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Assembly Passes Legislation to Ensure New Yorkers Can Vote Absentee During Ongoing Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie, Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker and Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would allow New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot if there is a risk of contracting or spreading...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Ensure Rape Survivors Receive Justice

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Catalina Cruz today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to redefine the state’s rape statutes to ensure that victims of nonconsensual sexual conduct are able to seek more appropriate justice.“For...

Legislature Announces 2022 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair, Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 Executive Budget Proposal.These hearings, each of which...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assemblymember Zebrowski Appointed Temporary Co-Chair of LATFOR

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that Assemblymember Kenneth Zebrowski has been appointed to be the temporary co-chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR).“The results of reapportionment will determine...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

As part of the governor’s safety protocols prior to today’s State of the State message, I underwent two rapid COVID-19 tests which did not come back clear. I am now awaiting results from a follow up PCR test. I get tested routinely, and most...

Grants Action News - January 2022

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a meaningful wage to achieve financial independence and support their families.That is why in 2016, we fought tirelessly to enact legislation...

Notice of Public Hearing - To examine the overall impact and implementation of the enacted 2021-2022 State Budget as it relates to direct and indirect funding of workforce development programs administered and/or funded by various State entities

Notice of Public Hearing - Homelessness in New York State

Grants Action News - December 2021

Notice of Public Hearing - To examine New York’s horse racing industry and the businesses that support it

Assembly Judiciary Committee Releases Investigation Report

The New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee today released a report completed by lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP concerning allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo.In March 2021, the Judiciary Committee was charged by Speaker Carl...

Notice of Public Hearing - Perinatal Care

Notice of Public Hearing - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of higher education

Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie Ask for More ERAP Funding

On November 17th, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie formally requested an additional $996 million from the Federal Reserve for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). These funds would help...

Notice of Public Hearing - Review of Climate Change Expenditures by State Entities

Notice of Public Hearing - The impact of COVID-19 on programs and support services for older adults and their caregivers within the state

Speaker Heastie Statement on 20 Year Anniversary of AA587 Crash in Belle Harbor

Two months after the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks, another tragedy took the lives of 260 people on board American Airlines Flight 587 bound for the Dominican Republic, including five people on the ground in Belle Harbor, Queens.For New...

Notice of Public Hearing - Gateway Program Update

Notice of Public Hearing - The impact of COVID19 on the delivery of health care and the health care workforce.

Notice of Public Hearing - Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Program Update

Notice of Public Hearing - Adaptation and recovery of libraries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

New York State Assembly Midyear Report

Notice of Public Hearing - Employment Trends from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Heastie Statement on Nomination of Assemblymember N. Nick Perry for Ambassador to Jamaica

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Assemblymember N. Nick Perry, on his nomination to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Jamaica. In his nearly three decades in the New York State Assembly, he has been a voice for his constituents...

Notice of Public Hearing - Oversight of the SFY 2021-2022 State Budget as it relates to assisting small- and medium-sized farms and related small businesses to compete in the state, national and international marketplace

Notice of Public Hearing - Mental Health Workforce

Grants Action News - November 2021

Notice of Public Hearing - Retail Sale of Zero Emission Vehicles

Notice of Public Hearing - Availability of services for individuals with a substance use disorder in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Speaker Carl Heastie, Representative Jamaal Bowman, Senator Jamaal Bailey and Council Member Kevin Riley Statement on the Passing of General Colin Powell

Today we join the country in mourning the loss of General Colin Powell, a great man and an extraordinary leader.Born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx by Jamaican parents, General Powell helped blaze a trail for men and women of color at the highest levels...

Notice of Public Hearing - Medicaid Program Efficacy and Sustainability

Notice of Public Hearing - Cryptocurrency Mining

Notice of Public Hearing - Family involvement in the child welfare system

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour in Nassau County

Pictured in the first photo are Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Gina Sillitti touring Hurricane Ida damage in the Village of Manorhaven.
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Nassau County with Assemblymember Gina Sillitti. Together they visited the Plandome Road business district to talk about the Manhasset sewer project, and toured damage homeowners in Manorhaven...

Notice of Public Hearing - Oversight of the State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 State Budget for New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

Notice of Public Hearing - Gun safety proposals and the status of the firearm ammunition sales database in New York

Speaker Heastie's Statewide Tour Continues in Westchester

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at Lewisboro Town Park is Assemblymember Chris Burdick, Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons, Lewisboro Town Board member Jane Crimmins and staff from Lewisboro Town Park Playground Improvement Corporati
Speaker Carl Heastie today traveled to Westchester to continue his statewide tour with Assemblymember Chris Burdick. During the visit, the pair made stops at a local playground, a community center and an immigrant resource center.“Every community...

Grants Action News - October 2021

Notice of Public Hearing - Non-MTA Public Transit Systems and Service

Notice of Public Hearing - The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on the Open Meetings Law

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour with Stops in Rochester and Onondaga County

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at the Lexington Avenue Farm is (from left to right) Foodlink Chief Program Officer and City Councilman Mitch Gruber and Assemblymember Sarah Clark
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour with stops at Special Touch Bakery and the Lexington Avenue Community Garden in Rochester with Assemblymember Sarah Clark, and the White Pine Commerce Park and the North Syracuse Early Education...

