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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • JD, New York Law School, 2008
  • BS, Finance, State University of New York, Albany, 2003

Professional Experience

  • JD, New York Law School, 2008
  • BS, Finance, State University of New York, Albany, 2003
  • Former Legislative Assistant, Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly
  • Legislative Liaison, New York State Assembly, 2003-2010

Political Experience

  • JD, New York Law School, 2008
  • BS, Finance, State University of New York, Albany, 2003
  • Former Legislative Assistant, Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly
  • Legislative Liaison, New York State Assembly, 2003-2010
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 2010-present
  • Majority Steering Vice Chair, New York State Assembly, 2017-2018
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 26, 2018

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Education Committee, Community Board 11

Member, Parks Committee, Community Board 11

Chair, Subcommittee of Trust and Estates, New York State Assembly

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Trust and Estates, New York State Assembly

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Aging Committee

Member, Asian Pacific American Task Force

Chair, Cities Committee

Member, Health Committee

Member, Judiciary Committee

Member, Ways and Means Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, New York Law School, 2008
  • BS, Finance, State University of New York, Albany, 2003
  • Former Legislative Assistant, Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Assembly
  • Legislative Liaison, New York State Assembly, 2003-2010
  • Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 2010-present
  • Majority Steering Vice Chair, New York State Assembly, 2017-2018
  • Candidate, New York State Assembly, District 26, 2018
  • Member, Community Board 11, Queens, 2009-present
Policy Positions

New York State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support national education standards?
- No

2. Should the state universities of New York be permitted to set their own tuition rates?
- No

3. Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New York high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

4. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
- Yes

7. Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
- Yes

8. Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
- No

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer

Environment and Energy

1. Do you support state funding for improvements to New York's energy infrastructure?
- Yes

2. Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
- Yes

4. Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
- Yes

5. Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
- Yes

6. Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

1. Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring semiautomatic pistols made or sold in New York to microstamp bullet casings?
- Yes

3. Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
- Yes

5. Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- Yes

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
- Yes

2. Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

4. Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
- Yes

5. Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
- Yes

6. Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
- No

7. Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in New York?
- Yes

8. Do you support a "presumed consent" organ donation policy?
- No

9. Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
- Yes

Social

1. Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
- Yes

2. Should New York allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
- Yes

3. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

4. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New York's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

5. Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
- Yes

6. Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

8. Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
- No

Abortion and Reproductive

1. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

2. Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
- Yes

3. Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
- Yes

4. Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
- Pro-choice

7. Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
- No

8. Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
- No

9. Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
- No

Economic

1. Do you support legalizing mixed martial arts competitions in New York?
- Yes

2. Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

3. Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

4. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
- Yes

7. Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

8. Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
- Yes

Crime and Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- Yes

2. Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
- Yes

3. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- No

4. Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
- No

5. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- No

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

7. Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
- Yes

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

1. Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

Budget, Spending, and Tax

State Spending

Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

1. Education (higher)
- Maintain Status

2. Education (K-12)
- Slightly Increase

3. Environment
- Maintain Status

4. Health care
- Maintain Status

5. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

6. Transportation and highway infrastructure
- Slightly Increase

7. Welfare
- Maintain Status

8. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

1. Individual
- Yes

2. Political Action Committee
- Yes

3. Corporate
- Yes

4. Political Party
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- I support public financing of campaigns similar to NYC system.

Budget, Spending, and Tax

State Taxes

Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

1. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

2. Alcohol taxes
- Maintain Status

3. Cigarette taxes
- Maintain Status

4. Corporate taxes
- Slightly Decrease

5. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

6. Property taxes
- Maintain Status

7. Sales taxes
- Maintain Status

8. Income taxes (low-income families)
- Maintain Status

9. Income taxes (middle-income families)
- Maintain Status

10. Income taxes (high-income families)
- Maintain Status

Budget Stabilization

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New York's budget.

1. Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
- Yes

2. Increasing tuition rates at public universities
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
- No

5. Privatizing certain government services
- No

6. Other or expanded principles
- Consolidate duplicate local governments. Reduce medicaid fraud and abuse.

7. Tapping into New York's "rainy day" fund
- No

8. Allowing grocery stores to purchase licenses to sell wine
- No

Articles

Letter to Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education - Queens Elected Officials Demand Answers About Harassment and Sexual Assault of Students at Marie Curie Middle School (M.S. 158) in Bayside

