Statements From Assembly Members Byrnes, Giglio, And Senators Gillibrand And Schumer

March 24, 2020

From Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes:
“Due to the current climate we are all experiencing, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are working for you,” said Byrnes. “Last week, we voted on a paid sick leave bill in response to the restrictions placed on employees during this public health crisis. In regard to the budget, Gov. Cuomo is still pushing for various policies that don’t have a place in such trying fiscal times. I want to assure my constituents that I am fighting for the small businesses, families and general public that need relief immediately. We are still expected to return to Albany to complete the budget by April 1. I’ve been hearing from people everywhere that they have been affected by COVID-19. Even if they haven’t been infected, they are suffering the economic consequences that are surfacing. Just the other day, I spoke with a woman who works at my dry-cleaner who was worried about losing her job because of the lack of customers filing in. I am responding to situations like these with a heartfelt message: we will get through this. I am committed to keeping everyone abreast of relevant bills that could provide financial relief to New York as a whole.”

From Assemblyman Joe Giglio, Regarding The New York State Budget:
“With the April 1 New York State budget deadline rapidly approaching, the importance of removing policy items from the budget is clearer than ever. It is incumbent upon all of us in the legislature, our leaders, and our governor, to focus on passing a bare-bones budget without the inclusion of policy items. We must fulfill our fiscal duty to all New Yorkers and concentrate on assessing and managing the damage to state revenues as a result of the actions taken in response to the coronavirus epidemic. We need to craft a working fiscal document to guide our state through the coming fiscal year. We must not advance political agendas by including controversial issues that could be handled legislatively in the future in this budget. It is inappropriate, irresponsible and dangerous in this time of crisis to do anything but focus on the task at hand and pass a no-frills, common-sense budget free of policy issues.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Tweeting About The Need For Hospital Supplies:
“The president isn’t making any sense,” says Sen. Gillibrand. “We have a major health crisis in front of us. I’ve talked to almost every hospital in New York state and they’re still worried about getting basic personal protective equipment.”

Senator Chuck Schumer’s Coronavirus Tweet:
“We’re fighting to ensure no one goes into financial ruin because of coronavirus. Service and industry workers, gig workers, freelancers, and more. We’re fighting to make sure there are no bailouts without strict conditions that put people and workers first.”