This Week in Albany

Week ending October 4, 2019

Legislature Holding Another Hearing on “Single Payer”

The Senate and Assembly Health Committees will be holding a public hearing in Rochester next week to discuss the New York Health Act (NYHA). The NYHA is a proposal to establish a single-payer healthcare system in New York.

CSEA testified in opposition to this proposal at a public hearing in Albany in May. You can read CSEA’s testimony and reasons for concern on our website.

“Raise the Age” Enters Phase Two

On October 1, the state’s “Raise the Age” law went into full effect by removing 17-year-olds from the adult criminal justice system. On October 1 of last year, 16-year-olds were removed from the adult system.

The new system promotes diversion and community-based services for 16- and 17-year-old offenders, including the expanded use of probation services. Youths sentenced to detention are housed in special secure detention facilities instead of in adult jails.

CSEA has successfully advocated over the past two budget cycles for State funding to local governments to cover the costs of the program. The continued availability of this funding is vital to the success of “Raise the Age.”

Congressman Chris Collins Pleads Guilty, Resigns

Fourth-term Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY27) resigned his seat in Congress this week prior to pleading guilty to felony charges relating to securities fraud and lying to federal investigators.

Governor Cuomo indicated that he is looking at calling a special election to fill the vacated seat. The day of the Presidential Primary in New York, April 28, 2020, appears to be the likeliest date for such an election, though no date has been announced yet. State Senators Chris Jacobs (R-SD60) and Rob Ortt (R-SD62) had previously announced their candidacy for the seat.

Election Update

Friday, October 11th is the last day to register to vote in the November elections. You can register at the DMV’s website or download this form to send to your local board of elections.

Visit for more information including a list of CSEA endorsed candidates and information about early voting, which begins on Oct. 26th.