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.

This is an update from the week of April 29th and May 6th.

*Session Week Fourteen*

Senate sessions and committee meetings were on pause in the past two weeks while we were on break after passing the budget. I am happy to be back and excited to continue to push for legislation to better the community.

Session

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 week was a three day session week, and 51 bills were passed including six that I cosponsor:

Here are some additional bills passed by the Senate this week:

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

Committee Meetings

This week, I sat on the committees for Insurance, Civil Service & Pensions, Higher Education, Judiciary, and Finance, where I voted on several important bills, including several of my own that I hope to see on the Senate floor soon.

Insurance

In the Insurance committee we passed 12 bills including the following:

Higher Education

In the Higher Education committee we passed 13 bills including the following:

Civil Service & Pensions

In the Civil Service & Pensions committee we passed six bills, including one of which I am the primary sponsor:

Finance

In the Finance committee we passed 27 bills including the following:

Judiciary

In the Judiciary committee we passed 9 bills including the following:

A Note on Redistricting

This week, the New York Court of Appeals determined that the new Congressional and State Senate district lines were unconstitutional. I want to emphasize that none of the courts found the State Senate lines to be unconstitutional due to partisan gerrymandering, but due to the flawed process we were forced to use thanks to former Governor Cuomo and the State Senate GOP back in 2012. The next step is for the Special Master, appointed by one of the NYS Supreme Courts, to draw new lines by May 20th.

*Session Week Fifteen*

This week was a four day session week, and 64 bills were passed including four that I sponsored and three that I have cosponsored. The four bills I sponsored were:

Other bills passed by the Senate this week include

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

Committee Meetings

This week, I sat on the committees for Labor and Finance, where I voted on several important bills, including several of my own that I hope to see on the Senate floor soon.

Labor

In the Labor committee we passed 10 bills including the following:

Finance

In the Finance committee we passed 27 bills including the following:

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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