Assemblymember Quart Announces Legislative Session Successes

New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart (D – New York City) announced the passage of his legislative agenda, as well as many bills he cosponsored, as the 2013 legislative session wrapped up.

This session, I was proud to vote for an extension of the coop and condo tax abatement as part of omnibus housing legislation that was one of the first things taken up by the Legislature. This bill prevented NYC homeowners from experiencing an immediate and unjust tax increase. However, this delay is emblematic of Mayor Bloomberg’s approach to property tax reform. This abatement has been extended five times in seventeen years, each time with a requirement that the City create a permanent fix for the system, but that has never happened. While I continue to urge the current and future NYC administrations to address these inequities, I am proud to have passed two bills this year that will bring more transparency to our system, providing property owners with a clearer idea of how their property has been assessed.

Election Day 2012 took place during a perfect storm of bad conditions: record turnout for the presidential election, new voting machines and the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy led to a disastrous Election Day. Long lines plagued many poll sites, poll workers were not adequately educated about last minute changes, and many poll sites were sorely lacking in poll workers. My office received many complaints from voters and a particularly desperate plea from poll workers for more help. It was clear to me that something had to be done. I was proud to vote for a variety of election reform initiatives this session, including bills that would authorize early voting, allowing voters to apply for absentee ballots up until the day before an election, allow young people to preregister to vote before their 18th birthday. While these large issues are critical for all New Yorkers, I’ve also introduced a package of bills targeted to the specific problems I saw on Election Day. I’m proud that the Assembly passed two of these bills, increasing transparency for the Board of Elections and making it easier for the Board of Elections to recruit poll workers.