Press Releases

Galef/Reichlin-Melnick Bill to Tax Some Newly Constructed Condos as Real Property Passes the Legislature

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick announced that their bill, A03491B/S05946B, passed the legislature on June 2. If signed by the Governor, the new law would allow municipal corporations to value newly constructed and converted...

New Yorkers Are One Step Closer to Having the Option to Have a Friend or Family Member as Their Marriage Officiant After Bill Passes Both the Senate and Assembly

During the last hours of the 2022 Legislation Session, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s ‘One-Day Marriage Officiant’ (Assembly Bill 6300-A) legislation passed the New York State Assembly. Assembly Bill 6300-A allows our Secretary of State...

Harckham, Galef Bill Will Allow Spent Fuel Rods at Indian Point to Be Taxed

Albany, NY – New York State Senator Pete Harckham and Assemblymember Sandra Galef announced that their bills allowing spent nuclear fuel rods at the now-closed Indian Point Energy Center, including fuel stored in pools or in a dry cask storage,...

Galef/Reichlin-Melnick Introduce New York Stock Act in their Respective Legislative Chambers

Ossining, NY – Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick held a press conference today to announce their introduction of A6123/S8742, the New York Stock Act, to prohibit public officers and employees from using nonpublic...

Considering Teacher Shortages Galef and 24 Members of the Assembly Call for Postponement of Evaluation and Retention Components of APPR

In January, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that with a large number of teachers retiring in the next few years, 180,000 new teachers are needed over the next decade. It is now essential to retain as many of our talented teachers as possible. With students...

Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Join Riverkeeper & Environmental Advocacy Groups to Tout Environmental Investments in the State Budget

Ossining, NY – Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam) gathered at the Ossining waterfront with Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, and many other environmental advocates and local officials...

Donate Life This Valentine’s Day

To the Editor:Valentine’s Day is around the corner and now is the time when we think about how to best express our love for the special people in our lives, our families, our neighbors, and our communities. A wonderful way to do this is by signing...

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Announces Series of Virtual Town Meetings

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host five Virtual Town Meetings, one foreach community in her Assembly District, from January 27 to February 5. Like last year, the meetings will be held over Zoom to ensure the safety of all participants during the ongoing...

Galef/Reichlin-Melnick Announced Signing of Their Bill to Protect Children and Families from Lead Exposure from Holiday Lights

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick held a press conference this morning in front of Ossining’s holiday tree to announce that their bill, A4522/S5675, had been signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on November 30, chapter...

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Will Host Virtual Senior Forum Next Week with Special, Additional Guest

On December 1, Assemblywoman Galef hosted a Virtual Senior Forum from 10am-12pm. She announced last week that Peter Grannis, First Deputy to the New York State Comptroller, would join the panelists from various agencies in the region who would discuss...

Galef/Reichlin-Melnick Bill, to Give Local Governments the Ability to Adopt a Phase-In Option for Reassessment Increases, Signed by the Governor

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick announced that their bill, A03489/S04855, was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul and chaptered 560 of 2021 New York State Laws. The new legislation will help mitigate the effects of a community-wide...

Assemblywoman Galef’s Bill to Add Siblings to the Definition of Family Member in Relation to Paid Family Leave Signed by Governor Hochul

Legislation, A.6098A/S.2928A, introduced by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Joseph Addabbo was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday. Under the new law, chapter number 550, the siblings of those who are dealing with a serious health...

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef to Host Climate Change Virtual Town Meeting

Next Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Assemblywoman Galef will host a meeting over Zoom on the topic of Our Climate Emergency from 7pm to 9pm. The meeting will feature distinguished panelists from Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY), New York Independent...

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Announces State Aid for Library Construction

Sandy Galef announced today that the Library Construction Grants have been approved, and that three public libraries in her Assembly District are set to receive awards totaling $123,994.  The Field Library in Peekskill will receive $45,326 to finance...

Bill to Prohibit Unreasonable Restrictions of Solar Power Systems Signed by Governor

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, A1933/S2997, was signed into law by the Governor on August 2. The bill prohibits homeowners’ associations (HOA) from unreasonably restricting the installation or use...

Galef/Reichlin-Melnick Bill to Exempt the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department from State Residency Requirement Now Law

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick announced that their bill, A7752/S07021, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo and is now Chapter 385 of the 2021/2022 State laws. The new legislation takes effect immediately.State...

Galef/Harckham Bill to Establish Carmel Central School District Insurance Reserve Fund Now Law

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Pete Harckham announced that their bills, A.04494/S.04481, were signed into law by Governor Cuomo on July 16 and are now Chapter 290 of New York State’s 2021 laws. The new legislation goes into...

Bill to Alert of Lead in Seasonal Decorations Passed by Legislature

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick’s bill, A04522A/S05675, requiring seasonal and decorative lighting with electrical cord casings in which lead is present to have a warning label, was passed at the end of the legislative...

Assemblywoman Galef’s Bill to Add Siblings to the Definition of Family Member in Relation to Paid Family Leave Passed by Legislature

Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Joseph Addabbo was finalized today in the New York State Legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature. Under the new bill (A6098A/S2928A), those who care for their siblings who...

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Pete Harckham Announce Carmel Central School District Now Authorized to Establish an Insurance Reserve Fund

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Pete Harckham announced that their bill to allow the Carmel Central School District to establish an insurance reserve fund to maintain the district’s self-insurance for staff, administration and...