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Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Woerner Tour Jefferson Terrace Head Start Program in Saratoga County, Announcing $3 Million in Funding

Pictured is Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Carrie Woerner reading books to students at the Jefferson Terrace Head Start Program in Saratoga County.
Speaker Carl Heastie today made a stop on his annual statewide tour in Saratoga County, joining Assemblymember Carrie Woerner in visiting a Head Start classroom in Jefferson Terrace, participating in story time and announcing $3 million in funding for...

Assembly Passes First in the Nation Legislation to Provide Oversight and Assessment of State Agency Use of Automated Decision-Making

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Science and Technology Committee Chair Steve Otis today announced the passage of the Legislative Oversight of Automated Decision-making in Government (LOADinG) Act to provide assessment, transparency and oversight of...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Allow Direct Shipment of New York State Produced Craft Liquor, Ciders and Mead

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to allow New York craft producers of liquor, cider, mead and braggot to ship their products directly to inter- and intrastate customers (A.3132-A,...

Assembly Announces Passage of Legislation That Removes Lifetime Ban on Jury Duty for Individuals with Felony Convictions

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry today announced the Assembly passed legislation to remove the lifetime ban on jury duty for those convicted of a felony (A1432, Aubry). “The Assembly Majority remains committed to building a justice...

Assembly Passes SAFE for Kids Act & New York Child Data Protection Act to Protect Kids Mental Health and Online Privacy

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Nily Rozic today announced the Assembly has passed Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act and the New York Child Data Protection Act to help protect kids from addictive social media feeds and digital...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide Better Oversight of Social Adult Day Care Programs

Speaker Carl Heastie and Committee on Aging Chair Ron Kim today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to enhance oversight of social adult day care programs for older adults by providing the director of the State Office for the Aging (SOFA) with...

Grants Action News - June 2024

Speaker Carl Heastie Implements Sanctions Against Assemblymember Scott Bendett

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that he is immediately implementing sanctions recommended by the bipartisan Ethics and Guidance Committee concerning the conduct of Assemblymember Scott Bendett. After a full investigation, the Ethics Committee...

Assembly Passes Legislative Package to Expand and Amend Insurance Coverage for Severe Weather Events

Speaker Carl Heastie and Insurance Committee Chair David Weprin today announced the passage of several bills designed to help homeowners prepare for severe weather events and expand insurance coverage to better support recovery efforts. “Unfortunately,...

Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Meeks Announce $8.1 Million in Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget for Expansion and Modernization of Baden Street Settlement of Rochester

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Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Demond Meeks today visited Baden Street Settlement and announced the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget includes $8.1 million in funding for the facility, which will enable them to enhance services to...

Assembly Honors Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day with Passage of Legislation Expanding Access to Employment and Benefits

Speaker Carl Heastie and Committee on People with Disabilities Chair Rebecca A. Seawright today announced the passage of legislation in honor of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day to improve the lives of people with disabilities across New York. “It...

Speaker Heastie and Haitian American Legislative Delegation Announce $1.6 Million in Funding for Haitian New Yorker Community Based Organizations

Speaker Carl Heastie and members of the Haitian American Legislative Delegation today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget includes $1.6 million for community based organizations (CBOs) that support linguistically and culturally responsive...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Facilitate Building EV Fast Charging Stations in New York

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Didi Barrett today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation requiring that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) create a comprehensive plan to ensure electric vehicle...

Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Zinerman Announce $6 Million in Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget for New Bedford Stuyvesant Health and Wellness Center

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Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Stefani Zinerman today announced the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget includes $6 million in funding for the Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) facility, a new multi-service health...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Simons Foundation Co-Founder Jim Simons

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the Simons Foundation Co-Founder Jim Simons. Jim was a brilliant mathematician and understood the important role science and math play in our future. Throughout his life he donated billions of dollars to...

Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Benedetto Announce $51 Million in Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget for Co-op City

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Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Michael Benedetto today announced $51 million in funding in the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget for Co-op City, a Mitchell-Lama housing cooperative in the Bronx. “Co-op City represents the future...

Summary of Recommended Changes to the Executive Budget

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Invests in Holocaust Curriculum in Public Schools

Speaker Carl Heastie, Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto and Assemblymember Nily Rozic announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget invests $500,000 to review and update curriculum on the Holocaust as antisemitism continues to rise across...

Grants Action News - May 2024

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Includes $55 Million for Summer Youth Employment Program

Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Harry Bronson and Human Services Committee Chair Maritza Davila today announced that the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget includes $55 million for the Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides...

Speaker Heastie Announces Enacted Budget Includes Critical Tax Credit for Parents

Speaker Heastie, Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein and Children and Families Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi today announced that the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget includes $350 million to ease the tax burden on families...

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Provides $2.4 million for 2-1-1 New York

Speaker Carl Heastie, Committee on Children and Families Chair Andrew Hevesi and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo announced the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget invests $2.4 million in 2-1-1 to continue providing millions of New Yorkers vital...

Speaker Heastie, Assemblymember Barrett Announce Vital Funding for New Lebanon

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Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Didi Barrett this week announced $1 million in funding in the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget to allow the Town of New Lebanon to close their landfill for a total of $2 million for the project. “It’s...

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Makes Changes to Cost Planning for Higher Education During High School

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson announced today the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget makes essential changes to high school students and their families’ ability to make financial plans for further education. “Financial...

Assembly Announces $400 Million for Environmental Protection Fund in SFY 2024-25 Budget

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Deborah J. Glick today announced that the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget invests $2.5 billion in funding for the environment, including $400 million for the New York State...

Enacted Budget Includes Provision to Help Small Businesses Invest in Critical Retail Theft Prevention

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget includes a $3,000 tax credit to help small businesses invest in retail theft prevention measures. “Small businesses are at the very core of our communities,...

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Makes Critical Investment in Local Journalism

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Carrie Woerner today announced the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget provides a much-needed investment in local journalism by providing $30 million in tax credits each year, over three years, to support...

Assembly Announced the Enacted $236.8 Billion SFY 2024-25 Budget Invests in Families and Making New York a More Affordable Place to Live

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced that the Enacted $236.8 billion State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget makes critical investments in programs to uplift families and make New York a more affordable...

Assembly Announces $1.3 Billion for Street and Highway Improvement in SFY 2024-25 Budget

Speaker Heastie and Transportation Committee Chair William B. Magnarelli announced that the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 includes $1.3 billion for capital aid to localities, including funding restorations of $60 million for the Consolidated...

Approved SFY 2024-25 Budget Will Invest in Affordable Housing Across New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Enacted Budget will address the housing crisis in New York State by investing in affordable housing, as well as tenant protections and...

Approved SFY 2024-25 Budget Will Make a $20.7 Billion Investment in Higher Education with Expansion to Tuition Assistance and Opportunity Programs

Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Patricia Fahy today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) Budget will continue the Assembly’s critical investment in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other opportunity programs to provide...

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Will Include $35.9 Billion in School Aid

Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget will provide $35.9 billion in funding to the General Support for Public Schools (GSPS), which will include $24.9 billion...

Enacted SFY 2024-25 Budget Includes More than $30 Million to Help Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System Get Critical Mental Health Services

Speaker Carl Heastie and Mental Health Committee Chair Aileen M. Gunther today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Enacted Budget funds critical programs that help individuals involved in the criminal justice system and diagnosed with a...

SFY 2024-25 Budget Provides Critical Health Care Funding to Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Amy Paulin today announced the enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget makes critical investments in health care services including $800 million in funding for financially distressed and safety-net...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Keep New Yorkers from being Charged for Additional Insurance Coverage After the Death of a Spouse

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember David Weprin today announced the passage of legislation that would require auto insurers provide supplemental spousal liability insurance to insured drivers that have a spouse. Supplemental spousal liability insurance...

