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

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 6*

I am very excited to announce that this week we passed one of my first bills this session, the “No Wage Theft Loophole Act.” S858 closes a judicially-created loophole that prevents workers from recovering back wages if all, and not some, of their pay was taken from them.for wage theft. My bill ensures that employees are paid what they are owed, no matter what.

Committee Meetings

Civil Service and Pensions

This week, I convened our first Civil Service and Pensions Committee meeting of the new session. We passed several bills, including two of my own.


I voted to pass eight bills through the Labor committee this week:


Halfway through February, the legislative session is picking up speed. This week, we passed 42 bills, including my own on wage theft (S858).

We also passed bills on:

Fair Housing:

Protections for Students in Higher Education

Gun Safety

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

*Budget Hearings*

This past week, we continue to hold hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. I participated in the Public Protection (watch here) and Local Government Officials/General Government (watch here) hearings about issues facing our district. All of the budget hearings from this year can be found on the NY Senate Events page here.

Our next week of legislative activity will resume February 22.

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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