Press Releases

Working Group of the Community Advisory Committee on the Penn District:
Summary of Joint Feedback on Penn Expansion, Gateway, & General Project Plan for the Penn District
August 2021

Working Group of the Community Advisory Committee on the Penn District Joint Feedback on Penn Expansion, Gateway, & General Project Plan for the Penn District August 2021

Statement on the Resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo

I applaud the women who bravely told their difficult stories and thank Attorney General Tish James for her comprehensive and impartial report.Andrew Cuomo has done the right thing for the people of New York by resigning.I have confidence in Kathy...

Safe Staffing Bills Pass Legislature Statement by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried

“Today the Legislature is passing two safe staffing bills to ensure adequate nurse staffing in hospitals and nursing homes (A.108B/S.1168A and A.7119/S6346.) For decades, nurses, patients and their families, and legislators have fought for passage...

Assembly Health Committee Update

The Assembly Health Committee favorably reported 21 bills at its meetings on April 19 and 27 including the New York Health Act single-payer bill; “safe staffing” bill to ensure appropriate staffing levels in nursing homes; bills to expand...

A Historic Day: Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Adult Use of Marijuana in NYS

Today, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed the landmark Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA, A. 1248A/S. 854A) to legalize the adult possession of cannabis in New York state.It’s a historic step in reforming our broken, racist...

Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care: Assembly Health Committee Advances Nursing Home Package

On Monday, March 1, the Assembly Health Committee advanced several bills to improve patient safety, accountability, and quality of care in nursing homes.These are part of an Assembly package of nursing home reform bills, including additional legislation...

Assembly Passes Legislation Providing Sick Leave for All New Yorkers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yesterday both houses of the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation to immediately provide all New Yorkers with sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic. I cosponsored the bill, A.10153/S.8091, which was introduced by Assembly Member...

As Pandemic Rages, Lawmakers Reintroduce New York Health Act with Majority Support in State Legislature

Albany, NY – Advocates and lawmakers called for the urgent passage of the New York Health Act (A.6058/S.5474) upon its reintroduction today, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequities, and poor health outcomes that underscore the critical...

Statement Calling on Governor Cuomo to Resign

Multiple and growing credible allegations of sexual harassment and recent reports detailing the cover-up of the true COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes are extremely disturbing and make it clear that Governor Cuomo is no longer the right governor for...

Statement by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried Regarding Nursing Home Data and Policies

“Wednesday’s discussion between legislators and the Executive covered a wide range of nursing home issues, including those now reported in the media. It is important to understand the real numbers of nursing home deaths, to assess New...

New Law Protects COVID-19 Contact Tracing Data from Law Enforcement and Immigration

Last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation, A.10500-C/S.8450-C, to protect the confidentiality of COVID-19 contact tracing information and prohibit access to the information by law enforcement and immigration enforcement. Sponsored by the chairs...

Decrim NY, Legislators Introduce First Statewide Bill to Decriminalize and Decarcerate Sex Trades in Nation's History

New York, NY – Today, Decrim NY and legislators unveiled Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, a package bill to decriminalize and decarcerate the sex trades in New York. It is the first statewide bill of its kind in the nation's...

Statement from NYC & NYS Legislative Chairs Carlina Rivera, Mark Levine, Richard Gottfried, and Gustavo Rivera on Contact Tracing Leadership Decision

"It is startling that months into the worst public health crisis our City has ever faced, the de Blasio administration is undertaking a bureaucratic reshuffling that creates new and unnecessary obstacles for the critical, complicated and sensitive work...

Assembly Passes Legislation Providing Sick Leave for All New Yorkers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yesterday both houses of the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation to immediately provide all New Yorkers with sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic. I cosponsored the bill, A.10153/S.8091, which was introduced by Assembly Member...

Protecting Maternal Health: Women's Health Professionals Join Health Committee Chairs to Call for Extended Medicaid Eligibility

Albany, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, advocates, and health care provider associations gathered today to call on the Legislature to pass the "Beyond the Fourth Trimester" bill, S.7147-A/A.9156 which would...

Gov. Cuomo Vetoes Bill to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Protect Consumers

Governor Cuomo this evening vetoed legislation to increase oversight, transparency, and accountability of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are companies that manage prescription drug benefits for health plans. Their negotiations, discounts, and...

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health...

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Ban Floating Billboards

This morning, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill to prohibit floating vessels from operating, anchoring or mooring in the navigable waters of New York State, including the Hudson River, while operating a billboard that uses flashing, intermittent or...

GENDA Law Defending Transgender Rights Takes Effect Today!

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Today is an historic day: the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act takes effect in New York State. For far too long, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals in New York had waited for their rights to be recognized, with discrimination and...