As part of my community engagement platform, I promised to provide a regular weekly update on what’s happening up in Albany.

You can always email me directly at gounardes@nysenate.gov if you have any other questions, ideas, or want more information about what’s happening in Albany or the district.

*The 2022 Legislative Session–Week Eight*

Remember that you can watch sessions live on the NYS Senate website and follow along with session proceedings on the official NY Senate Twitter.

*Last week, the Senate had a break in sessions therefore no new bills were passed and no committee meetings were held. However, I am excited to return back to the normal routine of providing a current update of events within Albany.*

This week was a three-day session week, and 44 bills were passed. You can see all the bills the Senate has passed so far this year here.

On Tuesday, March 1st, the Senate Democratic Majority advanced legislation to strengthen New York’s sexual harrassment protections at the workplace. This legislation guarantees all employees in both the public and private sectors to be fairly treated and have the necessary resources available to seek accountability. I am pleased to announce four of my bills were passed, aiding in the fight to dismantle the harassment protection machine in the workplaces.

Other bills passed within the week included:

Committee Meetings

This week I attended three committee meetings: Judiciary, Labor, and Finance.

Judiciary

I voted to pass several bills through the Judiciary Committee this week. Some of those bills included:

Labor

I voted to pass six bills through the Labor Committee this week. Some of those bills included:

Finance

*The 2022 Legislative Session–Week Nine*

Remember that you can watch sessions live on the NYS Senate website and follow along with session proceedings on the official NY Senate Twitter.

I’m excited to announce that this week I introduced the Fair College Admissions Act (S8498), which bans the admissions practices of Legacy Preference and Early Decision. These practices, by nature, exclude first generation as well as lower- and middle-class and minority students. This bill would allow fair access to higher education to all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

This week was a four-day session week. We passed 36 bills, including:

You can see all the remaining bills the Senate has passed so far this year here.

Committee Meetings

I am excited to announce this week I held the first Budget and Revenue committee meeting in my new role as Chair. I put ten bills on the agenda, all of which passed the committee. Some of these bills included:

The remainder of the bills passed within this meeting could be found here: Budget and Revenue Meeting | NY State Senate

Alongside the Budget and Revenue committee meeting, I sat on the committees of Insurance and Finance where I voted on several important bills.

Insurance

I voted to pass four bills through the Insurance Committee this week. These bills were:

Finance

In the Finance Committee this week, we voted on the Governor’s nomination of Daniel W. Tietz for the position of Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). ODTA is responsible for supervising programs that provide economically disadvantaged support to families and individuals to help New Yorkers meet their essential needs and ensure their economic opportunities are available to them.

I asked Daniel about the number of applicants for the Emergency Rental Application Program, and how the funding to be dispersed since many people have been wanting months for disbursements. He was able to provide me with OTDA’s plan to ensure everyone who is eligible for aid receives it.

I extended my strongest support for this nomination both in Committee and on the floor, having known Daniel for nearly a decade. I have full trust that he will be a phenomenal commissioner.

Thanks for reading! As always, you can email me directly at gounardes@nysenate.gov or call my office as 718–238–6044.

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NYS Senator, District 22.

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NYS Senator, District 22.

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