Press Releases

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Announces Passage of Her Bill to Create Comprehensive Employment Reforms to Fight The Scourge of Harassment in the Workplace

A major bill sponsored by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-36) passed both the NYS Assembly and Senate extending the rights of employees against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. These new protections take a comprehensive approach...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Passes Criminal Justice Reform to Expand Record Relief

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced that the Assembly passed her legislation (A8160) to expand record relief for people convicted of crimes in their youth. Individuals who were denied youthful offender status are currently unable to seek relief...

Simotas Bill to Extend the Statute of Limitations for Rape Survivors and Time Frames for Certain Civil Claims Passes NYS Assembly and Senate

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas’ bill A.8412 eliminates the statute of limitations for first degree incest entirely, increases the statute of limitations for second degree rape, criminal sexual act and incest to 20 years or 10 years from the time...

Assemblymember Simotas Invites Art Shamsky to Albany to Present Him with a Resolution Commemorating the Miracle Mets

Assemblymember Simotas invited former Major League Baseball player, Art Shamsky to the capitol to present him with a resolution commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 World Champion. “I am proud to congratulate the 1969 New York Mets. Their...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Introduces Legislation to Combat Sexual Abuse by Medical Professionals

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas is introducing a series of measures to address sexual misconduct in health care settings. The legislation was inspired by the testimony of advocate Marissa Hoechstetter at Friday’s joint legislative hearing on sexual...

Assemblymember Simotas Advocates for the Inclusion of In-Vitro Fertilization in Individual and Small Group Market Health Insurance Plans

In a letter to the Department of Financial Services’ Superintendent Linda Lacewell and Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assemblymember Simotas requested that New York select a new Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plan that includes in-vitro fertilization...

Assemblymember Simotas Calls on MTA to Make Voice Announcements in Multiple Languages

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, in a letter to the President of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, requested automated voice announcements be made in multiple languages, which would disseminate information across all our New York City Transit systems...

Simotas & Maloney Celebrate Women’s History Month

Astoria, NY – On Friday, March 22, New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney hosted their annual luncheon to celebrate Women’s History Month and to honor four exceptional local women and a middle...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Seeking State Budget Support for Program That Helps Senior Citizens Remain in Their Homes

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas is advocating that $100,000 be included in this year’s State budget to help support the Home Sharing and the Respite Care Programs of the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens.In a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas to Introduce Legislation to Improve the “Raise the Age” Criminal Record Sealing Law

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced that she is introducing legislation to correct a shortcoming in the record sealing law enacted last year as part of New York’s Raise the Age reforms. While the law currently allows individuals to apply to...

Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Assemblymember Simotas’ Legislation to Give Sexual Assault Survivors a Bill of Rights

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing into law the bill she sponsored increasing protections and rights for sexual assault survivors by creating a sexual assault survivor bill of rights. Assemblymember Aravella...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Has Written Six Bills to Fight Sexual Harassment and Help Targets Achieve Justice

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas is fighting sexual harassment with six bills that will enhance the ability of targets of harassment to seek justice and recompense and to speak out about their experiences. This package of legislation will build up and...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Today Called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to Sign Her Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights Legislation

“I am shocked and horrified by the illegal practice of billing rape survivors for forensic rape examinations, that Attorney General Barbara Underwood exposed last week, said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas. “One of the most disturbing aspects of this...

Congestion Pricing the Only Way to Adequately Fund and Fix NYC Mass Transit but the Disabled and Elderly Traveling for Medical Care Must Be Protected from Tax on Private Vehicles

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced her support for a congestion pricing law as the only viable solution to adequately fund and fix the broken mass transit system and keep an affordable fare.  In the past, she has spoken of the need to fix...

Simotas Voices Opposition to Amazon HQ2 Subsidies, Secrecy and Mistreatment of Workers

November 13, 2018This deal does not pass the smell test, in fact it stinks. Honesty and fair dealing demand that we do not secretly promise the richest man on earth massive public benefits.November 14, 2018The secrecy that shrouded the Amazon HQ2 deal...

Simotas Statement on the Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue

My heart goes out to the Pittsburgh Jewish community, to the family and friends of the victims and to Jews throughout the world whose hearts are chilled by grief and fear from this attack and from the bane of anti-Semitism. Freedom of religion must encompass...

Assemblymember Simotas Calls on State Gaming Commission to Reject MGM’s Purchase of Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, in a letter to the Chair of the New York State Gaming Commission, said MGM Resorts International should not be allowed to operate the Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway because it failed the test of good moral character...

Residential Gas and Electric Customers Will Be Protected from Overcharges Under New Law Sponsored by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas

Residential gas and electric customers will be protected from overcharges under legislation sponsored by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas that the governor signed into law on August 24, 2018. The Simotas legislation (A2451), which takes effect immediately,...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Up-Stand Kick-Off World Breastfeeding Week and Urge Support for Family Accommodations Bill

On August 1, 2018, the start of World Breastfeeding Week, Astoria residents held a Latch-on event to support nursing mothers and drive support for Assemblymember Aravella Simotas’ bill, the Family Accommodation in Entertainment Act. The event...

Assemblymember Simotas Files Formal Opposition to Proposed Gag Rule on Title X Health Clinic Funding

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas submitted a letter to Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, opposing the proposed restrictions on Title X funding, which would force doctors to withhold information about safe, legal medical procedures and...