Senate Judiciary Committee Votes No on LaSalle
The New York State Senate’s Judiciary Committee voted against advancing Justice Hector LaSalle to the full Senate for a vote. The newly-expanded 19-member Committee voted very narrowly on a 10-9 margin, with six Republicans and Democrat Jamaal Bailey voting to advance without recommendation, Sens. Luis Sepúlveda and Kevin Thomas voting to advance with recommendation, and ten Democrats, including Judiciary Chair Brad Hoylman-Sigal, voting against LaSalle after five hours of questioning. This is the first time that a judicial nominee has not advanced to the full Senate for a vote in New York State history. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins indicated that “the nomination was lost” and that she did not intend to hold a full-Senate vote on the nomination. Governor Hochul has not announced whether or not she will seek legal action against the Senate to force a floor vote.
NYC Council Passes and Introduces Legislation
Last Thursday, the NYC Council convened a Stated meeting, where they passed and introduced multiple pieces of legislation. City Council passed a “Skip the Stuff” bill, which prohibits restaurants from providing eating utensils, napkins, and extra takeout containers to customers unless specifically requested. Council also passed a