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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.

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.

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.

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.

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July 17, 2020

Op-Ed: A fast worth a thousand lives

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the public health emergency in our most vulnerable communities. New York City has been ....

July 17, 2020

Op-Ed: A fast worth a thousand lives

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the public health emergency in our most vulnerable communities. New York City has been ....

July 15, 2020

Simotas and Hoylman push bar exam exemption for law grads serving low-income clients

A pair of state lawmakers have introduced legislation to allow law graduates to continue representing low-income clients duri....

July 15, 2020

Simotas and Hoylman push bar exam exemption for law grads serving low-income clients

A pair of state lawmakers have introduced legislation to allow law graduates to continue representing low-income clients duri....

July 10, 2020

NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to conti....

July 10, 2020

NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to conti....

June 22, 2020

Citizens Union Announces Preference of Changemaker Simotas for Re-election

New York’s watchdog, Citizens Union announced its preference of New York State women’s rights leader, Aravella Simotas in her....

June 22, 2020

Citizens Union Announces Preference of Changemaker Simotas for Re-election

New York’s watchdog, Citizens Union announced its preference of New York State women’s rights leader, Aravella Simotas in her....

June 19, 2020

Queens legislators pledge no budget cuts without a tax on billionaires and ultra-millionaires

Queens lawmakers are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to tax the rich in order to close the gaping budget gap that grew exponenti....

June 19, 2020

Queens legislators pledge no budget cuts without a tax on billionaires and ultra-millionaires

Queens lawmakers are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to tax the rich in order to close the gaping budget gap that grew exponenti....

June 7, 2020

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Extending the Deadline to Submit Absentee Ballots to the Day of the Election

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas said, "Everyone can agree that elections should be fair and open to everyone. The coronaviru....

June 7, 2020

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Extending the Deadline to Submit Absentee Ballots to the Day of the Election

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas said, "Everyone can agree that elections should be fair and open to everyone. The coronaviru....

June 5, 2020

New York’s Frontline Doctors and Nurses Endorse Aravella Simotas for Re-Election

New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) alo....

June 5, 2020

New York’s Frontline Doctors and Nurses Endorse Aravella Simotas for Re-Election

New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) alo....

June 2, 2020

New York Legislators Pledge to Reject Campaign Donations from Law Enforcement

Assembly member Aravella Simotas, who represents parts of Queens, was the first to say publicly that she would donate $5,350 ....

June 2, 2020

New York Legislators Pledge to Reject Campaign Donations from Law Enforcement

Assembly member Aravella Simotas, who represents parts of Queens, was the first to say publicly that she would donate $5,350 ....

May 29, 2020

Queens lawmaker unveils bill to strengthen law to protect domestic abuse survivors

As New York faces reports of domestic violence increasing by 30 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, Assemblywoman Aravella ....

May 29, 2020

Queens lawmaker unveils bill to strengthen law to protect domestic abuse survivors

As New York faces reports of domestic violence increasing by 30 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, Assemblywoman Aravella ....

May 28, 2020

New York State Lawmakers OK Email Requests For Absentee Ballots

New York state lawmakers on Thursday voted to temporarily make it easier for voters to obtain absentee ballots. The state Se....

May 28, 2020

New York State Lawmakers OK Email Requests For Absentee Ballots

New York state lawmakers on Thursday voted to temporarily make it easier for voters to obtain absentee ballots. The state Se....

May 28, 2020

Simotas Intros Legislation to Strengthen New York’s Red Flag Law

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas introduced legislation (A10487) to require courts to notify any individual who applies for o....

May 28, 2020

Simotas Intros Legislation to Strengthen New York’s Red Flag Law

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas introduced legislation (A10487) to require courts to notify any individual who applies for o....

May 28, 2020

Progressive Coalition Backs Slate of Incumbents, Challengers and Upstarts in June Primaries

A coalition of progressive activists from across the state, which formed as a response to Donald Trump’s election and helped ....

May 28, 2020

Progressive Coalition Backs Slate of Incumbents, Challengers and Upstarts in June Primaries

A coalition of progressive activists from across the state, which formed as a response to Donald Trump’s election and helped ....

May 26, 2020

Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers' Comp

"Insurance companies have been denying claims from workers who have gotten sick with COVID-19,” said Assemblymember Aravella ....

May 26, 2020

Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers' Comp

"Insurance companies have been denying claims from workers who have gotten sick with COVID-19,” said Assemblymember Aravella ....

May 25, 2020

Astoria Lawmakers Want Key Food Lease Extended, Store in Danger of Closing

A group of Astoria lawmakers are trying to prevent a local supermarket from shutting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.....

May 25, 2020

Astoria Lawmakers Want Key Food Lease Extended, Store in Danger of Closing

A group of Astoria lawmakers are trying to prevent a local supermarket from shutting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.....

May 24, 2020

Two NYC students push to ensure period hygiene products are given out

Two New York City high school students are leading the way in expanding access to menstrual hygiene products amid the coronav....

May 24, 2020

Two NYC students push to ensure period hygiene products are given out

Two New York City high school students are leading the way in expanding access to menstrual hygiene products amid the coronav....

May 22, 2020

New York Educators Endorse Aravella Simotas for Re-election

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and Professional Staff Congress at the City ....

May 22, 2020

New York Educators Endorse Aravella Simotas for Re-election

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and Professional Staff Congress at the City ....

May 21, 2020

'Frankly sickening' — Astoria lawmakers blast real estate firms over Key Food lease dispute

Four Astoria lawmakers have urged the real estate firms that control the site of a local Key Food to negotiate a new lease de....

