Press Releases

April 2021

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...