Michaelle C. Solages, a third- term legislator, is a lifelong resident of Elmont. She was elected to represent the 22nd Assembly in November of 2012. Michaelle was the first person of Haitian descent to be elected into the New York State Legislature. Solages represents the communities of Elmont, North Valley Stream, Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, South Floral Park, Floral Park, the Village of Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, North Woodmere, Stewart Manor, and sections of Franklin Square. She is more than honored to represent the diverse communities of the 22nd Assembly District in the New York State Legislature. Today, Michaelle is strong advocate and a dominant force within her community. From her close ties to immigrant communities, she has used her voice to champion issues facing new Americans. Due to her advocacy, she was recently appointed the Chair for the Task Force on New Americans. Michaelle also currently serves as First-Vice Chair to The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Through her work she strives toward racial equality throughout New York State. A leading activist in childcare, Michaelle is the former Chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Child Product Safety. Also a leading advocate of early learning education, Michaelle was chosen to serve as one of three New York State fellows at the 2014 National Conference of State Legislatures. Her appointment came as a direct result of her powerful stance on integrating Mathematics, Science, and Music into the Kindergarten to 3rd grade curriculum. A woman truly dedicated to the cause, she has allocated thousands of dollars in grants to the local school districts within the 22nd District. She also provided grants to organizations providing educational programs, such as local libraries. Michaelle has continued to advocate for Nassau Countyís middle class and small businesses by fighting to lower property taxes, raise minimum wage, and increase public transportation services on Long Island. In her time in the legislature, Michaelle has been honored with numerous awards including: LIPCís Long Islander Who Has Made a Difference Award, Recognition of Outstanding Public Service to the Dedication of Elmont and Surrounding Communities Award, The New York Library Association Senator Hugh Farley Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award and The New York City Breastfeeding Councilís 2017 Breastfeeding Champion Award. Before serving in the New York State Assembly, Michaelle earned her Bachelorís Degree from Hofstra Universityís Education, Health, and Human Services. Dedicated to giving back to her community, she remained at Hofstra University serving as supervisor of access services in the Axinn Library. In her endeavor to empower students through printed and electronic material, she has played a major role in the modernization of the libraryís resources. She completed the Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy in which her motivational, communication, and crisis handling skills were enhanced to better serve the community. Michaelle resides in her hometown of Elmont with her family and her dog.