Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Committee Chairs For 2021-22 Session

In January 6, 2021

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2020
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Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Committee Chairs For 2021-22 Session

(Albany, NY) Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced Senate Committee Chair assignments for the upcoming Legislative Session. Over its first Session, the new Senate Democratic Majority held over 100 hearings and roundtable discussions, excluding the usual budget hearings. Hearings were held on issues ranging from sexual harassment and housing discrimination to addressing the opioid and substance abuse crisis and housing protections. These Senate hearings and roundtables were held throughout New York State, to encourage greater participation and a diversity of views, priorities, and concerns to be expressed.

“During our first Session as the new Senate Majority, we held a record number of hearings and used Senate committees to advance our agenda and conduct the people’s work,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Since the pandemic began, we’ve held hearings on COVID-19 and its impact on New York residential health care facilities and hospitals, workers and small businesses, courts and corrections system, elections, mass transit systems, veterans, and cultural community. As we move forward, the Democratic Majority will utilize our Committees to review important issues and advance legislation that addresses the needs and priorities of New York residents. I thank all of the Committee Chairs for their dedication and I look forward to working with them to build a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous New York State.”

The Committee Chairs announced by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins include:

Committee on Aging:                                                                                     Senator Rachel May

Committee on Agriculture:                                                                             Senator Michelle Hinchey

Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse:                                         Senator Pete Harckham

Committee on Banks:                                                                                     Senator James Sanders, Jr.

Committee on Budget and Revenue:                                                              Senator Brian Benjamin

Committee on Children And Families:                                                           Senator Jabari Brisport

Committee on Cities 1 (New York City):                                                     Senator Robert Jackson

Committee on Cities 2 (Other NYS Cities):                                                 Senator Jeremy Cooney

Committee on Civil Service And Pensions:                                                   Senator Andrew Gounardes

Committee on Codes:                                                                                     Senator Jamaal Bailey

Committee on Commerce, Economic Development And Small Business:    Senator Anna Kaplan

Committee on Consumer Protection:                                                             Senator Kevin Thomas

Committee on Corporations, Authorities And Commissions:                        Senator Leroy Comrie

Committee on Crime Victims, Crime And Correction:                                  Senator Luis Sepulveda

Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation:                 Senator Jose Serrano

Committee on Developmental Disabilities:                                                  Senator John Mannion

Committee on Education:                                                                               Senator Shelley Mayer

Committee on Elections:                                                                                 Senator Zellnor Myrie

Committee on Energy And Telecommunications:                                          Senator Kevin Parker

Committee on Environmental Conservation:                                                 Senator Todd Kaminsky

Committee on Ethics And Internal Governance:                                            Senator Alessandra Biaggi

Committee on Finance:                                                                                   Senator Liz Krueger

Committee on Health:                                                                                     Senator Gustavo Rivera

Committee on Higher Education:                                                                   Senator Toby Ann Stavisky

Committee on Housing, Construction And Community Development:         Senator Brian Kavanagh

Committee on Insurance:                                                                                Senator Neil Breslin

Committee on Internet And Technology:                                                       Senator Diane Savino

Committee on Investigations And Government Operations:                         Senator James Skoufis

Committee on Judiciary:                                                                                 Senator Brad Hoylman

Committee on Labor:                                                                                      Senator Jessica Ramos

Committee on Libraries:                                                                               Senator Sean Ryan

Committee on Local Government:                                                                 Senator James Gaughran

Committee on Mental Health:                                                                        Senator Samra Brouk

Committee on New York City Education:                                                     Senator John Liu

Committee on Procurement:                                                                         Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

Committee on Racing, Gaming And Wagering:                                             Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

Committee on Rules:                                                                                      Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Committee on Social Services:                                                                       Senator Roxanne Persaud

Committee on Transportation:                                                                        Senator Tim Kennedy

Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs:              Senator John Brooks

Committee on Women’s Issues:                                                                      Senator Julia Salazar

The Administrative Regulations Review Commission:                                  Senator Simcha Felder

NOTE: New Committees are bolded.


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