Andrew (Andrew) Hevesi (D-028)

State Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi

Andrew (Andrew) Hevesi (D-028)
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State Assembly Member
Room 626 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
70-50 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Residence:Forest Hills, NY

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Bio

Andrew D. Hevesi was first elected to serve the residents of the 28th district in the New York State Assembly on May 10, 2005. A lifelong resident of the area, Assemblyman Hevesi has been privileged to represent the constituents of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, Glendale, and Kew Gardens. In February 2015, Assemblyman Hevesi was named Chairman of the Assembly Social Services Committee, which is responsible for providing oversight of programs administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and analyzing the state's multi-billion dollar funding allotment for social services each fiscal year. In this role, the Assemblyman reviews legislation addressing financial, medical, and other support for people in need throughout New York State. In order to address the worst homeless crisis in New York since the Great Depression, Assemblyman Hevesi partnered with the Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing and the Supportive Housing Network to work towards the creation of 35,000 units of Statewide Supportive Housing for the chronically homeless. In 2015, Assemblyman Hevesi gathered bipartisan support of 133 of his Assembly colleagues and called for the development of 35,000 new units of supportive housing over the next ten years. Subsequently, the Governor announced in his 2016 State of the State Address that New York State would fund 20,000 of these units, and in the 2016-2017 enacted budget, $1 Billion was allocated to build the first 6,000 units. The Mayor of the City of New York also publicly committed, and is currently in the process of building, 15,000 units of supportive housing in New York City. Unfortunately, in 2016 New York State reported to The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that in New York, over 19,000 more people enter homelessness per year than exit homelessness each year. Recognizing that New York State has done nothing of scale to address this growing trend of homelessness, Assemblyman Hevesi began working with the Coalition for the Homeless, the Empire Justice Center, the Legal Aid Society, and the New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence to create the Home Stability Support (HSS) program to stem the tide of homelessness in New York State. HSS is a new statewide rental supplement for families and individuals who are eligible for public assistance that are currently homeless, facing eviction, or have lost their housing due to domestic violence or hazardous conditions. This program is designed to be 100% state-funded, thereby providing mandate relief to financially strained counties. 113 members of the NYS Assembly support HSS and the number of NYS Senators of both parties continues to grow. In addition, the Mayor, the Comptroller and the Public Advocate of the City of New York as well as over 30 members of the New York City Council are in support. A number of Congress members, County Executives, Mayors and advocacy groups across the state have joined the coalition in support of HSS as well. Additionally, The New York Times and several other papers have supported this program in their editorial pages. As support for the enactment of HSS continues to grow, Assemblyman Hevesi secured $15 million in the 2018-19 state budget to create a new rent subsidy pilot program for homeless households and those at risk of homelessness. This program is the first state-funded homeless prevention program to provide a rent subsidy at 100% of the Fair Market Rent Standard. The program will provide stable housing for 240 households in New York City and Rochester and, as a pilot program, will demonstrate that a broad-based rental supplement tied to the fair market standard, like HSS, is the only way to reverse the increasing trend of homelessness. The Assemblyman secured a budget allocation of $2.1 million in FY 2015-2016 which enabled hundreds of Runaway and Homeless Youth across New York State to obtain suitable housing, food, counseling, transportation, and other support. To address the scourge of human trafficking, the Assemblyman wrote the law that expands the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking to include seven new members, requires the creation of several issue specific subcommittees with an annual reporting requirement to the legislature including recommendations on how to prosecute purveyors and protect victims of these atrocious crimes. Subsequent to the passage of this law, Assemblyman Hevesi was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie to the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking. From 2011-2015, Assemblyman Hevesi served as Chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Analysis, and Investigations Committee. In order to provide oversight to the hundreds of state departments, agencies, authorities, commissions, and task forces that comprise New York State government, the Assemblyman wrote and passed the "Enterprise Fraud" law, which allows the New York State Comptroller's Office to collect and use appropriate data from all state agencies and authorities to combat fraud, waste, and abuse. This program enables the Office of the State Comptroller to analyze data across all sectors of New York State government to systematically detect improper behavior, which has saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars since its creation. Andrew obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Queens College. He served as Chief of Staff to former New York State Assemblyman, and now State Senator Jeff Klein. Andrew was also the Director of Community Affairs for New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, and worked in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Queens County District Attorney's Office. Currently, Andrew lives in Forest Hills with his wife Rachel and their daughter.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2005    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Rachel Ross   DOB: 11/19/1973
Counties Representing
Queens