Passing the Nation’s First-Ever Gun Industry Liability Law, End of Session Priorities, Small Business Recovery Fund Launched

It’s the last week of the legislative session at the State Capitol and hundred of bills are still in the pipeline.

I’m working hard to pass priority pieces of legislation I sponsor, including requiring 30% of New York land be protected by 2030 Right to Repair, expanding direct sales of EVs Upstate, breaking the ‘Iron Pipeline’s’ role in gun violence on our streets (passed!), and more.

New York State will lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions if at least 70% of the state’s population is vaccinated! New York is at 61.9% as of today (6/9/21), so do your part and #GetVaxxed if you haven’t already! As always, read on for community updates, and events around the district!

  • New York Passes Historic Gun Industry Liability Law, First State in the Nation to Do So.
  • Albany County Legislature Issues Proclamation in Support of Gun Industry Liability Law. 🤝 Thank you to Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, Deputy Chair Wanda Willingham, and Albany County Legislators who signed on for your support of landmark legislation to halt the flow of illegal guns into New York State. We’ve seen an increase in the number of illegal guns found on our streets here in the Capital Region, and we’re going to pass the Gun Industry Liability Law this year to #BreakTheIronPipeline. Communities across New York — including Albany — have few tools at their disposal to crack down on illegal guns. Where the federal government won’t act on gun violence, we will.
  • Coalition of Mayors From Around New York State Support Gun Industry Liability Law.
  • A diverse coalition of Mayors from around New York State penned a letter urging the state legislature to pass A.6762-A/S.1048-A before the end of session to #BreakTheIronPipeline and end the flow of illegal guns into NY, including here in the Capital Region. Thank you to Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Ithaca, New York’s Mayor Svante Myrick, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Mayor Patrick Madden, and others for standing with us in the fight against the gun violence epidemic in this country. Mayors know their communities best and are on the frontlines of this issue every day. Let’s listen to them.
  • Wall Street Journal: Right to Repair Gains Steam Around Country. ⚙️ The #RightToRepair movement continues to gain momentum after the FTC’s recent report and here in New York, Senator Neil D. Breslin and I are working to get fair repair legislation passed by the end of session. (A.7006/S.4104) The Wall Street Journal: “Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission this month said in a report to Congress that “there is scant evidence to support manufacturers’ justifications for repair restrictions,” and raised concerns it may be too difficult for consumers with little or no engineering knowledge to attempt repairs themselves. The commission considered several ways the U.S. could improve consumers’ repair and maintenance options, including stricter enforcement of existing warranty protection laws and a France-style scoring system. The FTC said it stands ready to work with state and federal legislators on the matter.”
  • 30x30 OP-ED.
  • Must read: Times Union reporters Massarah Mikati and Eduardo Medina detail how over decades, the practice of ‘redlining’ led to disinvestment in certain neighborhoods across #Albany. In the years that followed, a combination of conscious decisions by those in power and an ensuing ‘white flight’ from these neighborhoods led to blight in what are predominantly communities and neighborhoods of color. Learning and understanding our history — especially when it’s troubled or uncomfortable — is key to implementing and unlocking the solutions of the future. Reversing the effects of Albany’s redlining is how we’ll build a more equitable and just city in the years and decades to come.
  • Recognizing the Center for Disability Services’ Role in the Pandemic and I/DD Advocacy.
  • The Center for Disability Services is not just an effective advocate for New Yorkers and our neighbors living with developmental disabilities; they’re a cornerstone of the Capital Region community. Proud to recognize their advocacy today and their first-in-the-state push to vaccinate individuals living with developmental disabilities with Assemblymember John McDonald and Senator Neil D. Breslin.
  • New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Now Accepting Applications.
  • Attention renters, tenants, and small landlords; the 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will begin accepting applications for rent relief. Learn more about these funds and what resources are available to you by clicking here or on the photo below.

  • ICYMI: Happy #PrideMonth!
  • Happy #PrideMonth, Capital Region! This month we recommit ourselves to building equity, equality, and inclusiveness in our communities for all of our LGBTQIA+ neighbors. We have a long and proud history of advancing the fight for equal rights here in Albany and it’s up to us to carry that torch. Remember: you are seen and you are loved.
  • ICYMI: Town of Bethlehem Opens Newest Park.

  • Learn About Buying Your First Home with NYS Homes and Community Renewal. On Thursday, June 17, 10am-11am, join NYS HCR (Homes and Community Renewal) for a webinar regarding HCR’s “Give Us Credit” (GUC) program and their newly expanded down payment loan assistance program (DPAL PLUS). The programs are run through the State of NY Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) and are dedicated to increasing homeownership rates in communities that have historically lacked full access to this opportunity, including communities of color. These programs address some of these issues and are now being offered to all residents of New York State. Click here to register or on the photo below.

  • To highlight some of the individuals in the Capital Region who exemplify what it means to remain connected within our community and cope with the chaos of the past year, I’ve launched a new series of my podcast , ‘Connecting in a Time of Chaos’.

Listen to our first 6 (3 of these are featured below) episodes from this year so far on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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