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About Aravella

Aravella Simotas has always been a fighter for the working class. Coming from an immigrant family with limited means, Aravella was focused on achievement at a very early age and learned the value of giving back to her community.

Aravella attended local public schools P.S. 17, Junior H.S. 126, and William C. Bryant High School. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University at the age of 20 and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law at 23. During law school, she was the managing editor at the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas has always been a fighter for the working class. Coming from an immigrant family with limited means, Aravella was focused on achievement at a very early age and learned the value of giving back to her community.

Aravella attended local public schools P.S. 17, Junior H.S. 126, and William C. Bryant High School. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University at the age of 20 and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law at 23. During law school, she was the managing editor at the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas has always been a fighter for the working class. Coming from an immigrant family with limited means, Aravella was focused on achievement at a very early age and learned the value of giving back to her community.

Aravella attended local public schools P.S. 17, Junior H.S. 126, and William C. Bryant High School. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University at the age of 20 and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law at 23. During law school, she was the managing editor at the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas immigrated to Astoria as a young child, and she was raised to believe that the American Dream doesn’t just mean trying to get ahead, it means giving back to the community.

From pursuing environmental justice at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to providing legal representation to poor and vulnerable New Yorkers as a practicing lawyer, Aravella has always stood up for others.

As our Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse, to stand up for LGBTQ community members, and to increase funding for hospitals and schools that serve her district.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas immigrated to Astoria as a young child, and she was raised to believe that the American Dream doesn’t just mean trying to get ahead, it means giving back to the community.

From pursuing environmental justice at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to providing legal representation to poor and vulnerable New Yorkers as a practicing lawyer, Aravella has always stood up for others.

As our Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse, to stand up for LGBTQ community members, and to increase funding for hospitals and schools that serve her district.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas immigrated to Astoria as a young child, and she was raised to believe that the American Dream doesn’t just mean trying to get ahead, it means giving back to the community.

From pursuing environmental justice at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to providing legal representation to poor and vulnerable New Yorkers as a practicing lawyer, Aravella has always stood up for others.

As our Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse, to stand up for LGBTQ community members, and to increase funding for hospitals and schools that serve her district.

Causes

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and laws requiring timely testing and preservation of rape kits. She proudly co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act, to enshrine the fundamental right to choose in New York State law. Last year, Aravella passed a series of comprehensive reforms to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and a law to extend the statute of limitations for rape so that survivors have sufficient time to pursue justice. She is continuing her fight against sexual harassment through her bills to prevent the abuse of non-disclosure agreements, expand protections against retaliation and require employees to complete bystander intervention training. Aravella is also working to pass a package of bills addressing sexual abuse in healthcare and legislation to hold district attorneys accountable for mishandling sexual assault reports.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and laws requiring timely testing and preservation of rape kits. She proudly co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act, to enshrine the fundamental right to choose in New York State law. Last year, Aravella passed a series of comprehensive reforms to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and a law to extend the statute of limitations for rape so that survivors have sufficient time to pursue justice. She is continuing her fight against sexual harassment through her bills to prevent the abuse of non-disclosure agreements, expand protections against retaliation and require employees to complete bystander intervention training. Aravella is also working to pass a package of bills addressing sexual abuse in healthcare and legislation to hold district attorneys accountable for mishandling sexual assault reports.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella is fighting for a Green New Deal for New York. She co-sponsors legislation to create a public utility to provide clean, reliable power to our community. Aravella has passed legislation to incentivize the use of renewable energy and worked to reduce New York’s carbon footprint through her support of congestion pricing and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. She has championed green policies in Queens and earned a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters in 2019.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella is fighting for a Green New Deal for New York. She co-sponsors legislation to create a public utility to provide clean, reliable power to our community. Aravella has passed legislation to incentivize the use of renewable energy and worked to reduce New York’s carbon footprint through her support of congestion pricing and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. She has championed green policies in Queens and earned a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters in 2019.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Growing up, Aravella saw firsthand how important affordable housing protections are to families working to build a better life. When her family first immigrated to this country, the only reason they were able to achieve upward mobility was because of rent stabilization. Hearing the stories of families in Astoria dealing with similar struggles inspired her to fight to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, which expanded rent regulations, prevented unfair rent increases and removed financial incentives for landlords to force renters out of their homes. Aravella is co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit evictions without good cause, create the Home Stability Support Program to provide rental assistance to families at risk of losing their housing, and establish sustainable long-term funding for public housing.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Growing up, Aravella saw firsthand how important affordable housing protections are to families working to build a better life. When her family first immigrated to this country, the only reason they were able to achieve upward mobility was because of rent stabilization. Hearing the stories of families in Astoria dealing with similar struggles inspired her to fight to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, which expanded rent regulations, prevented unfair rent increases and removed financial incentives for landlords to force renters out of their homes. Aravella is co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit evictions without good cause, create the Home Stability Support Program to provide rental assistance to families at risk of losing their housing, and establish sustainable long-term funding for public housing.

IMMIGRATION

Aravella has fought to keep ICE agents out of our courthouses and introduced legislation to ensure threats of deportation are not used to intimidate immigrants and prevent them from reporting crimes or seeking orders of protection. She co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students and the Green Light Bill to restore driver's licenses for all. Aravella is working to make New York a sanctuary state, create a right to legal counsel in deportation proceedings, and allow undocumented immigrants to receive state-sponsored health insurance.

