Press Releases

Assemblymember Steck Co-Sponsors Legislation to Reform STAR Program

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced he is co-sponsoring legislation to cut the red tape surrounding the state’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program so homeowners can get the tax relief they deserve without delay (A.5969). “Far too...

Assemblymember Steck Co-Sponsors Bill to Close Carried Interest Tax Loophole

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced he is co-sponsoring a bill that ensures income earned from hedge funds and private equity investments is taxed more fairly (A.3554). Currently, this type of income is taxed at a reduced rate at both the...

Assemblymember Steck: Immigration Legislation Violates the Constitution

“The aims of the Liberty Act are extremely laudable, but I voted against this bill as a matter of principle. I oppose President Trump’s hateful and xenophobic immigration policy and believe it demands a forceful response, but we cannot violate...

Assemblymember Steck Continues Fighting to Hold Corrupt Officials Accountable

“New Yorkers deserve representatives they can trust, not politicians who sell them out to help themselves. From the start, I’ve been at the front of the push to ensure no corrupt politician receives a pension funded by the very taxpayers whose...

Assemblymember Steck Applauds $1 Million Grant for Restore Schenectady Project

“The Restore New York Communities Initiative is a program that helps promote economic growth and revitalizes neighborhoods across the state. The $1 million in grant money to fund the Restore Schenectady Project will help address properties in disrepair...

Assemblymember Steck Pushes for Extension and Expansion of Millionaire’s Tax

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced his support for extending and expanding the “millionaire’s tax” in this year’s state budget. “Hardworking families have too heavy of a burden to carry,” said Steck. “I’ve...

Assemblymember Steck: Ag’s Settlement, New Law Help More New Yorkers Receive Immediate Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) applauded Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s settlement with Anthem, a health insurer that includes Empire BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS), to end their policy requiring pre-authorization for medication-assisted...

Assemblymember Steck Appointed to Labor Committee

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced his appointment to the Assembly Labor Committee. Steck has been a longtime advocate for workers’ rights, having supported and authored several measures to protect employees. “Every New York...

Governor Incorporates Assemblymember’s Steck Bill in Wage Theft Proposal

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) applauded Governor Cuomo’s proposal to expand wage theft protections, which he noted is in furtherance of prior legislation he introduced and passed. Laid out during the governor’s State of the State addresses,...

Transportation Driver Network Act

Assemblymember Phil Steck, representing Colonie, Niskayuna, and Schenectady announced today that he has filed a bill legalizing transportation networks in Upstate New York. Steck said: “We have been working on this bill since the end of last session....

Assemblymember Steck Secures Funding for Colonie Town Park and Camp Colonie

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he secured $125,000 in funding for the Colonie Town Park to expand the park’s pavilion and build an adaptive playground for Camp Colonie. “Colonie Town Park is an invaluable community...

Assemblymembers Steck and Santabarbara Secure $500,000 Funding for Proctors

Assemblymembers Phil Steck (D-Colonie) and Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced today that they secured an additional $500,000 in funding for Proctors’ central heating/cooling and electric generation facility, Marquee Power. This funding will...

Assemblymember Steck: New Legislation Will Ensure Safe Drinking Water in Schools

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) today announced that the state Assembly and Senate have come to an agreement on a piece of legislation that will work to ensure the safety of drinking water in public schools and in boards of cooperative educational...

Assemblymember Steck’s Bill to Bolster Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority Passes Assembly

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced legislation he authored to increase the bonding authority of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority passed the Assembly (A.10539-A). “Since its creation in 1998, the Schenectady Metroplex...

Assemblymember Steck on Pension Forfeiture for Corrupt Public Officials

“Politicians who abuse their power to line their own pockets or arrange favors for their friends have turned their backs to the public that elected them. They should under no circumstances continue to receive the benefits that New York grants to...

Assemblymember Steck’s Legislation to Address Heroin Epidemic Passes Assembly

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that legislation he sponsored to combat the heroin epidemic has passed the Assembly (A.10725). The measure ensures those battling addiction can get the treatment and support services they need to get on...

Assemblymember Steck’s Bill Reforming Petitions for Elected Office Passes Assembly

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D- Colonie) announced the Assembly’s passage of a new bill that would reform the process through which petitions for elected office are handled. The bill – which passed unanimously – creates clear, uniform statewide...

Assemblyman Steck Calls for Uniform Upstate Standards for Uber and Lyft

There has been significant misinformation in regard to Uber and Lyft, the ridesharing applications that are currently heavily lobbying Upstate New Yorkers in a multi-million dollar campaign. Under a settlement between the New York State Attorney General...

Assemblymember Steck: Bill Protecting Local Businesses Passes Committee

A bill introduced by Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) to protect New York wine retailers from State Liquor Authority (SLA) overreach was voted out of the Assembly’s Economic Development Committee today (A.10248). The bill, similar to legislation...

Assemblymember Steck: New Law Honors Military Service of NYS Employees

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) today praised the signing of a new law that will allow New York State employees to receive credit in the state pension system for time spent serving in the armed forces (Chapter 41 of 2016). The bill, which was sponsored...