Press Releases

Protecting Transgender Rights:

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act ("GENDA," A3358/S7010), State Human Rights Law and the hate crimes law, was approved by the Assembly today. "Transgender people - whose gender identity, appearance, behavior or expression differs from their...

Hoylman & Gottfried: Trump’s Bigoted “Religious Freedom” Division Cannot Stand; New York Must Pass GENDA This Year

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (D/WF-Manhattan), prime sponsors of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) (S. 0701/A.03358), are condemning the Trump Administration's new office within...

Trump Administration Attacks State Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Laws

“This morning’s news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Justice Department’s longstanding policy of accepting state medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws directly threatens patients and health care providers...

Trump Administration Attacks State Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Laws

“This morning's news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Justice Department's longstanding policy of accepting state medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws directly threatens patients and health care providers in 29 states,...

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Assembly Member Gottfried Praises Port Authority for Ordering Study on Building New Bus Terminal on Existing Footprint

New York – Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried of Manhattan, who represents Hell’s Kitchen, today praised the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) following news that the agency had commissioned a study on building a new midtown...

I sat down with Morgan Pehme of City and State to discuss the push for the New York Health Act universal healthcare bill, including our six public hearings across the state.

New Bill Would Protect 9/11 Responders Being Price-Gouged for Their Medical Records

Patients enrolled in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund are being charged $150 by a pharmacy to print out the prescription records they need to get their benefits. New York State Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried (D/WFP-Manhattan) today...

Save Union Square Park Pavilion

Advocates, local elected officials and community residents came together to ask Mayor de Blasio to cancel the Bloomberg - era contract to build a controversial high-end bar/restaurant in the historic Woman's & Children's Pavilion in Union Square Park,...

Farley Air Rights RFP Sign-on letter to the Empire State Development Corporation

Union Square Park letter to Mayor de Blasio

Leading Unions, and Health Care Providers Announce New Support for Single-Payer Health Care

On Tuesday, February 11, key labor organizations, and health care groups announced their support for "New York Health" (A.5389A/S.2078A). New York Health, sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and State Senator Bill Perkins,...

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Assembly Health Committee With Bi-Partisan Support

The medical marijuana bill, the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A), passed the Assembly Health Committee today with a bipartisan vote of 20-4. "The Compassionate Care Act is needed," said Assembly Health Chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the bill,...

Good Samaritan Overdose Laws Save Lives

A recent op-ed article in the New York Times, http://nyti.ms/YfclTf , tells heartbreaking stories of what happens when people are afraid to call for necessary emergency medical services. Most accidental drug overdose deaths are preventable if emergency...

Legislators Welcome Cuomo Initiative on Medical Marijuana; Call for New Comprehensive Law

"We welcome Governor Cuomo's endorsement of the medical value of cannabis for many seriously ill patients. It gives dramatic new strength to the issue. However, the 1980 Olivieri law that he is using has serious limitations. Patients tell us that a great...

New Report Details Torture of Detainees Aided by Medical Professionals

A shocking report released Nov. 4 confirms in detail the role of medical professionals in the torture of detainees in U.S. custody from 2002 to 2012. An independent panel of distinguished military, medical, and legal experts found that physicians and...

Women's Equality Act – Update

In June, the Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act (WEA) proposed by Governor Cuomo, a ten-part package that covers a broad range of critical issues such as housing, employment and wage discrimination; sexual harassment; domestic violence; human trafficking;...

Gottfried, Hoylman and Fulton Houses Residents Rise Up Against Playground-To-Parking Plan

Assembly Member Gottfried Letter to Commissioner Wambua in Regards to Fulton Houses

Medical Marijuana Passes Assembly

Patients suffering from severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with marijuana under medical supervision under a bill passed by the New York State Assembly today. The bill, sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard...