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COVID-19 Fast Facts

COVID-19 Fast Facts
There's a lot of information on COVID-19 out there. Know the facts, stay informed, and help our fellow New Yorkers stay healthy and safe.It's on all of us to help reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus. Stay up to date with the latest news and...

Assemblymember Taylor: HEAP Can Help You Stay Warm This Winter

HEAP Can Help You Stay Warm This Winter
New Yorkers are no strangers to the frigid temperatures, lake-effect storms and walloping Nor’easters that define winter here in the Empire State. We aren’t fazed by slush-covered streets and subway entrances. New Yorkers are tough, but the...

Assemblymember Al Taylor: Assembly to Pass Child Victims Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal announced the Assembly’s intent to pass the Child Victims Act today, which Assemblymember Al Taylor spoke in support of on the floor. The legislation (A.2683, Rosenthal) would help...

Assemblymember Al Taylor: The Time to End Gun Violence is Now

Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-Manhattan) helped pass legislation to prevent and reduce gun violence in New York. The legislative package helps keep guns out of the wrong hands, bans bump stocks, and strictly limits guns on school property. The Assembly...

Assemblymember Al Taylor: Let Teachers Teach so Students Can Learn

Assemblymember Al Taylor passed legislation to remove the mandate that state-created or administered assessments be used for teacher and principal evaluations, thus allowing local school districts to adopt evaluation systems best suited to the needs of...

Assemblymember Al Taylor: Time for the DREAM (Act) to Come True

Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-Manhattan) helped pass the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act today to help ensure the children of immigrants can achieve their college dreams (A.782). The legislation is named in honor of the late State Sen. Jose Peralta,...

Assemblymember Al Taylor: Transgender Rights are Human Rights

Transgender individuals often face discrimination, hate and bigotry for simply expressing their true selves. The Assembly has once again passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) to fight for transgender folks to be themselves without...

Assemblymember Taylor: Court Victory over Census Citizenship Question

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the Trump administration to halt its plan to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. The question asks,...

Assemblymember Al Taylor: We Shouldn’t Penalize New York’s Federal Employees for President Trump’s Shutdown

As the federal government shutdown drags into its fourth week, it’s important to recognize that approximately 14,000 federal employees in New York State work for departments affected by the shutdown.[1] For anyone living paycheck to paycheck and...

Assemblymember Taylor: Election Reform Kicks Offs Legislative Session

Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-Manhattan) helped pass a series of bills to make voting easier for all New Yorkers and to prevent special interests from having a controlling influence on political campaigns. The Assembly has consistently passed election reform...

Assemblymember Taylor: Honoring the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1983, a federal holiday on the third Monday in January was established to celebrate one of the most influential leaders in American history, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A vibrant visionary and global icon of activism, unity and progress, Dr....

Assemblymember Taylor: In the Face of Rising Inequality, We Must Recommit to the War on Poverty

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty during his first State of the Union address, highlighting a national crisis and human rights issue that affected millions of Americans. A host of transformative programs, including...

Assemblymember Taylor: Combatting Opioid Epidemic on All Fronts

Assemblymember Taylor (D-Manhattan) announced that the Drug Take Back Act goes into effect January 6, 2019, creating a statewide drug take-back program – paid for by drug manufacturers, not taxpayers (Ch. 120 of 2018). The program requires participation...

Assemblymember Taylor: Minimum Wage Increase Lifts Up Working Families

Stagnant wages are one of the biggest challenges facing hardworking New Yorkers as they attempt to get ahead and build a better life. Today’s real average wage has roughly the same purchasing power as it did 40 years ago, yet necessary costs like...

Texas Federal Ruling on Affordable Care Act Takes Coverage Away From Millions

New York, NY – A Texas judge ruled on Friday night that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional due to recent changes in the federal tax law. This decision takes away health insurance coverage from millions of Americans who desperately...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Tenants And Strengthen Rent Regulations

Assemblymember Taylor: Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims Deserve to Have Voices Heard, See Justice Served

Assemblymember Taylor (D-Manhattan) announced that he helped pass legislation, known as the Child Victims Act, to enable more victims of childhood sexual abuse to face their abusers in civil or criminal court (A.5885-A). The bill, which the Assembly Majority...

Assemblymember Taylor: Gender Pay Gap Holds Women Back

Assemblymember Taylor (D-Manhattan) announced that he passed legislation to help ensure women earn equal pay for equal work as part of his fight for full women’s equality. The package includes a resolution recognizing April 10 as Equal Pay Day, which...

St. Nicholas Ave. Fire

A five-alarm fire broke out last night, around 11pm at 773 St. Nicholas Avenue. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, I was notified of serious injuries sustained by many first responders and the death of firefighter Michael R. Davidson. I would...

161st Street Station Closing

Like many of you, I was greatly distressed to learn that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would be making only cosmetic improvements to the 161st Street subway station. Though the Americans with Disabilities Act became Federal law nearly 30 years...