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 Ten*

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

This was an exciting week up in Albany. As you may remember, a couple weeks ago the Senate passed a number of my bills regarding harassment in the workplace. This week, Governor Hochul signed into law two of my bills: S3395A and S5870.

No longer will any employer, public or private, will ever again have a license to sexually harass staff. These bills also ensure employees can speak up without the threat of unlawful discriminatory practices by employers.

We also passed 13 bills in the Senate this week.

Two of these bills I had the honor to pass through my Committee earlier this month. The first, S1333, directs the Director of Office of Information Technology and the Director of the Division or the Budget to create and maintain a one-stop-shop budget database website for all of the most up-to-date state spending and revenue statistics. This is the first year the bill has passed in the Committee and by the Senate, and I am happy to have had a hand in passing such an important bill. The second, S2969a, enacts the “STAR credit bill of rights” to ensure STAR recipients are provided a better understanding of their rebate and their inquiries receive prompt responses.

Other important bills passed this week include:

Committee Meetings

This week I attended two committee meetings: Judiciary and Higher Education.

Higher Education

I voted to pass five bills through the committee, one of which I am proud to have sponsored and two that I co-sponsored.

Judiciary

I voted to pass seven bills through the Judiciary committee, one of which I cosponsored.

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

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NYS Senator, District 22.

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NYS Senator, District 22.

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