Assembly responds to Trump’s immigration threats

The Assembly majority is swinging back at President Donald Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities with their own  legislative counter punch.

A bill from Assemblyman Francisco Moya would restrict state and local agencies from inquiring about the immigration status of any person seeking medical or police assistance. The bill was introduced late Wednesday night and referred to the Codes Committee. There are more than 30 co-sponsors, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

The bill also prevents state and local law enforcement officials from arresting an individual for suspected immigration status violation. It prohibits state and local law enforcement officers from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

On Tuesday evening, Moya joined protests in Jackson Heights that were in response to actions signaled by Trump, including plans to move ahead with a wall on the Southern border with Mexico. Moya also penned a letter to Trump about the recent actions and rhetoric.

Meet the (new) Majority: Yuh-Line Niou

Second time was the charm for Yuh-Line Niou, who was elected to represent the 65th Assembly District this fall.

The freshman legislator, who was sworn in this week, came up short in a long-shot bid for the seat during a special election in April, but won in November when she had the Democratic nomination.

We talked about the campaign process, taking over the seat once held by former-Speaker Sheldon Silver and the benefits of being an Albany insider. Continue reading “Meet the (new) Majority: Yuh-Line Niou”

Meet the (new) Majority: Clyde Vanel

Clyde Vanel is an engineer, pilot, lawyer and business owner. On January 4th, he will add Assembly member to his lengthy resume.

The 33rd Assembly District’s future representative came on the show to talk about losing elections, the issues he cares about and his favorite political podcast (“favorite” might be the wrong word). Continue reading “Meet the (new) Majority: Clyde Vanel”

Meet the (new) Majority: Brian Barnwell

Get to know Brian Barnwell, the Assemblyman-elect for the 30th Assembly District in Queens.

Brian won a long-shot primary victory in September and, at 30 years old, is also one of the youngest members of the Assembly. He talked about his goals for the legislative session, campaigning with the help of his family and the 20-pound election diet. Continue reading “Meet the (new) Majority: Brian Barnwell”

Assembly goes for another helping of pork

Pork is still on the menu in the state Legislature.

The Assembly has quietly posted a new list of “legislative initiatives” using funds that are more than a decade old. The 956-page list includes requested allocations from the old Community Project Fund. Continue reading “Assembly goes for another helping of pork”