Dear Friends, 


Another very full week! Among other things, an earthquake that shocked us all and the truly remarkable eclipse. It’s good to be reminded about the incredible power of the natural world!


In Albany, the budget remains unresolved. This week, we have passed two additional budget extenders, ensuring state operations continue and state workers continue to get paid as we work to reach an agreement on the 2024-2025 budget. While I am disappointed that the budget remains unfinished, it is critical that we take the time and care needed to negotiate the details that are important to our communities and the state. 


To that end, I am pleased that Governor Hochul has withdrawn her proposal to eliminate the “Save Harmless” provision affecting school aid, which ensures that all school districts receive at least as much funding as they did in the prior year. This means many districts here in Westchester and throughout the state will not face the draconian budget cuts originally planned in the proposed budget. I’m thankful for the advocacy of parents, teachers, and school staff who helped achieve this result. We continue to negotiate about other elements of state aid, but I am optimistic that the final budget will provide significantly more aid to our school districts than originally proposed by the Governor. I will be sure to keep you updated and will provide you with a more detailed summary once the budget is finalized. 


Last week, my colleagues in the Senate and I welcomed Korean War Veterans to the second annual Korean War Veterans Celebration in Albany. I am deeply grateful for the selfless service of all our Veterans and to my Veterans Advisory Council, particularly Colonel Chet Edwards, who fiercely advocated for the proper recognition of our Korean War veterans. Below you will find more information about this important ceremony. 


Lastly, this was an important week for our Muslim brothers and sisters who celebrated Eid al'Fitr at the end of Ramadan. I was fortunate to join the Yonkers Islamic Center Wednesday morning to observe morning prayer and earlier, to join the White Plains Islamic Center for their Iftar meal. I greatly appreciated being together during this holy time in the Muslim calendar. 

If there is anything my office can assist you with, please email me at smayer@nysenate.gov or call (914) 934-5250.

 

Warm regards,

Shelley B. Mayer

State Senator

37th District

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Albany Update: Legislative & Budget Update

As budget negotiations heat up, many interested parties make their voices heard in Albany. I have stood publicly with many of them, especially those who face specific challenges in this year’s budget, including our school community; those with disabilities and seniors who rely on the CDPAP program for care, and the workers that provide the care; the many public employees seeking modifications to the Tier 6 pension program including workers from the Transit Workers Union Local 100; and HGAR representing our local realtor community.

Legislation Passing the Senate


Two of my bills passed the Senate recently  and I am hopeful both will pass the Assembly this year. 


First, S.6980, requires school districts to notify families of safe storage requirements under state and local law at the beginning of the school year. I am proud this bill has the support of Everytown for Gun Safety and Brady: United Against Gun Violence, two remarkable organizations leading the way to reduce gun violence.

Second, S.6551, allows unemployment applicants to request a hearing if they do not receive notice of approval or denial of their unemployment benefits within 30 days of applying. This will give New Yorkers recourse when they do not hear back from the Department of Labor about their unemployment application in a timely fashion, which impacted so many residents during the COVID epidemic.

Run for their Lives Rally for Hostages in Gaza


I was proud to join a very important, large rally drawing attention to the urgent need to release the hostages held in Gaza through Run for Their Lives.

Honoring Korean War Veterans


I was proud to welcome Korean War Veterans to Albany for the second annual Korean War Veteran Celebration. For far too many years, we failed to recognize and honor our veterans who served so bravely in Korea. I thank members of my Veterans Advisory Committee, particularly Vietnam Veteran Colonel Chet Edwards, for helping to make this day happen and ensuring we recognize the service of all veterans and the Vietnam Veterans who joined us in honoring the Korean War Veterans.

Fighting for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Support Professionals


I was proud to join individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, direct support professionals (DSPs), advocates – including Diana Hess from Jawonio – and my colleagues to rally for investments in the budget for DSPs and for the people who rely on them.

Standing with TWU Local 100 


I was pleased to stand with the members of TWU Local 100, many of whom went to Albany to fight to fix Tier 6 and obtain tier equity. I thank President Richard Davis, Executive Director Tony Utano, and my friends in the union for their advocacy.

Welcoming Eastchester Students to Albany 


I had a great time welcoming the Eastchester High School Political Science Club to Albany and showing them the Senate Chambers! Thank you to Eastchester High School and Ms. Cusano, the Political Science Club advisor, for organizing this exciting trip. 

In the Community

Joining Yonkers Islamic Center and White Plains Islamic Center for Iftar dinner and Eid prayers


I was deeply humbled to join the Yonkers Islamic Center as well as the White Plains Islamic Center during this sacred time in the Muslim calendar.

Breaking Ground on New Salt Shed in the City of Rye 


I was pleased to join City of Rye Mayor Josh Cohn, members of the Rye City Council, and Assemblyman Steve Otis to break ground on the new salt shed at Disbrow Park. As we face more volatile weather conditions, municipalities need to upgrade their infrastructure to keep the community safe and I am happy I was able to secure $400,00 from the state to help this project.

Yonkers Saint Patrick’s Day Parade


I had a wonderful time at the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue! Yonkers came out to celebrate and you can’t take the Yonkers out of me!

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Inauguration of Village Board and Village Judge in Scarsdale


I was pleased to join Scarsdale Mayor Justin Arest for the inauguration of the new Village Trustee Jeremy Wise. Also present were Justice Michael Curti and Trustees Ken Mazer, Dara Gruenberg, Karen Brew, and Jeremy Gans.

Speaking before the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations


Thank you to the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations for inviting me to your monthly meeting and allowing me to discuss the problem of far too high Con Ed bills, the need for Tier 6 equity to recruit additional public employees to our police and fire departments, updates on the budget and other important issues.

Celebrating  Tom Geoffino’s Retirement 


I was pleased to join the retirement celebration for Tom Goeffino, who has been a wonderful New Rochelle Public Library Director for the past 18 years! Thrilled to be a strong supporter of this terrific library. 

Dare to Be Different Gala


I had a fantastic time at the 10th Annual  “Women Who Dare to be Different” event in celebration of Women’s History Month, alongside Legislator Terry Clements, County Executive George Latimer, and many other friends and colleagues. It is a joyous occasion, celebrating the outstanding women who are making a difference in our communities, organized by the terrific Colby Jenkins, President and Founder.

Observing Good Friday in Port Chester


I was honored to join thousands of Port Chester residents on Good Friday for Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross at the invitation of Mayor Luis Marino. Powerful moments of faith in this beautiful community.

In the News

See photos from the Yonkers 67th St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Hochul rolled back proposed education changes, for now. What does mean?

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Office of State Senator Shelley B. Mayer


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White Plains, NY 10605


Phone: (914) 934-5250

Email: SMayer@nysenate.gov

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