Press Releases

Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO): NY’s Red Flag Law

Why Would Someone Need an ERPO? You can ask the court for help to take away guns from someone you think may hurt themselves or others. The police, district attorney, or school can also ask the court for this help. This is called an Extreme Risk Protection...

Assemblymember Simon, Mayor Adams, Sen. Brooks & Coalition of 200+ Gathered for 7th Dyslexia Awareness Day

Albany, NY – On May 12th, 2022, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn), Senator John Brooks (D-Long Island) and their colleagues hosted the 7th Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day. Teens, parents, advocates, educators and legislators from across...

Statement from Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon on the Mass Subway Shooting in Sunset Park

Brooklyn, NY - New York State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D, WFP - AD 52) released the following statement regarding yesterday’s mass shooting on the subway in Sunset Park: “Yesterday morning, subway commuters in Sunset Park experienced...

Assemblymember Simon Passes Bill to Ensure Community Input Before a Hospital Closes

Albany, NY – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D - AD 52, Brooklyn) announced that her Local Input for Community Hospitals (LICH) Act (S3131/A02251) passed the Assembly with bipartisan support. This major piece of legislation ensures that communities...

Senator Kavanagh & Assemblymember Simon’s BQE Overweight Truck Bill Signed into Law

Albany, NY — Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon announced today that their BQE Overweight Truck bill (S2740B/A2316) was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul. The new law authorizes a pilot program along I-278 in Brooklyn...

Electeds and Community Call on MTA to Address Unsafe Conditions at York Street Station

Brooklyn, NY – Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and Councilmember Stephen Levin were joined by representatives of the offices of Congressmember Nydia Velázquez and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams along with community...

Velázquez & Simon Join Community Groups to Voice Concerns over Gowanus Rezoning Environmental Impacts, September 8, 2021

Brooklyn, NY – Earlier today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and New York State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon held a press conference to voice their concerns with the City’s Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning Draft Environmental Impact Statement...

Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon Announce Signing of the “No Wage Theft Loophole Act” August 21, 2021

CONTACTNoah Walker, 501-529-6178, noah@senatorgounardes.nycSusannah Pasquantonio, 718-246-4889, pasquantonios@nyassembly.gov Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon announced yesterday that Governor Andrew...

Simon OpEd: New York State and City Must Come Together to Fix the Board of Elections Mess

Assemblymember Simon and Senator Kavanagh Announce Passage of BQE Truck Weight Bill

Albany, NY – Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon announced today that their BQE Truck Weight bill (S2740B/A2316) has passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate and will now head to the Governor’s desk for signature....

Assemblymember Simon Hosts 6th Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day

Albany, NY – On Thursday, May 6th, 2021, Assemblymembers Jo Anne Simon, Robert Carroll and Harvey Epstein, and Senators John Brooks, Robert Jackson, Zellnor Myrie, and Brad Hoylman will host the 6th Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day. Over 200 students...

NYS Assemblymember Simon Joins Legislators from 5 States to Enact Policies to Prevent Future Pandemics

Washington, D.C. – One year into COVID-19, five states are working on legislation to prevent future pandemics. Currently, 75% of emerging infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, originate in animals. These diseases have drastically increased in recent...

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and Senator Brad Hoylman Announce 8/18/2020 Legislative Roundtable on Diploma Privilege and COVID-19’S Impact on Law School Graduates

Senate Judiciary Chair Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (D/WF-Brooklyn) announced today that they will be convening a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, August 18 about the impact of COVID-19 on recent law school graduates,...

Statement from Senator Hoylman & Assemblymember Simon on the Cancellation of September's Bar Exam

New York – Today, the New York State Board of Law Examiners canceled the September 9-10 administration of the New York Bar Exam in response to COVID-19 concerns.While this decision avoids the immediate disaster of potential “superspreader”...

Assemblymember Simon's Statement on the NYC Curfew and Why She Doesn't Support it

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon issued this statement in response to the NYC curfew: “Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have agreed to impose a curfew on New York City residents. The curfew began last night from 11:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M., and today,...

Assemblymember Simon's Statement on the Killing of George Floyd, Repealing 50-a & More, June 2, 2020

Dear Neighbors & Friends, The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th by a police officer was painful and tragic because it is far too commonplace. We have to do our part to speak out against and break down structural racism – and...

Assemblymember Simon & Coalition Gather for 5th Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day

Albany, NY – On March 4th, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn) and Senator John Brooks (D-Long Island) hosted the 5th Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day in Albany. Over 100 students, parents, educators, and advocates from across the state brought...

Clark Street Station Elevator Fact Sheet

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Link to survey Link to survey results Why do the elevators at the Clark St 2/3 need to be replaced?MTA NYC Transit (NYCT) will replace the elevators due to safety reasons & the age of the elevators The elevators were built in 1919 & 1931, and...

Assemblymember Simon and Senator Kavanagh Announce that New Extreme Risk Protection Order Will Go Into Effect

New York – Senators Brian Kavanagh and Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, the authors of New York’s new Extreme Risk Protection Order law (ERPO, also known as the “Red Flag” law), announced that, after years of advocacy, the...

Assemblymember Simon’s Statement on the Child Victims Act: NY’s One Year “Look-Back Window” is Now Open

Brooklyn, NY – Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon released the following statement on the Child Victims Act (A.2683) and the one-year “look-back window” that went into effect in New York State on August 14th, 2019 and closes on August 13th, 2020:...