IMMIGRATION

Aravella has fought to keep ICE agents out of our courthouses and introduced legislation to ensure threats of deportation are not used to intimidate immigrants and prevent them from reporting crimes or seeking orders of protection. She co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students and the Green Light Bill to restore driver's licenses for all. Aravella is working to make New York a sanctuary state, create a right to legal counsel in deportation proceedings, and allow undocumented immigrants to receive state-sponsored health insurance.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start stacking up. That’s why she supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people. Aravella authored a law that made New York the first state in the nation to create a special insurance enrollment period for pregnancy so that everyone has the opportunity to access vital prenatal care. She has also written laws to expand insurance coverage for infertility treatment and create programs to reduce infant mortality rates.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start stacking up. That’s why she supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people. Aravella authored a law that made New York the first state in the nation to create a special insurance enrollment period for pregnancy so that everyone has the opportunity to access vital prenatal care. She has also written laws to expand insurance coverage for infertility treatment and create programs to reduce infant mortality rates.

LGBTQ Rights

Since her first day in office, Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases. She is currently co-sponsoring the legislation to make it less burdensome for New Yorkers to change their names and gender markers on official documents, provide a nonbinary option on driver's licenses, legalize gestational surrogacy so that same-sex couples can build the families they choose, and end discriminatory arrests and harassment of transgender women of color.

LGBTQ Rights

Since her first day in office, Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases. She is currently co-sponsoring the legislation to make it less burdensome for New Yorkers to change their names and gender markers on official documents, provide a nonbinary option on driver's licenses, legalize gestational surrogacy so that same-sex couples can build the families they choose, and end discriminatory arrests and harassment of transgender women of color.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Aravella believes access to justice should never be dependent on socioeconomic status, which is why she has fought to eliminate cash bail and protect the constitutional right to a speedy trial. She has introduced legislation to expand criminal record relief so people convicted of crimes as teenagers can fully integrate into their communities without being continuously stigmatized for mistakes made in their youth. Aravella is co-sponsoring legislation to legalize marijuana and end the cruel and inhumane practice of solitary confinement in New York prisons. She is working to increase transparency and accountability in law enforcement by co-sponsoring a full repeal of Section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law and the Police Statistics and Transparency Act to make information on police misconduct accessible to the public.  Aravella is committed to ending the school to prison pipeline and supports measures to end the use of biased surveillance technology and harsh, ineffective disciplinary practices that disproportionately impact students of color.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Aravella believes access to justice should never be dependent on socioeconomic status, which is why she has fought to eliminate cash bail and protect the constitutional right to a speedy trial. She has introduced legislation to expand criminal record relief so people convicted of crimes as teenagers can fully integrate into their communities without being continuously stigmatized for mistakes made in their youth. Aravella is co-sponsoring legislation to legalize marijuana and end the cruel and inhumane practice of solitary confinement in New York prisons. She is working to increase transparency and accountability in law enforcement by co-sponsoring a full repeal of Section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law and the Police Statistics and Transparency Act to make information on police misconduct accessible to the public.  Aravella is committed to ending the school to prison pipeline and supports measures to end the use of biased surveillance technology and harsh, ineffective disciplinary practices that disproportionately impact students of color.

SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need, including over five million dollars in 2019 alone. Aravella was an early supporter of the Child Victims Act and is currently working to extend the lookback period so survivors have more time to come forward. She is also sponsoring legislation to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need, including over five million dollars in 2019 alone. Aravella was an early supporter of the Child Victims Act and is currently working to extend the lookback period so survivors have more time to come forward. She is also sponsoring legislation to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

TRANSPORTATION

Aravella understands the importance of affordable, reliable transit service for people in the community who depend on public transportation. She has fought to increase funding for public transit and supported congestion pricing to raise revenue for the MTA. Aravella is co-sponsoring legislation to improve bus service and actively working to ensure that the MTA produces a robust new busing plan that addresses the needs of Astoria residents. She has advocated for the addition of elevators to make our subway stations accessible to people with disabilities, parents with strollers, and elderly New Yorkers. Aravella believes that riders deserve a voice in the decisions that will affect them, which is why she recently introduced legislation to provide each borough with representation on the MTA board.

TRANSPORTATION

Aravella understands the importance of affordable, reliable transit service for people in the community who depend on public transportation. She has fought to increase funding for public transit and supported congestion pricing to raise revenue for the MTA. Aravella is co-sponsoring legislation to improve bus service and actively working to ensure that the MTA produces a robust new busing plan that addresses the needs of Astoria residents. She has advocated for the addition of elevators to make our subway stations accessible to people with disabilities, parents with strollers, and elderly New Yorkers. Aravella believes that riders deserve a voice in the decisions that will affect them, which is why she recently introduced legislation to provide each borough with representation on the MTA board.

UNIONS​

Throughout her time in office, Aravella has been a strong ally to organized labor and supported unions fighting to secure fair wages and better working conditions. She has stood beside striking workers and supported bills to protect public sector unions, expand collective bargaining rights and combat wage inequality.

UNIONS​

Throughout her time in office, Aravella has been a strong ally to organized labor and supported unions fighting to secure fair wages and better working conditions. She has stood beside striking workers and supported bills to protect public sector unions, expand collective bargaining rights and combat wage inequality.

GUN VIOLENCE

Aravella is dedicated to enacting stronger, more effective laws to prevent gun violence in our communities. She has supported measures to establish comprehensive background checks for gun purchases, ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, prohibit firearms in schools, and create extreme risk protection orders to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are likely to harm themselves or others. Aravella is currently co-sponsoring legislation to require safe storage of guns in homes where children are present, establish mandatory waiting periods and strict recordkeeping requirements for gun sales, ban undetectable and digitally manufactured firearms, and create a system to notify domestic violence victims when their abusers attempt to purchase guns.

