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 specific focuses on higher education, residential health care facilities, hospitals, the primary elections, workers, veterans and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Each of the hearings will be livestreamed on the Senate and Assembly websites.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins said. This past May, we held two joint hearings and passed dozens of bills to support New Yorkers as we slowly recover from the health and economic impacts caused by COVID-19. These hearings will help build on that progress and guide our actions as we continue taking steps to move New York State forward. I thank my partner in legislative leadership, Speaker Carl Heastie, and my Senate Democratic Majority colleagues for organizing these hearings and taking action on these important issues.
This spring, we passed a package of legislation to help New Yorkers get through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in our state, Speaker Heastie said. The pandemic has impacted every part of our lives, from work and worship to how we learn and socialize. Working together with our partners in the Senate, these hearings will help the Assembly Majority evaluate the impact the pandemic continues to have on our state, and what we can do to help families, businesses and our academic and governmental institutions recover and move forward.
The joint legislative hearings include: