Simotas Named Chair of Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues

January 28, 2014

Albany, N.Y. – On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas was named Chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues.

“I am honored to assume leadership of the Task Force on Women’s Issues and will work diligently to ensure that this and future legislative sessions are seriously committed to improving the lives of women across our state,” Simotas said. “From advancing legislation to protect rape survivors, extend family leave, fight sex trafficking, and ensure a woman’s right to make her own end-of-life decisions, I am acutely aware of the numerous critical issues facing New York women.”

The Task Force works closely with Assembly committees, subcommittees, and other task forces on a number of matters that directly impact the lives of New York’s women. Past legislative work has addressed a wide variety of issues, including: preventing breast cancer, workforce training, protective treatment for survivors of sexual assault, homelessness among women veterans, pay equity, and strengthening treatment for women struggling with substance abuse.

“Above all, I want to make it clear that improving the lives of women improves the lives of all,” Simotas said.