May 21, 2020

'Frankly sickening' — Astoria lawmakers blast real estate firms over Key Food lease dispute

Four Astoria lawmakers have urged the real estate firms that control the site of a local Key Food to negotiate a new lease de....

May 15, 2020

The New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses Aravella Simotas

he New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) endorsed Assembly Member Aravella Simotas in her campaign for re-election i....

May 15, 2020

The New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses Aravella Simotas

he New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) endorsed Assembly Member Aravella Simotas in her campaign for re-election i....

May 9, 2020

Aravella Simotas Receives Key Endorsements for Her Re-Election Campaign

As a leader on women’s rights, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas received endorsements for her re-election camp....

May 9, 2020

Aravella Simotas Receives Key Endorsements for Her Re-Election Campaign

As a leader on women’s rights, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas received endorsements for her re-election camp....

May 7, 2020

Queens lawmakers call for remote legislative session

Queens lawmakers urged the New York State Legislature to resume its session remotely on Thursday, a month after the COVID-19 ....

May 7, 2020

Queens lawmakers call for remote legislative session

Queens lawmakers urged the New York State Legislature to resume its session remotely on Thursday, a month after the COVID-19 ....

May 6, 2020

Fresh Produce Delivery For Queens Families

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas helped deliver fresh produce to Queens families. She said, “We have to repair the supply chain....

May 6, 2020

Fresh Produce Delivery For Queens Families

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas helped deliver fresh produce to Queens families. She said, “We have to repair the supply chain....

May 6, 2020

Simotas & Ramos Intro Bill to Ban State Tax Credits for Greedy Fed. Corporate Bailout Recipients

New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos announced on May 5 that they have introduced a bill....

May 6, 2020

Simotas & Ramos Intro Bill to Ban State Tax Credits for Greedy Fed. Corporate Bailout Recipients

New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos announced on May 5 that they have introduced a bill....

May 6, 2020

UFCW Local 1500 Endorses Aravella Simotas for Reelection

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500, endorsed New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas in her campaig....

May 6, 2020

UFCW Local 1500 Endorses Aravella Simotas for Reelection

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500, endorsed New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas in her campaig....

May 4, 2020

Queens lawmaker introduces bill to help elderly access medication during COVID-19 crisis

New legislation from Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas would help elderly and ill New Yorkers access medication during the coron....

May 4, 2020

Queens lawmaker introduces bill to help elderly access medication during COVID-19 crisis

New legislation from Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas would help elderly and ill New Yorkers access medication during the coron....

April 28, 2020

Lawmakers Want 30-Day Limit On Prescriptions Extended During Pandemic

People who need to regularly fill prescriptions may also be at the most risk for contracting COVID-19. Now two state lawmaker....

April 28, 2020

Lawmakers Want 30-Day Limit On Prescriptions Extended During Pandemic

People who need to regularly fill prescriptions may also be at the most risk for contracting COVID-19. Now two state lawmaker....

April 21, 2020

Cuomo echoes Queens lawmakers’ call to give hazard pay to frontline workers

This comes less than a week after Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas called on the state to provide a ....

April 21, 2020

Cuomo echoes Queens lawmakers’ call to give hazard pay to frontline workers

This comes less than a week after Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas called on the state to provide a ....

April 20, 2020

Assembly Member Simotas and Senator Ramos Demand Temporary Hazard Pay for Essential Workers

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos called on the state to provide a bonus in hazard pay for essential....

April 20, 2020

Assembly Member Simotas and Senator Ramos Demand Temporary Hazard Pay for Essential Workers

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Senator Jessica Ramos called on the state to provide a bonus in hazard pay for essential....

April 15, 2020

Queens lawmakers demand city Department of Education provide feminine hygiene supplies to meal hubs

Four Queens lawmakers and students in Astoria are urging the New York City Department of Education to make feminine hygiene p....

April 15, 2020

Queens lawmakers demand city Department of Education provide feminine hygiene supplies to meal hubs

Four Queens lawmakers and students in Astoria are urging the New York City Department of Education to make feminine hygiene p....

April 10, 2020

OPINION: The city should respect religious observance during COVID-19 crisis

As we navigate an uncertain time of shutdowns, job losses, and illness during this unprecedented pandemic, we are so thankful....

April 10, 2020

OPINION: The city should respect religious observance during COVID-19 crisis

As we navigate an uncertain time of shutdowns, job losses, and illness during this unprecedented pandemic, we are so thankful....

April 9, 2020

‘Not a Budget Anybody Should Be Celebrating’: Democratic Legislators Displeased with Albany Compromise

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, a Queens Democrat who voted against the ELFA, TED and revenue bills, criticized the lack of ....

April 9, 2020

‘Not a Budget Anybody Should Be Celebrating’: Democratic Legislators Displeased with Albany Compromise

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, a Queens Democrat who voted against the ELFA, TED and revenue bills, criticized the lack of ....

April 9, 2020

Tough times, tough choices on budget

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said she voted against the budget “because its revenue provisions are irresponsibl....

April 9, 2020

Tough times, tough choices on budget

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said she voted against the budget “because its revenue provisions are irresponsibl....

April 6, 2020

Statement by Assembly Member Simotas on 2020-2021 State Budget

As a legislator, I took an oath to work towards improving the lives of the citizens of New York State. These are challenging ....

April 6, 2020

Statement by Assembly Member Simotas on 2020-2021 State Budget

As a legislator, I took an oath to work towards improving the lives of the citizens of New York State. These are challenging ....

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, ....