Press Releases

Assemblymember Steck: Our Schools Have Been Shortchanged for Too Long

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that would eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) as well as enact the School Funding Equity Act (A.8720, A.4609). Both pieces of legislation aim to reform the way...

Assemblymember Steck Votes to Delay Common Core Implementation

“My Assembly colleagues and I passed legislation today that calls for a two year delay in aspects of the Common Core and testing. Parents, students, teachers, and countless interested parties have spoken out on this issue, and the Assembly has listened....

Middle Class Families Should Be Priority

“Middle class families have been devastated by the skyrocketing costs of college. These high costs have forced families and students to burden themselves with massive student loan debt just to pay tuition. New York’s priority should not be funding...

Board of Regents Acknowledges Flawed Common Core

“Last week I called for a two year delay of the implementation of the Common Core. Today the Board of Regents responded to the concerns voiced by parents and educators and announced their recommended changes. It is important to note that the Board...

Delay Common Core Implementation for at Least Two Years

“The state is bestowed with the enormous responsibility of educating our children. We share the same goals, to see that our children are prepared to be successful in college or in the workforce. While I believe we should challenge our students and...

Assemblymember Steck Appointed to Health Committee

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he was appointed to the Health Committee for the 2014 legislative session. Along with this new appointment, Steck has kept his previous year’s assignments on the Children and Families, Insurance,...

10 Point Women’s Equality Act Passes Assembly

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that the Assembly, for a second straight year, passed the ten point Women’s Equality Act (A.8070). The act represents ten distinct reforms that would end sexist and discriminatory practices, ensure...

We Cannot Fail Our Struggling School Districts

“In today’s address the governor outlined his plan for education spending for 2014. It is imperative that we do not forget that while increases in education aid are needed, it is the distribution that is most important. We need to take into...

Education Aid Should Be a Top Priority

With the governor set to deliver his 2014 budget address on Tuesday, Assemblymember Steck (D-Colonie) will be paying close attention to what increases in education aid are proposed. “I believe public schools can offer a high quality of education...

A Switch in the Primary Date to Save Taxpayers $50 Million

Changing the primary election date to June has the potential to save New York taxpayers $50 million. Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced the Assembly passed legislation to move the state one step closer to this cost saving reality. “Holding...

Assemblymember Phil Steck Responds to the 2014 State of the State Address

“Today the governor unveiled an ambitious plan for the future of New York and outlined how we can continue to progress forward. The governor’s pledges to reduce property taxes and consolidate local governments have been top priorities of mine...

Property Tax Relief Is a Step in the Right Direction

“Property tax relief is the highlight of Governor Cuomo’s recently unveiled tax plan. The shift toward tying property taxes to a homeowner’s income level and ability to pay or a ‘circuit breaker’ is the right idea at the right...

Governor Cuomo Signs Steck Legislation into Law That Will Prevent Foreclosures of Several Churches and Temples in Schenectady

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that Governor Cuomo signed a bill he authored (Ch. 415) into law, which will prevent the foreclosures on a number of Schenectady churches and temples. Previously, the Legislature passed a measure allowing...

Parents Deserve Open Dialogue and Not Insults

“It was an outrage when the forums to discuss the Common Core were canceled. The future of our children’s education is not the proper arena to play political games. All of us in public life occasionally have to take the heat from our constituents....

Assemblymember Phil Steck awarded a perfect score by the Environmental Advocate of NY

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that he was awarded a perfect score of 100 by the Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY), a leading environmental advisory group in the state. “I am honored to be recognized by the Environmental...

Assemblymember Steck’s Legislation to Establish Electronic Death Registration System Signed into Law

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that his legislation to establish an electronic death registration system, which will provide cost-savings and efficiencies for local funeral directors and municipalities, was signed into law by the governor...

Governor Signs Bill to Restore OPWDD Cuts

Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced that the Governor signed legislation (A.6692-C), which he co-sponsored, to restore funding that was cut in the 2013-14 state budget to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). “When...

Santabarbara and Steck urge Governor Cuomo to Approve Measure to Expedite $3.8 Million Owed to Schenectady CSD

Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) and Phil Steck (D-Colonie) have been working to speed up the repayment of $3.8 million in past due transportation aid to the Schenectady City School District. The funding was initially distributed to the school...

Assemblymember Steck: START-UP NY is Not Right for the Capital Region

“At first glance, START-UP NY may look like the key to boosting our economy. However, as I delve deeper into the specifics of the program, it becomes clear it’s not in the best interest of the Capital Region’s economy. “Our country...

Assemblymember Steck: Upstate Casinos Will Help Spur Local Economy

“Today, the Assembly passed legislation that will allow the Capital Region and New York State to compete with other areas in neighboring states and Canadian provinces. Adding a casino location in our region will provide additional revenue to local...