Notice of Public Hearing - Governance of the New York City School District

Notice of Public Hearing - The Role of Local Governments in Accessory Dwelling Unit Siting

Speaker Heastie's Statewide Tour Continues in Buffalo

Speaker Heastie is pictured in the first photo at Fowler’s Chocolates Factory Headquarters.
Speaker Heastie today continued his statewide tour with Assemblymembers William Conrad and Jon Rivera in Buffalo. The trip included a tour of Fowler’s Chocolates Factory Headquarters, tire manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber USA and a stop at the Hispanic...

Notice of Public Hearing - Restructuring the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (NYSDVS)

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour in Western New York

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Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Western New York with Assemblymembers Jennifer Lunsford and Demond Meeks, taking a walking tour of the village of Fairport and touring Heritage Christian Services in Penfield and East High...

Notice of Public Hearing - Conditions at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility and Other Facilities of the New York City Department of Correction

Speaker Heastie Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th Attack

Twenty years ago, our nation experienced one of the most devastating attacks in U.S. history that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people.For New Yorkers, the events that unfolded that day shook us to our core and overwhelmed us with a shared sense of grief.In...

Notice of Public Hearing - Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Speaker Heastie Announces Appointment of Adam W. Perry to the Cannabis Control Board

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that he has appointed Adam W. Perry to serve on the Cannabis Control Board.“As we create the mechanisms and regulations around the new legal cannabis industry, it is critical that we have people involved that...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

I was informed today that Assemblymembers Charles Fall and Inez Dickens have tested positive for COVID-19. Both have been vaccinated and are currently quarantining. We are now in the process of reaching out to other members and staff that they may have...

Speaker Heastie Announces New Leadership Positions

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the following leadership appointments:  Chair, Majority Steering Rebecca A. Seawright Chair, Banks Patricia Fahy Chair, Task Force on Women's Issues         ...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Extend Eviction & Foreclosure Moratoriums, Ensure New Yorkers Have Access to Critical Rental Assistance

Speaker Carl Heastie, Codes Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz and Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today announced that the Assembly will pass critical legislation that will extend the residential and commercial eviction and foreclosure moratoriums...

Grants Action News - September 2021

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour on Long Island

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Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour on Long Island with Assemblymember Steve Stern, touring Huntington Station and then visiting Farmingdale State College, where they met with Farmingdale State College President John Nader and...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

Today, we have sworn in the first woman to serve as governor of New York. From State Senate majority leader to state attorney general to vice president of the United States, we continue to see women rise through the ranks of government, and it is a welcome...

Speaker Heastie Begins Annual Statewide Tour in Cortland and Tompkins Counties with Assemblymember Kelles

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie in Cortland (from left to right): REACH Project, Inc. Medical Director Dr. Justine Waldman and Assemblymember Anna Kelles.
Speaker Heastie today began his annual statewide tour, joining Assemblymember Anna Kelles in touring Main Street in Cortland and meeting with the REACH Project, Inc Medical Director Dr. Justine Waldman, as well as touring the Learning Farm in Ithaca.“One...

Notice of Public Hearing - Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Judiciary Chair Charles Lavine

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue to review evidence and issue a final report on its investigation of Governor Cuomo. In doing so, the committee will take all appropriate steps to ensure that this effort does not interfere with various ongoing...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on Impeachment Investigation

After consulting with Chair Lavine and my majority colleagues, the Assembly will suspend its impeachment investigation upon the governor’s resignation taking effect on August 25.There are two reasons for this decision. First, the purpose of the...

Notice of Public Hearing - Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

This has been a tragic chapter in our state's history. Governor Cuomo's resignation is the right decision.The brave women who stepped forward were heard. Everyone deserves to work in a harassment free environment.I have spoken with Lieutenant Governor...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie Following the Judiciary Committee Meeting on the Impeachment Investigation into Governor Cuomo

August 9, 2021Legislative Office BuildingAlbany___________________________________[as prepared]Good afternoon.On March 1st, the attorney general was authorized to undertake an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Governor...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.Richard dedicated his life to fighting for working people. His passing is a tremendous loss to my union brothers and sisters, but his legacy has undoubtedly changed...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

After our conference this afternoon to discuss the Attorney General's report concerning sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo, it is abundantly clear to me that the Governor has lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority and...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on Attorney General's Report

We have received the Attorney General's 168 page report containing findings of sexual harassment and misconduct committed by Governor Cuomo. The findings contained in the report are disturbing. The details provided by the victims are gut-wrenching....

Notice of Public Hearing - Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

The recent spike in the COVID-19 pandemic shows that we still have more work to do in order to overcome this terrible health crisis. In order to ensure the safety of the public and our employees, and consistent with CDC and state guidance, the Assembly...

Notice of Public Hearing - The Provision of Electric Service on Long Island

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