Press Releases

Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon Announce Package of Sweeping Gun Violence Prevention Bills

Albany, NY – On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, and advocates celebrated the passage of a package of gun violence prevention bills, including a bill to create Extreme Risk Protection...

Assemblymember Simon & Brooklyn State Legislators Announce Enactment of Sweeping Election Reforms

Brooklyn, NY – On Thursday, January 24, New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie, Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assemblymember Robert Carroll, and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon joined their colleagues and Governor Andrew...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and Senator Brian Kavanagh Applaud the Passage of Campaign Finance Reform Bill to Close “LLC Loophole”

Albany, NY – Today, the Assembly and Senate passed several bills to improve voter turnout (A00774, A00775,  A00777, A00778, A00779, A00780),  and reform campaign finance laws including a bill to close the Limited Liability Company (LLC)...

Elected Officials Release Statement on Ongoing Discussions of Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Reconstruction Project

On September 27, 2018, at a public meeting at the Ingersoll Houses Community Center, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed two potential options for consideration to carry out the necessary reconstruction of the 1.5-mile stretch...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon’s Statement on the Urgent Need to Extend School Speed Safety Cameras

Brooklyn, NY – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon released the following statement today, the day before school speed safety cameras throughout New York City would go dark: “We must do more to ensure that kids are safe on city streets and throughout...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Proposed “Gag” Rule

Brooklyn, NY – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon released the following statement today, along with a letter to Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the Trump’s Administration’s proposed rule to limit a woman’s access to...

Lawyer Moms of America to Present Open Letter Opposing the Illegal & Inhumane Practice of Separating Migrant Children from Their Parents to U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez

Brooklyn, NY – On Friday, June 29, local members of Lawyer Moms of America, led by co-chairs Payal Shah, Esq. and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn), along with their allies will gather to formally present the group’s open letter to Rep....

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon’s Statement on the Nomination of Barbara Underwood for NYS Attorney General

Albany – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon released the following statement today, seconding the nomination of Barbara Underwood to be the Attorney General of the State of New York, during legislative session: “It is my honor and privilege to...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Senator Betty Little, NYPD and FDNY Representatives Announce Passage of Gender Neutral Bill to Update Antiquated Firefighter & Police Officer Language

Albany, NY – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn), Senator Betty Little (R-Glens Falls), and their colleagues announced the unanimous passage in both the Senate and Assembly of gender neutral legislation (A8321/S6542)...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and Senator Martin Golden Host 3rd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day in Albany

Albany, NY – On April 19th, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) and Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) hosted the 3rd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day. Students with dyslexia, parents, educators, and advocates from across the state brought attention...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon’s Statement on the Assembly Passage of Bill to Close “LLC Loophole” and Ensure Transparent Campaign Contributions

Albany – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon released the following statement today, after the Assembly several passed bills to improve voter turn-out and reform campaign finance laws (A.9608-B, A.7623, A.5382-A), including a bill to close the Limited Liability...

Assemblymember Simon’s Testimony to CB2 on the 80 Flatbush Proposal

Testimony from Assemblymember Jo Anne Simonon the Draft Environmental Impact Statement forECF 80 Flatbush AvenueULURP Nos. I 180216 ZMK, N 180217 ZRK, I 180218 ZSKMarch 31, 2018 I write to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)...

Assemblymember Simon, Senators Kavanagh and Hoylman Applaud Assembly Passage of Gun Violence Prevention Bills

Albany – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Senator Brian Kavanagh, and Senator Brad Hoylman applauded the passage of a bill to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders (known as ERPOs), today in the Assembly. The bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Simon...

Assemblymember Simon and Sen. Kavanagh's Statement on Assembly Committee Passage of Gun Violence Prevention Bill

Albany – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and Senator Brian Kavanagh released the following statement, after the Assembly Codes Committee passed legislation yesterday known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order, or ERPO (A8976/S7133): “We are pleased...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon’s Statement on the Tragic Shooting in Las Vegas

Dear Neighbors & Friends, An enormous amount of human suffering has been caused by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. My heart aches for the victims of this senseless shooting, and for their loved ones. I am grateful for law enforcement, medical personnel...

Assemblymember Simon, Muhammad Ali’s Daughter Miya, Students, & Advocates Kick-off the Inaugural Dyslexia Diagnosis Day

Brooklyn, NY – On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn), Miya Ali, Muhammad Ali’s Daughter, local elected officials, and students, parents and administrators from the Mary McDowell Friends School helped kick-off...

Assemblymember Simon and Miya Ali, Muhammad Ali’s Daughter, Will Kick off the First Ever Dyslexia Diagnosis Day

Brooklyn, NY – On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) will help kick-off the first ever global Dyslexia Diagnosis Day, conceived of by actor, activist and author Ameer Baraka, who did not learn to read until he was...

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Senator Martin Golden Announce the Enactment of Bipartisan Dyslexia Legislation to Address Common Learning Disability in Students

Brooklyn, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law dyslexia legislation that will improve the lives of thousands of students. A.8262/S.6581 will improve awareness of and understanding of dyslexia, the most common learning disability. This will...

Assemblymembers Jo Anne Simon & Robert Carroll Joined Families, Schools, and Nurses to Rally in Support of School Based Health Centers

Brooklyn, NY – Assemblymembers Robert Carroll and Jo Anne Simon, and other elected officials, joined families, schools and school-based health care providers today for a rally in support of School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in front of PS 146....

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Senator Martin Golden Announce the Unanimous Passage of Bipartisan Dyslexia Bill

Albany, NY – On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) and Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) announced that the Assembly and the Senate unanimously passed dyslexia legislation A8262/S6581 that will improve awareness...