|Address||2286 Brigham St |
Brooklyn, New York , United States
|| September 06, 1952
Dec 30, 2014 02:39am
Jewish - Pro-Choice - Single - Judaism -
|Info||Helene E. Weinstein, Democrat, was first elected to the Assembly in 1980. Ms. Weinstein was educated in the New York City public school system, received her Bachelor's degree in economics from American University and received a law degree from the New England School of Law. A full-time Assemblywoman, her district includes the Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Flatlands, Canarsie and East Flatbush communities in Brooklyn. |
Ms. Weinstein chairs the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary. She is the first woman in New York State's history to be appointed to this position. The Judiciary Committee presides over virtually all legislation affecting the state's judicial system, as well as civil practice in the courts. Ms. Weinstein has sponsored major reforms in the state's jury system and continues to be a leading proponent of ensuring civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers. Ms. Weinstein is also a member of the Court Facilities Capital Review Board.
Previously, Assemblywoman Weinstein chaired the Assembly Committees on Governmental Employees and Election Law. In addition, she acted as the state's leading advocate for women and children as Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Women's Issues for seven years.
Ms. Weinstein served as an appointee (of Governor Cuomo) to the New York State Child Support Commission, and the Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence. She is the former Chairwoman of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition, as well as of the Legislative Women's Caucus.
A longtime advocate for children and families, Ms. Weinstein is the sponsor of New York's landmark Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act, which has significantly changed the way police and courts deal with domestic violence. Her hard fought efforts to protect children also resulted in a law requiring judges to consider domestic violence in child custody cases. As the sponsor of our state's Child Support Standards Act, she was a leader in establishing statewide guidelines to ensure that our children receive fair and adequate support. In addition, she has fought to reclaim billions of past due child support.
During her tenure as Assemblywoman, Ms. Weinstein has sponsored many significant state laws, including: a law declaring surrogate parenting contracts void and against public policy; a law establishing a permanent funding source for domestic violence shelters and funding guidelines for batterers' programs; a law making discrimination in private clubs illegal; a law extending the right of agency fee deductions to all public employee organizations; a law allowing qualified public employees to take advantage of the improved benefits of the Tier I pension plan; a law mandating seat belts on school buses; and a law prohibiting junk food from being served in school before the end of lunch period.
Assemblywoman Weinstein has been honored on numerous occasions for her efforts to protect the rights of senior citizens. She is the sponsor of a law that sets standards for nursing and adult homes and a author of a nationally-cited protective services law. She has been instrumental in enriching the lives of seniors who are stricken with Alzheimer's Disease by creating and funding Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Centers throughout the state.
Ms. Weinstein is a member of numerous civic and service groups, including: the Leadership Council of NYC Chapter of the New York State Alzheimer's Association; the New York State Labor Commissioner's Task Force on Displaced Homemakers; the Brooklyn Women's Political Caucus; the Holocaust Survivors Association - The Next Generation; the Jewish Women's Leadership Caucus; and the Brooklyn Bar Association.
Ms. Weinstein is also renowned for her advocacy work on behalf of veterans, crime victims, and the disabled. Each year, she secures funding for various community, senior, youth, and school organizations to provide essential services to residents in the 41st Assembly District.
In honor of her outstanding achievements as a State Assemblywoman, Ms. Weinstein has received countless awards from local precinct councils, civic associations, tenant groups, and religious organizations, including: the Legislator of the Year Award from the NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; the Peace at Home Award and the Legislator of the Year Award from the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the New York State Bar Association's Howard A. Levine Award for her work to protect and promote the rights of children in New York; an award from the Public Employees Federation for her outstanding contributions in protecting the interests of PEF members; the Legislative Leadership Award presented by the Kings County Council of Jewish War Veterans; and the Margaret Sanger Award presented by Family Planning Advocates.