GUN VIOLENCE

Aravella is dedicated to enacting stronger, more effective laws to prevent gun violence in our communities. She has supported measures to establish comprehensive background checks for gun purchases, ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, prohibit firearms in schools, and create extreme risk protection orders to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are likely to harm themselves or others. Aravella is currently co-sponsoring legislation to require safe storage of guns in homes where children are present, establish mandatory waiting periods and strict recordkeeping requirements for gun sales, ban undetectable and digitally manufactured firearms, and create a system to notify domestic violence victims when their abusers attempt to purchase guns.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Aravella is working to combat income inequality and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes so the state can invest in the needs of working families. She supports measures to raise the minimum wage, guarantee access to paid leave, protect workers from wage theft, and provide stable, predictable schedules for low-wage workers. Aravella is fighting to end corporate welfare policies and eliminate tax breaks that benefit rich investors at the expense of working-class people.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Aravella is working to combat income inequality and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes so the state can invest in the needs of working families. She supports measures to raise the minimum wage, guarantee access to paid leave, protect workers from wage theft, and provide stable, predictable schedules for low-wage workers. Aravella is fighting to end corporate welfare policies and eliminate tax breaks that benefit rich investors at the expense of working-class people.

Women’s Rights

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and laws requiring timely testing and preservation of rape kits. She proudly co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act, to enshrine the fundamental right to choose in New York State law. Recently Last year, Aravella passed a series of comprehensive reforms to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and a law to extend the statute of limitations for rape so that survivors have sufficient time to pursue justice.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella has worked to promote green policies in Queens and earned a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters in 2019. She has passed legislation to incentivize the use of clean energy and to reduce New York’s the carbon footprint through her support of congestion pricing and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Schools And Children

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need. She is also working to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

Immigration

Aravella has fought to keep ICE agents out ofin New York courts and introduced legislation to ensure threats of deportation are not used to intimidate immigrant crime victims into silence and prevent themed from pursuing justice. She strongly opposed the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census and co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start stacking up. That’s why she supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people. Aravella has authored laws to expand insurance coverage for infertility treatment, ensure all New Yorkers can access prenatal care, and reduce infant mortality rates.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2012 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Aravella believes access to justice should never be dependent on socioeconomic status, which is why she has fought to eliminate cash bail and protect the constitutional right to a speedy trial. She has introduced legislation to expand criminal record relief so people convicted of crimes as teenagers can fully integrate into their communities without being continuously stigmatized for mistakes made in their youth. Aravella is working to increase transparency and accountability in law enforcement by co-sponsoring a full repeal of Section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law and the Police Statistics and Transparency Act to make information on police misconduct accessible to the public. She is also co-sponsoring legislation to legalize marijuana and end the cruel and inhumane practice of solitary confinement in New York prisons. Aravella is committed to ending the school to prison pipeline and supports measures to end the use of biased surveillance technology and harsh, ineffective disciplinary practices that disproportionately impact students of color.

UNIONS

Throughout her time in office, Aravella has been a strong ally to organized labor and supported unions fighting to secure fair wages and better working conditions. She has stood beside striking workers and supported bills to protect public sector unions, expand collective bargaining rights and combat wage inequality.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases. She is currently co-sponsoring bills to make it easier for transgender New Yorkers to change their names and genders on official documents, legalize gestational surrogacy so same-sex couples can build the families they choose, and end discriminatory arrests of transgender women of color.

Causes

Women’s Rights

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and laws to eliminate rape kit backlogs and premature destruction of evidence. She proudly co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act to enshrine the fundamental right to choose in New York State law. Last year, Aravella passed a series of comprehensive reforms to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and a law that extended the statute of limitations for rape to give survivors sufficient time to pursue justice.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella has worked to promote green policies in Queens and earned a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters in 2019. She has passed legislation to incentivize the use of clean energy and worked to reduce New York’s carbon footprint through her support of congestion pricing and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Schools And Children

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need, including over five million dollars in 2019 alone. Aravella was an early supporter of the Child Victims Act and is currently working to extend the lookback period so survivors have more time to come forward. She is also sponsoring legislation to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

Immigration

Aravella has fought to keep ICE agents out of our courthouses and introduced legislation to ensure threats of deportation are not used to intimidate immigrant crime victims into silence and prevent them from pursuing justice. She co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students and the Green Light Bill to restore driver’s licenses for all. Aravella is working to make New York a sanctuary state, create a right to legal counsel in deportation proceedings, and allow undocumented immigrants to receive state-sponsored health coverage.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start stacking up. That’s why she supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system, so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people. In the Assembly, Aravella has authored laws to ensure all New Yorkers can access prenatal care, expand insurance coverage for infertility treatment and create programs to reduce infant mortality.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases. She is currently co-sponsoring bills to make it easier for transgender New Yorkers to change their names and genders on official documents, legalize gestational surrogacy so same-sex couples can build the families they choose, and end discriminatory arrests of transgender women of color.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Aravella believes access to justice should never be dependent on socioeconomic status, which is why she has fought to eliminate cash bail and protect the constitutional right to a speedy trial. She has introduced legislation to expand criminal record relief so people convicted of crimes as teenagers can fully integrate into their communities without being continuously stigmatized for mistakes made in their youth. Aravella is working to increase transparency and accountability in law enforcement by co-sponsoring a full repeal of Section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law and the Police Statistics and Transparency Act to make information on police misconduct accessible to the public. She is also co-sponsoring legislation to legalize marijuana and end the cruel and inhumane practice of solitary confinement in New York prisons. Aravella is committed to ending the school to prison pipeline and supports measures to end the use of biased surveillance technology and harsh, ineffective disciplinary practices that disproportionately impact students of color.

