Press Releases

September 2021

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...

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...

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...

August 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...

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...

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....

July 2021

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...

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...

Assembly Passes the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo today announced the Assembly has passed the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act to enhance and maintain the health of soil on farms to improve productivity for farmers, protect natural...

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...

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...

June 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...

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...

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...

May 2021

Assembly Passes Legislation Establishing Nourish New York Program

Speaker Carl Heastie, Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo and Assemblymember Catalina Cruz today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to establish the Nourish New York program in law, which connects surplus agricultural products with food...

Speaker Heastie Announces Continuation of Assembly Workgroup on Sexual Harassment

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the continuation of the Assembly Workgroup on Sexual Harassment and announced new members to the group. The members will review issues on workplace discrimination and identify ways to ensure the safety of all employees.“We...

Speaker Heastie Statement

George Floyd’s murder a year ago today was a personal tragedy for his family and friends who continue to grieve his loss. The protests that were held across the country and the world in the weeks and months following his death spurred action. We...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Enter New York into SNAP Restaurant Meals Program

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Karines Reyes today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would enter New York State into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) (A.1524, Reyes). The program...

Assembly Passes Legislative Package in Observance of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day

Speaker Carl Heastie, Minority Leader William Barclay today announced the Assembly will commemorate May 24, 2021 as the annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day (K.324, Abinanti). In honor of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, the Assembly...

Speaker Heastie Names Two Members to the Selection Committee for First State Veterans' Cemetery

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that he has appointed James Bass and Sergio Villaverde to serve on the selection committee charged with determining the location of the first state veterans’ cemetery.“The selfless men and women who...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Updated Guidance and Capacity Limits in the Assembly Chamber

Effective immediately, and consistent with updated guidance, capacity limits in the Assembly Chamber have been eliminated. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, members, employees and visitors will continue to be required to wear face masks in all...

Assembly Passes Legislation Expanding Voters' Access to the Ballot in New York

Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to expand access to absentee ballot voting in New York by removing the constitutional barrier to “no excuse” absentee...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Former Assemblymember Aurelia Greene

Pictured in the photo with Speaker Heastie is (from left to right) former Assemblymember Aurelia Greene and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner.
It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of a true friend and community stalwart, former Assemblymember Aurelia Greene.While representing the 77th Assembly District in the Bronx for over 20 years, she dedicated her life to the betterment...

Assembly Passes Lifesaving Legislation to Require Safe Staffing Standards in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Speaker Carl Heastie, Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assemblymember Aileen Gunther today announced that the Assembly passed lifesaving legislation which will require hospitals and nursing homes to meet staffing ratios for nurses and unlicensed...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Extend Residential & Commercial Eviction Moratoriums

Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz and and Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to extend the residential and commercial eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, and expand the number...

April 2021

Speaker Heastie Statement on Resolutions Repealing Executive Orders

Today, the Assembly passed resolutions to repeal certain portions of a series of executive orders issued by the governor over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. These executive orders were issued in order to respond to the constantly evolving health...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Expand Rape Statutes to Allow Survivors to Seek Justice

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Catalina Cruz today announced that the Assembly will pass legislation that would redefine New York’s rape statutes to ensure that survivors receive appropriate justice and that their trauma is recognized...

Assembly Passes Measure to Expand the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights to Include Paid Family Leave

Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner and Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar today announced the passage of legislation to expand the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights so that domestic workers are covered under Paid Family Leave...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Restore Voting Rights to Individuals Released to Parole Supervision

Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would restore voting rights to individuals released to parole supervision to facilitate community reintegration and participation...

Speaker Heastie Statement

George Floyd’s murder was a tragedy. It was a crime that the entire world witnessed on video over the course of nine minutes and 29 seconds. That Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts is important and it is right. But I also know we must...

Assembly Passes Earth Day Legislative Package to Safeguard the Environment

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced that the Assembly will commemorate April 22, 2021 as the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day (K.167, McMahon). In honor of Earth Day the Assembly passed...

Assembly Passes Hero Act, Protecting Workers from Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner and Assemblymember Karines Reyes today announced that the Assembly has passed the Hero Act, which will establish health and safety standards to protect New Yorkers from airborne infectious diseases...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Exempt COVID-19 Stimulus Relief from Money Judgments

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would exempt COVID-19 stimulus relief for individuals and families with children from seizure to satisfy money judgments...

Assembly Announces New $15 Million Statewide Digital Inclusion Grant Program in SFY 2020-21 Budget

Speaker Carl Heastie and Science & Technology Committee Chair Steve Otis today announced that the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget includes the Assembly’s proposal to establish a new $15 million statewide Digital Inclusion...

Assembly Announces SFY 2021-22 Budget Includes Funding for Human Services Programs that Support Vulnerable New Yorkers

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget includes critical funding for programs that support children and families, as well as invests in vital mental health, addiction and substance abuse services.“The...

Approved SFY 2021-22 Budget Includes Critical Investments to Aid Recovery for Small Business and the Arts & Entertainment Industry, Helps New Yorkers Get Back to Work

Speaker Carl Heastie, Small Business Committee Chair Al Stirpe; Economic Development Committee Chair Harry Bronson; Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Chair Daniel O’Donnell; Children and Families Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi;...

Enacted Budget to Include $2.1 Billion for Excluded Workers Fund

Speaker Carl Heastie and Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner today announced the enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget includes $2.1 billion for the Excluded Worker Fund. The fund will be administered by the Department of Labor and will provide...

SFY 2021-22 Budget Includes Critical Funding for Social Services, Housing and a Rent Relief Program for Those Impacted by COVID-19

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget makes investments in critical social service programs and public housing, as well as providing rent and homeowners relief programs for those impacted by the...

Assembly Announces SFY 2021-22 Budget Includes $13.7 Billion in Funding for Higher Education

Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah J. Glick today announced the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-2022 Budget invests in making higher education accessible for all New York students, funding the State University of New...

Approved SFY 2021-22 Budget Funds Critical Agricultural Programs

Speaker Carl Heastie and Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo today announced the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget will include $35.78 million in funding for agricultural aid to localities and other critical agricultural programs....

Assembly Announces SFY 2021-22 Budget Invests $1.84 Billion in Funding for the Environment, Including $300 Million for the Environmental Protection Fund

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced that the enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget invests $1.84 billion in funding for the environment, including $300 million for the New York...

Approved SFY 2021-22 Budget Includes $29.1 Billion in School Aid

Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget will include $29.1 billion in funding to General Support for Public Schools (GSPS), an increase of $3.1 billion,...

Approved Budget Makes $11.2 Billion Investment in Transportation Operating and Infrastructure Across New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Chair William B. Magnarelli, and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair Amy Paulin today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget will invest $11.2 billion in the state’s transportation...

Approved SFY 2021-22 Budget Provides Critical Health Funding

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget includes $542 million in restorations to the Medicaid program and $58.25 million in restorations to public health programs....

Assembly Announces Approved $212 Billion SFY 2021-22 Budget Invests in N.Y. Communities and Aids in Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced that the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget of $212 billion will put New York families first by making critical investments in communities helping...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the HALT Solitary Confinement Act

The signing into law of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act marks a historic day for our state and for our criminal justice system, and recognizes the fundamental human rights to which we all are entitled. The evidence is clear – solitary confinement...

March 2021

Assembly Passes Legislation to Extend Utility Termination Moratorium

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Diana Richardson today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would continue and expand the existing moratorium on utility termination of services to protect New Yorkers struggling financially during...

Assembly to Pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act to Legalize Adult Use of Marijuana in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes today announced that the Assembly will pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which will legalize the adult use of marijuana in New York for individuals 21 years...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Remove Antiquated Language from Family Court Proceedings

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to eliminate the stigma of being labeled “incorrigible” in Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) proceedings (A.5873, Reyes).“Our family court system is intended...

Assembly Expands Unemployment Insurance Eligibility to Parents Forced to Leave Workforce in Order to Care for their Children

Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner and Assemblymember Jennifer Lunsford today announced the Assembly has passed legislation expanding unemployment insurance eligibility to include workers who have had to leave their jobs in order...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Increase Transparency and Accountability in Government During Sunshine Week

Speaker Carl Heastie and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Kenneth Zebrowski today marked the nationwide observance of Sunshine Week with the passage of legislation to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Laws (FOIL) to enhance transparency...

Speaker Heastie & Judiciary Committee Chair Lavine Announce the Hiring of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to Lead Impeachment Investigation of Governor's Conduct

Speaker Carl Heastie and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine today announced that the Assembly has retained the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to lead an impeachment investigation into allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo.“Since...

Assembly Passes Legislation Expanding Access to Veterans Treatment Courts throughout New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine, Assemblymember Sandy Galef and Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Didi Barrett today announced the Assembly has passed legislation expanding the availability of Veterans Treatment...

Assembly Passes HALT Solitary Confinement Act

Speaker Carl Heastie, Corrections Committee Chair David I. Weprin and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry today announced that the Assembly passed the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, which would limit the time an inmate can...

Assembly and Senate Announce General Conference Committee Appointments

2021 General Budget Conference Committee Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie (Co-Chair) Helene Weinstein Crystal Peoples-Stokes Phil Ramos Jeffrion Aubry* William Barclay Edward Ra* Senate Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Co-Chair) Liz...

Assembly Budget Includes New Statewide Digital Inclusion Grant Program

Speaker Heastie and Science & Technology Committee Chair Steven Otis today announced the Assembly's State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget includes a new statewide $15 million Digital Inclusion Grant Program to assist local efforts to bring...

Assembly and Senate Announce General Conference Committee

Legislature to Convene General Budget Conference Committee meeting today at 12:30 p.m. In the interest of public health and safety, the hearings will be conducted virtually using web-based video conferencing at https://www.nysenate.gov/events...

Assembly SFY 2021-22 Budget Funds Critical Agricultural Programs

Speaker Carl Heastie and Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget will include $35.41 million in funding for agricultural aid to localities and other critical agricultural programs....

Assembly Announces $400 Million for Environmental Protection Fund in Assembly SFY 2021-22 Budget

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced the Assembly's 2021-22 State Fiscal Year (SFY) budget includes an increase of $100 million funding over the proposed executive proposal for...

Assembly SFY 2021-22 Budget Restores Critical Health Funding

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget would make $376 million in restorations to the Medicaid program and $393 million in restorations to public...

Assembly Budget Makes $11.3 Billion Investment in Transportation Operating and Infrastructure Across New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Chair William B. Magnarelli, and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair Amy Paulin today announced that the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget will invest $11.3 billion in the state’s transportation...

Assembly Budget Invests $18.6 Billion in Higher Education, Including Increased Funding for Opportunity Programs

Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah J. Glick today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-2022 Budget invests in making higher education accessible for all New York students, funding the State University...

Assembly Budget Includes Funding for Critical Human Services

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget restores critical funding for programs that support children and families, as well as invests in vital mental health, addiction and substance abuse services.“The...

Assembly SFY 2021-22 Budget Invests in Recovery for Small Businesses and the Arts, Helps New Yorkers Get Back to Work

Speaker Carl Heastie, Small Business Committee Chair Al Stirpe; Economic Development Committee Chair Harry Bronson; Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Chair Daniel O’Donnell; Children and Families Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi;...

Assembly Spending Plan Includes $29.5 Billion in School Aid

Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Assembly Budget would restore $2 billion, including $29.5 billion in funding to General Support for Public Schools (GSPS), an increase...

