With the State Legislature on hiatus until autumn, lawmakers state Sen. Liz Kruger (D) and Assembly Member Dan Quart (D) reported on accomplishments in the past legislative session to constituents in community bulletin updates.
City Councilmember Keith Powers (D) also shared Council news with Turtle Bay residents.
Among the highlights:
Sen. Kruger noted passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, to address the effects of climate change, and the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, to restore the right to obtain a license regardless of immigrant status.
Both Sen. Kruger and Assembly Member Quart pointed to the first legislative hearings in nearly three decades on sexual harassment and assault experienced by legislative employees, culminating in legislation aimed at ensuring a safe workplace environment.
Assembly Member Quart also flagged state election law reform that includes early voting; pre-registration for 16 and 17 year old’s; consolidated state and federal primaries and same-day voter registration.
In City Council business, Councilmember Powers noted ongoing efforts on helicopter safety and operations and discussions on curbing flights over parts of Manhattan, pegged most recently to the fatal hard-landing on a West Midtown office building in June.
Elsewhere, Councilmember Powers pointed to passage of criminal justice reform measures that will streamline how those incarcerated access healthcare and file 311 complaints.
During the summer, Sen. Kruger sponsored a legal clinic for seniors and teamed with Councilmember Powers to conduct a forum on phone scams. Councilmember Powers also held a bike helmet giveaway.