UNIONS

Throughout her time in office, Aravella has been a strong ally to organized labor and supported unions fighting to secure fair wages and better working conditions. She has stood beside striking workers and supported bills to protect public sector unions, expand collective bargaining rights and combat wage inequality.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases. She is currently co-sponsoring bills to make it easier for transgender New Yorkers to change their names and genders on official documents, legalize gestational surrogacy so same-sex couples can build the families they choose, and end discriminatory arrests of transgender women of color.

Causes

Women’s Rights

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and laws to requiring timely testing and preservation of rape kits. She proudly co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act, to enshrine the fundamental right to choose in New York State law. Last year, Aravella passed a series of comprehensive reforms to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and a law to extend the statute of limitations for rape so that survivors have sufficient time to pursue justice.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella has worked to promote green policies in Queens and earned a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters in 2019. She has passed legislation to incentivize the use of clean energy and worked to reduce New York’s carbon footprint through her support of congestion pricing and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Schools And Children

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need. She is also working to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

Immigration

Aravella has fought to keep ICE agents out of New York courts and introduced legislation to ensure threats of deportation are not used to intimidate immigrant crime victims into silence and prevent them from pursuing justice. She strongly opposed the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census and co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start stacking up. That’s why she supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system, so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people. Aravella has authored laws to expand insurance coverage for infertility treatment, ensure all New Yorkers can access prenatal care, and reduce infant mortality rates.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. She proudly co-sponsored the Marriage Equality Act in 2012 and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and conversion therapy ban that were signed into law in 2019. Aravella has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases.

Causes

Women’s Rights

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and a law to require timely testing of rape kits. She sponsored legislation to ensure all New Yorkers can access prenatal care and proudly voted to pass the Reproductive Health Act, establishing firm protections for women to make their own reproductive choices. Recently Aravella has introduced a package of bills to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella has worked to promote green policies in Queens and has earned high marks from the League of Conservation Voters. She has passed legislation to incentivize the use of clean energy and is currently working to reduce the carbon footprint of commuters into Manhattan through her support of congestion pricing.

Schools And Children

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need. She is also working to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

Immigration

Aravella has fought to limit the presence of ICE agents in New York courts and ensure immigrant crime victims are not intimidated into silence and prevented from pursuing justice with threats of deportation. She strongly opposed the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census and co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start staking up. That’s why supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system, so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. Recently, she co- sponsored the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and the ban on conversion therapy that were signed into law in 2019. In the Assembly, she has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases.

About Aravella

Aravella was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, winning the Democratic primary and becoming the first woman to ever hold the seat. Aravella has been a leader on a host of issues. She is naturally drawn to focus on issues that improve the lives of women and children. As Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed landmark legislation to strengthen protections for New Yorkers who experience sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace. She was also successful in extending the time to bring civil and criminal cases for rape to give survivors sufficient time to process their trauma.

Aravella passed legislation making New York the first state in the nation to allow pregnant women to enroll in health insurance at any time so they can access vital prenatal care. She took on the powerful insurance industry so that New Yorkers experiencing infertility can access IVF, which has long been considered the gold standard of care for this heartbreaking condition.

About Aravella

Aravella was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, winning the Democratic primary and becoming the first woman to ever hold the seat. Aravella has been a leader on a host of issues. She is naturally drawn to focus on issues that improve the lives of women and children. As Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed landmark legislation to strengthen protections for New Yorkers who experience sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace. She was also successful in extending the time to bring civil and criminal cases for rape to give survivors sufficient time to process their trauma.

Aravella passed legislation making New York the first state in the nation to allow pregnant women to enroll in health insurance at any time so they can access vital prenatal care. She took on the powerful insurance industry so that New Yorkers experiencing infertility can access IVF, which has long been considered the gold standard of care for this heartbreaking condition.

News

March 13, 2020

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas ’04 Speaks at Women’s History Month Event

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Fordham Law Women sponsored an event at the Law School on March 5 honoring women’s contri....

March 13, 2020

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas ’04 Speaks at Women’s History Month Event

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Fordham Law Women sponsored an event at the Law School on March 5 honoring women’s contri....

March 13, 2020

Hyndman, Liu, Simotas Urge Approval of Healthy Terminals Act

“This crisis has highlighted why we need to pass this important bill now,” said Simotas. “Our airport workers are on the fro....

March 13, 2020

Hyndman, Liu, Simotas Urge Approval of Healthy Terminals Act

“This crisis has highlighted why we need to pass this important bill now,” said Simotas. “Our airport workers are on the fro....

March 11, 2020

1199SEIU Endorses Assembly Member Aravella Simotas for New York State Assembly

The largest healthcare workers’ union in the nation announced on March 9 that it has chosen to endorse one of New York’s lead....

March 11, 2020

1199SEIU Endorses Assembly Member Aravella Simotas for New York State Assembly

The largest healthcare workers’ union in the nation announced on March 9 that it has chosen to endorse one of New York’s lead....

March 2, 2020

Queens Assemblywoman teams up with state's Sexual Harassment Working Group to continue fight for targets of sexual harassment

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and the Sexual Harassment Working Group are continuing their fight to make comprehensive chang....

March 2, 2020

Queens Assemblywoman teams up with state's Sexual Harassment Working Group to continue fight for targets of sexual harassment

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and the Sexual Harassment Working Group are continuing their fight to make comprehensive chang....

February 9, 2020

Opinion: Why survivors need Aravella Simotas in Albany

During the first hearing on sexual harassment in New York State in more than 25 years, survivors of harassment....

February 9, 2020

Opinion: Why survivors need Aravella Simotas in Albany

During the first hearing on sexual harassment in New York State in more than 25 years, survivors of harassment....

February 5, 2020

Simotas Hosts Bus Redesign Feedback Session

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, along with NYS Senator Jessica Ramos and Community Board 1, hosted a feedback session with....

