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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

Assembly to Hold Hearing on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Speaker Carl Heastie, Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein, Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz and Social Services Committee Chair Linda B. Rosenthal today announced the Assembly will hold a hearing on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to...

Federal Government Began Disbursement of Monthly Child Tax Credits This Week

This week, the federal government began the disbursement of monthly Child Tax Credit payments that were included in the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this year. Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

In its never ending quest to degrade public discourse, the New York Post's editorial board today reached a new low, if that is even possible. Using racist dog whistle language to make an inaccurate point about an issue which I am not even involved with...

Assembly Continues Working to Ensure Small Businesses Keep Critical Grant Funding to Aid in COVID-19 Recovery

Speaker Carl Heastie, Small Business Committee Chair Al Stirpe and Assemblymember Erik Dilan today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to help small businesses across New York by ensuring that grants from the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business...

Assembly Passes Public Health Measure to Reduce the Spread of Blood Borne Diseases

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to decriminalize the possession and sale of hypodermic needles and syringes to reduce the spread of blood borne diseases, most notably...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Establish the Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would create the state Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate to represent residential utility consumers’ interests in residential and utility matters at the state...

Notice of Public Hearing - Ranked Choice Voting in New York City

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

Addressing climate change continues to be a top priority for the Assembly Majority. The adoption of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) in 2019 was an important first step in establishing climate and equity requirements, but we...

Grants Action News - July 2021

Statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

The Assembly Majority has passed a number of important voting reforms to strengthen our electoral system and provide easier access to all New Yorkers. The situation regarding the tabulation issues in New York City is extremely concerning, and we are closely...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Improve Water Quality in Schools

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would improve drinking water quality in schools by strengthening water testing requirements, including increasing the frequency...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Sentencing of Derek Chauvin

The murder of George Floyd was a tragedy, one that became a rallying cry and a call to action across our country. Today, Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and half years in prison for his murder. I hope that today’s sentencing brings George Floyd’s...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Hold Out of State Businesses Engaged in Improper Conduct Financially and Legally Accountable in New York

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced that the Assembly passed legislation that would help New York businesses by holding out of state business to the same standards as those headquartered in New York....

Assembly Passes Package of Critical Consumer Credit Protection Legislation

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Assembly passed a comprehensive package of consumer credit protection legislation.“The Assembly Majority has long been committed to protecting the rights...

Assembly Passes Sweeping Legislative Package to Address Discriminatory Real Estate Practices

Speaker Carl Heastie and Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today announced the Assembly has passed a comprehensive package of legislation addressing discrimination in the real estate industry.In 1968, the federal Fair Housing Act was passed to...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on the End of 2021 Session

During one of the toughest times in our history, the New York State Assembly rose to the occasion to meet the challenges we faced. This session we passed groundbreaking legislation and delivered a historic budget that met the needs of New Yorkers during...

Assembly Passes the Gender Recognition Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Daniel J. O’Donnell today announced that the Assembly has passed the Gender Recognition Act. This bill would ensure that government documents reflect transgender, nonbinary and intersex individuals’...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Speed up the Canvassing of Absentee Ballots in New York State and Ensure Every Valid Ballot Counts

Speaker Carl Heastie, Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker and Assemblymember Robert C. Carroll today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that will streamline the process for canvassing absentee, military, special and affidavit ballots,...

Assembly Passes Make Voting Easy Act Expanding the Number of Early-Voting Sites in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker and Assemblymember Al Taylor today announced the passage of the Make Voting Easy Act, significantly expanding early voting sites throughout the state and increasing the hours polling sites...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Successful Reintegration After Incarceration

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would ensure individuals have the support they need to reenter the community after incarceration and successfully complete their community supervision.“Successful reintegration...

New York's COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program to Begin Accepting Applications

Speaker Carl Heastie, Small Business Committee Chair Al Stirpe and Economic Development Committee Chair Harry Bronson announced today that New York will begin accepting grant applications for its COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program...

Notice of Public Hearing - Integrating services offered by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports and the Office of Mental Health

Assembly Passes Legislation to Support Gun Violence Research in New York State

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to create the Firearm Violence Research Institute and the Gun Violence Research Fund, and allow taxpayers to make contributions to...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Create Opioid Settlement Fund

Speaker Carl Heastie, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee Chair Phil Steck and Assemblymember Carrie Woerner today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to create the Opioid Settlement Fund, which will ensure that funding obtained from settlements...

Senate and Assembly to Pass The Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Legislature will advance legislation to enact the Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act. This legislation will allow the state to finance the purchase...

Assembly to Pass Comprehensive Package of Legislation to Protect New Yorkers from Gun Violence

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly will pass a comprehensive package of commonsense gun safety legislation. Included in the legislative package are bills that would ban ghost guns, hold the gun industry liable for damages it causes,...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Continue to Allow Outdoor Dining On Sidewalks and Streets

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy today announced the passage of legislation that would allow restaurants to continue to use streets and sidewalks for outdoor dining for an additional year as they work towards recovery from the COVID-19...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Ensure that All Vietnam War Veterans are Recognized

Speaker Carl Heastie and Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Didi Barrett today announced the passage of legislation that would change the beginning date of the Vietnam War from February 28, 1961 to November 1, 1955, to coincide with the date used by the...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Make Forging Immunization Records a Felony

Speaker Carl Heastie and Codes Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would confirm that forging proof of immunization is a felony (A.7536, Dinowitz).“It is beyond comprehension that after the horror...

Notice of Public Hearing - The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

Assembly Passes Legislation to Expand Protections in the Child Marriage Law, Making 18 the Age of Consent to Marry

Speaker Carl Heastie, Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine and Assemblymember Phil Ramos today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that builds on a 2017 law that prohibited marriage by young teenagers, but allowed 17 year olds to...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Advance Transparency in Grand Jury Proceedings

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would facilitate additional involvement of the court and increase transparency in grand jury proceedings (A.5845, O’Donnell).“When...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Immigrants from Coercion and Extortion

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Michaelle Solages today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would include making threats to report a person’s immigration status or cause deportation/removal proceedings a form of extortion...
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