Speaker Heastie Statement Congratulating President-Elect Biden and Vice President Elect Harris

It is with great happiness and pride that I offer my sincerest and most heartfelt congratulations to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first woman of color to ever be elected to that office. Together, they offered America a vision of compassion, respect for all people and respect for our democratic institutions. I know they will govern by those principles. 

Over the last four years, the Trump administration has actively worked to undermine our democracy and institutions, and there is much work to do in order to repair the damage it has done. The work begins immediately, and I know our new leadership is up to the task.

Here in New York we will stand shoulder to shoulder with President-Elect Biden and his team to help move our country forward. New York has always been a progressive leader in our nation, and over the last few years we were able to hold the line, protecting women’s healthcare, making it easier for registered voters to cast their ballot, protecting the rights of LGBTQ New Yorkers, putting college within reach for immigrant students and so much more.

Statements by President Trump calling into question the integrity of our voting institutions are the final insult and patently false. Fortunately, the American people aren’t buying it. Indeed, it has been a long couple of days and a long four years. But we kept the faith and we’re ready for Joe.