Press Releases

At-Home Covid Tests

New Yorkers are now able to receive free at-home COVID-19 tests! Insurance companies and group health plans will cover the cost of eight over the counter at-home COVID-19 tests per person each month. Getting tested when necessary is crucial to protect...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a visionary, a global figure and an icon whose ideas have influenced people for generations. Dr. King dedicated his life to unifying people of all backgrounds and actualizing his dream of a nation where people thrived together...

Governor Kathy Hochul Signs Assemblyman Michael Cusick’s Legislation Creating Statewide Veterans’ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Task Force

Albany – Today Governor Kathy Hochul signed A5836 sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) which creates a veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention task force. The task force will be tasked with making recommendations to...

Governor Kathy Hochul Signs Cusick Veterans Legislation on Veteran’s Day

Albany – Today Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law A6100, sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island), requiring that intake forms at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and homeless shelters include the question: “Have...

Assemblyman Charles D. Fall and Assemblyman Michael Cusick Secure $90,000 for Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island – Assemblyman Charles D. Fall (D-Richmond) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Richmond) visited staff, administration, and animals at the Staten Island Zoo after securing $90,000 for the zoo’s educational programming. In the past,...

Assembly Members Michael Cusick and Charles Fall Announce They Have Secured $1 Million to Reopen the Broadway YMCA

Staten Island – Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) and Assemblyman Charles Fall (D-North Shore) stood in front of the Broadway YMCA today with YMCA administrators and staff to announce they have secured $1 million from the New York State...

New York State Legislature Restores Verrazzano Bridge Resident Discount Back to Original Price

The New York State Legislature voted today to include $5.2 million in the 2021-22 New York State Budget to restore the Verrazzano Bridge Staten Island Resident Discount back to its original price after a recent increase by the MTA. Last November, the...

Assemblyman Cusick, Chairman of the Assembly Energy Committee, to Work with Governor on Achieving Ambitious Clean Energy Goals

Staten Island – Today Governor Cuomo delivered part three of his annual State of the State address, which was dedicated entirely to unveiling his clean energy priorities for the coming year. In the first part of his address on Monday, the Governor...

Energy Committee Chairman Cusick Says Clean Hydrogen Should Be Top Priority

Staten Island – As the 2021 Legislative Session begins, Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) Chairman of the Assembly Energy Committee has announced his top priorities for the energy committee this session. Among his top energy priorities...

Cyber Attack on Federal Agencies Demonstrates Need for Cusick Cyber-Security Legislation

STATEN ISLAND – The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) among other agencies and private entities announced last week they have evidence that they were targeted by hackers who accessed...

Cusick Announces New York State Legislature Will Conduct Joint Hearings on Utilities Response to Tropical Storm Isaias

Albany – Today the New York State Legislature announced it will be holding a joint hearing on August 20th to examine the response of multiple utility companies in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. In the wake of the storm, hundreds of thousands...

Assemblymember Cusick Urges PSC to Investigate COVID-19 Impact on Energy Customers

Staten Island – Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) issued a letter today urging the Public Service Commission to investigate and respond to the impact the COVID-19 Pandemic is having on residential and small business utility customers....

New York State Legislators Continue Work to Protect MTA from Foreign Threat

Staten Island - Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) has joined Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) in support of legislation that will prevent foreign state-owned enterprises, including the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), from...

PSC Responds to Cusick Letter: Staten Island Outages will be Investigated

Staten Island – After weeks of power outages throughout New York City, including large swaths of Staten Island, Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) called on the state to launch an investigation of Con Edison’s operations in late July....

Cusick Touts End of Session Achievements

Albany – Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) was joined by his colleagues in the State Legislature to pass a number of important legislative initiatives this session, including the preservation of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge residential...

Cusick Passes Legislation to Prevent Spread Of Fentanyl

Albany – Today the State Assembly passed legislation (A5838) introduced by Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) that will give law enforcement agencies more teeth to target the spread of fentanyl. "Staten Island has been hit hard by...

Cusick and Rose Applaud Electric Bus Rollout on Staten Island; Encourage More Investment Statewide

Albany – Representative Max Rose (D-Staten Island) and Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) applauded the MTA's rollout of 62 electric buses on Staten Island, part of more than 100 replacement buses coming by 2021. Cusick, chair of the...

Cusick Bill to Give Staten Islanders Notice before Wetland Development Passes Assembly

Albany – Today, legislation authored by Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) has passed in the State Assembly that will require neighboring landowners to be notified if development is proposed in protected wetlands (A4454). “This...

Cusick Meets Staten Island Students at Disability Day in the State Capitol

Assemblyman Cusick, former Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities, along with Assemblyman Reilly attended Disability Awareness Day at the State Capitol in May. Assemblyman Cusick has sponsored an Island-wide poster contest each year
Albany – Students from Staten Island gathered in Albany to advocate on behalf of disabled people and show their “Disabilities Awareness Day” posters. As former chair of the Task Force on People with Disabilities, Assemblymember Michael...

Student Athletes Will Be Educated About Sudden Cardiac Arrest after Cusick Legislation Passes Assembly

Albany – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D - Staten Island) to ensure student athletes are educated about sudden cardiac arrest passed the state Assembly today. It is carried in the Senate by Senator Andrew Lanza (D - Staten...