Assembly Budget Includes Critical Funding for Social Services, Housing and a Rent Relief Program for Those Impacted by COVID-19

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget makes investments in critical social service programs and public housing, as well as providing a rent relief program for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.“The...

Assembly Releases $208.3 Billion Spending Plan that Aids in New York's Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Invests in the State's Economy

Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 Budget Proposal of $208.3 billion. The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis, it also resulted in...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on Authorizing Assembly Judiciary Committee to Begin Impeachment Investigation into Governor Cuomo

After meeting with the Assembly Majority Conference today, I am authorizing the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation, led by Chair Charles D. Lavine, to examine allegations of misconduct against Governor Cuomo.The reports...

Statement from Speaker Heastie

In light of the allegations concerning the Governor over the last several weeks, I will be meeting with members in conference today on potential paths forward.

Speaker Heastie Statement on Passage of the American Rescue Plan

I am so thankful to the members of our congressional delegation who have continued to fight for our state since COVID-19 first hit New York. I have said throughout the pandemic that the Assembly Majority would do everything we could to help New Yorkers...

Assembly Continues Passage of Sweeping Nursing Home Reform Legislative Package

Speaker Carl Heastie, Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Aging Committee Chair Ron Kim today announced the Assembly will continue passing a sweeping package of legislation to increase safety and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers...

Statement from Speaker Heastie

The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks have been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere else. I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Repeal of Governor's Emergency Powers

A year ago, as New York was being ravaged by COVID-19, we passed legislation to give the governor temporary emergency powers that would allow the state to nimbly react to a constantly evolving, deadly situation. These temporary emergency powers were always...

Assembly Begins Passing Sweeping Nursing Home Reform Legislative Package

Speaker Carl Heastie, Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Aging Committee Chair Ron Kim today announced the Assembly has begun to pass a series of bills to increase safety and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers living in nursing...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie Clarifying Misinformation on Legislative Agreement to Terminate the Governor's Emergency Powers

Fact #1The legislation immediately repeals the Governor’s expanded emergency powers and he cannot issue any new directives going forward. Fact #2The Governor must justify to the Legislature the extension or modification of any existing directives...

Speaker Carl Heastie Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Vernon Jordan

It is with great sadness that I join my colleagues and the nation in mourning the passing of civil rights icon Vernon Jordan.Mr. Jordan grew up in the Jim Crow South and channeled his experiences into action. After graduating from law school...

Legislature Elects Two New Members and Reelects Two 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 Senate and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairs Toby Ann Stavisky and Deborah...

Legislature to Pass Legislation Repealing Governor's Emergency Powers

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Legislature will pass legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers that were granted to the governor last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic....

Statement from Michael Whyland, Communications Director to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Instead of helping to move our state forward, Assembly Republicans are working overtime to stall efforts to help our communities by playing politics during a time when New Yorkers can least afford it.Let’s remember, these are the same do-nothing...

February 2021

Statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

As I previously stated, all allegations of harassment must be taken seriously. A truly independent investigation is warranted.

Statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

I have read the reports. These are serious allegations. Harassment in the workplace of any kind should not be tolerated.

Speaker Heastie Appoints New Member to Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that he has appointed Richard F. Braun to serve on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).“Mr. Braun has an impressive resume that clearly demonstrates his commitment to the legal...

Statement from Assembly Director of Communications Michael Whyland

There was a formal request from Assembly committee chairs and other members to the Department of Health asking for more information on follow up questions in regards to data on nursing homes. The Governor's office communicated to staff that they needed...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Post-COVID Mass Transit Working Group

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has created an internal working group to focus on the recovery and future of the state’s mass transit systems as they mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Every day, hardworking...

Assembly Passes Legislation to allow N.Y. to More Safely Conduct Elections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Latrice Walker today announced the Assembly has passed a package of legislation that will help make conducting elections safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Ensuring our elections are free...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Amend N.Y. Constitution's Bill of Rights to Include a Right to Clean Air and Water

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would allow New Yorkers to vote to amend the New York State Constitution’s Bill of Rights to include...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Selection of Dr. Betty Rosa as Commissioner of Education

On behalf of my Assembly Majority colleagues, I would like to congratulate Dr. Betty Rosa for being appointed commissioner of education. Dr. Rosa’s outstanding reputation as an educator and an advocate combined with her proven track record as interim...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Extend Death Benefits to Families of Municipal Frontline Workers

Speaker Carl Heastie and Governmental Employees Committee Chair Peter Abbate, Jr. today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to extend the provisions granted last year that ensure families of municipal frontline workers who lost their lives to...

Assembly Passes Legislation Granting Employees Time Off to Receive Vaccinations

Speaker Carl Heastie, Governmental Employees Committee Chair Peter J. Abbate, Jr. and Assemblymember Charles D. Fall announced today that the Assembly passed legislation granting time off for public and private sector employees to...

Assembly Passes Repeal of the Walking While Trans Ban

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Amy Paulin today announced that the Assembly passed legislation repealing the ‘Walking While Trans’ ban, which prohibits loitering for the purpose of prostitution (A.3355, Paulin). This law has been...

January 2021

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Working Group on Transitioning N.Y. Economy Toward COVID-19 Recovery

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the appointment of an Assembly internal working group to focus on transitioning New York State’s economy toward a COVID-19 recovery. The working group will be led by Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation,...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Construction Workers Recover Stolen Wages

Speaker Carl Heastie and Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would provide New York construction workers with a new remedy against wage theft.“The Assembly Majority has earned its reputation...

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 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.Each year, this day serves as a stark reminder of what can happen...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Help Workers and Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly will pass legislation to help hard working New Yorkers and small businesses across the state weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will allow workers to collect unemployment...

Legislature Announces Joint 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 2021-22 Executive Budget Proposal.These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic...

Speaker Heastie on the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

Today, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris brings a sense of hope and relief that Americans have desperately needed, especially following nearly a year of immeasurable loss and suffering caused by this global pandemic.We...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Executive Budget Proposal for FY 2021-22

This last year, the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis has put an incalculable strain on New York – on our institutions, our communities and the health and wellbeing of our people. We have lost billions of dollars in revenue, and...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the House of Representatives Impeaching President Trump

I am proud of the swift action taken by the U.S. House of Representatives today to impeach President Donald J. Trump. A week ago we watched in horror as domestic terrorists incited by the president and his allies flooded the halls of the U.S. Capitol,...

Speaker Heastie, Assemblymember Fahy and 75 Assembly Majority Members Send Letter to Congress Urging Them to Remove President Trump from Office

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy today were joined by 75 Assembly Majority colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leadership urging swift action on articles of impeachment and removal from office of President Donald J. Trump...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie

Opening the 244th Legislative Session

January 11, 2021Assembly ChamberAlbany_____________________________________[as prepared]Good afternoon members, staff, interns and guests. No matter where you are joining us from, welcome to the People’s House. Things may look different this year...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Election of Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. as Board of Regents Chancellor

I would like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. on his election as chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and applaud the Board of Regents for this excellent and groundbreaking choice. Chancellor Young, who will be the...

Speaker Heastie Statement Congratulating U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer

Congratulations to former assemblymember and Brooklyn’s own U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer on becoming majority leader of the U.S. Senate. He has spent his career fighting for all New Yorkers, from the shores of Lake Erie to the Long Island Sound....

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Unrest at the U.S. Capitol

The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol and our democratic institutions that is occurring right now in Washington is deplorable. In the United States of America, we pride ourselves on a peaceful transition of power. This is domestic terrorism and it is...

Speaker Heastie Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2021 Legislative Session

Speaker Carl E. Heastie Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes Chair, Ways and Means Helene E. Weinstein Deputy Speaker Catherine Nolan Assistant Speaker Phil Ramos Speaker Pro Tempore Jeffrion L. Aubry Chair,...

Heastie Re-Elected New York State Assembly Speaker

I would like to thank my Assembly colleagues for entrusting me to serve as speaker of the People’s House for the fourth time. I am truly humbled by your faith in my leadership. It will undoubtedly be a challenging year, but I am confident...

December 2020

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means ensuring that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a living wage. The fight to increase New York’s minimum wage began here in the People’s House. In 2016, my colleagues...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Keep New Yorkers in Their Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020, which will help New York tenants and homeowners who are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic stay in their...

Speaker Heastie Statement on December 28th Session and Passing Critical Legislation to Protect New Yorkers from Eviction and Foreclosure During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Housing is a basic human right, and that is why I am calling the Assembly into session on Monday, December 28th to take up critical eviction protections for tenants and residential mortgage foreclosure preventions for homeowners.Far too many of our friends...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Former Assemblymember William Magee

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of former Assemblymember William “Bill” Magee. Bill was born and raised in Central New York’s farming communities, and for 28 years in the Assembly, he was a voice and an advocate...

Statement from Speaker Heastie on December Session

In March of this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly amended the rules of the People’s House to allow the body to convene according to emergency procedures during a declared state or national state of emergency. Today, we will amend...

Speaker Heastie Welcomes New Members to the Assembly Majority

This was an election cycle unlike any other, but now, almost a month after Election Day, I am happy that we officially know who will be joining us in 2021 in the People’s House. I would like to offer my congratulations and give a warm welcome the...

July 2020

Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Support Vulnerable New Yorkers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure vulnerable New Yorkers have the tools and resources they need to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and to foster trust and accurately trace the virus in our communities.“New...

Assembly Passes Legislation Creating Automatic Voter Registration

Speaker Carl Heastie, Elections Committee Chair Charles Lavine and Assemblymember Latrice Walker today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to make it easier for eligible voters to register to vote by creating a system for automatic voter registration...

Assembly Passes Legislation Protecting New Yorkers from Discrimination by Real Estate Brokers and Agents

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to help end discriminatory practices in the real estate industry that disproportionately affect minority homebuyers. This legislation makes...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Advance Legislation Limiting Immunity for Health Care Services

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Legislature has advanced legislation to limit the immunity that was granted in the State Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget. The new legislation will narrow that...

Assembly Passes the Healthy Terminals Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman today announced the Assembly has passed the Healthy Terminals Act to ensure that airport workers are paid fair wages and have access to benefits including health care.“New York’s airports...

Assembly Passes Legislation Recognizing Abolition Commemoration Day and Juneteenth in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember J. Gary Pretlow and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth and Abolition Commemoration Day in New York State.“African American history has too...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Advance Anti-SLAPP Legislation to Protect Free Speech

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that offers legal protection to any individual or entity sued for exercising their free speech rights. A “Strategic...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide That New York Drivers Will Not Lose License for Inability to Pay Certain Traffic Fees and Fines

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Pamela Hunter today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would enable New Yorkers to make installment payments for many traffic-related fines and fees, helping to ensure they do not lose their driving...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Require Video Recordings of Juvenile Interrogations

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would require video recordings of all interrogations of juveniles in family court (A.7970, Frontus).“The Assembly Majority has fought...

Assembly Passes the Protect Our Courts Act, Ensuring Access to Courts Without Fear of Immigration Related Arrests

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Michaelle Solages today announced the passage of the Protect Our Courts Act, which would ensure that all members of the community are able to participate in the justice system without fear of immigration related...