February 5, 2020

Simotas Hosts Bus Redesign Feedback Session

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, along with NYS Senator Jessica Ramos and Community Board 1, hosted a feedback session with....

February 1, 2020

Simotas and Gounardes Call for Borough Representation on MTA Board

NEW YORK – New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and State Senator Andrew Gounardes introduced legislation on....

February 1, 2020

Simotas and Gounardes Call for Borough Representation on MTA Board

NEW YORK – New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and State Senator Andrew Gounardes introduced legislation on....

January 29, 2020

Lawmakers want to shake up MTA board by granting appointments to borough presidents

The boroughs could soon have a bigger say when it comes to major MTA decisions. A new bill being introduced Wednesday by ....

January 29, 2020

Lawmakers want to shake up MTA board by granting appointments to borough presidents

The boroughs could soon have a bigger say when it comes to major MTA decisions. A new bill being introduced Wednesday by ....

January 16, 2020

Assemblymember Simotas: Striving to Better the Lives of Women and Children

Meet Aravella Simotas, the NYS Assemblywoman representing Astoria and Northwest Queens. She is an inspiration and role model ....

January 16, 2020

Assemblymember Simotas: Striving to Better the Lives of Women and Children

Meet Aravella Simotas, the NYS Assemblywoman representing Astoria and Northwest Queens. She is an inspiration and role model ....

January 13, 2020

QNS Podcast Interview with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas

We speak with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas about her legislative wins from last year, her plans for 2020 and her bid for re....

January 13, 2020

QNS Podcast Interview with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas

We speak with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas about her legislative wins from last year, her plans for 2020 and her bid for re....

January 6, 2020

101 lawmakers sign Hevesi letter demanding homelessness prevention tool

More than 100 state and local lawmakers have signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanding that New York establish a housing....

January 6, 2020

101 lawmakers sign Hevesi letter demanding homelessness prevention tool

More than 100 state and local lawmakers have signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanding that New York establish a housing....

December 18, 2019

We Applaud The New Law Helping Small Businesses

We congratulate Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas for the enactment of her bill to provide relief to small businesses contendin....

December 18, 2019

We Applaud The New Law Helping Small Businesses

We congratulate Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas for the enactment of her bill to provide relief to small businesses contendin....

December 11, 2019

Simotas’ Bill to Assist Small Businesses With Regulatory Changes Signed Into Law

A bill to reform the way the state enforces new regulatory measures was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday. ....

December 11, 2019

Simotas’ Bill to Assist Small Businesses With Regulatory Changes Signed Into Law

A bill to reform the way the state enforces new regulatory measures was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday. ....

December 10, 2019

Cuomo signs Queens assemblywoman’s law protecting small businesses from immediate enforcement of new regulations

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law on Dec. 6 a bill sponsored by Astoria Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas that will reform ....

December 10, 2019

Cuomo signs Queens assemblywoman’s law protecting small businesses from immediate enforcement of new regulations

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law on Dec. 6 a bill sponsored by Astoria Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas that will reform ....

November 21, 2019

Two years on, state record sealing law has underwhelming impact in NYC

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas took up the cause, sponsoring a bill that would amend New York State Criminal Procedure Law ....

November 21, 2019

Two years on, state record sealing law has underwhelming impact in NYC

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas took up the cause, sponsoring a bill that would amend New York State Criminal Procedure Law ....

November 18, 2019

Queens assemblywoman secures $125,000 for Make the Road New York’s new community center in Corona

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) staff in Jackson Heights recently to present a check fo....

November 18, 2019

Queens assemblywoman secures $125,000 for Make the Road New York’s new community center in Corona

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) staff in Jackson Heights recently to present a check fo....

October 30, 2019

Electeds Demand Answers After Muslim Families Banned From NYC Ferry

In a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, NYC Councilman Justin Brannan and NYS ....

October 30, 2019

Electeds Demand Answers After Muslim Families Banned From NYC Ferry

In a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, NYC Councilman Justin Brannan and NYS ....

October 25, 2019

Publicly Owned Utilities Could Help Fight the Climate Crisis

Over 100 people, including assemblyperson Aravella Simotas and public advocate Jumaane Williams, traveled in the pouring rain....

October 25, 2019

Publicly Owned Utilities Could Help Fight the Climate Crisis

Over 100 people, including assemblyperson Aravella Simotas and public advocate Jumaane Williams, traveled in the pouring rain....

October 16, 2019

Simotas Allocates $500K In Funding For PS 85

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined faculty and students in celebration of her securing $500,000 in funding on behalf of PS....

October 16, 2019

Simotas Allocates $500K In Funding For PS 85

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined faculty and students in celebration of her securing $500,000 in funding on behalf of PS....

September 19, 2019

Cuomo signs Simotas’ bill allowing rape victims more time to bring their attackers to justice

For far too long rapists got away with their crimes in New York State due to an extremely short statute of limitations, accor....

September 19, 2019

Cuomo signs Simotas’ bill allowing rape victims more time to bring their attackers to justice

For far too long rapists got away with their crimes in New York State due to an extremely short statute of limitations, accor....

September 11, 2019

Simotas Secures $125K For HANAC JVL Senior Center

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas visited the HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center and met with its leadership and residen....

September 11, 2019

Simotas Secures $125K For HANAC JVL Senior Center

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas visited the HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center and met with its leadership and residen....

September 10, 2019

New York Must Pass the 'Rape is Rape' Bill

At the end of August, NBC New York ran a story about a young woman who was raped after going out to a Manhattan bar. Despite ....

September 10, 2019

New York Must Pass the 'Rape is Rape' Bill

At the end of August, NBC New York ran a story about a young woman who was raped after going out to a Manhattan bar. Despite ....

