About Jo Anne

Assemblymember 52nd AD

I am thrilled to be running for re-election for the 52nd Assembly District on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. It's been my privilege to serve you these last four years. Together, we have built support for gun violence preventioncampaign finance reform, and initiatives to protect women. New Yorkers know what's at stake right now and we are more organized than ever: students from across the state came to my Town Hall on Dyslexia to improve our education system; Brooklyn Heights residents worked with me to win design-build authorization to save time and money on the BQE repairs; we joined people across the nation to push for the reunification of migrant families separated from their children. We've worked hard to clean up the Gowanus Canal, advocate for small businesses, and ensure that our streets are safe for our kids and community members.

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Other key issues that I've been working on:

Accessible

I believe in being an accessible legislator for my community. I host several community events and I partner with local coffee shop owners to hold frequent "Java with Jo Anne" events so you can talk with me about community issues.

Environmental Advocacy

I'm a staunch environmental advocate, earning a 100% rating from the NY League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates of NY. I'm one of the few Assemblymembers to support a fee on plastic bags, voting in favor of the City's proposal.

Responsible Planning

I've been fighting for intelligent development and against tax giveaways for the real estate industry. I advocate for community input, responsible city planning, and more affordable housing in new development projects.

Election Reform

I'm working to increase access to voting and election reforms. I passed a campaign finance bill to close the notorious "LLC Loophole."

Transportation

I advocate for multiple fair and sustainable sources of funding for the MTA to fix the subway crisis. I've long supported congestion pricing to fund mass transit and reduce vehicle usage, and the equalization of tolling policies. I've been working to bring back the B71+ bus route, institute a system of residential parking permits and for an accessible subway system.

Community Improvement

I've helped secure millions in State funding for our schools, local senior centers, community groups and for NYCHA public housing improvements.

Fairness

I've sponsored legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work for women, paid family leave, raise the age of criminal responsibility, raise the minimum wage, and fight sexual harassment.

Jo Anne In Action

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon joins with Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Assemblymember Jim Brennan, Councilmember Brad Lander and others in throwing out the ceremonial first pitches to start the Little League season at Prospect Park.
"I'm thankful for nurses!" Assembly Member-Elect @JoAnneSimonBK52, w/Brooklyn RNs. #ThankANurse #Thankful4Nurses pic.twitter.com/vVukp9Bn4K
Jo Anne, wearing her Assemblymember pin, went to Albany for new member orientation and get a start on introducing legislation.

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