What does a New York State Assembly Member do?
The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State legislature (the Senate is the upper house). There are 150 assembly members and each serves two-year terms. Here is what an assembly member actually does:
- Represents a district with a population of roughly 130,000 New Yorkers at the state capital (Albany, NY).
- Votes on bills that affect New Yorkers across the entire state (archived videos of previous NYS Assembly votes could be found here).
- Writes and introduces bills that affect New Yorkers across the entire state. An Assembly Member has to garner support (through co-sponsorships) from their colleagues to pass a bill through a committee¹ and eventually through the whole Assembly.
- Informs their constituents (through social media, in-person town halls and forums, public meetings, and direct door-to door outreach) about important bills that affect their quality of life.
- Delivers resources to their constituents through the budget process (to be voted on by April 1st).²
- Holds city and state agencies accountable to responding to constituent needs.
¹ There are thirty-seven total committees in NYS Assembly. The full list of committees, commissions, and task forces could be found here.
² The State and Municipalities Facilities Program allows for legislators to allocate money to make improvements or repairs to public facilities. This funding could be used to make improvements or repairs to public housing, parks, schools, street infrastructure, etc.
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Law-Making Branches in Albany
New York State Legislature
Carl E. Heastie
Created by Boris for New York. This diagram displays the three main law-making branches at the NY State level of our federalist system. The Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly are voted on by the membership of each branch. The Governor is elected by popular vote from New Yorkers.