Press Releases

Hevesi: There is No Need to Close Beacons

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Council Member Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), and Assemblywoman Grace Meng sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week detailing funds that could be used to...

Hevesi Introduces Bills to Prevent Child Abuse in Schools

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) introduced two bills recently, A9598 and A9600, which will require Superintendents to report all allegation of child abuse by school employees or volunteers during the transfer of accused persons between school districts,...

Hevesi, Magnarelli to Investigate Burdensome State Reporting Mandates on Local Governments

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) Chairman of the Committee on Oversight, Investigation, and Analysis and William Magnarelli (D-Syracuse, Geddes and Van Buren) Chairman of the Committee on Local Governments have issued 4,660 requests to local government...

Hevesi Holds Rally to Protest Closure of Queens Beacon

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Council Member Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), and Assemblywoman Grace Meng will hold a rally in the courtyard of Russell Sage Junior High located at 68-17 Austin Street...

Hevesi Fights Child Sexual Abuse with Passage of Background Check Bill

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) passed bill number A8296 which will require the Department of Criminal Justice to publish and circulate documentation to youth agencies which instructs them on how to retrieve full background checks on employees. This...

Hevesi Calls for Inclusion of Funding for the Early Childhood Education Grant in 2012 Budget

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) drafted a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last week urging an increased commitment in this year’s budget towards securing a federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. The federal Department...

Hevesi Calls on Congress to Extend Production Tax Credit

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) chairman of the Assembly Subcommittee on Renewable Energy, reached out to Washington today urging Congress of the importance of extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a credit he believes is vital to the future...

Hevesi Urges Mayor Bloomberg to Consider Beacon Closures Based on Quality Instead of Zip Code

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) sent a letter to the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday February 14, 2012 regarding the potential closure of the Queens Community House Beacon Program, which operates at J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage...

Hevesi Gives Blood at Forest Hills High School Blood Drive

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Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) donated blood on Friday January 20, 2012 at the Forest Hills High School blood drive. January is the National Blood Donation month, and New York City often finds itself in particularly short supply of blood following...

Hevesi Co-Chairs Hearing On Pay Equity in New York State

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens), Chair of the Assembly Oversight, Analysis, and Investigations Committee, along with Assemblyman Keith Wright, Chair of the Assembly Labor Committee, Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Chair of the Assembly Governmental Employees...

Hevesi Hosting Year Long Food Drive

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) will be hosting a year long food drive beginning this week, and continuing through December of 2012. Canned non-perishable food can be dropped off at Assemblyman Hevesi’s district office during business hours,...

Pushing Out Brownfield Blight and Bringing In Jobs

It can sometimes be a challenge to see how legislation affects the very areas and landscapes that surround us every day. However, I have recently introduced a bill into the New York State Assembly that could assist in transforming vacant, blighted lots...

Hevesi, Stavisky and Koslowitz Host 2nd Bi-Annual Jewish Leadership Breakfast

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone), and Council Member Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) convened the 2nd Bi-Annual Jewish Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, October 28. With community affairs officers from...

Hevesi Teams with NYPD to Combat Bullying in Local Schools

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Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) had the privilege last Friday morning of presenting a New York City Police Department program aimed at curbing bullying to one of his district’s schools. The interactive socio-drama performed by officers from the...

Hevesi Makes the Grade by Legislating Green

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy had a rewarding year for the efforts he put towards greening up New York State. The EPL/Environmental Advocates 2011 Voter’s Guide, the environmental scorecard for...

Why Mixed Martial Arts is Being Hit Below The Belt in New York State: The Stigma v. The Reality

When you hear the word Jujitsu, what do you think of? I think of the agility, strength, and discipline that must be needed to study this style of martial art which dates back to the Samurai. The same is true of other fighting arts, like Judo, Karate,...

Hevesi Topped Off Earth Day with Green Legislation

On May 2nd, 2011, New York State Assembly passed their annual Earth Day Legislative Package. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s (D – Forest Hills) Green Roofs Bill (A.96) was included in this package. This bill amends the public buildings law to allow for...

DOE Responds to Hevesi and Pols Incubation Concerns

In response to the March 1st decision by the Panel for Education Policy to incubate Maspeth High School (24Q585) in the Queens Metropolitan Campus (Q686) the local community voiced numerous concerns. Prominent among these was the indefinite duration of...

Hevesi Hails Countdown Crosswalk Clocks as Major Safety Feat for Neighborhood

In response to numerous accidents in which pedestrians have been seriously injured or killed crossing Queens Boulevard, Assemblyman Hevesi sent a letter on December 8, 2010 to the Queens County Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation...

Hevesi Urges Citizens to Report Graffiti

As the temperature rises and people begin to spend more time outdoors, Assemblyman Hevesi would like to remind residents to be alert and aware of graffiti in their neighborhoods. Instances of graffiti rise in the summer and the Assemblyman is urging citizens...