Statement on the Election of Carl Heastie as NYS Assembly Speaker

The election of a new Assembly Speaker is a welcome sign that we can move forward on important reforms to open up the legislative process and enact tougher ethics laws.  There is strong support in the Democratic Conference to bring about consensus on vital reforms while also meeting the timetable for reviewing and negotiating the Governor's proposed budget.  I pledge to work with the Speaker, and all my colleagues, on implementing many of the reforms we have discussed over the past week so that we can have a State government as good as its people.