Assembly Passes Legislation Expanding Rape Statutes and Allowing Survivors to Seek Justice

Speaker Carl Heastie, Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas today announced the Assembly passed legislation that will expand New York State’s rape statutes, helping survivors seek justice and appropriate recognition...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

It is with great sadness that I join my colleagues – and the nation – in mourning the death of Representative John Lewis.A champion of the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality and basic human...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Right to Monitor Act Going into Effect

For years, the Assembly Majority has fought tirelessly to bring greater transparency and accountability to our criminal justice system. Today, the Right to Monitor Act goes into effect, ensuring every New Yorker has the legal protections they need to...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Announce Joint Legislative Hearings on Impact of COVID-19

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced a series of joint legislative hearings to be convened over the coming weeks. The hearings will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted New York State with...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Allow Employers to Deny Contraceptive Coverage for Women

The Assembly Majority knows that women’s reproductive health care and family planning decisions should be made by women and their health care providers – not their employers. Today’s Supreme Court decision delivers an unconscionable blow...

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins & Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Announce Joint Legislative Hearing on Independent Redistricting

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Government Operations Committee...

Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins & Assembly Speaker Heastie Statement on Appointing Ekow N. Yankah to Public Campaign Finance Board

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the appointment of Ekow N. Yankah to the Public Campaign Finance Board and issued the following statement:Elections are a sacred part of our democracy. With...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Assemblymember David F. Gantt

It is with great sadness that I join my colleagues in mourning the death of the longtime dean of the Assembly’s Rochester delegation, David F. Gantt.David was a lifelong public servant and a fierce advocate for his constituents and his community....

June 2020

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court Striking Down Abortion Restrictions

Today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down Louisiana’s attempt to restrict abortion access is a win for women not just in Louisiana, but across our country.Time and again, we see states seeking to control and limit women’s reproductive...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court DACA Decision

Today’s Supreme Court ruling establishes what the Assembly Majority has long known to be true: Dreamers are an integral part of the economy and the social fabric of our communities.The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, was...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Create the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly passed legislation that would establish the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office within the Department of Law to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal...

Assembly Passes Legislation Creating Office of Special Investigation, Ensuring Independent Investigation of Deaths in Law Enforcement Custody

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember N. Nick Perry today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation that would investigate and, when warranted, prosecute when a person dies in law enforcement custody...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Require Body Cameras for All New York State Police Officers

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to establish the New York State Body-Worn Cameras Program to increase accountability and evidence for law enforcement and the residents of the state by providing body-worn cameras...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Promote Transparency and Accountability for Law Enforcement

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would provide greater transparency of law enforcement conduct and promote trust between law enforcement and the public.“All across the nation, there is a shared sense...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Better Ensure the Safety of Individuals in Custody

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the passage of legislation to affirm that police and correctional agencies must provide attention to the medical and mental health needs of individuals in their custody (A.8226-B, Fernandez).“One of my goals since...

Assembly Passes Legislation Protecting New Yorkers' Rights to Record Law Enforcement Activity

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember N. Nick Perry today announced the Assembly passed the Right to Monitor Act, which confirms the public’s right to record public law enforcement activity (A.1360-A, Perry).“As we seek to bring transparency...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Prevent the Biased Misuse of Emergency Services

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would create a civil penalty for the biased misuse of emergency services, such as 911, when there is no reason to believe a crime or offense, or imminent threat to person or...

Assembly Passes STAT Act to Bring Transparency to Policing Data

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed the Police Statistic and Transparency (STAT) Act, which would provide for collection of data concerning police and court activities, in order to promote transparency and help researchers...

Assembly Passes Legislation Requiring Officers to Promptly Report Discharge of a Firearm

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember N. Nick Perry today announced the Assembly passed legislation that would that require law enforcement officers that discharge their weapon in circumstances where a person could be struck by a bullet from a weapon...

Assembly Passes Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley today announced the Assembly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, which would criminalize the harmful use of a chokehold by a police officer (A.6144-B, Mosley). “I have worked with my...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly to Pass Legislative Package to Protect New Yorkers, Improve Police and Community Relations, and Bring Transparency and Accountability to the Criminal Justice System

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that this week the Assembly will pass a package of legislation to protect New Yorkers, improve police and community relations, and bring transparency and accountability to the criminal justice system.“The Assembly...

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Today the Senate and Assembly had productive majority conferences to discuss the issues occurring in our communities that have caused so much unrest over the last several days. Members have bills on many topics related to these issues and we will be developing...

May 2020

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Tonight has been another night of heartbreak in the wake of the horrendous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protests have been unfolding across the country and here in New York. Let’s be clear - the reason for the protests themselves is warranted...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Assembly Majority's Passage of Critical COVID-19 Legislation

Across the state, New Yorkers are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, my colleagues in the Assembly Majority and I convened session to pass a comprehensive package of legislation to address these challenges.Here...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide Death Benefits to Families of Municipal Frontline Workers

Speaker Carl Heastie and Chair of the Committee on Governmental Employees Peter Abbate, Jr. today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure that the families of municipal frontline workers who lost their lives to COVID-19 as a result of...

Senate and Assembly Majorities Announce Passage of Major Legislative Package Combating COVID-19 and Protecting New Yorkers

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Legislature has passed a major legislative package to help support New Yorkers during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and help the state be prepared for...

Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins Announce Plans to Convene Session Next Week

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the Legislature plans to convene session next week to pass legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on...

Speaker Heastie Statement on HEROES Act

During this global pandemic, our state is facing a growing number of extraordinary challenges. As I have continuously said throughout this crisis, assistance from the federal government is critical to maintaining vital programs and ensuring that New Yorkers...

New York State Assembly and Uber Partner to Donate 8,000 Free Meals to New York City Nonprofits and Institutions

Speaker Carl Heastie and Uber today announced a plan for the company to donate 8,000 free meals to nonprofits and institutions serving New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. All of the organizations are on the frontlines of the city’s health...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Funding for Food Banks

During this global pandemic, the Assembly Majority knows that New Yorkers are facing challenging times. This virus has threatened more than just our health – it has brought tremendous economic hardship, including food insecurity.For an increasing...

Legislature to Hold Two Joint Legislative Public Hearings on the Impacts of COVID-19 on New York State

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the Legislature will soon hold two public hearings to address the impacts of COVID-19 on New York State. In the interest of public health and safety, the hearings...

April 2020

Speaker Heastie and Members of Assembly Majority Call on N.Y. Congressional Delegation to Support Federal Aid for State & Local Governments Facing Devastating Budget Cuts Due to COVID-19

Speaker Carl Heastie and members of the Assembly Majority today sent a letter to the New York State Congressional delegation calling on them to support unrestricted aid to state and local governments that have borne the financial burden of confronting...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Former Assemblymember Richard Brodsky

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former colleague and Assemblymember Richard Brodsky. Richard was a dedicated public servant, and in his 27 years in the Assembly he fought to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Among his many...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

As always, the Assembly stands ready to protect and provide for the well-being of all New Yorkers. Last week we established a system for remote voting and we are on call to perform our constitutional duties as a co-equal branch of government. The Assembly...

SFY 2020-21 Budget Expands Annual Sick Leave to All New Yorkers

Speaker Carl Heastie and Labor Committee Chair Marcos A. Crespo today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020-21 Budget includes provisions that will require annual sick leave policies for all private sector employees.“The Assembly Majority...

SFY 2020-21 Budget Invests $18.4 Billion in Higher Education

Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced that the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020-21 Budget will uphold the Assembly Majority’s longstanding commitment to promote college affordability despite...

Approved SFY 2020-21 Budget Includes $27.9 Billion in School Aid

Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020-21 allocates $27.9 billion in school aid. Through the combination of state support and funding from the recently passed federal...

SFY 2020-21 Budget Includes Common Sense Gun Measures

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020-21 Budget will build on the Assembly’s previously enacted common sense gun legislation and offer greater protection to New Yorkers from gun violence.“The Assembly Majority...

SFY 2020-21 Budget Includes Statewide Environmental Protection Programs

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020-21 Budget includes a number of significant environmental policies including a possible new environmental bond act.“It...

March 2020

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Will Pass a Resolution Providing for Special Temporary Procedures During a Declared State of Emergency

Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes today announced that the Assembly will pass a resolution providing for special temporary procedures during a declared state of emergency (E.854, Peoples-Stokes). The change will preserve...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

Today I was informed that a third Assembly member, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, has tested positive for COVID-19. I have informed the Department of Health upon learning this news as this member was in Albany yesterday to participate in our legislative session,...

Assembly Passes Legislation Providing Sick Leave for All New Yorkers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that will immediately provide all New Yorkers with sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic (A.10153, Nolan).“No one should have to worry about losing their...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly has Passed Legislation to Adjust Ballot Petition Requirements in the Wake of Public Health Emergency

Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Charles Lavine today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would make necessary changes for filing designating petitions for the June 2020 primary for congressional, state senate, state...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

For the purposes of efficiency as well as the public health and safety of members and staff, session will be postponed until later this week, possibly Wednesday.This is subject to change and we will provide updates as developments warrant.

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

Recognizing that there are extraordinary events unfolding by the hour, I convened a conference call this afternoon with my Assembly Majority colleagues. During the call, members were provided an update on what has occurred in the last few days, and instructed...

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

"It has come to our attention that two of our Assembly colleagues – Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron - have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons....

Assembly Announces Statewide Homelessness Reduction Plan to Tackle Statewide Crisis

Speaker Carl Heastie and Social Services Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi today announced an Assembly proposal to establish a comprehensive $450 million, five year plan to address the statewide homelessness crisis. The Statewide Homelessness Reduction Plan...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Bring Justice to Domestic Violence Survivors During Divorce

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to assure that judges determining the division of property in a divorce must consider the effect domestic violence has had on the survivor (A.1967, Zebrowski). Current law does not...

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

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate and Assembly Education Committee Chairs Shelley Mayer and Michael Benedetto, and Senate and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairs Toby Ann Stavisky and Deborah Glick...

Speaker Heastie Statement on $40 Million in Appropriation to Fight Novel Coronavirus

The appropriation we passed will help save the lives of New Yorkers. While the vast majority of people who contract the novel coronavirus do not become seriously ill, we have seen how quickly the disease can spread and just how deadly it can be. This...

January 2020

Assembly to Pass Legislative Package in Observance of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day

Speaker Carl Heastie, Minority Leader William Barclay and New York State Assemblymembers, in observation of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, will pass a package of bills aimed at improving the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities."The Assembly...

Speaker Heastie Announces Working Group to Examine Mitchell-Lama Housing Developments

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the appointment of an Assembly working group to be led by Assembly Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz that will identify and propose solutions on the most pressing issues affecting limited-profit housing companies,...

Assembly Observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

Speaker Carl Heastie joined with Assemblymembers Helene E. Weinstein, Joseph R. Lentol, Nily Rozic and Sean Ryan to reaffirm the Assembly Majority’s commitment to provide funding for Holocaust survivors with critical supports and services as the...

Speaker Heastie Announces Staff Appointments

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the following individuals have taken on new roles in the Assembly:LouAnn Ciccone has been appointed Secretary to the Speaker/Senior Policy Advisor. A veteran of the Assembly and longtime member of the Speaker’s...

Legislature Announces Joint 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 2020-2021 Executive Budget Proposal.These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Make Limousines Safer and Prevent Future Tragedies

Speaker Carl Heastie and Transportation Committee Chair William Magnarelli announced the Assembly today passed a package of legislation to create critical oversight for the limousine industry, and keep New York's roads safer."Limos are used for...

