Press Releases

Ortiz Bill Makes Sure Schools Get Full Funding for Entire School Year Despite COVID-19 Closures

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) to protect schools will ensure that they receive full state funding for the entire 2019-2020 school year despite closings due to COVID-19.New York State law requires schools to be in session no...

Following Viral Video of Woman Calling 911 on a Black Man in Central Park this Weekend, Ortiz Renews Efforts to Enact His Bill to Add Falsely Reporting of an Incident Based on Race as a Hate Crime in New York State

Following the horrific video that went viral over the Memorial Day weekend of a woman calling 911 to falsely accuse a black man of threatening her life, Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) is renewing efforts to enact his legislation that would add such...

Statement by Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz On Cleaning & Disinfecting Red Hook NYCHA Buildings

“I am pleased to announce, after working closely with HUD Regional Administrator Lynne M. Patton, my efforts to ensure Red Hook Houses are cleaned and disinfected to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have resulted in swift action. Beginning...

Ortiz: Make Health Insurance Companies Cover an Extra 30-Day Prescriptions During Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the state, Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) has introduced new legislation to ensure New Yorkers have access to their prescription medication in case a state disaster emergency is called.“As...

Assistant Speaker Ortiz Sponsors Emergency Bill Directing $40 Million to Prepare State for Coronavirus

New York State is taking progressive action in preparing for the Coronavirus that is spreading throughout the country with passage of an emergency bill introduced by Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) that provides $40 million to prepare the State...

Ortiz Announces Progressive Gun Safety Bills

Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) has introduced a package of new gun safety legislation, including banning “ghost guns”, and requiring the use of high tech gun safety requirements such as “personalized pistols” in the manufacturing...

Ortiz and Liu Renew Push to Lower BAC to .05 in New York State

Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) and Senator John Liu (D-Queens) were joined today by advocates in support of legislation that will lower the legal limit of blood-alcohol content (BAC) in New York State from .08 to .05.Joining Ortiz and...

Ortiz Statement Regarding Recent Violent Hate Crimes

All people are created equal. Intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination have no place in our borough, city, state or world. We must stand together as a community and send the message that actions against others based on differences will not be tolerated...

Ortiz Bill Protecting Banking Customers Approved By the Governor

Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz’s (D-Kings) bill (A.3168), that requires banks to post a toll free consumer’s hotline number for complaints about banking institutions, has been signed by the Governor.“Consumers often have nowhere...

Ortiz Calls on Governor Cuomo to Undertake an Air Quality Study in Sunset Park

The NYS Department of Environmental Protection recently released an air quality study that was completed in Albany, New York’s South End Community. The 15 month long, community driven scientific study found that emissions (particularly truck emissions)...

Ortiz on Recent Attacks on Homeless New Yorkers

Statement from Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz“Last week’s savage attack on five homeless men sleeping in Chinatown highlights New York City’s dire need for additional housing for the homeless. The death of four of the five victims...

Ortiz Asks U.S. Housing Department to Abandon Effort to Change “Disparate Impact” Rules

In an effort to assist Brooklyn homeowners, Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) sent a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today strongly opposing a proposed rule revising the disparate impact standard....

Ortiz LGBTQ Support Bill Approved by Governor

Today, Governor Cuomo approved Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz's (D-Kings) legislation A.3619-A that will require employees of programs providing care to runaway and/or homeless youth to attend LGBTQ specific training.LGBTQ youth can make...

奧迪茲的有關在社區花園中擴大種植水果和蔬菜的議案被簽署為法律

助理議長菲力士 W. 奧迪茲 (金斯郡民主黨) 的議案 A6019-A,即在社區花園中擴大種植水果和蔬菜的議案於2019年9月13日被簽署為法律...

Ortiz Bill Expanding Production of Fruits and Vegetables in Community Gardens is Signed into Law

Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz’s (D-Kings) bill A6019-A, expanding the production of fruits and vegetables in community gardens was signed into law on September 13, 2019 (Chapter 272 of 2019).This law will encourage the expansion of the...

Proposed Federal Rule Would Discriminate Against LGBTQ Workers

Statement from Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz“The Trump administration’s proposed Labor Department rule change to expand the definition of "religious exemptions" for federal contractors would make it easier to discriminate based...

奧迪茲呼籲州長葛莫公平地支付所有紐約工人的薪酬

助理議長菲力士 W. 奧迪茲 (金斯郡民主黨) 給州長葛莫寫了一封信,要求他在紐約州推行統一的公平薪酬,取消對收小費的職工實行次等最低工資標準。這封由他和州眾議員...

Ortiz Appeals to Governor Cuomo to Pay All New York Workers Fairly

Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that he move New York toward One Fair Wage, eliminating the subminimum wage for tipped workers. The letter, co-authored by Assemblymember Ellen C. Jaffe and...

奧迪茲譴責新的聯邦政策排除外國出生的美國人

助理議長菲力士W. 奧迪茲的聲明“令人震驚的是,本屆政府繼續尋找各種&...

Ortiz Decries New Federal Policy to Exclude Foreign Born Americans

Statement from Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz “It’s outrageous that this administration continues to find ways to attack our citizens and immigrants now serving in our armed forces overseas. As a veteran, I am outraged over the draconian...