September 4, 2019

Home Care Workers Rally at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

“We need to measure our humanity, as a state, by how we treat our most vulnerable,” State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas — a ....

September 4, 2019

Home Care Workers Rally at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

“We need to measure our humanity, as a state, by how we treat our most vulnerable,” State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas — a ....

August 12, 2019

Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening Sexual Harassment Protections

Just two or three years ago, it was obvious how little New York State's legislative leaders seemingly cared about sexual hara....

August 12, 2019

Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening Sexual Harassment Protections

Just two or three years ago, it was obvious how little New York State's legislative leaders seemingly cared about sexual hara....

August 12, 2019

New workplace sexual harassment protections become law

ALBANY — A set of sweeping new efforts to crack down on workplace sexual harassment problems while also giving new legal ....

August 12, 2019

New workplace sexual harassment protections become law

ALBANY — A set of sweeping new efforts to crack down on workplace sexual harassment problems while also giving new legal ....

August 12, 2019

Sweeping Reform of NY Sexual Harassment Law Is Signed by Gov. Cuomo

Legislation to bolster protections for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace in New York and lower hurdles for those ....

August 12, 2019

Sweeping Reform of NY Sexual Harassment Law Is Signed by Gov. Cuomo

Legislation to bolster protections for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace in New York and lower hurdles for those ....

July 31, 2019

New York Lawmakers Blast ‘Oppressive’ Ernst & Young Over Sex-Abuse Case

Assemblymember Simotas, in a separate statement, swiped at Ernst & Young’s policy, describing it as “an oppressive relic used....

July 31, 2019

New York Lawmakers Blast ‘Oppressive’ Ernst & Young Over Sex-Abuse Case

Assemblymember Simotas, in a separate statement, swiped at Ernst & Young’s policy, describing it as “an oppressive relic used....

July 3, 2019

SIMOTAS BILL FIGHTS HARASSMENT IN WORKPLACE

A major bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-36) passed both the NYS Assembly and Senate extending the rights ....

July 3, 2019

SIMOTAS BILL FIGHTS HARASSMENT IN WORKPLACE

A major bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-36) passed both the NYS Assembly and Senate extending the rights ....

June 22, 2019

Molestie alle donne, varata la legge più severa d'America: si allargano le responsabilità dei datori di lavoro

Lo Stato di New York è diventato da giovedì sera il più severo degli Usa per quanto riguarda la lotta contro le molestie ....

June 22, 2019

Molestie alle donne, varata la legge più severa d'America: si allargano le responsabilità dei datori di lavoro

Lo Stato di New York è diventato da giovedì sera il più severo degli Usa per quanto riguarda la lotta contro le molestie ....

June 20, 2019

Simotas Bill Extending Statute of Limitations for Rape Passes Senate, Assembly

The Assembly passed a bill Wednesday introduced by Aravella Simotas that would increase the statute of limitations for both ....

June 20, 2019

Simotas Bill Extending Statute of Limitations for Rape Passes Senate, Assembly

The Assembly passed a bill Wednesday introduced by Aravella Simotas that would increase the statute of limitations for both ....

June 20, 2019

Saved! Astoria Houses Senior Center will remain open as de Blasio administration scraps closure plan

The de Blasio administration backed off an ill-conceived, cost-cutting proposal to close down the Astoria Houses Senior ....

June 20, 2019

Saved! Astoria Houses Senior Center will remain open as de Blasio administration scraps closure plan

The de Blasio administration backed off an ill-conceived, cost-cutting proposal to close down the Astoria Houses Senior ....

June 19, 2019

State Legislature honors 50th anniversary of the 1969 ‘Miracle Mets’

Queens lawmakers took a break from the frantic last days of the legislative session in Albany Tuesday to honor the “Miracle ....

June 19, 2019

State Legislature honors 50th anniversary of the 1969 ‘Miracle Mets’

Queens lawmakers took a break from the frantic last days of the legislative session in Albany Tuesday to honor the “Miracle ....

June 19, 2019

New York takes progressive steps to combat workplace harassment, bolster LGBT rights and extend statute of limitations for rape

ALBANY — New York is expanding protections for members of the LGBT community, toughening laws to combat sexual harassment ....

June 19, 2019

New York takes progressive steps to combat workplace harassment, bolster LGBT rights and extend statute of limitations for rape

ALBANY — New York is expanding protections for members of the LGBT community, toughening laws to combat sexual harassment ....

June 17, 2019

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, joined by Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, urges passage of her legislation early this year.

State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have come to an agreement on extending the statute of limitations for rape charges....

June 17, 2019

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, joined by Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, urges passage of her legislation early this year.

State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have come to an agreement on extending the statute of limitations for rape charges....

June 14, 2019

Hellenic Professional Women Host #MeToo Movement Panel

NEW YORK – On June 10 Hellenic Professional Women (HPW) presented a panel on the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment ....

June 14, 2019

Hellenic Professional Women Host #MeToo Movement Panel

NEW YORK – On June 10 Hellenic Professional Women (HPW) presented a panel on the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment ....

June 12, 2019

Actress Mira Sorvino reveals she was a victim of date rape as she pushes for stronger New York laws

ALBANY - Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino said Wednesday she was once the victim of date rape, revealing it publicly ....

June 12, 2019

Actress Mira Sorvino reveals she was a victim of date rape as she pushes for stronger New York laws

ALBANY - Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino said Wednesday she was once the victim of date rape, revealing it publicly ....

June 5, 2019

Allow Trucks on Grand Central to Ease 'Paralyzing' Astoria Traffic: Pols

ASTORIA — Elected officials are calling on the Department of Transportation to allow large trucks to drive on a portion ....

