Press Releases

Simotas Secures $200,000 in Funding for Long Island City High School

New York, NY – Assemblymember Aravella Simotas joined administrators at Long Island City High School to present $200,000 in funding for renovations to the school's auditorium.Simotas is a strong believer in the importance of providing students...

New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Brad Hoylman Introduce Legislation to Allow Bar Exam Retakers Who Aid the Indigent to Continue the Practice of Law

New York, NY- NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and NYS Senator Brad Holyman introduce legislation to create an exemption during COVID-19 pandemic for law graduates representing indigent clients, and who have not yet passed the bar exam, to continue...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Introduces Legislation to Strengthen New York's Red Flag Law

New York, NY - Assemblymember Aravella Simotas introduced legislation (A10487) to require courts to notify any individual who applies for or receives an order of protection of their ability to obtain an extreme risk protection order.New York's Red...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Advocates Demand Better Protections Against Harassment and Discrimination

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and advocates from across the state gathered at the capitol to call upon the legislature to expand protections against harassment and discrimination in the workplace.Simotas advocated for bill A7083-A, her comprehensive...

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos Introduce Bill to Ban State Tax Credits for Greedy Federal Corporate Bailout Recipients

NEW YORK, NY - NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos have introduced a bill (A10291/S8230) to prohibit federal corporate bailout recipients who engage in stock buybacks from receiving New York State tax credits. As the COVID-19...

Assemblymember Simotas and Senator Hoylman Introduce Bill Helping Elderly and Chronically Ill New Yorkers Access Life-Saving Medication During Covid-19 Pandemic

NEW YORK—Yesterday, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Senator Brad Hoylman announced new legislation to help elderly and chronically ill New Yorkers access the life-saving medication they need during the COVID-19 state of emergency.Assemblymember...

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Sexual Harassment Working Group Continue Fight for Targets of Harassment and Discrimination

Albany, NEW YORK – NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and the Sexual Harassment Working Group are continuing their fight to make comprehensive changes in the law so that targets of harassment and discrimination can seek justice.Assembly Member...

Assembly Member Simotas and Senator Demand Temporary Hazard Pay for Essential Workers

New York, NY - Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos called on the state to provide a bonus in hazard pay for essential workers who are forced to work through the coronavirus pandemic.In a letter sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate...

Statement by Assemblymember Simotas On 2020-2021 State Budget

As a legislator, I took an oath to work towards improving the lives of the citizens of New York State. These are challenging times for our state, and our country, and my duty obliges me to take whatever action is in my power to prevent the health pandemic...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Hosts Queens Bus Network Redesign Feedback Session

NEW YORK CITY- Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, along with State Senator Jessica Ramos and Community Board 1-Queens, hosted a feedback session with representatives from the MTA, on January 31, 2020, at the HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Center.The session...

Simotas and Gounardes Call for Borough Representation on MTA Board

Assembly Member Simotas and State Senator Andrew Gounardes introduced legislation on Friday, January 24, 2020 to add borough representation to the Metropolitan Transit Authority board. The legislation comes after Council Member Costa Constantinides called...

Assembly Member Simotas' Bill to Assist Local Businesses with Changes in Regulations Signed into Law

QUEENS, N.Y. – A bill sponsored by Assembly Member Aravella Simotas (D-36) enacting new regulatory reform measures, was signed into law on Friday, December 6, 2019. The measure requires state agencies that propose new rules to assess the impact...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Secures $125,000 in Funding for Make the Road New York's New Queens Community Center

QUEENS, NY – Assemblymember Aravella Simotas joined Make the Road New York's (MRNY) staff in Jackson Heights to present $125,000 in capital funding for construction and outfitting of a new community center.MRNY is an organization founded in...

Electeds Demand Answers after Muslim Families Prohibited from Boarding NYC Ferry

In a letter to New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYC Councilmember Brannan and NYS Senator Gounardes demanded an explanation for the discriminatory acts reported in a recent New York Times article on the NYC Ferry...

Assemblymember Simotas Secures Funding for Public School 85 Queens

New York, NY – Assemblymember Aravella Simotas was thrilled to join faculty and students in celebration of her securing $500,000 in funding on behalf of P.S. 85Q. Through the State and Municipal Facilities Program, Simotas was able to allocate funds...

Assemblymember Simotas Rejects Corporate Giant's Rate Hike

NEW YORK, NY – Assemblywoman Simotas, in a letter to the Public Service Commission, wrote in opposition to Con-Edison's proposed rate hikes for Queens residents, who already pay some of the highest utility bills in the nation, and suffered numerous...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas' Revolutionary Bill to Enact Comprehensive Employment Reforms Signed into Law

A major bill sponsored by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-36) was signed into law today by Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact sweeping workplace protections for employees. These reforms take a comprehensive approach to reducing sexual harassment and discrimination...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Announces Passage of Her Bill to Create Comprehensive Employment Reforms to Fight The Scourge of Harassment in the Workplace

A major bill sponsored by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-36) passed both the NYS Assembly and Senate extending the rights of employees against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. These new protections take a comprehensive approach...

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas Passes Criminal Justice Reform to Expand Record Relief

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced that the Assembly passed her legislation (A8160) to expand record relief for people convicted of crimes in their youth. Individuals who were denied youthful offender status are currently unable to seek relief...

Simotas Bill to Extend the Statute of Limitations for Rape Survivors and Time Frames for Certain Civil Claims Passes NYS Assembly and Senate

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas' bill A.8412 eliminates the statute of limitations for first degree incest entirely, increases the statute of limitations for second degree rape, criminal sexual act and incest to 20 years or 10 years from the time...