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly's Continued Commitment to Going Green with Use of LED Lights in the Chamber

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly, in conjunction with the New York State Office of General Services (OGS), updated most of the lights in the Assembly Chamber to more energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights. The new LED...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie Opening the 243rd Legislative Session

January 9, 2020Assembly ChamberAlbany_____________________________________[as prepared]Good afternoon members, staff, interns and guests. Welcome to the New York State Assembly Chamber – the People’s House of the New York State Legislature....

Speaker Heastie Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2020 Legislative Session

Speaker Carl E. Heastie Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes Chair, Ways and Means Helene E. Weinstein Deputy Speaker Catherine Nolan Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz Speaker...

September 2019

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour in Rochester

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at I-Square is (from left to right): I-Square developer Mike Nolan and Assemblymember Jamie Romeo.
Speaker Carl Heastie today visited Rochester with Assemblymember Jamie Romeo as part of the speaker's annual statewide tour. Together they visited Irondequoit Square (I-Square), United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America...

Speaker Heastie Joins Assemblymember Gunther for Statewide Tour Stop in the Hudson Valley

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at the Delaware Youth Center is volunteer Christina Mace.
Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Aileen Gunther in the Hudson Valley as part of his annual statewide tour. During the tour, the pair visited a youth center, a not-for-profit that assists families in need, a local ballfield and Fei Tian...

Speaker Heastie Visits Onondaga County on Annual Statewide Tour

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at JMA Wireless is (from left to right): Assemblymember Al Stirpe, Manufacturers Association of Central New York President and CEO Randy Wilkes and JMA Wireless owner John Mezzalingua.
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Onondaga County with Assemblymember Al Stirpe. Together, they visited JMA Wireless, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home and Side Hill Farmers.“My statewide tour gives me the opportunity to...

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour in Cortland and Tompkins Counties

Pictured in the third photo with Speaker Heastie at Cornell University is: Assemblymembers Barbara Lifton and Deborah Glick, and members of the Cornell Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Cortland and Tompkins Counties. He joined Assemblymember Barbara Lifton in visiting Suggett Park in Cortland, a daycare center at Tompkins Cortland Community College and Cornell University.“The...

Speaker Heastie Visits Farmingdale State College and Cold Spring Harbor on Annual Statewide Tour

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at Sweetie Pies on Main is (from left to right): Assemblymember Steve Stern and Sweetie Pies on Main owner and Cold Spring Harbor Main Street Association President Tom Hogan.
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour with Assemblymember Steve Stern on Long Island. They made stops at Sweetie Pies on Main and Cold Spring Harbor, and Farmingdale State College.“Going on my statewide tour every year gives...

Statement from Speaker Heastie on the 18th Anniversary of September 11th

Today people across the nation will pause to remember the thousands of lives tragically lost on 9-11. Our hearts still break when we remember these terrible events, and we extend our gratitude to the brave men and women who answered the call to serve...

Speaker Heastie Statement on New York City's Announcement to Relieve Homeowners of the Cost of Repairing Sidewalks Damaged by City Trees

While knocking on doors and visiting with my constituents, it became clear that bureaucracy and a flawed system have been posing a significant hardship on city homeowners. Since then, I have fought tirelessly to develop a solution to this problem because...

NYS Assembly Haitian Caucus Members Partner with Speaker Carl Heastie for Dorian Hurricane Relief in the Bahamas

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced he will join the New York State Assembly Haitian Caucus, including Assemblymembers Michaelle Solages, Rodneyse Bichotte, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Clyde Vanel and Mathylde Frontus, to assist in Hurricane Dorian relief...

Speaker Heastie Encourages Relief Efforts for the Bahamas

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas has been heartbreaking. These islands hold a special place in my heart as the place my paternal grandparents called home, and I have returned there often to visit friends and family.Here in New...

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour in Brooklyn with Assemblymember Frontus

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at the Bay Ridge Center are Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus and seniors.
Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus in Brooklyn during his annual statewide tour. Today’s tour included a trip to two senior centers, one which is located at a NYCHA development, lunch at a local pizza spot and a trip...

August 2019

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour in the Hudson Valley with Assemblymember Barrett

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at Hudson Hemp is (from left to right): Hudson Hemp CEO Benjamin Banks-Dobson and Assemblymember Didi Barrett.
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour, joining Assemblymember Didi Barrett at the Duchess County Stabilization Center in Poughkeepsie and touring Hudson Hemp in Columbia County.“My statewide tour gives me the opportunity...

Speaker Heastie Continues Western New York Tour with Assemblymembers Wallace and McMahon

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie is Assemblymember Monica Wallace during their dowtown walking tour in Lancaster.
Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymembers Monica Wallace and Karen McMahon for a second day of touring in Western New York during his annual statewide tour. During the visit, the speaker joined the members at area eateries, a community center,...

Speaker Heastie Visits New Era Field on His 2019 Statewide Tour

Pictured with Speaker Heastie at New Era Field is (from left to right): Assemblyman Pat Burke and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour with stops at New Era Field in Orchard Park, Lackawanna City Hall and the Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub in South Buffalo with Assemblyman Pat Burke.“One of the things I love about my...

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour in Troy with Assemblymember McDonald

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at Velan Studios in Troy (from left to right): Velan Ventures President Guha Bala, Velan Ventures CEO Karthik Bala, Technology Business Consultant Nehme Frangie, Assemblymember John T. McDonald III and Troy
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Troy, accompanied by Assemblymember John T. McDonald III. They were joined by Troy Mayor Patrick Madden as they visited local businesses and One Monument Square.“During session, I...

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour in Mohawk Valley & Schenectady

Pictured in the first picture with Speaker Heastie at Empire Recycling is (from left to right): Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon and Empire Recycling Executive Vice President Ed Kowalsky.
Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour with stops in Utica with Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon and Schenectady with Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara.“One of the best parts of my statewide tour is being able to see all...

Assembly Speaker Heastie Joins Assemblymember Woerner in Saratoga County

Pictured with the Speaker in the first photo (from left to right) is Assemblymember Woerner and MACSC Executive Director Megan Quillinan.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Carrie Woerner in Mechanicville as part of his fourth annual statewide tour. The pair visited the Mechanicville Area Community Service Center (MACSC).“This tour affords me the opportunity...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Stronger National Gun Laws

In New York I am proud that the Assembly Majority has led the fight for stricter gun laws that are proven to make our communities safer. The horrific events over the last weekend in El Paso and Dayton, and all the other mass shootings that have become...

July 2019

Speaker Heastie Joins Assemblymember Fall to Continue Annual Statewide Tour on Staten Island

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Speaker Carl Heastie joined Assemblymember Charles D. Fall on Staten Island today for the fourth stop on Speaker Heastie’s 2019 statewide tour. Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Fall made stops at the Empire Outlets, Curtis High School, Snug Harbor...

Speaker Heastie Joins Assemblymember Jean-Pierre on Long Island

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in first photo at Keep Your Change, Inc.: Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Babylon Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon, Assemblymember Jean-Pierre, Director of Keep Your Change Dr. Pam Allen Robinson, and Keep Your Cha
Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre on Long Island as part of his fourth annual statewide tour. During the tour, the pair visited a not-for-profit organization that provides after-school and summer learning programs to...

Speaker Heastie Continues 2019 Statewide Tour in Nassau County

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Speaker Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Nassau County. He was joined by Assemblymember Judy Griffin as they made stops at Operation Stop Polluting Litter and Save Harbors (S.P.L.A.S.H.) and Otto’s Sea Grill along the Freeport...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Héctor Figueroa, one of the great champions of today’s labor movement and of the rights of all people.Héctor spent his career fighting to improve people’s lives. In addition to being...

Speaker Heastie Joins Assemblymember Jacobson In the Hudson Valley

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in photo at the Family Partnership Center (left to right): SNUG Program Coordinator Danny Hairston and Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson.
Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson in Poughkeepsie during his fourth annual statewide tour. The pair visited the Family Partnership Center, a hub for programs and organizations serving local residents and ate lunch at Alex’s...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Green Light Law

Legal attempts by the Erie County Clerk and others to block the Green Light Law, which will allow immigrants to obtain a New York driver’s license, are shortsighted and just plain wrong. The landmark legislation passed by the legislature this year...

Assembly Fulfills Bold Progressive Agenda During 2019 Legislative Session

Year after year, the Assembly Majority has laid out a progressive agenda that puts families first. Many of the issues that took center stage this year started right here in the People’s House. In recent years, our progressive agenda had little hope...

June 2019

Speaker Heastie Statement Celebrating NYC Pride and Stonewall 50

Today, people will come from all over to celebrate Pride here in New York City, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that marked the start of the gay rights movement. As we do, we honor the memory and pay tribute to the activists...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court Census Question Ruling

The Census is an essential tool the United States uses to determine the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding for our schools, health care facilities, housing and other critical...

Speaker Heastie Kicks off Fourth Statewide Tour in the North Country

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Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Billy Jones in the North Country to kick off his 2019 statewide tour. This is the fourth statewide tour Heastie has embarked on since assuming the role of speaker in 2015. During today’s visit, Heastie...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana

Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and expunge the records of those...

Joint Statement From Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Due to a significant technical issue with the Automatic Voter Registration Act (S6457A /A8280A) that would have impacted the intent of the legislation, the Senate Majority will recall the bill and introduce a corrected version. We will pass this updated...

Assembly Passes Additional Legislation to Ensure Limousine Safety

Speaker Carl Heastie and Transportation Committee Chair William Magnarelli today announced the passage of legislation to ensure limousine safety and protect New Yorkers while riding in limousines. This package of six bills will add to the comprehensive...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Enable Adoptees to Access Birth Certificate

Speaker Carl Heastie, Health Committee Chair Richard N.Gottfried and Assemblymember David Weprin today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would allow adoptees to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate (A.5494, Weprin).“Knowing...

Statement Regarding the Child-Parent Security Act

Since Governor Cuomo first raised the Child-Parent Security Act as an end-of-session priority, the Assembly has had numerous conversations and heard from advocates on all sides of this issue. While there are strong feelings about surrogacy on all sides,...

Assembly Passes Legislation Ensuring Pregnant Women Receive Information Critical to Their Health & the Health of Their Child

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Diana Richardson today announced the passage of legislation to expand the availability of educational materials that would provide information on possible complications during pregnancy that have the potential to...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Reform New York State's MWBE Program

Speaker Carl Heastie, Governmental Operations Committee Chair Michele Titus, and Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Subcommittee Chair Rodneyse Bichotte today announced the passage of legislation to renew and expand New...

Assembly Passes Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced Assembly passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a comprehensive bill that sets critical environmental standards, including reductions...

Assembly Passes Sweeping Reforms to Protect New Yorkers from Workplace Harassment

Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Marcos Crespo, Governmental Operations Chair Michele Titus and Ethics and Guidance Committee Chair Aravella Simotas today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to increase protections against discriminatory...

Assembly Passes Legislation Making Childcare Costs a Legitimate Campaign Expense

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would allow campaign funds to be used for childcare expenses when they are incurred during an election campaign or in the execution of the...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Enable Sexual Assault Survivors to Seek Justice

Speaker Carl Heastie, Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas today announced the passage of legislation to extend the statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degrees so that victims can seek justice from...

Assembly Passes Legislation to End the Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defenses

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to end the use of gay and trans panic defenses. Under current law, the use of the “extreme emotional disturbance” defense, in some...

