Press Releases

Working Group of the Community Advisory Committee on the Penn District:
Summary of Joint Feedback on Penn Expansion, Gateway, & General Project Plan for the Penn District
August 2021

Working Group of the Community Advisory Committee on the Penn District Joint Feedback on Penn Expansion, Gateway, & General Project Plan for the Penn District August 2021

Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care: Assembly Health Committee Advances Nursing Home Package

On Monday, March 1, the Assembly Health Committee advanced several bills to improve patient safety, accountability, and quality of care in nursing homes.These are part of an Assembly package of nursing home reform bills, including additional legislation...

Assembly Passes Legislation Providing Sick Leave for All New Yorkers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yesterday both houses of the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation to immediately provide all New Yorkers with sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic. I cosponsored the bill, A.10153/S.8091, which was introduced by Assembly Member...

Decrim NY, Legislators Introduce First Statewide Bill to Decriminalize and Decarcerate Sex Trades in Nation's History

New York, NY – Today, Decrim NY and legislators unveiled Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, a package bill to decriminalize and decarcerate the sex trades in New York. It is the first statewide bill of its kind in the nation's...

Statement from NYC & NYS Legislative Chairs Carlina Rivera, Mark Levine, Richard Gottfried, and Gustavo Rivera on Contact Tracing Leadership Decision

"It is startling that months into the worst public health crisis our City has ever faced, the de Blasio administration is undertaking a bureaucratic reshuffling that creates new and unnecessary obstacles for the critical, complicated and sensitive work...

Assembly Passes Legislation Providing Sick Leave for All New Yorkers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yesterday both houses of the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation to immediately provide all New Yorkers with sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic. I cosponsored the bill, A.10153/S.8091, which was introduced by Assembly Member...

Protecting Maternal Health: Women's Health Professionals Join Health Committee Chairs to Call for Extended Medicaid Eligibility

Albany, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, advocates, and health care provider associations gathered today to call on the Legislature to pass the "Beyond the Fourth Trimester" bill, S.7147-A/A.9156 which would...

Gov. Cuomo Vetoes Bill to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Protect Consumers

Governor Cuomo this evening vetoed legislation to increase oversight, transparency, and accountability of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are companies that manage prescription drug benefits for health plans. Their negotiations, discounts, and...

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health...

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Ban Floating Billboards

This morning, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill to prohibit floating vessels from operating, anchoring or mooring in the navigable waters of New York State, including the Hudson River, while operating a billboard that uses flashing, intermittent or...

GENDA Law Defending Transgender Rights Takes Effect Today!

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Today is an historic day: the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act takes effect in New York State. For far too long, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals in New York had waited for their rights to be recognized, with discrimination and...

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Today

Dear friend,New York's new marijuana decriminalization law takes effect today.I sponsored the 1977 law that first decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, making possession of fewer than 25 grams (about 7/8 oz.) only a violation...

With Trump "Gag Rule" on Reproductive Health in Effect, Governor Cuomo Must Release Funding

"The Trump administration's "gag rule" about abortion and reproductive health services is in effect, barring family planning providers using federal funds (known as "Title X" funds) from offering patients information about birth control, abortion...

Assembly Passes Bill to Let Adoptees Access Birth Certificates

On Thursday, June 20, Speaker Carl Heastie, Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Member David Weprin announced that the New York State Assembly had passed legislation that would allow adoptees to obtain a certified copy of their birth...

Gottfried Bill Expanding Protections for Sex Trafficking Survivors Passes Assembly

A landmark 2010 New York law lets victims of human trafficking get prostitution-related criminal convictions erased if the convictions directly resulted from the trafficking.On June 13, the Assembly passed a bill, A. 6983A, to broaden the law...

Protecting New York’s Drinking Water

Dear friends,Yesterday in Albany I joined with environmental and health advocates and other legislators to urge the immediate passage of legislation I'm sponsoring in the Assembly to protect New York's drinking water. My bill, (A.7839), would...

Gottfried & Hoylman Bill to Require Plant-Based Food Options in Hospitals Passes Through the Legislature

Albany, NY – Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senator Brad Hoylman’s bill to require plant-based food options in hospitals ( S1471A/A4072 ) passed through both houses of the State legislature yesterday. The bill, introduced...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect and Support Victims of Domestic Violence in New York State

This week, the New York State Assembly passed a package of legislation that I was proud to support which will help survivors of domestic violence in seeking justice. To learn more about these bills, please see the news release from Assembly Speaker Carl...

Joint Statement on 14th Street Busway
by Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Senator Brad Hoylman, and
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick

“The decision by the New York City Department of Transportation and MTA to pilot a Transit/Truck Priority lanes on 14th Street raises many concerning issues for our constituents who reside on the blocks to the immediate north and south of 14th Street....