Statewide progressives roast NYS Democrats as legislative session ends

State Politics

New York state legislature

ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — A statewide coalition of nearly 50 progressive groups say that crucial reforms are doomed because of the majority leaders in the Senate and the Assembly.

In a joint statement released Monday—mere days away from the Thursday end of session for 2021—community and activist groups dragged Senate Majority Leader Andrews Steward-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. They say that “shocking inaction” from the Democrats has left several crucial bills to die on the vine.

The groups—listed below—issued the statement slamming the legislature in response to reports that there are no legislative talks underway on any remaining bills. That means that bills popular on both sides of the aisle will not be considered until January 2022. Some of the “doomed” bills include:

  • New York Health Act (NYHA)
  • Climate and Community Investment Act
  • Build Public Renewables Act
  • Adult Survivors Act
  • Measures on ethics reform and sexual assault and harassment

The organizations say voters should demand explanations from Heastie and Stewart-Cousins, who they say have only paid lip service to these crucial reforms.

In particular, they say NYHA would save roughly 1,000 lives every year. Stewart-Cousins reportedly blocked it by removing it from the agenda of the last Health Care Committee meeting. The bill remains in committee in both houses.

The groups also point to campaign finance records showing that fossil fuel companies donated thousands to Stewart-Cousins and Heastie. In the last two years, the legislature also has not passed any climate reform measures.

  • Bronx Progressives
  • CD17Indivisible 
  • Concerned Citizens For Change
  • Downtown Women for Change
  • Empire State Indivisible
  • Get2Work Long Island
  • Greater NYC for Change 
  • Indivisible Lowville
  • Indivisible Nassau County
  • Indivisible Nation BK
  • Indivisible Stephentown
  • Indivisible White Plains
  • Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin
  • Long Island Activists
  • Long Island Inclusive Communities Against Hate
  • Long Island Network for Change
  • Long Island Network for Change (LINC)
  • Lower Hudson Valley DSA
  • Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network (LHVPAN)
  • Mountain Top Progressives
  • NAACP Freeport-Roosevelt Youth
  • Nassau NOW
  • New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN)
  • North Country Access to Health Care Committee
  • NY Indivisible
  • NY02 Indivisible 
  • NYCD16-Indivisible
  • NYPAN Greene
  • Pantsuit Nation Long Island Chapter
  • Peekskill Progressives 
  • PEER Suffolk County
  • Pelham NY Democratic Committee
  • Progressive Pawling
  • Progressive Schenectady
  • Progressive Women of New York
  • Progressive Women of Pelham
  • Rise and Resist
  • Rockland United
  • Saratoga-Warren-Washington Progressive Action
  • Show Up LI
  • Staten Island Political Action Club
  • Suffolk DSA
  • Suffolk Progressives
  • The Staten Island Political Action Club
  • Together We Will Long Island
  • Tompkins County Progressives
  • Transition Town Port Washington
  • True Blue NY

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