Assembly Passes Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act

Leading the fight to strengthen labor protections for farmworkers, Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Labor Committee Chair Marcos Crespo today announced the Assembly has passed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act (A.8419,...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Help Workers Recover Stolen Wages

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal today announced the Assembly has the passed the Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) bill to help employees recoup stolen wages from their employers. This legislation would enable victims...

Assembly Passes Historic Affordable Housing Protections to Bring Stability to Tenants Across New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie and Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today announced passage of legislation to extend and strengthen rent protections for tenants across the state (A.8281, Heastie). Rent regulations are set to expire at the end of the day...

Advocates and Leaders Applaud Historic Affordable Housing Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and advocates today applauded legislation that will extend New York's rent laws and give tenants across the state the strongest protections in New York history. Further details...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect New Yorkers from Dangerous, Preventable Diseases

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz today announced passage of legislation that would prevent people from opting out of vaccinations for nonmedical reasons.“Vaccines are proven tools in combatting communicable disease,”...

Assembly Passes Driver's License Access and Privacy Act #GreenLightNY

Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Committee Chair William Magnarelli and Labor Committee Chair Marcos Crespo today announced the Assembly has passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, also known as the Green Light Bill, to create safer...

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Historic Affordable Housing Legislation

"These reforms give New Yorkers the strongest tenant protections in history. For too long, power has been tilted in favor of landlords and these measures finally restore equity and extend protections to tenants across the state. These reforms will pass...

Assembly Passes Legislation to End Discriminatory Pricing for Gendered Goods

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Nily Rozic today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to prohibit charging more for similar products on the basis of gender (A.629, Rozic).“The Assembly Majority believes that being a woman should...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Ensure Car Wash Workers are Paid Minimum Wage

Speaker Carl Heastie and Labor Committee Chair Marcos Crespo today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure that car wash workers in New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties are paid minimum wage (A.6346C, Crespo).“The...

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Marcos Crespo Statement on Access to Drivers Licenses for all New Yorkers

Today the Assembly Transportation Committee took a critical first step and passed legislation (A.3675A) to allow undocumented immigrants access to drivers licenses. The full Assembly will take up and pass this legislation when we return to session next...

Joint Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tenant Protections

The Senate and Assembly together are ready to work with the governor to deliver the strongest rent package ever to meet the needs of tenants across the State of New York.

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Internet Neutrality in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure that the internet remains open with equal access for all New Yorkers.“The internet has undoubtedly changed the world we live...

Assembly Passes Measure to Prohibit Cat Declawing

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal today announced passage of legislation prohibiting the declawing of cats, and imposing a fine of $1,000 on veterinarians who perform the procedure for no valid reason (A. 1303, Rosenthal).“When...

Assembly Passes Brianna's Law to Require Boating Safety & Make New York's Waterways a Safer Place

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre today announced Assembly passage of Brianna’s Law, expanding requirements for boating safety classes and making New York’s waterways safer (A.4853-A, Jean-Pierre).“Summer is coming,...

Speaker Carl Heastie's Keynote Address at Baruch College 2019 Commencement Ceremony

June 3, 2019Barclays CenterBrooklyn_____________________________________[as prepared]Good morning graduates, guests and faculty. I’m honored to be here today to celebrate this occasion with you. You should all be very proud of what you have accomplished...

May 2019

Joint Statement From Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Now that both legislative houses have concluded our hearings on New York’s rent laws, the Senate and Assembly majorities agree that in 2019 we will enact the strongest rent package ever – one that protects tenants and makes New York more affordable...

Assembly Passes Legislative Package in Observance of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day

Speaker Carl Heastie and Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb today announced the Assembly passed a package of bills aimed at improving the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities to commemorate the annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day.“The Assembly...

Assembly Passes Measure to Ban Undetectable Firearms

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly passed legislation to ban the manufacture, sale, transport and possession of undetectable firearms in New York State (A.763, Abinanti).“As rates of gun violence increase across the country, New York...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Increase Access to Problem-Solving Courts

Speaker Carl Heastie, Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol and Assemblymember Sandy Galef today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would extend to every county in the state the authority to establish a local court or a division of a local...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect and Support Victims of Domestic Violence in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie announced that the Assembly today passed a package of legislation to support victims of domestic violence, helping them seek justice and reclaim their lives.“Far too many New Yorkers have faced the horrors of domestic violence...

April 2019

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Safeguard the Environment and Public Health in Honor of Earth Day

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Chair Steve Englebright today announced that the Assembly will pass a package of legislation to commemorate Earth Day by promoting environmental conservation and protecting public health.“The legislation...

Assembly Marks National Crime Victims Week with Passage of Legislation to Protect and Support Crime Victims

Speaker Carl Heastie and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol today announced the passage of a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at providing crime victims with the services and support they need to overcome trauma and seek justice.“Crimes...

Assembly Continues Fighting to Protect Tenants and Strengthen Rent Regulation in New York

Assembly Continues Fighting to Protect Tenants and Strengthen Rent Regulation in New YorkSpeaker Carl Heastie and Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today reaffirmed the Assembly Majority’s commitment to strengthen rent regulation laws and...

Assembly Announces Approval SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes Funding for Critical Human Services

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 approved budget includes funding for essential human services, including the areas of social services, mental health, children and families, alcoholism and substance use, aging and...

SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes Funding To Implement Election Reforms

Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Chair Charles Lavine today announced that $24.7 million in funding for updates to the local and state boards of elections is included in the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget. This funding will help implement...

SFY 2019-20 Budget Provides Critical Health Funding

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget will include $641 million in restorations for Medicaid and $34 million for public health programs. Additionally the budget...

SFY 2019-20 Budget to Include Further Investments for Higher Education in New York State

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced that the enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget will include funding critical to the preservation of higher education programs across the state. These...

Approved SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes $27.86 Billion in School Aid

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced the approved State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget will include $27.86 billion in funding to General Support for Public Schools (GSPS), an increase of $1 billion,...

SFY 19-20 Budget Includes Critical Criminal Justice Reform Legislation and Funding

Speaker Carl Heastie and Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget Agreement invests in grants and programs to help crime victims, defendants and all New Yorkers better navigate the legal system....

Speaker Heastie Statement on the SFY 2019-20 Enacted Budget

From the first day of session, the Assembly Majority pledged to work with our new partners in the Senate Majority to deliver a Families First agenda. Despite the financial challenges we are facing, we have never lost sight of that promise. We have worked...

March 2019

Approved SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes $27 Million For the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act

Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget includes $27 million to support the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which will enable New York’s immigrant students...

Approved SFY 2019-20 Spending Plan Includes Critical Measure to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget will protect New York’s waterways and the environment by banning plastic carryout bags.“The Assembly...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Tenants From Unscrupulous Landlords

Speaker Carl Heastie and Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to protect New Yorkers from unscrupulous landlords seeking to force rent regulated tenants out of their homes (A.6188, Lentol).“No...

Assembly and Senate Announce Joint Budget Subcommittee Schedule

Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Carl Heastie Announce Agreement on Budget Conference Committee Table Targets

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced they have reached a consensus on table targets for the individual budget conference committees.These funds will be used as the basis for budget negotiations...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Establish a Maternal Mortality Review Board

Assembly Passes Legislation to Establish aMaternal Mortality Review BoardSpeaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly passed legislation that would establish the Maternal Mortality Review Board to closely examine maternal mortality in New York and...

Assembly Passes Life-Saving School Zone Speed Camera Legislation for New York City and Buffalo

Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes today announced that the Assembly passed life-saving legislation to expand the use of speed cameras in New York City school zones, and to establish a demonstration...

Assembly Passes Bill to Install Safety Cameras on School Buses

Speaker Carl Heastie and Transportation Committee Chair William B. Magnarelli today announced the passage of a measure to install safety cameras on school buses to monitor overtaking and passing violations (A.4950A, Magnarelli).“Ensuring the safety...

Speaker Carl Heastie Outlines Budget Priorities At General Budget Conference Committee

March 13, 2019Albany_____________________________________[as prepared]Good afternoon.I want to start by thanking my Assembly Majority colleagues for all their hard work over these past few months in helping to craft our budget. Here with me today are...

Assembly and Senate Announce General Conference Committee Appointments

2019 General Budget Conference Committee Assembly Senate Carl Heastie (Co-Chair) Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Co-Chair) Helene Weinstein Liz Krueger Crystal Peoples-Stokes Michael...

Assembly's SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes Critical Funding for Statewide Environmental Protection Programs

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright announced today the Assembly’s 2019-2020 state fiscal year (SFY) budget includes $175.2 million funding for environmental protections.“The Assembly...

Assembly and Senate Announce General Conference Committee

Legislature to Convene General Budget Conference Committee meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building. 2019 General Budget Conference Committee Assembly Senate Carl...

Assembly SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes $28.4 Billion in School Aid

Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced the Assembly budget proposal allocates $28.4 billion in school aid, which is an increase of $1.6 billion or 6.3 percent over the 2018-19 School Year (SY). The plan reflects...

Assembly SFY 2019-20 Budget Restores Critical Health Funding

Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget would make nearly $700 million in restorations to the Medicaid program and $54 million in restorations to public...

Assembly One-House Budget Invests $18.2 Billion in Higher Education, Including Increased Funding for Opportunity Programs

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget promotes college affordability by restoring and increasing funding by $23.8 million for opportunity...

Assembly 2019-20 Budget Includes Funding to Combat Gang Violence and Invests in Programs to Help New Yorkers Navigate the Criminal Justice System

Speaker Carl Heastie and Codes Committee Chair Joseph R. Lentol today announced the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget invests in combating gang violence in our communities, and includes critical funding for programs that help New Yorkers...

Assembly Budget Includes Critical Aid to Assist Localities

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Local Governments Committee Chair Fred W. Thiele, Jr. and Transportation Committee Chair William B. Magnarelli today announced that the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget provides funding support to programs...

Assembly Announces SFY 2019-20 Spending Plan for Essential Human Services

Speaker Carl Heastie announced today the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget includes restorations and investments to critical human services programs.“Despite the state’s financial challenges, the Assembly Majority remains...

Assembly Budget Includes Critical Funding to Implement Election Reforms

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Chair Charles Lavine today announced that the Assembly State Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget provides necessary funding for local and state boards of elections.“The amounts provided in the Assembly budget...

Assembly Budget Makes Critical Investments in Affordable Housing

Speaker Carl Heastie and Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today announced that the Assembly’s State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget proposal makes critical investments in affordable housing across the state, including programs serving urban...

Assembly Budget Makes $12.8 Billion Investment In Transportation Infrastructure Across New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Chair William B. Magnarelli and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair Amy Paulin today announced that the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget will invest a new $12.8 billion in the state’s...

Assembly Releases $175.6 Billion Spending Plan

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Assembly's State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 Budget proposal of $175.6 billion.This proposal would make significant investments in health care,...

Assembly Passes Legislation Enhancing Openness and Accountability in Government During Sunshine Week

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Michele Titus today marked the nationwide observance of Sunshine Week with the passage of legislation to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Laws (FOIL) in order...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing Of Former Assembly Speaker Mel Miller

It is with great sadness that I join my colleagues in mourning the death of former Assembly Speaker Mel Miller.Mel represented the 44th Assembly District in Brooklyn for 21 years, five of those years he served as Speaker. During his time in the Assembly,...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Lower Blood Lead Level Threshold Standard for Children

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly will pass legislation to protect the health of children in New York by lowering the statutory standard for elevated blood lead levels (BLL).“There is nothing more important than the health and safety...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Raise Purchasing Age for Tobacco Products and E-cigs to 21

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly will pass legislation that would increase the purchasing age for tobacco products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old (A.558-A, Rosenthal).“Smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes is a dangerous...