Jan. 15, 2020

Dear Chancellor Carranza: We write to share our urgent concerns regarding multiple cases of sexual assault and harassment within your schools. Recently, several disturbing reports of harassment and sexual assault have surfaced at Marie Curie Middle School in Bayside, NY. In one case, despite repeated harassment occurrences, it seems there was a clear failure of notifying appropriate individuals, including the victims' own parents. These incidences bring immense and immediate concern regarding your oversight and process to protect your students. As such, we request prompt answers to the following questions: 1. Per your 15-page regulation on student-to-student sexual harassment, are designated mandatory reporters, teachers and school staff, reporting incidents within 24 hours? Are schools filing reports to you within the required two days? After the principal/designee investigates all claims, are they filing the report within 10 days to the state? What process have you implemented to investigate if all responsible parties are following the required process in these cases of sexual assault? 2. What process have you implemented to investigate why parents were not notified of the trauma inflicted upon their children? 3. How will you improve your process to provide timely feedback to parents/guardians after each sexual assault allegation? 4. The NYC Ed Dept regulation indicates: "When one student uses a pattern of threatened or actual physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse to control a dating partner or in cases of sexual violence, the school should refer the victim and the accused student to separate appropriate school or community-based agencies for counseling, support, and education." When the victim and the accused student are transferred to a new school, what measures are put in place for the victim and their family to heal from the trauma, and for the accused student to receive help? Further, New York State has the most aggressive policies in the nation, "the Enough is Enough Law," to fight against sexual assault on college campuses, but violations of Title IX are a dire problem in primary and secondary schools as well. To produce lasting changes, we urge you to work with state leaders to confront harassment and sexual assault as a priority issue that is threatening the wellbeing of your students every day. New York City schools must augment its response and investigative services, training for teachers and staff, prevention education, crisis support, and overall communications. You are charged with the responsibility to lead the largest school system in the nation, educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. Your fundamental priority must be ensuring a safe and equitable education for each of your students. We urge you to uphold your obligation to work with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to vigorously enforce Title IX law that prohibits sex discrimination at federally funded institutions. We strongly urge you to make immediate changes to your investigative processes for harassment and sexual assault cases so schools are, once again, a place of learning without fear. After all, a single victim is one too many. Sincerely,

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Prohibiting Ambulance and First Response Service Providers from Disclosing Private Patient Information to Third Parties for Marketing Purposes

Oct. 7, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.4119/A.230) prohibiting ambulance and first response service providers from disclosing or selling private patient information to third parties for marketing purposes. Under prior law, emergency response providers could sell information that identifies an individual patient such as addresses and phone numbers, prescriptions and medical history. The new law prohibits the disclosure of such information to third parties, except to healthcare providers, the patient's insurer and parties acting under appropriate legal authority. "Nothing is more personal than your health records, and New Yorkers have a right to privacy when it comes to this incredibly sensitive information," Governor Cuomo said. "This law sets clear guidelines so patient information isn't sold or used for marketing purposes and most importantly doesn't end up in the wrong hands." Senator John Liu said, "We live in a world where we have to be concerned with how our data is being bought and used every day. Under no circumstances, when someone is in the middle of a life-threatening crisis, should they have to worry about their information being sold for any reason. This bill provides peace of mind to New Yorkers by protecting the privacy of those who have suffered enough already." Assembly Member Edward Braunstein said, "I first introduced this legislation in 2014 after reports surfaced that some emergency service providers in New York State may have been selling patient protected health information (PHI) for fundraising and marketing purposes. Patients have a right to privacy and their medical information should never be sold to pharmaceutical companies, insurers, nursing homes, or other businesses."

Governor Cuomo Signs Measure Criminalizing the Publication of Revenge Porn

Jul. 23, 2019

Governor Cuomo today signed into law S.1719C/ A.5981, criminalizing the publication of "revenge porn," or the non-consensual sharing or publication of an intimate image. This new law subjects abusers to criminal penalties of up to a year in jail, plus civil damages, and empowers victims to seek a court order to remove these images online. "Our laws have not kept pace with technology and how abusers can use it to harass, intimidate and humiliate intimate partners," Governor Cuomo said. "By criminalizing the publication of revenge porn, we are empowering victims of this heinous act to take action against their abusers and showing them a path to justice." "As part of our Women's Justice Agenda, we are focused on changing a culture that enables sexism and violence against women," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This legislation ensures New Yorkers are not victims of nonconsensual release of intimate images, empowering them to take action to remove images from the Internet and subject abusers to jail time. This is another important step in our overall goals to achieve true social, economic, racial, and gender justice once and for all." Specifically, this legislation:-Defines "revenge porn" as the criminal act of unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image when done with the intent to cause harm to the emotional, financial, or physical welfare of another person and when the image was taken with a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private.-Establishes the act of unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image as a Class A misdemeanor.-Amends the Civil Rights Law to allow victims of "revenge porn" to seek civil recourse for the damages. Senator Monica R. Martinez said, "I was proud to champion this issue at a county level, and today I am honored to stand with my colleagues to pass this vitally important legislation at a state level that will work to protect victims of this particularly heinous crime. We are sending a strong message that this behavior will no longer be tolerated in the State of New York, and in doing so we are empowering victims to take a stand against this kind of violation. I want to extend my gratitude to the individuals who have come forward to share their powerful stories and to the advocacy groups who have given the victims a voice." Assembly Member Edward C. Braunstein said, "This new law will make it a Class A misdemeanor to disseminate revenge porn, providing prosecutors with the tools necessary to punish those who engage in this type of reprehensible behavior. Additionally, New York will become the first state in the nation to allow victims to seek a court ordered injunction to require websites to remove the offending images. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for signing this important measure into law. I would also like to express my gratitude to Carrie Goldberg, a victims' rights lawyer, as well as Sanctuary for Families, the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, and the Cyber Sexual Abuse Task Force, for their tireless advocacy on this issue."

Events

2020

Feb. 20
Northeast Queens MTA Queens Bus Network Redesign Public Workshop

Thur 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) New York, NY