Press Releases

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Bill Could Make New York a Leader in Safely Regulating MMA

“Amateur mixed-martial arts (MMA), such as the bouts in Schenectady this weekend, are occurring throughout the state with very little oversight. Recognizing this, New York can and should become a leader in regulating the industry and providing for...

Assemblymember Steck: Legislation Provides Real Tax Relief for Upstate Families

“Today the Assembly passed legislation that will provide property tax relief for upstate families, including a four year extension of the real property tax cap, which has dramatically reduced growth in local property taxes since it took effect in...

Empire Wine Legislation Passes Assembly

The New York State Assembly passed Assemblymember Steck’s legislation to protect New York wine retailers from State Liquor Authority (SLA) overreach (A.5920-A). The bill was introduced after the SLA unfairly targeted a local business, Empire Wine...

Assemblymember Steck Opposes the Governor’s “ETC” Scheme to Benefit the Wealthy

“I am opposed to the governor’s so-called ‘Education Tax Credit’ or ‘ETC.’ It would not benefit middle class families who sacrifice to send their children to private or parochial school. The $500 tuition tax credit that only...

Assemblymember Steck's Bill to Protect Worker Wages Passes Both Houses Unanimously

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) and Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-Niskayuna) announced the unanimous passage of a bill they sponsored to hold out-of-state corporations liable for unpaid wages (A.737/S.4476). The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate...

The Municipal Health Insurance Savings Act Will Provide Local Tax Relief

For years, local governments have been stretched thin maintaining services while dealing with rising health insurance costs. Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) has reintroduced legislation (A.739) that allows cities, towns, villages, school districts,...

Assembly Passes Steck Legislation to Save Schenectady County Resources

Yesterday, the New York State Assembly passed Assemblymember Steck’s legislation to save Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department resources as well as money for Schenectady County taxpayers (A.6527). The legislation allows the Schenectady...

Steck Bill Limiting SLA Overreach Gains Momentum

Legislation to clarify the State Liquor Authority’s (SLA) jurisdiction, which was introduced by Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie), has moved out of the Assembly Economic Development Committee (A.5920). The legislation was penned to address the...

Capital Region Must be Added to List of Federal Oil Trains “High Threat” Areas

“The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a ‘new safety rule’ for oil trains this morning that will not only fail to prevent an explosive disaster, but also does not apply to Capital Region cities as they do not meet the federally-set...

Assemblymember Steck Fights to Protect the Pine Bush Preserve

In honor of Earth Day, Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) helped the Assembly pass a series of measures to preserve our environment and protect public health, as well as announced vital funding for local conservation efforts. “Protecting our...

Opposition to the Governor’s Education Agenda

“Education is the number one issue in my district. The governor’s positions on education are well known and unpopular because New York has some of the best schools in the nation. I cannot support the increased emphasis on standardized testing...

Steck Applauds US Senators Calling for Oil Train Safety Measures

“I want to applaud Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for calling on federal regulators to implement new safety measures designed to reduce the potential risk of a catastrophic oil train derailment – an issue that I have been calling attention...

Assemblymember Steck: We Must Protect a Woman’s Right to Make Her Own Health Care Decisions

“Over 40 years ago, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s right to choose, ensuring constitutionally protected access to safe, legal abortion. “In light of nationwide attacks on Roe v. Wade, the potential loss of access...

Statement on Rail Inspections

“The governor announced today that a new round of ‘targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections uncovered 93 defects, including seven critical safety defects that required immediate corrective action, and two hazardous materials violations.’...

Assemblymember Steck: Assembly Budget Proposal Invests in Education

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced his support for the Assembly’s budget proposal, which reaffirms his commitment to fully funding our schools, protecting taxpayers and enhancing Universal Pre-Kindergarten (E.203). “A first-rate...

Assemblymember Steck Calls for Stronger Safety Measures for Crude Oil Transport

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) is calling on the federal Department of Transportation immediately to increase safety regulations for crude oil transportation after a train derailment on Feb. 16 forced the evacuation of two towns in West Virginia,...

Statement on the Speaker

“I have said from the very moment the news broke that my focus has been on the issues important to my constituents, the residents of the Capital Region, and the state. I wanted to focus on dealing with the budget, education, fairness for the middle...

Assemblymember Steck Reacts to Governor’s Presentation

“Today, Governor Cuomo demonstrated his outstanding public speaking skills in his well-presented combined State of the State and budget address, which he entitled the Opportunity Agenda for New York. The Governor continued to add resources to his...

Assemblymember Steck Pushes for Proper Funding Of Schools

“School funding will continue to be my top priority for the community. I stood with the Alliance for Quality Education's "Moral Monday" today to fight for the proper funding of education because we simply cannot wait any longer to fulfill our commitment...

Steck Supports Location Board’s Decision in Choosing Schenectady Bid

“I applaud the New York Gaming Facility Location Board on their decision today to locate a casino in the 110th Assembly District. The Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in the city of Schenectady had the best criteria, was spearheaded by a great...