Legislature Re-elects Four Members to Board of Regents

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto, Senate Education Committee Chair Shelley Mayer, Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick,...

Assembly Passes Legislation Requiring Safe Storage of Guns

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly passed legislation which will expand current requirements that guns are kept in safe storage repositories, especially in households with children (A.2686A, Paulin).“Today’s bill is another important...

Assembly Passes the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly passed the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A.3974, Aubry). The legislation would expand on alternative sentencing laws for domestic violence cases.“Domestic violence is a heart breaking reality...

New York State Senate and Assembly Statement Regarding Revenue Consensus

It is unfortunate that we could not come to an agreement on a revenue consensus with the Governor. It remains the intention of both the Assembly and the Senate to reach a fiscally responsible, on-time budget that meets our priorities.

February 2019

Assembly Passes Legislation Criminalizing Revenge Porn

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein announced that the Assembly today passed legislation to criminalize the unlawful dissemination and publication of intimate images, commonly referred to as revenge porn, and also provide victims...

Assembly to Pass Legislation to Protect New Yorker's Rights

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced today the Assembly will pass a package of legislation that would expand civil rights protections in schools and protect New Yorkers from discrimination and harassment.“The Assembly Majority has long been committed...

Speaker Heastie and Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes Announce Aspire to Inspire Initiative

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes today announced the Aspire to Inspire initiative, an invitation for New Yorkers to pass along their favorite quotes to inspire others. A selected entry will be read at the beginning...

Assembly Passes Measure to Provide Insurance Coverage for Eating Disorders

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Nily Rozic today announced passage of legislation requiring insurance companies to provide full coverage for all aspects of eating disorder treatments (A. 1619, Rozic).“Eating disorders are a treatable...

Assembly Announces Passage of the Equal Rights Amendment

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Rebecca A. Seawright today announced that the Assembly passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would guarantee equal rights for women in New York State (A.271, Seawright).“The Assembly Majority is committed...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Appointment of Félix V. Matos Rodríguez as Chancellor of the City University of New York

As a City University of New York (CUNY) graduate, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to the newest CUNY Chancellor, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez – the first Latino to lead this great institution.Félix’s accomplishments...

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes & State-Federal Relations Chair Nily Rozic Discuss Housing & Transit Infrastructure, and Changes to Federal Tax Law With N.Y. Congressional Delegation

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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State-Federal Relations Chair Nily Rozic today met with Democratic members of New York’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for statewide housing...

Assembly to Pass Legislation Banning Offshore Drilling on New York's Coasts

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright announced the Assembly will pass legislation (A.2572, Englebright) today to prohibit oil and natural gas drilling in New York’s coastal areas.“While...

January 2019

Assembly to Pass Common Sense Legislation To Protect New Yorkers from Gun Violence

Speaker Carl Heastie announced the Assembly today will pass legislation to prevent and reduce gun violence in New York State. The legislative package includes bills that have passed the Assembly in past years, including keeping guns out of the hands of...

Assembly to Pass the Child Victims Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal announced the Assembly’s intent to pass the Child Victims Act today. The legislation (A.2683, Rosenthal) would help survivors of childhood sexual abuse seek justice by allowing them...

Stewart-Cousins and Heastie Announce Joint Legislative Schedule For Adopting SFY 2019-20 Budget

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced an agreement on a joint legislative budget schedule...

Speaker Heastie Remembers the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

People across the nation are finding many different ways to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More than just a day off or a long weekend, the third Monday of January serves as a reminder to us that the fight for equal rights...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Reform Teacher Evaluation Requirements

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto today announced passage of legislation (A.783, Benedetto) that would eliminate the mandatory use of state assessments to determine a teacher or principal’s evaluation....

Assembly Announces Intent to Pass Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa announced that today the Assembly will pass the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act to ensure immigrant children are able to access higher education in order to fully participate in...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Women's Reproductive Rights and Ensure Access to Family Planning

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Kevin Cahill and Ellen Jaffee announced that today the Assembly passed a package of three bills that would protect women's reproductive rights and grant all New Yorkers access to family...

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Statement on Tackling Sexual Harassment in New York

Sexual harassment impacts employees across the country, including right here in New York. No industry is free from the scourge of sexual harassment, assault, and inappropriate workplace behavior.The #MeToo movement has brought these important issues to...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Southern District of New York's Ruling Against Trump Administration's Census Citizenship Question

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York's ruling to halt the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census is a victory for New York and for everyone who calls it home.Under the guise of enforcing the Voting Rights Act,...

Legislature Announces Joint 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 2019-2020 Executive Budget Proposal.These hearings, each of which focuses on a programmatic...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Allow the Extension of Property Tax Deadlines for Furloughed Federal Workers in New York

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Kenneth Zebrowski announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that would allow local governments and school districts to give furloughed federal employees a temporary extension to pay their property...

Assembly Passes GENDA and Legislation to Ban Conversion Therapy

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that today the Assembly has passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) to protect transgender and non-gender conforming New Yorkers from discrimination, as well as legislation to ban mental health...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Reform New York's Electoral Process, Making it Easier for New Yorkers to Vote

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Charles Lavine announced that today the Assembly passed a seven bill package of legislation to reform New York State’s antiquated electoral process, expanding New Yorkers’ access...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie Opening the 242nd Legislative Session

January 9, 2019Assembly ChamberAlbany[as delivered]Good afternoon.Welcome to everyone joining us in the Chamber today - the People's House of the New York State Legislature. It is my pleasure to begin the 2019 Legislative session by offering you my...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Assembly Majority's Agenda: The Legislation We Have Championed for Years is Finally Within Reach

Today, my colleagues and I in the Assembly Majority opened the 2019 Legislative Session, and while we are confident this year will bring real change for New Yorkers, many of the ideas that have recently taken center stage have long been priorities in...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Swearing In of Attorney General Tish James

I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Tish James on being sworn into the Office of Attorney General. As the first African American woman to hold statewide office, she is helping to reshape the face of leadership in New York and beyond. As...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

The Assembly Majority believes that every hardworking New Yorker deserves the opportunity to climb the economic ladder. We know that putting families first means putting them on a path towards financial independence. No one working a full-time job should...

December 2018

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Former Assembly Majority Leader Daniel B. Walsh

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of former Assembly Majority Leader Daniel B. Walsh. Dan's commitment to public service began with a tour in Korea with the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division. A teacher and a coach, Walsh began his career...

Speaker Heastie Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2019 Legislative Session

Speaker Carl E. Heastie Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes Chair, Ways and Means Helene E. Weinstein Deputy Speaker Catherine Nolan Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz Speaker...

Speaker Carl Heastie Appoints Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes Majority Leader

Speaker Carl Heastie today appointed Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) to serve as Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly. "Serving alongside Crystal Peoples-Stokes, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how hard she...

Assembly Majority Selects Heastie as Speaker

It is truly an honor to have been chosen by my colleagues in the Assembly Majority to serve as speaker of the People's House. I am thankful for their continued support as well as their unwavering commitment to putting New York families first. It gives...

Speaker Statement on Report from New York State Compensation Committee

I have not yet read the report in full. As I review it, I will be guided by the principles of the sanctity of independence and respect for the legislative branch which are embedded in the New York State Constitution. Above all else, as a new legislature...

November 2018

Speaker Statement on the Passing of Senator Jose Peralta

We are saddened by the sudden passing of Senator Jose Peralta. Jose, who began his legislative career in the People's House, was a strong voice for working families. He was determined to strengthen New York's public schools and gun safety measures,...

Next Steps: Continuing an Agenda to Put New York's Families First

The 2018 elections marked a turning point in New York politics that has the potential to reverberate for generations to come if we listen to the voters who spoke so loudly on Election Day. New York State has always been a national leader in progressive...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie Welcoming New Members of Assembly Majority

Congratulations and welcome to the new members of the Assembly Majority Conference: Taylor Raynor (18th AD) Judy Griffin (21st AD) Catalina Cruz (39th AD) Mathylde Frontus (46th AD) Simcha Eichenstein (48th AD) Charles Fall (61st AD) Karines...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Democrats Taking Back the House

Across the United States, the people have spoken. They said that they are tired of the attacks on healthcare, attacks on women's reproductive rights and they are tired of tax cuts for wealthy donors that leave middle class families behind. Today, millions...

Speaker Heastie Congratulates Tish James on Election to Attorney General

I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Tish James on her election to the Office of Attorney General, the first African American woman to hold statewide office in New York State. She has undoubtedly blazed a trail that will help change the...

Speaker Heastie Congratulates Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Re-Election

Congratulations to Governor Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Hochul and Comptroller DiNapoli on their re-election. The Assembly Majority is committed to putting families first and ensuring our state remains a progressive leader. Together, we are a united voice...

August 2018

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour in Western NY

Pictured in the first photo with Speaker Heastie at Calspan Corporation crash lab (from left to right): Assemblymember Monica Wallace and Calspan Corporation Director Jerry Goupil.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was today joined by Assemblymember Monica Wallace as he continued his annual statewide tour with stops in Cheektowaga and Depew. "Today, Assemblymember Wallace and I got to talk with leaders in technology and research,...

Speaker Heastie Appoints New Member To Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that he has appointed Julie Garcia to serve on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). "Ms. Garcia's extraordinary résumé and unwavering commitment to public service...

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Nick Perry Statement on Prosecutorial Accountability

This creation of a commission on prosecutorial conduct is an important step in ensuring we have a fair and equitable criminal justice system here in New York. The law will create an 11-member commission appointed by the governor, legislature and chief...

Speaker Heastie Continues Annual Statewide Tour With Two Stops in Syracuse

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at Onondaga Creek (left to right): Assemblymember Pamela Hunter and Dewitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymembers Pamela Hunter and Al Stirpe to visit the Syracuse region as part of an ongoing annual statewide tour. During the trip, Heastie visited a community impacted by a recent update to Syracuse's flood...

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour in Franklin County

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at the Wild Center (from left to right): Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe and Assemblymember Billy Jones.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Franklin County, where he was joined by Assemblymember Billy Jones. Together, they toured the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. "This statewide tour gives me the opportunity to see...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Death Penalty

Governor Mario Cuomo was right when he stood against efforts to reinstate the death penalty. And the New York State Court of Appeals was right when they ruled that the 1995 reinstatement of the death penalty was unconstitutional. The death penalty...

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour in Long Island

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was today joined by Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre as he continued his annual statewide tour with two stops in Suffolk County. Together, they visited Wyandanch SNUG, a statewide program to reduce gun violence, and the...

Speaker Heastie Visits Long Island's South Shore

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at YES Community Counseling Center (from left to right): Assemblymember Christine Pellegrino, YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenschultz and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Christine Pellegrino to continue his annual statewide tour in Long Island. The pair visited a local community counseling center, as well as an area along the south shore that is still struggling...

July 2018

Speaker Heastie Tours Long Island's Nassau County

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at the Great Neck Pollution Control District (from left to right): Assemblymember Anthony D'Urso, Great Neck Pollution Control District Commissioner Steve Reiter and a member of the Hempstead Harbor Pr
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined Assemblymember Anthony D'Urso in Nassau County today as part of Speaker Heastie's annual statewide tour. During the trip, Heastie and D'Urso met with Patty Katz, district commissioner of the Great Neck Water Pollution...