June 5, 2019

Allow Trucks on Grand Central to Ease 'Paralyzing' Astoria Traffic: Pols

ASTORIA — Elected officials are calling on the Department of Transportation to allow large trucks to drive on a portion ....

June 3, 2019

Highlights From The Queens Pride Parade In Jackson Heights

JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS — Tens of thousands of people flocked to Jackson Heights this Sunday to kick off Pride month with ....

June 3, 2019

Highlights From The Queens Pride Parade In Jackson Heights

JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS — Tens of thousands of people flocked to Jackson Heights this Sunday to kick off Pride month with ....

June 2, 2019

Queens assemblywoman urges legislation to prevent repeat of notorious case involving disgraced Columbia gynecologist

A Queens assemblywoman is pushing a series of bills to increase transparency of doctors facing allegations of misconduct ....

June 2, 2019

Queens assemblywoman urges legislation to prevent repeat of notorious case involving disgraced Columbia gynecologist

A Queens assemblywoman is pushing a series of bills to increase transparency of doctors facing allegations of misconduct ....

May 31, 2019

Officials: Tougher sex harassment law could be passed next week

ALBANY — The State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have reached an agreement to significantly strengthen the state’s sex....

May 31, 2019

Officials: Tougher sex harassment law could be passed next week

ALBANY — The State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have reached an agreement to significantly strengthen the state’s sex....

May 31, 2019

Former Bronx teacher raped by city cop returns to Albany to fight for ‘rape is rape’ bill

ALBANY — A former Bronx schoolteacher sexually assaulted at gunpoint by an off-duty NYPD cop nearly a decade ago returned ....

May 31, 2019

Former Bronx teacher raped by city cop returns to Albany to fight for ‘rape is rape’ bill

ALBANY — A former Bronx schoolteacher sexually assaulted at gunpoint by an off-duty NYPD cop nearly a decade ago returned ....

May 31, 2019

Three bills would protect patients 'uniquely vulnerable to sexual violence'

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, a New York City Democrat who represents the 36th District, which includes Astoria, has ....

May 31, 2019

Three bills would protect patients 'uniquely vulnerable to sexual violence'

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, a New York City Democrat who represents the 36th District, which includes Astoria, has ....

May 30, 2019

Report: NYPD Has Systematically Undercounted Rapes In NYC For Years

A new analysis of city crime stats has found that the NYPD systematically undercounted rape statistics for the last seven ....

May 30, 2019

Report: NYPD Has Systematically Undercounted Rapes In NYC For Years

A new analysis of city crime stats has found that the NYPD systematically undercounted rape statistics for the last seven ....

May 30, 2019

Anti-harassment bills intro’d

Inspired by advocate Marissa Hoechstetter’s testimony in Albany about sexual assault by her gynecologist, Assemblywoman ....

May 30, 2019

Anti-harassment bills intro’d

Inspired by advocate Marissa Hoechstetter’s testimony in Albany about sexual assault by her gynecologist, Assemblywoman ....

May 29, 2019

New York legislation inspired by sex assault survivor would combat abuse by doctors

A New York State legislator is proposing a trio of bills inspired by a woman whose story shed light on a Columbia ....

May 29, 2019

New York legislation inspired by sex assault survivor would combat abuse by doctors

A New York State legislator is proposing a trio of bills inspired by a woman whose story shed light on a Columbia ....

May 29, 2019

“We need better protections” “Necesitamos mejores protecciones”

When the state legislature held a hearing in February in Albany on workplace sexual harassment — New York’s first in 27 ....

May 29, 2019

“We need better protections” “Necesitamos mejores protecciones”

When the state legislature held a hearing in February in Albany on workplace sexual harassment — New York’s first in 27 ....

May 29, 2019

Newsy Finds NYPD Undercounting Rape By 38% Compared To FBI Statistics

On May 31st, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will update its CompStat system by the end of the ....

May 29, 2019

Newsy Finds NYPD Undercounting Rape By 38% Compared To FBI Statistics

On May 31st, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will update its CompStat system by the end of the ....

May 29, 2019

Simotas and Advocates Demand Better Protections vs. Harassment & Discrimination

ALBANY, NY – New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and advocates from across the state gathered at the capitol ....

May 29, 2019

Simotas and Advocates Demand Better Protections vs. Harassment & Discrimination

ALBANY, NY – New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and advocates from across the state gathered at the capitol ....

May 28, 2019

Astoria assemblywoman unveils measures to crackdown on sexual abuse by medical professionals

In an effort to combat sexual abuse by medical professionals, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is introducing three pieces ....

May 28, 2019

Astoria assemblywoman unveils measures to crackdown on sexual abuse by medical professionals

In an effort to combat sexual abuse by medical professionals, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is introducing three pieces ....

May 27, 2019

Proposed New York Bill Widens Definition of Workplace Harassment

New York lawmakers are considering a stricter standard for workplace-harassment claims that they say would better protect ....

May 27, 2019

Proposed New York Bill Widens Definition of Workplace Harassment

New York lawmakers are considering a stricter standard for workplace-harassment claims that they say would better protect ....

May 24, 2019

Queens lawmakers push legislation protecting workers from hostile work environment

With less than a month remaining in the legislative session in Albany, the push is on to pass a handful of bills that ....

May 24, 2019

Queens lawmakers push legislation protecting workers from hostile work environment

With less than a month remaining in the legislative session in Albany, the push is on to pass a handful of bills that ....

May 24, 2019

Survivors, lawmakers speak out before second hearing on sexual harassment

The second hearing on sexual harassment in New York state government will be held Friday in New York City. Ahead of the ....

May 24, 2019

Survivors, lawmakers speak out before second hearing on sexual harassment

The second hearing on sexual harassment in New York state government will be held Friday in New York City. Ahead of the ....

