October 2015

Assemblyman Hevesi participates in Joint Senate Committees hearing hosted by State Senators Tony Avella and David Carlucci

Last month, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Chair of the Assembly Social Services Committee, participated in a Joint Senate Committees Hearing of Social Services and Children and Families, chaired by State Senators Tony Avella and David Carlucci. The hearing allowed the panel to evaluate the current state of support services for children and families in New York City. After receiving testimony from various experts, the legislators focused specifically on social services that are brought to our community and the obstacles people face when attempting to utilize these resources. This hearing helped the legislators find several effective ways to improve access to these services for New York’s vulnerable families.

Assemblyman Hevesi participates in Human Services Council (HSC) annual membership meeting to discuss non-profit services in New York
Last month, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi joined a panel at the Human Services Council (HSC) annual membership meeting. HSC represents thousands of not-for-profit organizations in New York City and continuously advocates for needs within the human services sector. The panel discussed the importance of nonprofit services and infrastructure, and mechanisms through which these organizations find and secure resources to achieve their goals. The meeting allowed elected officials and those in the non-profit sector to discuss methods to make their organizations as successful as possible.
5th Annual Electronic Recycling Event Collects Over Three Tons of Unwanted Goods

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi joined together with Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) and the Lower East Side Ecology Center, to host their 5th annual electronic recycling event in Forest Hills last month. Due to the rapid development of technology, more and more electronic waste continues to be generated each year. These discarded devices often end up in landfills which can cause environmental problems. However, recycling events such as this one allows communities to participate in the safe disposal of a variety of electronic goods. Over 6,000 pounds of electronics were obtained by the Lower East Side Ecology Center at this event, with the outdated technology scheduled to be recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

Assemblyman Hevesi Participates in Roundtable Discussion Concerning the Federal Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant
This month, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, with Assemblymember Lupardo and several other Assembly colleagues, held a roundtable discussion with multiple non-profit organizations, advocates, and the Office of Children and Family Services to examine the federal reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. The focus of this meeting was the impact that the new federal law will have on existing childcare programs in New York State. This law has several positive components, including multiple criminal background checks and first aid training for providers. However, the specific goal of the meeting was to ensure that the quality and quantity of New York’s current childcare programs can be adequately funded by the state, as this program comes with no federal funding.

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Albany Office: Room 8442 Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248 • 518-455-4926
Email: hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us