Assemblywoman Joyner’s Statement Regarding the Passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Act

“The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act will save lives by establishing sound nurse-to-patient ratios that ensures those that care for us are not overworked and continue to offer the best care possible. As a sponsor of Assembly Bill A.8580-A, I am happy to lead the fight in improving working conditions for nurses in New York hospitals and other acute care facilities by requiring minimum staffing levels and making sure our medical professionals are not overstrained or assigned too many patients. Mandating these safe guards can improve the overall care and health of all New Yorkers and enhance the safety for our nurses so that those able-bodied individuals can continue to care for our well-being, and that of our families and friends, when we need them most.”

Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner represents the 77th Assembly District, which includes the Claremont, Concourse, Highbridge, Mount Eden and Morris Heights sections of The Bronx. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Diversity in Law and a founding member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus’ Women of Color Subcommittee. She also serves on the Assembly’s Aging, Consumer Affairs and Protection, Housing, Insurance, Judiciary and Social Services Committees. A champion for families, Assemblywoman Joyner has made her mark both in Albany and in the community on issues ranging from preserving affordable housing and ensuring quality education for all to protecting victims of domestic violence.