Press Releases

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...

Assemblymember Steck: Newly Passed Bills Will Combat Vacant Properties

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced the passage of legislation in the state Assembly to address the problem of so-called ‘zombie properties’ that have been abandoned during the foreclosure process but have not yet been processed...

Assemblymember Steck Announces Emergency Intervention Legislation to Combat Substance Abuse

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced he introduced a bill that would allow emergency intervention for those who suffer from heroin and other addiction (A.9501). If a person becomes incapacitated due to substance abuse and poses a threat to...

Assemblymember Steck to Host Informational Event on Combating Substance Abuse

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced he’s hosting an event featuring local experts and resources for those struggling with addiction. The forum will be held on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:15 to 8 p.m. at the Village of Colonie Family Recreation...

Assemblymember Steck Supports Victims of Domestic Violence

“I believe that we should fight for those who need someone in their corner and I will continue to stand in support of victims of domestic violence. The Assembly’s commitment to preventing domestic violence mirrors my own values to continue to...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Passes Bills to Equalize Pay for Women

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that the Assembly passed legislation he co-sponsored to ensure women in New York State receives equal pay for equal work. The bill, titled the New York State Fair Pay Act, is the centerpiece of a package...

Assemblymember Steck: Capital Region School Districts to See Increase in School Aid

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that the 2016-17 state budget increases in school aid for the 110th Assembly District are significantly more than last year’s and provide for an increase in the state aid package for each school district....

Assemblymember Steck Secures $50,000 for Woodlawn Preserve in Schenectady

Assemblymember Phil Steck announced that he secured $50,000 for the support of the Woodlawn Preserve portion of the Pine Bush habitat that the city of Schenectady owns. The funds, which are part of a larger State investment into the Albany Pine Bush Preserve,...

Assemblymember Steck: MMA Finally Approved by Assembly

“I do not believe that legalizing mixed martial arts will lead to increased economic development in our state, and I agree with the many critics that say this sport is violent; however nothing is stopping New Yorkers from watching professional and...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Budget Seeks Relief for Working Families in the Capital Region

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that the Assembly budget proposal seeks to help families in the Capital Region get ahead by enacting tax cuts for the middle class while asking New York’s millionaires and billionaires to pay their...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Passes Reforms to Limit Outside Income of Legislators

“In recent years, there have been several instances of state legislators leveraging their elected office to obtain no-show jobs and kickbacks when no actual work is performed. The legislation we passed today addresses this problem by prohibiting...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Budget Invests in New York’s Roads and Bridges

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he successfully fought for funding increases for Department of Transportation and more funding to fix our roads and bridges to be included in the Assembly’s budget proposal (E.1047). “Infrastructure...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Budget Puts Public Education First

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he is putting public education first for the Capital Region by fighting for a $2.1 billion increase in aid for public schools and a two year tuition freeze at SUNY colleges to be included in the Assembly’s...

Call for Vendors: City of Albany Events

Albany, NY – The City of Albany is seeking vendors for its spring and summer events, including the 68th Annual Albany Tulip Festival, the Alive at Five concert series and the Dad Fest Father’s Day event. Opportunities for food vendors, crafters,...

Assemblymember Steck: We Need to Change Tax System

“Since I entered The Assembly, I have consistently and strenuously advocated for greater fairness in the allocation of the tax burden in our state. I am proud to sponsor new legislation to reduce taxes on middle- and lower-income New Yorkers and...

Assemblymember Steck: Paid Family Leave Benefits Workers and Businesses

“Shockingly, the United States lags far behind the rest of the world in providing family leave benefits, and it’s time for that to change. If we truly want to support workers and their families, paid family leave is essential. It would benefit...