Brown Recaps the 2021 Legislative Session

A statement from Assemblyman Keith P. Brown (R,C,I-Northport)

“My first legislative session was filled with battles for the heart of our community and state. As your assemblyman, I took a firm stance against the progressive policies proposed by Majority lawmakers.

“I fought against the record $212 billion budget, for a cleaner environment and for greater transparency and accountability for both LIPA and the MTA. We fought against the inclusion of marijuana legalization in the state budget and got it passed as a stand-alone bill so we were able to debate it on its merits. We are also leading the charge for towns and localities to opt out and will continue to fight for amendments to protect our children.

“While I was opposed to much of what was included in the state budget, we were able to deliver money for host communities – like Northport –to offset tax certiorari cases brought by LIPA. I also wrote and passed bills that provide aid for the League for Animal Protection of Huntington and Brentwood Fire Department, and assisted in restarting high school sports.

“I am continuing to fight for self-certification of building permit applications for Long Island municipalities to help spur economic activity in our community post-COVID.I will always fight for the people of Long Island and our small businesses. I take pride in holding public utilities accountable, cleaning up the Long Island Sound and creating an economic environment that welcomes small businesses.These measures will help us recover from the disastrous effects of the pandemic and make families and businesses eager to move to New York once again.”