May 24, 2019

NY Lawmakers Seek Changes to Strengthen Sexual Harassment Laws

State lawmakers in New York held their second hearing in nearly three decades on the topic of workplace sexual harassment ....

May 24, 2019

NY Lawmakers Seek Changes to Strengthen Sexual Harassment Laws

State lawmakers in New York held their second hearing in nearly three decades on the topic of workplace sexual harassment ....

May 12, 2019

Simotas for Inclusion of In-Vitro in Ind. & Small Group Market Health Insurance Plans

NEW YORK – In a letter to the Department of Financial Services’ Superintendent Linda Lacewell and Governor Andrew Cuomo, ....

May 12, 2019

Simotas for Inclusion of In-Vitro in Ind. & Small Group Market Health Insurance Plans

NEW YORK – In a letter to the Department of Financial Services’ Superintendent Linda Lacewell and Governor Andrew Cuomo, ....

May 9, 2019

Albany must pass sex harassment bills

After the #MeToo movement exploded into the national consciousness in 2017 and 2018, New York state lawmakers recently ....

May 9, 2019

Albany must pass sex harassment bills

After the #MeToo movement exploded into the national consciousness in 2017 and 2018, New York state lawmakers recently ....

May 9, 2019

Simotas floats doctor abuse bill in Albany after City Council struggled to pass it

A new bill in Albany this week would allow some survivors of doctor abuse across the state — not just in....

May 9, 2019

Simotas floats doctor abuse bill in Albany after City Council struggled to pass it

A new bill in Albany this week would allow some survivors of doctor abuse across the state — not just in....

May 6, 2019

Outrage over city’s plan to close senior center at Astoria Houses NYCHA complex

Astoria’s elected officials were astonished to learn that the city plans on closing the only senior center at the Astoria ....

May 6, 2019

Outrage over city’s plan to close senior center at Astoria Houses NYCHA complex

Astoria’s elected officials were astonished to learn that the city plans on closing the only senior center at the Astoria ....

May 2, 2019

Learning annex in, trailers out at PS 85

Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced last Thursday that a state-of-the-art learning annex will replace ....

May 2, 2019

Learning annex in, trailers out at PS 85

Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced last Thursday that a state-of-the-art learning annex will replace ....

May 1, 2019

New Annex For PS 85 In Astoria

Councilman Costa Constantinides, the Department of Education, and the School Construction Authority joined with community ....

May 1, 2019

New Annex For PS 85 In Astoria

Councilman Costa Constantinides, the Department of Education, and the School Construction Authority joined with community ....

April 26, 2019

New Building Will Replace Astoria School's Classroom Trailers

A new 476-seat annex building will replace the classroom trailers at an Astoria public school....

April 26, 2019

New Building Will Replace Astoria School's Classroom Trailers

A new 476-seat annex building will replace the classroom trailers at an Astoria public school....

February 19, 2019

The Tragic Side of Tide Pods​

The colorful laundry packets have become one of P&G’s biggest blockbusters. There’s only one problem—too many kids are....

February 19, 2019

The Tragic Side of Tide Pods​

The colorful laundry packets have become one of P&G’s biggest blockbusters. There’s only one problem—too many kids are....

January 31, 2019

Put borough representatives on the MTA board

We’ve seen the worst of the MTA here in Queens: broken switches that turn commutes into epic sagas, station renovations that ....

January 31, 2019

Put borough representatives on the MTA board

We’ve seen the worst of the MTA here in Queens: broken switches that turn commutes into epic sagas, station renovations that ....

January 31, 2019

Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Expand Protections in NY's 'Raise the Age' Law​

As New York phases in a new law to raise the age at which someone is....

January 31, 2019

Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Expand Protections in NY's 'Raise the Age' Law​

As New York phases in a new law to raise the age at which someone is....

January 10, 2019

New law creates ‘Bill of Rights’ for sexual assault victims​

A new law signed by the governor in late December is aimed at keeping sexual assault victims informed....

January 10, 2019

New law creates ‘Bill of Rights’ for sexual assault victims​

A new law signed by the governor in late December is aimed at keeping sexual assault victims informed....

December 20, 2018

New York Democratic Lawmakers Call for Tougher Sexual Harassment Laws​

New York state should do more to prevent sexual harassment, including making bystander intervention....

December 20, 2018

New York Democratic Lawmakers Call for Tougher Sexual Harassment Laws​

New York state should do more to prevent sexual harassment, including making bystander intervention....

December 19, 2018

Legislation proposed to strengthen sexual harassment laws​

ALBANY — A Queens assemblywoman who has led efforts to overhaul the Assembly’s....

December 19, 2018

Legislation proposed to strengthen sexual harassment laws​

ALBANY — A Queens assemblywoman who has led efforts to overhaul the Assembly’s....

About Aravella

Aravella led reforms that established equal pay protections for public employees and assisted small business owners with understanding and complying with new regulatory requirements.

Aravella fought to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act to give renters the strongest protections in the state’s history and hosted informative sessions to help tenants in Queens know their rights. She is committed to improving public education and secured $5 million in funding for improvements to local schools in 2019.

As Chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues, Aravella is focused on expanding gender equality, protecting reproductive rights and supporting survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

About Aravella

Aravella led reforms that established equal pay protections for public employees and assisted small business owners with understanding and complying with new regulatory requirements.

Aravella fought to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act to give renters the strongest protections in the state’s history and hosted informative sessions to help tenants in Queens know their rights. She is committed to improving public education and secured $5 million in funding for improvements to local schools in 2019.

As Chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues, Aravella is focused on expanding gender equality, protecting reproductive rights and supporting survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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