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Tour by Visiting Youth Participating in Summer Program

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Carrie Woerner in the Capital Region as part of an ongoing annual statewide tour to visit a local youth summer program in Salem. "I am fortunate to spend a lot of time in New York's Capital...

Speaker Heastie Tours the Hudson Valley

Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Barrett at Olana State Historical Site
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined Assemblymember Didi Barrett today in the 106th Assembly District to tour the Olana State Historic Site in Columbia County. The visit marked his fourth stop of this year's statewide tour of New York. "The Hudson...

The Assembly Continues to Lead on Progressive Issues in New York

New York is known as the Empire State for a good reason - our state is a shining beacon of hope and opportunity for its citizens, and a symbol of possibility for people across the country and indeed the world. It's a promise our government has made to...

Statement From Speaker Heastie

It is long past time for the Senate to return to Albany and pass what is supported by the vast majority of New Yorkers. They can start with the omnibus speed camera and local extender bill that is widely supported by advocates and members on both sides...

Speaker Heastie's Annual Statewide Tour Continues in Jefferson County

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at Chaumont Village Beach (from left to right): Town of Lyme officials and Assemblymember Addie Jenne.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie yesterday joined Assemblymember Addie Jenne on another stop on this year's statewide tour to visit the 116th Assembly District. Together, they visited the Chaumont Village Beach, Sackets Harbor Battlefield and the Jefferson...

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: New Yorkers need us To take the Lead Once Again

In 1970, the New York State Legislature proved to the nation that it was a progressive champion for women's reproductive rights by legalizing abortion for all New York residents and non-residents - three years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Roe...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Tragic Death of New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark

On behalf of the New York State Assembly, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Clark. Each day, emergency responders like Trooper Clark risk their lives to keep our families safe. Today is a...

June 2018

Speaker Heastie Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Against Public Worker Unions

For decades, the New York State Assembly Majority has fought hard on behalf of working men and women - the firefighters, police officers, teachers, health and mental health care providers who keep our state moving and growing. Strong unions have been...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Add Bereavement to Paid Family Leave

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle today announced passage of legislation to add bereavement to Paid Family Leave (PFL) (A.10639-A, Morelle). Allowing individuals to take sufficient time off to grieve after the...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Consumers from Exploitative Ticket Reselling Practices

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to reform New York's ticket resale law in an effort to increase transparency and fairness for consumers."The Assembly Majority has long been committed to protecting...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect New Yorker's Personal Information From Being Collected or Sold Without Consent

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Monica Wallace today announced Assembly passage of legislation to protect New Yorker's personal information online by giving them control over whether their data may be collected or disclosed by their...

Speaker Heastie Statement Calling on President Trump to End Cruel Policy of Separating Migrant Children from their Families

All across the nation, Americans are horrified and heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of migrant children. Families desperate for our help, fleeing violence and seeking asylum have reached our border only to have their families torn apart. From...

Assembly Passes Brianna's Law to Improve Boating Safety

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre announced the passage of legislation to strengthen boating safety by requiring all individuals who operate a boat on the state's waterways to complete a boating safety course. "New...

Assembly Passes Bill to Protect Net Neutrality, Equal Access to the Internet in New York State

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy today announced passage of legislation to protect the principles of net neutrality in New York State (A.8882-C, Fahy)."An open internet is integral to education and to innovation in our...

Assembly Passes Bill to Promote Prosecutorial Accountability

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Nick Perry today announced the passage of legislation to establish an independent state commission on prosecutorial conduct (A.5285-C)"Prosecutors have one of the most important roles in our society,"...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Move up MTA Five-Year Capital Plan Submission Date

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would move up the date by which the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) must submit its five-year capital plan to the Capital Program Review Board (CPRB).“Every...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Encourage Investments in Solar Energy & Energy Storage

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Robert Carroll today announced passage of two pieces of legislation to encourage investment in solar panels and energy storage equipment in New York City.“The Assembly Majority understands how important...

Assembly Passes New York Health Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried today announced that the Assembly has passed the New York Health Act. The legislation would establish a universal single payer health plan that would provide comprehensive health...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking and Bring Perpetrators Of Sex Trafficking of a Child to Justice

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Amy Paulin today announced passage of legislation to protect victims of human trafficking, and to bring perpetrators of sex trafficking of a child to justice."Human trafficking is a scourge that continues...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to prevent access to firearms, rifles and shotguns by individuals who have been determined by a court to be a danger to themselves or others."Establishing extreme risk...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide Feminine Hygiene Products To Women in Correctional Facilities

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal today announced passage of legislation to provide feminine hygiene products to women in state and local correctional facilities at no cost (A.588-B)."This bill is about doing the...

Assembly Continues Fight for Criminal Justice Reform

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed the remaining bills that make up a comprehensive package of criminal justice reform that were introduced by the Assembly earlier this year, including critical legislation that would...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Bring Equity to the Criminal Justice System

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed criminal justice reform measures that build on legislation passed earlier this year designed to establish a more equitable system for all New Yorkers."The Assembly Majority remains...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Admissions System to New York City's Specialized High Schools

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymember Charles Barron to create a new admissions system for New York City's specialized high schools (A.10427a) was today reported out of the Assembly Education Committee. This is a first step in addressing this issue,...

Statements from Speaker Heastie and Assemblymembers Kenneth Zebrowski and James Skoufis Regarding Senate Override of Governor's Veto

From Speaker Heastie: "There is no need for the Assembly to take up an override of the Governor's veto of A.1625 related to kindergarten expansion. The Assembly has worked with the Governor to resolve the concerns that the bill sought to address."###From...

Assembly Passes Legislation Establishing Discrimination Prevention and Training Policies

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Tremaine Wright today announced passage of legislation to eliminate discrimination in the workplace by establishing prevention and training policies. The legislation (A.10461, Wright) would expand the existing...

May 2018

Assembly Passes Legislative Package in Observance of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day

In observance of the annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed a package of bills that will help improve the lives of people with disabilities across New York State."The Assembly...

Statement from Speaker Heastie on the Passing of Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr.

Today we lost an icon in New York State politics with the passing of our beloved former colleague, Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr. In the People's House of the New York State Assembly, Denny blazed a trail of dedication and commitment to the constituents...

Speaker Heastie Continues Statewide Regional Tour on Long Island

Pictured with Speaker Heastie in the first photo at Huntington Harbor (from left to right): John Sohngen, P.E., Principal Health Engineer, Suffolk County Office of Ecology; and Assemblymember Steve Stern.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Steve Stern for the second stop on this year's statewide tour to a visit to the 10th Assembly District. Together, they visited Huntington Harbor on the Long Island Sound and Tri Community and Youth...

Speaker Heastie Statement on Attorney General Barbara Underwood

Congratulations to Barbara Underwood on her election by the legislature to the Office of Attorney General of New York State. Since the resignation of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the legislature has worked in an open and transparent manner...

Legislative Leaders Announce Joint Session

Legislative leaders announced today they intend to pass a resolution calling for a meeting to cast a joint ballot to fill the vacancy in the office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. The meeting of the full Legislature will take place on...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the School Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

Another school shooting. Another community torn apart by gun violence. More students and teachers that went to what should be a safe place to learn and grow, and instead faced unimaginable horror. My heart breaks for the Santa Fe High School community....

Assembly Speaker Heastie Kicks off Third Statewide Tour in Schenectady

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today joined Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara in Schenectady to kick off his 2018 statewide tour. This is the third statewide tour Heastie has embarked on since assuming the role of speaker in 2015. During today's visit,...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Tenants And Strengthen Rent Regulations

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Housing Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today announced passage of a package of legislation to protect tenants and strengthen rent regulations in New York State."Working families are the fabric of our communities and have...

Legislature Releases Resumes and Cover Letters Submitted by Applicants for Office of Attorney General

Legislative leaders today released the resumes and cover letters submitted by applicants seeking to fill the Office of the Attorney General. Interviews will be held by a bi-partisan, bicameral committee of the Legislature on Tuesday, May 15, 2018,...

Interview Schedule of Candidates for Attorney General

Legislative leaders today released the schedule of interviews to be held with candidates who have applied to fill the vacancy in the Office of the Attorney General. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office...

Legislature Releases List of Candidates for Attorney General

Legislative leaders today released a list of candidates who have applied to fill the vacancy in the Office of Attorney General. The list of candidates is as follows: Thomas J. AbinantiLloyd ConstantineMichael D. Diederich, JrJose W. FernandezNicole...

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Dr. Beatrice Castiglia Catullo, RN

It is with great sadness that I join the Bronx community in mourning the loss of Dr. Beatrice Castiglia Catullo, RN. Ms. Bea, as she was affectionatly known, embodied the best of humanity, and spent her long life dedicated those who needed it most - the...

Legislature Announces Details of Attorney General Screening Process

Legislative Leaders today announce details of the screening process to fill the vacancy in the Office of Attorney General as required by law. A bi-partisan, bi-cameral committee of the Legislature will interview candidates seeking appointment to serve...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie - 66th Annual West Point Day


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It is my honor and privilege to pause the proceedings of the house to continue a very special tradition. For nearly seventy years, we have celebrated the rich history of the United States Military Academy at West Point by hosting a distinguished delegation...

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Announces Plans for Attorney General Interview Process

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the New York State Legislature is accepting applications for consideration to fill the vacancy in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. In response to the resignation of the Attorney...

Assembly Passes Legislative Package to Support & Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz today announced the passage of a package of legislation aimed to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence and offer support for survivors seeking to...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

These are very serious allegations. I support Governor Cuomo's call for a thorough investigation. Based on what has been reported, I believe it will be very difficult for Eric Schneiderman to continue as New York State Attorney General.

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect Transgender New Yorkers from Discrimination

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has again passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The legislation would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in considerations of employment,...

Speaker Heastie Announces Third Statewide Tour To Begin this Month

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced plans for a statewide tour of New York scheduled to begin this month. This will be Speaker Heastie's third statewide tour since assuming the role of speaker in 2015. "These statewide tours offer a unique...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Overhaul Teacher Evaluations

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan today announced passage of a bill (A.10475) to eliminate the mandate that state created or administered tests be used to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation. The...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Bring Justice to Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and bill sponsor Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to bring justice to victims of childhood sexual abuse by extending statutes of limitation for criminal and civil cases, and...

Assembly Passes Measure to Ensure Fair Wages on Public Construction Projects

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Harry Bronson today announced the passage of legislation to ensure all professionals and laborers engaged on construction projects that receive public financing or incentives are paid the prevailing wage."It...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Eliminate the Use of Gendered Language for Police Officers and Firefighters In New York State Law

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Jo Ann Simon today announced passage of legislation (A.08321-C) to update antiquated language in state law, making references to police officers and firefighters gender neutral."Women...

April 2018

Assembly Passes Measure to Prohibit Conversion Therapy for Minors

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would ban mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change a patient's sexual orientation that...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie Welcoming New Members of Assembly Majority

Congratulations and welcome to the new members of the Assembly Majority Conference: Steve Stern, 10th Assembly District, is an Elder Law attorney representing seniors and people with special needs. Prior to his election, Assemblymember Stern served...

