Statement from Assemblymember Reilly following a State Supreme Court Justice’s ruling against ‘vaccinate to work’ mandates for New York City Police Officers

“As one of the first state elected officials who came out against this ridiculous policy and others like it, I am pleased to see that this has finally been settled in court. Justice Frank’s ruling confirms that this policy improperly infringed on the rights of our police officers, and I am eager to see the impact that this has on similar mandates affecting other city employees.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly regarding Mayoral Control of the New York City public school system

“After many years of advocating for these common sense reforms, I was pleased to learn that several of them made their way into the state legislature’s final proposal on Mayoral Control. Last night I voted in favor of that bill, which grants a two-year extension on Mayoral Control, expands the composition of the governing board by adding more parental appointments, and protects appointees from being removed from the board without just cause, among other changes.”

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Reilly appointed to serve as member of MTA Inspector General’s watchdog advisory board by Governor

The Management Advisory Board was created through the New York State Public Authorities Law and consists of 13 members, each of whom is appointed by the Governor for a term of three years. Appointees are required to have substantial experience in the management of a private enterprise, the delivery of public services, or in labor or labor-management relations. The board is tasked with assisting the MTA OIG in identifying ways to improve services, reduce costs, and increase the efficiency of the MTA and its subsidiaries, such as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) and the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT).

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to lift the vaccine mandate for unvaccinated athletes and performers

“For months we asked Mayor Adams, as well as his predecessor, Bill de Blasio, to lift these arbitrary mandates and let our child athletes play their sports. To date, there has been no movement on those requests, and city officials have actually doubled down on this bizarre logic by denying unvaccinated high school seniors from attending their own prom.”

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Amid a rise in scams targeting elderly New Yorkers, Assemblymembers Reilly & Tannousis propose an expansion to the list of crimes classified as grand larceny in the third degree

In 2020, between 5,000 and 10,000 elderly New Yorkers fell victim to a financial scam, resulting in as much as $100 million in losses.  New York ranked 4th in the total number of financial crimes that year.  It’s part of a national trend that has risen sharply in recent years, with more and more elderly Americans falling victim to deceptive scams under the pretense of romance, tech support, and government impersonation, to name a few.

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ address to the city on gun violence

“We want to have a real, honest, and meaningful conversation that transcends partisan politics.  I will gladly meet with Governor Hochul, Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins, Mayor Adams, or any other New Yorker who wants to make our streets safer and prevent future tragedies.  As a former NYPD Lieutenant, I cannot stress enough how paramount public safety is in relation to a person’s quality of life and the economic vitality of our city.”

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“Take Off The Kid Gloves”: In Wake Of Increased Violence, Reilly & Tannousis Call To Increase Penalties On Youth Gun Crimes

According to statistics from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in 2020, only 3 percent (119 of 3,727) of 16- and 17-year-olds arrested on a felony charge received a felony conviction. Even more troubling is that of this number, only 44 adolescent offenders received sentences in excess of one year imprisonment, despite the fact that there were 48 arrested for homicide; 52 for attempted homicide; 55 for sex offenses; 460 for firearms/dangerous weapon offenses; and 13 for making a terrorist threat.

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on today’s decision from the Supreme Court of the United States to block the Biden Administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate

“Citing the Court’s reasoning, it is clear that similar vaccine mandates enacted by Governors and Mayors across the country have no legal standing, which I why I am now calling on New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams to terminate their respective vaccine mandates currently impacting our small businesses given this newly established precedent.”

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New York Assembly and Senate Republicans: “Restore Public Safety Now!”

For years, Republican lawmakers successfully led the fight to support and fund law enforcement, as well as enact landmark, tough-on-crime policies such as Megan’s Law, Jenna’s Law, and many others designed to toughen penalties for violent criminals and sex offenders – and to provide services to those need.

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Reilly Calls for an Expansion to State’s Clean Pass Program to Reduce Congestion on The Staten Island and Gowanus Expressways

Reilly is calling on Governor Hochul and the aforementioned agencies to expand the Clean Pass Program so that Staten Island commuters using the Staten Island Expressway and the Gowanus Expressway, both of which feature a near continuous HOV lane connecting New Jersey to Lower Manhattan, can benefit from it.

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