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 weeks 10 and 11.

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.

*Session Week 10*

Committee Meetings

I had three committee meetings last week: Civil Service and Pensions, Judiciary and Cities 1.

Civil Service and Pensions

I convened our third Civil Service and Pensions Committee meeting of this session. Our agenda included:

Judiciary

I voted to pass 10 bills through the Judiciary Committee last week. Some of those bills include:

Cities 1

In the Cities 1 committee I voted to pass 5 bills:

Session

Last week we passed 38 bills on the Senate floor. Some of these include:

Workplace

Insurance

Education

*Session Week 11*

After careful thought and consideration, the Senate passed its one-house budget this week. The one-house budget is a statement of principles which reflects which pieces of the Governor’s budget the Senate believes should be kept and which should be culled. Details on the budget proposal are outlined below.

I am also extremely pleased to announce that my bill (S2588) allowing public employees four hours of excused leave to receive their coronavirus vaccine was signed by the governor as is now law. I hope this bill addresses some of the obstacles to getting a vaccine, allowing workers to be more flexible in their schedule and receive their vaccines in a timely manner.

Committee Meetings

The Insurance and Labor Committee meetings took place this week where we considered some important bills:

Insurance

In the Insurance Committee I voted to pass 9 bills, including:

Labor

We passed 6 bills through Labor, including:

Session

This week we passed 29 bills on the Senate floor, including two of my own:

Mental Health

Criminal Justice

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

One House Budget

The Senate’s one-house resolution was passed this week. The one-house is the Senate’s response to the budget proposed by the Governor, and acts as a starting point for further budget negotiations between the Senate, Assembly, and Governor. The final budget, agreed upon by the three groups, is due April 1st.

Some highlights of the Senate one-house budget include:

To get updates on the status of the Senate Budget resolution, you can subscribe here.

A Note on Governor Cuomo

I recently called for the resignation of Governor Cuomo. You can read my statement on the matter here, and remain updated on my position and plans moving forward on my personal Twitter account.

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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