Assembly Passes Resolution Ensuring Decades Old Calls for Constitutional Conventions Aren't Manipulated for Future, Unrelated Purposes

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski today announced that the Assembly passed a resolution rescinding all previous applications made by the New York State Legislature to call for a constitutional convention (K.797, Zebrowski). “We cannot...

Legislature Announces General Conference Committee Appointments

Assembly's SFY 2024-25 Budget Proposal Makes Critical Investments in Medicaid and Public Health

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Amy Paulin today announced that the Assembly’s proposed State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget adds $3.1 billion in funding to the Medicaid program and $1.1 billion in investments in public health. “Access...

Proposed Assembly Budget Makes $19.6 Billion Investment in Higher Education, Including $213.2 Million in Opportunity Program Funding

Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Patricia Fahy today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Proposed Budget makes investments to ensure higher education is accessible for all New York students by funding the...

Assembly SFY 2024-25 Proposed Budget Includes $36.4 Billion in School Aid

Speaker Carl Heastie, Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto and Libraries and Educational Technology Chair Angelo Santabarbara today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Proposed Budget provides $36.4 billion in funding to...

Assembly's Proposed $245.8 Billion SFY 2024-25 Budget Invests in Making New York State a More Affordable Place to Live

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced that the Assembly will pass the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024-25 Budget proposal. The $245.8 billion spending plan makes critical investments in making...

Summary of the Assembly Recommended Changes to the Executive Budget

Assembly Passes Legislation to Prohibit Use of Carbon Dioxide to Drill and Extract Natural Gas and Oil

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Anna Kelles today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would prohibit the use of carbon dioxide to extract natural gas and oil resources, a process often referred to as “fracking” (A8866, Kelles)....

Assembly Passes Legislative Package to Protect Consumers from Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries After Concerning Rise in Fires

Speaker Carl Heastie announced today that the Assembly passed a package of legislation this week to strengthen consumer protections against rechargeable lithium-ion batteries found in many popular electric vehicles and devices. This set of bills comes...

Legislature Elects Three New Members and Re-elects Three Members to Board of Regents

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate and Assembly Education Committee Chairs Shelley B. Mayer and Michael Benedetto, and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Patricia Fahy today announced the Legislature’s...

Grants Action News - March 2024

Notice of Public Hearing - Impact of financial technology (FinTech) and its role in New York’s banking industry

2024 Economic and Revenue Report

New York State Assembly Passes Rape is Rape Act, Clearing the Way for Governor Hochul's Signature

New York State Assembly Passes Rape is Rape Act, Clearing the Way for Governor Hochul's Signature Albany, NY - January 29, 2024 - The New York State Assembly passed a key chapter amendment to the Rape is Rape Act today, establishing an updated effective...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today my colleagues and I in the Assembly Majority passed a resolution commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It’s a solemn day, where we remember the horrors committed by the Nazis against...

Assembly Begins Passing Legislative Package to Improve Women's Healthcare and Maternal Health Outcomes on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Speaker Carl Heastie announced today that the Assembly will begin passing a package of legislation to strengthen reproductive health services and tackle the maternal and infant mortality rise across the state. This package joins a series of legislation...

2024 Yellow Book

Legislature Announces 2024 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Schedule

Speaker Heastie Announces New Leadership Positions

Speaker Heastie today announced the following leadership appointments: Chair, Labor Harry B. Bronson Chair, Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Al Stirpe Chair, Small Business Carrie Woerner Chair, Libraries...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie - Opening the 247th Legislative Session

January 3, 2024Assembly Chamber_____________________________________[as prepared for delivery] Good morning members, staff and guests. Welcome back to the New York State Assembly Chamber. I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy new...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

No one who works full time should be living in poverty or struggling to put food on the table for their families. This past year in the budget, we fought to give New Yorkers a raise- increasing the minimum wage and ensuring that they won’t be left behind...
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