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 if you have any other questions, ideas, or want more information about what’s happening in Albany or the district.

*Session Week 5*

Committee Meetings

I had four committee meetings this week: Judiciary, Insurance, Higher Education, and Cities 1.



Higher Education

Cities 1


This was our first 3-day session week, during which we passed 26 bills on a number of different issues, summarized below.

Most notably, we finally passed Walking While Trans (S1351). I was a cosponsor on this bill, which aims to reduce the arbitrary and discriminatory arrests of marginalized individuals, often transgender women, who are at high risk for sex trafficking and other exploitation and abuse.

We also passed bills on:


Combating Health Disparities

Workplace Fairness

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

*Budget Hearings*

Budget hearings for this year have begun! Next week we will have public hearings on Human Services (which you can watch here), Public Protection (watch here), and Local Government Officials/General Government (watch here).

You can watch the Workforce Development public hearing — which I chaired due to my role as the Chair of the Civil Service and Pensions Committee — and the Higher Education public hearing — which I spoke on due to my membership in the Higher Education Committee — from this past week. You can watch all of the previous budget hearings on the NY Senate Events page here.

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




NYS Senator, District 22.

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