Assemblymember Mayer is Appointed Chair of the Assembly Legislative Task Force on Women's Issues
January 11, 2017
Assemblymember Shelley Mayer announced that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed her to serve as Chair of the Assembly Legislative Task Force on Women's Issues. In this new role, Assemblymember Mayer will examine and seek to address a range of economic, health and legal issues affecting women in her district and throughout New York State. Mayer explained, "I am deeply appreciative that Assembly Speaker Heastie appointed me to serve as Chair of the Assembly Legislative Task Force on Women's Issues. Thirty five years ago, I joined the New York State Attorney General's office as an advocate for women and families, and I have continued my career advocating to ensure women have full opportunities to succeed and to thrive to their fullest potential. Since I was elected to the New York State Assembly, I am proud to have continued to press these issues on behalf of my Yonkers' constituents. From fighting to increase the minimum wage, increasing funding for the Yonkers Public Schools, pressing for quality childcare and after-school programs and ensuring women's health is fully protected, I am proud of what the Assembly has accomplished. Yet I know that New York's women still face obstacles in the workplace, at home, in access to healthcare and as seniors. With this appointment, I will have the opportunity, with my colleagues in the Assembly, to listen, learn and act on behalf of all of New York's women." Mayer was elected to the NYS Assembly in March 2012, in a Special Election and was re-elected last November to her third term. Since 2013, Assemblymember Mayer has served as the Chair of the Assembly's Education Committee's Subcommittee on Students with Special Needs. She will be stepping down from this position. Mayer notes, "I was honored to work with parents, teachers, advocates, and school administrators to help New York better serve the needs of New York's students with special needs. Together we were able to increase funding for the schools serving New York's most vulnerable children. In addition, we increased attention to and alternatives for the limited diploma options for many special needs students in the traditional public schools." Mayer will continue to serve as a member of the Assembly Education Committee, and intends to remain involved in issues affecting students with special needs.