Written by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00
“Among a sea of blue you may have spotted me in a bright pink suit on television last week during the Governor’s State of the State address. Governor Andrew Cuomo officially kicked off the 2012 legislative session by presenting the State Legislature with a bold plan to get New York back on track.
“As I listened to Governor Cuomo’s speech, I overheard my colleagues expressing enthusiasm for his plan. I share their excitement about the Governor’s vision for New York and will work with him this session to make it a reality.
“The Governor’s economic development plan to build the nation’s largest convention center at Aqueduct and to retransform the Javits Center site into a Battery Park City development will help stimulate the economy and create jobs. His proposal to establish an infrastructure and repair fund will provide the resources the state needs to make improvements and updates to the state’s parks, historic sites, roadways, bridges, and tunnels.
“I was pleased that the Governor paid a significant amount of attention to the issue of education in his address. In my opinion, however, I felt that he was too harsh in judging public school educators. School children have more than just the Governor as their personal lobbyist. Public school teachers, school superintendents, school board members, and parents also have children’s interests at heart. As your Assemblywoman and a parent, I am always advocating for our children. The New York State Assembly is one of public education’s most vocal advocates. I remain committed to fighting for our children’s future. I strongly believe that in order for New York to be a state of excellence we need great schools. As I have said before, if we fail our schools, we fail our children, and we fail ourselves.
“As we saw last year, when partisan politics are placed aside and the State Legislature and Governor work together, state government is able to address the people’s concerns. The 2011 legislative session was hailed as one of the most productive in state history. Working with the Governor, the State Legislature passed an on-time balanced budget, legalized marriage equality, implemented a permanent Power for Jobs program for small businesses, enacted landmark ethics reform, and passed a pedestrian safety law known as Complete Streets.
“As your assemblywoman, I am committed to building on the successes of last year and will work to ensure that the 2012 legislative session will produce meaningful results for the people of New York.”
Speaking on the floor of the New York State Assembly on Monday, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a co-sponsor of the Iran Divestment Act, made the following statement about the bill’s commitment to fighting terrorism:
“On behalf of the 16th Assembly District I wish to thank Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the members of the New York State Assembly for this important legislation. I live in a community with a large number of Iranian Americans who sought political asylum during the Revolution. I am always reminded of the Iranian government’s intent for harm and terrorism. This measure takes a bold stance and sends a clear message that New York State will not help fund Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and will not tolerate a threatening regime.”
In a display of bipartisan support, the New York State Assembly passed the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (A.8668a) by an overwhelming majority on Monday. Following the Assembly, the State Senate passed the measure the same day.
Under the legislation, businesses, organizations, and individuals who invest in Iran’s energy sector are prohibited from doing business with state and local governments. This will help keep taxpayers’ money out of the hands of international terrorists. This bill was introduced in the aftermath of a suspected attempt by the Iranian government to carry out a terror plot on United States soil. To view video footage of Assemblywoman Schimel’s floor statement on the Iran Divestment Act please visit her website at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michelle-Schimel/.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel was selected by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) to attend the 10th Annual Midwest/Great Lakes Environmental Legislators Forum in Chicago last month. In September, Assemblywoman Schimel was selected by the NCEL to attend a Product Stewardship Forum in Portland, Oregon.
The assemblywoman, representing New York State, was joined by 50 state legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, among other states, who share a commitment to working together to promote thoughtful environmental policies in their respective states. The project is underwritten by the Joyce Foundation.
Assemblywoman Schimel has been recognized by NCEL for her longstanding work on protection of water and electronic waste, as well as her other recycling initiatives. She is also pleased to inform the other state legislators of the work being done in New York State as well as the Town of North Hempstead. The assemblywoman, a former town clerk in North Hempstead, worked with Supervisor Jon Kaiman to initiate the Electronic Waste Program.
“I was surprised and delighted when I was selected by NCEL to represent New York State at their forums. This is an incredible opportunity to network with the nations’ most forward thinking environmental legislators. I came back from the NCEL conferences chock full of ideas and initiatives for legislation which I will be rolling out in the 2012 legislative session,” said Assemblywoman Schimel.