Speaker Heastie Announces Legislation to Overhaul Teacher Evaluations

New legislation will eliminate the mandate on the use of state assessments, allowing school districts to adopt evaluation systems best suited to their community's needs Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan today...

Assembly Passes Earth Day Legislative Package to Safeguard the Environment and Public Health

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Chair Steve Englebright today announced the passage of legislation designed to safeguard the environment and protect public health. The legislation covers a variety of environmental protections,...

Assembly Passes Comprehensive Package of Legislation to Protect and Support Crime Victims

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at thwarting human trafficking across the state and supporting victims of domestic violence and other crimes. "The Assembly Majority...

Assembly Passes Legislative Package to Expand Voting Opportunities for New Yorkers

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Michele Titus and Governmental Operations Chair Crystal Peoples-Stokes today announced Assembly passage of legislation directed at closing the pay gap in New York State. "Just last...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Close the Pay Gap In New York State, to Ensure Women Receive Equal Pay for Equal Work

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Labor Committee Chair Michele Titus and Governmental Operations Chair Crystal Peoples-Stokes today announced Assembly passage of legislation directed at closing the pay gap in New York State. “Just last...

Statement from Speaker Heastie on the Passing of Assemblymember Frank Skartados

It is with profound sadness that I join my colleagues in mourning the loss of Assemblymember Frank K. Skartados. Frank was a devoted public servant to the Hudson Valley for nearly 10 years. As a businessman and a former educator, he fought tirelessly...

2018-19 State Budget Encourages Private Investment in Affordable Housing

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz today announced that the enacted 2018-19 New York State budget will help spur private investment in affordable housing by making key changes to the way state Low-Income Housing...

SFY 2018-19 Budget Keeps Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymembers Joseph Lentol and Daniel O'Donnell today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 budget agreement includes legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers. "Domestic...

Approved SFY 2018-19 Budget to Include Anti-Sexual Harassment Measures

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the approved SFY 2018-19 Budget includes measures to address the scourge of sexual harassment that has for too long burdened victims personally, financially and professionally. "The ongoing culture of sexual...

Enacted Budget Promotes Statewide Transit Sustainability Solutions

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Chair David Gantt and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair Amy Paulin today announced that the enacted State Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget invests $10.2 billion in the state’s transportation network....

SFY 2018-19 Budget Makes Critical Investments in Services and Resources for Seniors

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Aging Committee Chair Donna Lupardo today announced that the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 budget agreement includes important investments for programs to support New York's seniors. "As New Yorkers live longer than...

Approved SFY 2018-19 Budget Includes $26.7 Billion in School Aid

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan today announced the approved SFY 2018-19 Budget will include $26.7 billion in funding to General Support for Public Schools (GSPS), an increase of $914 million, or 3.6 percent, over...

Approved SFY 2018-19 Budget to Include Critical Human Services Funding

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the enacted SFY 2018-19 Budget will include funding to combat and prevent homelessness, provide families with much-needed services and resources, address the heroin and opioid crisis and deliver veterans...

Enacted Budget Expands Paths to Higher Education

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced that the enacted State Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget expands the Higher Education Road to Success initiative and promotes college affordability in New York....

March 2018

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on Passage of 2018-19 Budget

The Assembly Majority is committed to making investments that ensure New York State is a better place to live, work and raise a family. With a focus on Families First, we have crafted a spending plan that makes the necessary investments to strengthen...

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie on Budget Negotiations

After months of hard work to craft a spending plan for New Yorkers, the State Budget is being held up by an unrelated non-budgetary demand in the State Senate. To be clear, we have worked with the Senate and the Governor and have agreement on 99.9...

Assembly and Senate Announce Joint Budget Subcommittees Meeting Schedule

Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Budget Conference Committee Table Targets

Speaker Carl Heastie Statement on Passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a distinguished former member of the New York State Assembly and a relentless advocate for the families of Western New York. Throughout the course of her life as...

Assembly's SFY 2018-19 Budget Includes Critical Criminal Justice Reform Legislation and Funding

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol today announced the Assembly's SFY 2018-19 Budget includes critical funding for criminal justice reforms and public safety measures. "The Assembly Majority recognizes that our criminal...

Assembly 2018-19 Spending Plan Includes Legislation to Confront Sexual Harassment

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly SFY 2018-19 Budget includes a comprehensive package of laws to address the scourge of sexual harassment that injures victims personally, financially and professionally. "The Assembly Majority...

Assembly Budget Makes Critical Investments in Services and Resources for Seniors

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Aging Committee, today announced the Assembly's State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 Budget includes important investments in senior housing and health care, as well as the creation...

Assembly Observes Sunshine Week with Passage of Bills to Expand State's Freedom of Information Laws

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes today announced the Assembly marked the nationwide observance of Sunshine Week with the approval of legislation to strengthen the state's Freedom of Information...

Assembly and Senate Announce General Conference Committee Appointments

Assembly Budget Proposal Includes Child Victims Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal today announced that the Assembly's SFY 2018-19 Budget proposal includes a measure to extend statutes of limitations for criminal and civil cases involving sexual abuse of children, allowing...

Assembly Budget Makes $10.5 Billion Investment in Transportation And Promotes Comprehensive Transit Sustainability Solutions Across the State of New York

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Transportation Chair David Gantt and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair Amy Paulin today announced that the Assembly budget proposal invests $10.5 billion in the state's transportation network. New measures...

Assembly One-House Budget Invests in Public Health and Dedicates Funding for Community Health Providers

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried today announced that the Assembly's State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 budget proposal makes important investments in the state's public health systems and increases funding to combat...

Speaker Heastie and Encon Chair Englebright Announce $300 million for Environmental Protection Fund in Assembly SFY 2018-2019 Budget

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright today announced the Assembly's 2018-2019 SFY Budget of $170.2 billion provides $300 million for the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to support such...

Statement from Speaker Heastie - New York State Assembly Stands in Support to Honor Lives Lost at Stoneman Douglas High School

In the weeks since the Parkland tragedy, the brave students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have channeled their grief into an inspiring wave of advocacy for gun reform. Today, students around the country walked out of their schools to honor those...

Assembly Announces Passage of Legislation to Protect Women's Reproductive Rights and Ensure Access to Options for Family Planning

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Kevin Cahill, Ellen Jaffee and Rebecca A. Seawright today announced passage of three bills that would protect reproductive rights for women and ensure New Yorkers have access...

Assembly SFY 2018-19 Budget Includes $36.5 Billion in School Aid

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan today announced the Assembly's budget proposal allocates $27.1 billion in school aid, which is an increase of $1.5 billion or 5.9 percent, over the 2017-18 School Year (SY). The...

Legislature Re-elects Chancellor Rosa and Regent Chin to Board of Regents

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced the Legislature's re-election of New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Regent Judith Chin. In...

Assembly SFY 2018-19 Budget Includes Funding for Critical Human Services

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced today that the Assembly's SFY 2018-19 Budget includes funding to prevent and reduce homelessness as well as funding restorations for critical programs that support children, families and veterans. The spending plan...

Assembly One-House Budget Delivers on Road to Success Promise

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick today announced that the Assembly's budget proposal for SFY 2018-19 continues the progress of the Higher Education Road to Success initiative in promoting college affordability...

Assembly Releases $170 Billion Spending Plan

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Assembly's State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 Families First budget proposal of $170.2 billion. This proposal would make significant investments in...

Assembly Passes Legislation To Expedite Critical NYCHA Repairs

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would enable the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to use an alternative procurement process in order to streamline renovations and rehabilitations, including...

Assembly Intends to Pass Package of Common Sense Gun Legislation To Protect New Yorkers from Gun Violence

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly plans to pass legislation to help prevent and reduce gun violence in New York. The legislative package includes measures that would prevent individuals determined to be a danger to themselves...

Press Conference Announcing Assembly Majority Action on Gun Safety

Good afternoon and thank you all for joining us. Las Vegas, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Sutherland Springs, San Bernadino, Binghamton, Columbine. And now, just last month, Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. These places are...

February 2018

Assembly Announces Passage of Democracy Protection Act To Bring Greater Transparency to Digital Political Advertisements

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed the Democracy Protection Act to help protect the integrity of New York elections by requiring greater transparency for digital political advertisements. "Social media and digital...

Speaker Heastie Statement on New York State Sheriffs' Association Proposal to Bring Armed Guards into New York State Schools

We all share in the goal of providing our schools with the resources they need to make sure our kids are safe. But more guns is not the answer and never has been. The best efforts of a trained armed guard present at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

Speaker Heastie Convenes Workgroup to Address Sexual Harassment

Speaker Carl Heastie today announced that the Assembly will convene a new workgroup to address sexual harassment. The members of the workgroup will examine various sexual harassment issues and policy responses during the 2018 legislative session. "Sexual...

Assembly Majority Introduces Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Package

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the introduction of sweeping criminal justice reform measures to build on last year's Raise the Age law to ensure a more fair and equitable system for all New Yorkers. These measures would reform New York's...

SFY 2018-19 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Environmental Conservation Is Postponed

Senate Finance Committee Chair Catharine M. Young and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the postponement of the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Environmental Conservation, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Wednesday,...

Flanagan and Heastie Announce Joint Legislative Schedule For Adopting SFY 2018-2019 Budget

Assembly Passes Legislation to Change Fall 2018 State Primary Date to Ensure All New Yorkers are Able to Vote

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation to require that the fall 2018 state primary be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 to ensure that all New Yorkers who choose to are able to participate in the electoral...

Assembly Announces Intent to Pass New York State DREAM Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa today announced that the Assembly will again pass the New York State DREAM Act to help advance the educational opportunities of children of immigrant New Yorkers."The Assembly Majority...

January 2018

Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide Legal Remedy For Medical Malpractice For Negligent Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Helene Weinstein today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to amend the law regarding medical malpractice claims for negligent failed cancer diagnoses. The bill, often referred to as...

Speaker Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Weinstein Release Assembly's Analysis of 2018-2019 SFY Executive Budget

Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Helen Weinstein today announced the release of the Yellow Book, the Assembly's analysis of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $168 Billion SFY 2018-2019 Executive Budget. The completion of the...

Speaker Heastie and Assemblymembers Recognize The 45th Anniversary of Landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie: "Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Three years before the landmark Supreme Court Roe vs Wade decision, New York became the first state in the nation to pass legislation...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Ensure New Yorkers Receive Timely Propane Deliveries during Emergencies

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to ensure that New Yorkers who use propane heat and lease a propane tank from their supplier are able refill propane tanks during...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In just a moment we will continue our longstanding Assembly tradition honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a legislative resolution. The adoption of this resolution is more than a ceremonial acknowledgement of Dr. King and...

Legislature Announces Joint Budget Hearing Schedule

Senate Finance Committee Chair Catharine M. Young and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2018-2019 Executive Budget Proposal. These hearings, each of which focuses...

The Remarks of Speaker Carl E. Heastie - Opening the 241st Legislative Session

Good afternoon. Welcome members, staff, interns and guests joining us in the Chamber today as we convene the 241st Legislative Session. I would like to begin by offering my best wishes to you all for a safe, healthy and productive year. To all...

Speaker Heastie Statement on City Council Speaker Election

On behalf of the New York State Assembly Majority, I would like to congratulate Corey Johnson on his election to New York City Council Speaker. We have long shared his passion for progressive policies that bring New Yorkers more affordable housing, a...

Speaker Heastie Announces Leadership Positions and Committee Chairs for 2018 Legislative Session