This Week in Albany

Week ending September 15, 2017

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo signed 59 bills into law this week, but the vast majority of CSEA’s priority legislation has not yet been sent to the Governor. There are still 271 bills that passed both houses but have not been sent to the Governor.

 

Election Update

Primary elections for local government races were held throughout the state this week.

There may be multiple openings in the state legislature after several legislators won their Primaries, though none have resigned from their state legislative seats at this time. The list of possible vacancies includes:

  • Senate District 32, where Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. won a Democratic Primary for the New York City Council;
  • Senate District 37, where Senator George Latimer won a Democratic Primary for Westchester County Executive;
  • Assembly District 39, where Assemblyman Francisco Moya won a Democratic Primary for the New York City Council;
  • Assembly District 80, where Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj won a Democratic Primary for the New York City Council; and
  • Assembly District 107, where Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin won a Republican Primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

Additionally, Senator Phil Boyle (R-Suffolk County) and Assemblymembers Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) and Robert Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) ran in local races but appear to have been defeated.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 7th General Election is October 13.

 

Con Con Fact

The state constitution protects injured workers through the Worker’s compensation system. A constitutional convention could put worker protections at risk.