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Assemblymember Steck: The Truth about Bail Reform

“The issue of bail reform is an excellent example of social media being used as propaganda. First of all, I did not vote for bail reform. It was grouped in a budget bill with other issues I could not support, so I voted “no.” That being...

Assemblymember Steck: Lawsuit over Pension Right Course of Action for Former Employees

“Yesterday, over 100 former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital brought suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for mismanagement of the St. Clare’s Hospital pension plan. Over 1,100 former employers were adversely affected; most...

Assemblymember Steck: Tolerance of All Religions is Important to the Safety of Our Community

“Last Monday, an incident involving a hate-filled rant occurred in the Crossings Park in my hometown of Colonie. I was deeply disturbed when I learned the details of what occurred. As a member of a minority religious faith, the safety of our religious...

Assemblymember Steck to Host Online Town Hall Meeting

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced he will be holding a town hall on health care on Facebook Live on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. The online format will allow residents to tune in at their convenience, in the comfort of their home....

Assemblymember Steck: Wage Discrimination Has No Place in New York

“Today, New York has plenty to celebrate. As the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team celebrates its victory, the governor has signed into law crucial legislation to combat wage discrimination – an issue our champions have been calling attention...

Assemblymember Steck: Greenlight Makes Us Safer

“Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Many of the people who founded this nation did not come here as legal immigrants.“Today,...

Assemblymember Steck: Rent Control an Option Upstate

“I voted in favor of the bill to provide Upstate New York municipalities with the option in their discretion to adopt rent control. I must stress that this legislation gives Upstate New York cities, towns and villages rent control as a tool to aid...

Assemblymember Steck: Vaccinations, Immunity from Disease a Must

“I have spent hours discussing this issue with citizens advocating retention of the religious exemption. Formerly I was a supporter of the religious exemption.“However, from these discussions, it has become clear to me that at least 90% of those...

Assemblymember Steck’s Legislation Protecting Whistleblowers Passes Assembly

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that legislation he authored to eliminate a penalty for whistleblowers passed the Assembly (A.375). “For far too long, we’ve turned a blind eye to the fact that stepping up and speaking out against...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Package Protects, Strengthens Support for New Yorkers with Disabilities

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he helped pass a series of bills to protect the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities and ensure they can access vital resources that enable them to live full, independent lives. The legislative package...

Global Climate Change

The great economist John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas inspired the New Deal, once famously said: “In the long run we are all dead.” This quotation illustrates two problems with Global Climate Change as an issue facing our government and our people.First,...

Assemblymember Phil Steck Introduces American Idol Top Three Contestant to the New York State Assembly

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) is thrilled to be bringing Madison VanDenburg, American Idol top three contestant and Shaker High School student, to the New York State Capitol today to introduce her on the floor of the Assembly chamber in honor...

Assemblymember Steck to Host a Climate Change Town Hall

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he will be hosting a climate change town hall to hear residents’ concerns on the issue and what steps they would like to see the Assembly take to combat it. Steck will be joined by a panel of experts,...

Assemblymember Steck Welcomes Cadets to Albany on West Point Day

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he welcomed cadets from West Point to Albany on Wednesday, May 1, and helped pass a resolution recognizing the 68th annual West Point Day (K.330). “We appreciate both the training given to and...

Assemblymember Steck’s Legislation Cracks Down on Wage Theft

Assemblyman Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that legislation he authored and passed earlier this year to prevent foreign limited liability companies (LLCs) from committing wage theft in New York passed the state Senate and is now on its way to the governor...

Assemblymember Steck: State Budget Funds Early Voting, Electronic Poll Books

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that the 2019-20 state budget includes legislation to help local municipalities implement early voting and modernize the state’s voting system so that more New Yorkers can make their voices heard. “Voting...

Assemblymember Steck: State Budget Ensures Local Governments Get Their Fair Share of Funding

“When I speak with local leaders, I often hear different versions of what seems like a universal truth for New York’s town and village governments: the state is making their jobs nearly impossible. Due to un- or underfunded mandates, our local...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Budget Proposal Addresses Vital Services for New Yorkers

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he helped pass the Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget proposal, which focuses on maintaining crucial programs and services for New York families (E.164). On the other hand, Steck noted that the State...

Assemblymember Steck Passes Legislation to Bolster Women’s Reproductive Rights

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he helped pass legislation to reaffirm women’s reproductive rights in New York State. After years of failing to even come up for a vote in the state Senate, these measures are expected to be passed...