Weekly News Update

Legislative Update

Assembly passes legislation to support New Yorkers with disabilities

This week the Assembly passed legislation to help improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities in honor of this year’s Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day.

People with disabilities face unique challenges every day. It’s important that we continue to address the issues that affect those most and ensure they have the opportunity to attain the quality of life they deserve.

The Assembly’s legislation includes measures to fight discrimination against New Yorkers with disabilities. To read the entire article please click here.

Veteran’s Equality Bill… Third Time’s the Charm?

The NYS Assembly recently passed bill A.9531 again which we call the Veteran’s Equality Bill. This is a bill to correct an injustice to some of our veterans who are in the New York State Pension system.

Currently, only some veterans are eligible for pension credit in the New York State public retirement system. To read the full piece that I wrote on this topic please click here.

Business Regulation Council to Accept Comments and Recommendations Online

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have announced that the temporary Business Regulation Council is accepting comments and recommendations online through May 26.

As one of a handful of small business owner’s in the legislature I know all too well the challenges and downright frustration business owners and their employees face doing business in New York State. I am committed to passing legislation that will not harm hardworking employees and reduce unnecessary costs and regulations on businesses. The reality is that working together with public input we can improve the business climate and create even more jobs so more people can call New York home. I look forward to hearing the recommendations and finding more ways to ensure a brighter economic future for New York. Email your ideas today to brcnys@exec.ny.gov.

Events in the District

Diplomacy Begins Here: Global Ties U.S. Regional Summit

The International Center of the Capital Region, the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts and Rochester Global Connections, in partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State are hosting a diplomacy summit in Albany on Wednesday, June 1.

The theme for this year’s regional summit is Women’s Empowerment: Keys to Leadership. The Summit will focus on topics like U.S. public diplomacy and foreign policy.

For more information or to register for the summit feel free to click here.

Albany Job Fair

The City of Albany Department of Youth & Workforce Services and Schenectady County Community College Career, SUNY College Career Counseling Center will be hosting a job fair next Wednesday, May 25.

The job fair will be completely free and is open to all ages, experience levels and industries. It will run from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 112 State Street Albany, NY 12207.

For more information on the job fair feel free to call (518) 242-8240 or email workforce@capreg.org.

In the News

I caught up with Time Warner Cable News earlier in the week to discuss bill A. 6039, "Laree's Law" would establish the crime of homicide by sale of an opiate controlled substance. If you would like to watch the full interview click here.