Dear Friends,


From the bottom of my heart - thank you. 


With your help, our grassroots campaign for New York State 

Assembly was successful. Thank you for volunteering, for 

donating your time, energy and money. For telling your stories 

about why my candidacy mattered to you. Thank you for believing that public service and good government matter. Thank you for believing in me. And thank you for voting.


So many people helped make this victory happen.


Thank you to Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Congresswoman 

Nydia Velazquez, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca, Antonio Reynoso, Rosie Mendez and Helen Rosenthal, and so many others for your leadership, support and guidance and for taking that leap with me.


Thank you to my campaign team led by Paul Nelson and John Longo, and ably assisted by David Czyzyk and Ptahra Jeppe. 


And now, the hard work begins.  I look forward to working with you all to address the urgent issues that face our communities, our city and the great state of New York.


Jo Anne


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Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon's statement upon announcing her re-election campaign

May 31, 2016

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May 31, 2016

 

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon's statement upon announcing her re-election campaign

 

Two years ago, we were here on these same steps with Nydia on my right and Joan on my left, surrounded by a small, diverse group of volunteers and supporters.  We promised that the number of people behind us would grow, and grow it did, as we took our campaign from one end of this district to the other and back again.

I am very proud to say that our numbers have increased and today I am joined by so many more supporters, including city-wide and local elected officials and members of the communities we all represent.

Some of us were once opponents or have supported different candidates in the past, but we quickly put aside those differences and have worked together on issues of concern to our constituents: parks, supermarkets, cleaning up the Gowanus Canal, advocating for small businesses, mass transit and transportation, and the schools that educate our children.  It is as it should be.

Every day, I wake up grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of the 52nd AD. Thank you for putting your trust in me.

Since my election, I have passed 7 bills and 2 have been signed by Governor Cuomo.  Some, like the LICH Act and closing the LLC Loophole await Senate action.  Throughout my term, I have fought and advocated for:

raising the minimum wage;

 paid family leave;

increased funding for our schools;

 campaign finance and election reform - Like closing the LLC Loophole and instituting early voting - because we should be making it easier for more people to vote, not fewer, and not harder;

to restore the B71 bus and by ensuring proper funding to get our mass transit system back on track, improve our roads and bridges and provide for fair and equitable tolling policies;

reducing gun violence - earning me a special place in the hearts of the NRA.

for social justice reform and environmental justice; and

to increase awareness of and improve educational outcomes for our children with dyslexia, far too many of whom struggle without the adults in their lives understanding why they struggle or how to address their needs. We aim to make a difference in that picture throughout New York State. 

We still have a way to go on these issues and many more.  We still need to raise the age of criminal liability (like 47 other states have done) so we are not sending teenagers to adult prisons upstate; and secure affordable housing and enforce tenant protections.

We are here in Downtown Brooklyn and all around us we see the effects of development done without a plan and without community participation and now we all find ourselves struggling with the effects of dramatic increases in residential development without the open space, infrastructure or number of school seats we need.

That's why I have taken the lead in highlighting these challenges and advocated that we hit a "pause button" before developing more housing without thought for the lives to be lived in those residences. And that we use that opportunity to fashion a whole new way of working and planning together for a common purpose - living and working together in the Borough we love in the greatest City in the world. We can do this and we must do this. Thank you.




NY Dyslexia Awareness Day at the Capitol

March 11, 2016

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Please click on the links or more information on A.4330-A and S.5439.

Click this Link to RSVP (for planning purposes only) 

#SayDyslexiaNY 




Front Page news: NRA Targets Assemblymember Simon for Defeat!

January 7, 2016

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On Tuesday, January 5, the Daily News ran this front page story about Assemblymember Simon's proposed common sense ammunition regulation bill.  Both she and co-sponsor Senator Roxanne Persaud have been subjected to a barrage of vicious, threatening and demeaning communications on and off social media. The NRA's Tweeted image of bullets next to their faces is disturbing and unacceptable.

America has a gun violence problem.  Assemblymember Simon will not be bullied and sit idly by as guns kill our family, friends and neighbors.  The NRA's outrageous attacks on Assemblymember Simon and Senator Persaud have been covered by CBA, and CNN to and other media outlets:

NRA responds to NY lawmakers' gun safety measure by decorating their faces with bullets

NRA Tweets Bullets Beside Lawmakers Who Announced State Ammo Limit Bill

New York lawmaker calls NRA photo 'outrageous'

NRA Photo Of NY Lawmakers Next To Bullets Gets Backlash From De Blasio

Female state lawmakers slam NRA and other gun-rights groups for being extremist

Sweating bullets: NRA photo threatening Brooklyn pols ignites firestorm