Press Releases

COVID Rent Relief Program

Dear Friends and Neighbors,While reopening continues, members of our community still need assistance with food distribution, unemployment benefits, housing and government assistance, and we're here to help. Of special note is the new COVID Rent Relief...

Safety in our Streets: Collective Responsibility

Dear Friends and Neighbors,Eruptions in gun violence carry intense trauma, pain, and loss for our communities. As we have seen in Harlem over the last couple of weeks, the lives stolen by senseless violence has affected me deeply - I mourn the tragic...

#InThe68: Updates You Should Know

Dear Friends and Neighbors,Our collective commitments towards flattening the curve have continued to yield positive results. Over the weekend, New York City reported zero COVID-19 fatalities for the first time since the pandemic began. While the road...

Towards Justice for Victims: 10 New Police Reform Bills Passed

Dear Friends and Neighbors,Last week, the Assembly along with the Senate passed 10 new police reforms, and I'm proud to have voted yes on all. The people across all 50 states have risen to protest police brutality and to demand justice for the black...

Black Lives Matter and Curbing Police Brutality

Dear Friends and Neighbors,Police brutality is a manifestation of systems that exist to uphold institutionalized racism and the suppression of black lives. Over the past week, the masses responded in mass protest after the heinous murder of George Floyd,...

Assembly Member Rodriguez Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and the Lives Stolen by Police Violence

Police violence against African Americans is built into the DNA of this country. We have worked tirelessly through blood and sweat, from the civil rights movement to equal rights legislation, to move towards progress – to true equality.Historically,...

Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez's Innovative Black Car Fund Bill Signed by Governor Cuomo

New York, NY – On Friday, December 20th, Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Member Robert J. Rodriguez's Black Car Fund Bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law will ensure that 140,000 black car drivers continue to have the availability...

Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez Responds to the Death of Janette O'Sullivan

New York, NY – On October 25, 2019, the NYPD found Janette O'Sullivan's body in her home 10 days after her passing. Her death did not become public until November 25, 2019. The NYPD is continuing their investigation, and the cause of death...

Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez Introduces Legislative Advisory Group on NYCHA

New York, NY - Today, Assembly Member Robert J. Rodriguez announced the formation of a NYCHA Legislative Advisory. The Advisory will be joined by Ethel Velez, Johnson Houses TA President; Danny Barber, President of City-wide Council of Presidents; Shawn...

Rodriguez Supports Demands for Rosselló Resignation

New York, NY – Following protests across Puerto Rico and the United States over scandals in the Puerto Rican government and calls for the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Assembly Member Robert J. Rodriguez released the...

Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez Statement on Condo/Co-Op Tax Abatement Extension

New York, NY – Following the extension of the Condo/Coop Property Tax Abatement, and the rejection of its reform, Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez released the following statement:“The condo/co-op program is a perfect example of the inequities...

A/M Rodriguez Statement on NYCHA’S Cancellation of Fetner Properties’ Proposed Development in Holmes Towers

New York, NY – Fetner Properties received the support from the Mayor’s Office for mayoral zoning overrides for a proposed development project within New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Holmes Towers. Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez stated...

Reforming Property Tax Abatement Can Raise Millions in Annual Financing for NYCHA

Albany, NY - Today, Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez’s bill A7092 - Reform The Coop/Condo Tax Abatement to Save NYCHA - was reviewed in the Assembly Subcommittee on Real Property Taxation with representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Department...

Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Congestion Pricing Proposal in the 2020 Fiscal Year Budget

“I am pleased today that Governor Cuomo has come out in full support of a congestion pricing plan for New York City and is committed to completing the MTA’s capital projects such as the Second Avenue Subway. I have held the Move NY congestion...

Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez Re-Introduces the Move NY Fair Plan to Implement Congestion Pricing and Equitable Tolling in New York City

New York, NY – Today, Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez re-introduced the Move NY Fair Plan, a congestion pricing and equitable tolling plan for New York City. Since introducing MoveNY in 2016, AM Rodriguez has advocated for additional MTA funding...

Assemblymember Rodriguez Statement on Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 Estimated Completion Date

“Phase two of the Second Avenue Subway is one of the largest and most transit improvement projects in the City. The MTA’s new timeline is saying that we will not see the project’s completion until 2029. This unacceptable delay denies a community desperate...

Statement from Assemblymember Rodriguez on the White House’s Inhumane Policy of Separating Migrant Children from Their Parents

The policy of separating families under the guise of security is shameful. This not who we are as a people or a nation. The long-term psychological trauma separation will have on parents and especially the children is a major concern. The president is...

Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez Announces Passage of the Secure Choice Savings Program Act

Albany, NY – Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) today announced the inclusion of the Secure Choice Savings Program Act in the New York State FY 2018-19 budget. The measure was included in the State Public Protection and General Government...

Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez Announces Inclusion of Landmark Retirement Savings Program in Proposed Executive Budget

To help stave the impending retirement crisis, Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal includes the Secure Choice Savings Program, legislation that would allow the State of New York to administer retirement savings plans to employees who are employed at companies...

Senator Avella and Assembly Members Rodriguez and Kim Call on City to Offer Fair Deal in East Harlem Eminent Domain Case

East Harlem, NY – This afternoon, State Senator Tony Avella and Assembly Members Robert Rodriguez and Ron Kim stood with Damon Bae, owner of Fancy Cleaners on Third Avenue in East Harlem, to call on the City of New York to offer Mr. Bae market value for...