Monday, April 2, 2018

State Senator James Sanders Jr: What's Happening in Albany


The recently passed 2018-2019 makes improvements on both policy and revenue items, but falls short of the progressive leadership New York is renowned for throughout the nation and world.

My Democratic Conference colleagues and I have been fighting for common sense legislation that will grow the state economy as well as protect the rights of all New Yorkers. The budget negotiations were difficult, but in the end were able to make advancements in the areas of health, housing and education. Though we can and should do more, this gives us a foundation upon which we can build.

James Sanders Jr.
NYS Senator, 10th District

The State Budget - Win, Lose or Draw


Executive order for independent monitor chosen by NYC Council and tenants for NYCHA housing

Requires school districts to provide information on how they allocate funding to schools in order to increase transparency

Children placed in to foster care are allowed to continue to attend their “school of origin”, where they were attending school prior to being placed in to foster care

Protects New Yorkers from negative federal tax implications with new state tax code

Establishes a first-in-the-nation opioid stewardship payment on manufacturers and distributors of opioids to fund the fight against the opioid epidemic

$250 million investment to NYCHA to deliver quality living conditions to tenants


Child Victims Act was stripped from the budget and will be “discussed later”

Common sense gun laws taken off the table

No early voting, making it difficult for many working class families to participate in their right to have a say in their government

Failure to pass bail reform is a blow to our state, setting up many who can’t afford bail to sit in prison for minor offenses before they are even charged with a crime, sometimes for years

No ethics reform to root out corruption

Failing to pass the DREAM Act is an attack on many hard working young people in our district


Sexual Harassment reform was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done before we can complete this fight

The second phase of the Excelsior Program is launched, providing free tuition for select students to SUNY/CUNY. This is a commendable initiative but the issue of lower income students being unable to take advantage of this program due to PELL/TAP requirements has yet to be addressed

MWBE Article 15A received an extension for a year, however real changes that are necessary to continue towards our goal of equality for all New Yorkers have been sidelined

Click here and here to listen to Senator Sanders comment on and explain his vote on S.7508C, which enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the state economic development and environmental conservation budget for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. 

Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr.

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