Press Releases

Dinowitz Co-Sponsors Legislation to Reform Rockefeller Drug Laws

The State Legislature, after years of stalemate, passed legislation to reform the draconian drug laws enacted under Governor Rockefeller. The legislation addresses first-time, nonviolent drug offenders who have received unfairly lengthy prison sentences...

Dinowitz Co-Sponsors Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage

The minimum wage law will take effect over the Governor’s veto. In January 2007, the minimum wage will be $2 an hour more than the current $5.15. Nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers will benefit, directly or indirectly, by this wage hike. The Assembly...

Dinowitz Announces Legislation to Prevent the Trafficking of Persons Across State Lines

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has introduced legislation on the trafficking of persons across state lines. Many state laws are not written in the best way to address the serious concern of trafficking of persons. There is a nation-wide effort of states...

Dinowitz to MTA: ‘Leave the 9 Line Alone’

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has reached out to Peter S. Kalikow, the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), and asked him to leave the current service of the number 9 train as is. The MTA has been recently studying whether or not to...

Assembly Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, announced that the Assembly passed a plan to reform New York’s ineffective and outdated Rockefeller drug laws, giving judges the discretion to...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Holocaust Victims Recover Stolen Assets

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz announced the Assembly passage of a series of bills meant to help Holocaust victims and their families recover assets stolen from them during the World War II. The Assemblyman is a multi-sponsor of each of the bills in this...

Dinowitz Sponsors Legislation to Protect New Yorkers from Gun Violence

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz announced passage today of a comprehensive package of legislation that he multi-sponsored, designed to keep guns out of the wrong hands. The legislation protects children from firearms, improves identification databases, bans...

Assemblyman Dinowitz Holds Statewide Hearing on Co-occurring Disorders

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the Chair of the State Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, along with the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities recently held a hearing on the problem of co-occurring disorders....

Assemblyman Dinowitz Gets Perfect Attendance Record for 2003 Votes

Over 1,600 votes were taken in the New York State Assembly in the 2003 legislative session. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz was there for every one of them, claiming a perfect attendance record. Among these votes was A.8069c, the legislation would allowed...

Assemblyman Dinowitz Lights Up Johnson Avenue

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is pleased to announce that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and Con Edison have finally addressed some of the problems of the new streetlights along Johnson Avenue. Recently, the lights have again begun...

Assemblyman Dinowitz Announces State Raises SCRIE Income: Governor Pataki Signs Dinowitz-Sponsored Bill to Help Seniors

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is pleased to announce that Governor Pataki has signed legislation that he sponsored that would increase eligibility for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) from $20,000 to $24,000 annually. Applicants...

Assemblyman Dinowitz Speaks at Educational Forum on Buprenorphine

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, spoke at an educational forum sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) on the newly available medication for heroin treatment,...

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz Holds Public Hearing on Heroin Epidemic

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the Chair of the New York State Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, held a public hearing on the growing heroin epidemic. At the hearing, over a dozen concerned citizens ranging from doctors to counselors, voiced...

Assemblyman Dinowitz Gears Up as Alcohol & Drug Abuse Chair: Visits Several Treatment Facilities

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has been very busy since becoming Chair of the New York State Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. Since he took his post, the Assemblyman has visited and toured several alcohol and drug treatment centers throughout...

Assemblyman Dinowitz to Governor Pataki: Make Pre-K the Law

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is a sponsor of an amendment to the State Constitution that would make pre-kindergarten a permanent part of New York's education system, guaranteeing all students a head start on academic achievement and future success. Research...