Press Releases

January 2021

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....