroic, tireless...

Assemblymember Bronson Supports Earth Day Legislation to Preserve Environment for Future Generations

Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester) announced that he helped pass an Earth Day legislative package, which builds on his previous efforts to combat climate change and preserve our environment not only for future generations but for Rochester...

Economic Development Chair Assemblymember Harry Bronson Delivers $1 Billion in Small Business Recovery Relief

Rochester, NY – Economic Development Chair Assemblymember Harry Bronson today announced $1 Billion in small business recovery relief included in the Economic Development portion of the 2021-22 NYS Budget.“2020 challenged our economy more than...

Assemblymember Bronson: Assembly Police Reform and Accountability Bills Take Effect April 1st

Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester) announced that several new laws he co-sponsored to provide oversight and accountability of police departments will go into effect on April 1st.“Every person, regardless of the color of their skin, is...

Assemblymember Bronson: Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana is an Important Step Toward Social Equity

“For far too long, low-income and minority communities have been disproportionately affected by outdated drug laws, including the criminalization of marijuana. Today, we took a historic step toward righting this injustice.“Legalization of...

Assemblymember Bronson: Assembly Budget Proposal Invests in New York’s Recovery

“After more than a year of battling COVID-19, our communities have faced significant challenges as this virus changed nearly every facet of our lives. Vaccine distribution shows us that the end is in sight, but our state’s recovery depends...

Assemblymember Bronson’s bill to Publicize Nursing Home Inspection Data Passes Assembly

Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester) announced that a bill he sponsored to require the state Department of Health (DOH) to publish online all inspections conducted on nursing homes and residential health care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis...

Assemblymember Bronson Passes Bill to Allow Family Caregivers to Visit Nursing Home Residents

Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester) announced that a bill he sponsored to allow personal caregiver and short-term compassionate care visitors at nursing homes and residential health care facilities passed the Assembly (A.1052-B).“My bill...

Assemblymember Bronson on Revoking Governor’s Emergency Powers

“Last year, when COVID-19 first threw our state into turmoil and so much was unknown and uncertain, an overwhelmingly bipartisan legislative majority granted the governor emergency powers to quickly deal with the sudden crisis. It is now time to...

Statement on Grand Jury Decision to Not Charge Officers involved in Daniel Prude's Death

Today my thoughts are with the family of Daniel Prude. This grand jury report underscores the need for drastic, transformative, systemic changes in law enforcement training and mental health crisis response in New York State. Our work continues in the...

Senator May and Assemblymember Bronson: A Giant Step to Reunite Families and Their Loved Ones

“It is good news to hear that family members will finally be able to visit their loved ones in our nursing home facilities. People from across the state have taken time to call and zoom with us to explain the cruel impact of isolation and the devastating...

Assemblymember Bronson and Senator Brouk Introduces Legislation to Create Mental Health Response Councils

Assemblymember Harry Bronson (D-138 AD) and State Senator Samra Brouk (D-55 SD) announced that they introduced legislation to establish state and regional mental health response councils, which would permit mental health professionals to respond to mental...

Greater Rochester Area Delegation Votes to Repeal “Walking While Trans” Law

Today, the New York State Legislature passed legislation that is championed by communities of color, the transgender community, and the Rochester Democratic Delegation. This legislation, A3355 (Paulin) and S1351 (Hoylman), known as the repeal of “Walking...

Statement on Nursing Home Bill

“The coronavirus pandemic has put many of our families with older relatives in crisis. Starting from the very beginning of this pandemic, I heard from the families with loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living communities who were no longer...

Assemblymember Harry Bronson on Nursing Home Report from New York Attorney General

“Today’s report by the Attorney General brings to the forefront the tragic events that have transpired at nursing homes with the onset on the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings are heartbreaking and reveal what many of us have heard directly...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Working Group on Transitioning N.Y. Economy Toward COVID-19 Recovery; Bronson Named Co-Chair

“I want to thank the Speaker for his foresight in putting together the COVID Economy Work Group and look forward to working with my co-chair Small Business Committee Chair Al Stirpe and all the other Assembly committee chairs on this Work Group....

Assemblymember Harry Bronson: Assembly to Help Workers and Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Assemblymember Harry Bronson, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, is proud to announce that legislation he sponsored to protect small businesses from eviction during this harrowing time, has passed the...

Assemblymember Harry Bronson: State Budget Top Priority

This is a challenging year for our state. With a pandemic raging, economic growth going in the wrong direction, and a federal government that has abdicated its responsibility for months, we will have many hurdles in forming a final budget.A budget that...

Assemblymember Harry Bronson: On the Governor’s State of the State Address

“As Chair of the Assembly’s Economic Development Committee, I understand that to move our state’s economy forward, especially following the pandemic, we will need to embrace the emerging green technologies. This will include a continued...

Assemblymember Harry Bronson on the Governor’s State of the State: Ending the Digital Divide

“As I listened to the Governor’s second installment of his “State of the State” address, I reflected on my first Economic Development Committee as Chair, held this morning, and the incredible amount of work there is to be done,...