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About Aravella

Aravella Simotas immigrated to Astoria as a young child, and she was raised to believe that the American Dream doesn’t just mean trying to get ahead, it means giving back to the community.

From pursuing environmental justice at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to providing legal representation to poor and vulnerable New Yorkers as a practicing lawyer, Aravella has always stood up for others.

As our Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse, to stand up for LGBTQ community members, and to increase funding for hospitals and schools that serve her district.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas immigrated to Astoria as a young child, and she was raised to believe that the American Dream doesn’t just mean trying to get ahead, it means giving back to the community.

From pursuing environmental justice at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to providing legal representation to poor and vulnerable New Yorkers as a practicing lawyer, Aravella has always stood up for others.

As our Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse, to stand up for LGBTQ community members, and to increase funding for hospitals and schools that serve her district.

About Aravella

Aravella Simotas immigrated to Astoria as a young child, and she was raised to believe that the American Dream doesn’t just mean trying to get ahead, it means giving back to the community.

From pursuing environmental justice at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to providing legal representation to poor and vulnerable New Yorkers as a practicing lawyer, Aravella has always stood up for others.

As our Assemblywoman, Aravella has passed legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse, to stand up for LGBTQ community members, and to increase funding for hospitals and schools that serve her district.

Causes

Women’s Rights

Aravella led the push to pass a landmark “Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights” and a law to require timely testing of rape kits. She sponsored legislation to ensure all New Yorkers can access prenatal care and proudly voted to pass the Reproductive Health Act, establishing firm protections for women to make their own reproductive choices. Recently Aravella has introduced a package of bills to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

ENVIRONMENT

Aravella has worked to promote green policies in Queens and has earned high marks from the League of Conservation Voters. She has passed legislation to incentivize the use of clean energy and is currently working to reduce the carbon footprint of commuters into Manhattan through her support of congestion pricing.

Schools And Children

Aravella fights for local schools and has secured critical funds to improve our kids’ learning environments. She has held rallies to save local schools and provided grant money to schools in need. She is also working to improve child product safety and protect young children from toxic chemicals.

Immigration

Aravella has fought to limit the presence of ICE agents in New York courts and ensure immigrant crime victims are not intimidated into silence and prevented from pursuing justice with threats of deportation. She strongly opposed the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census and co-sponsored the NY DREAM Act to expand access to higher education for undocumented students.

HEALTHCARE

Aravella knows first-hand the difficulty of working with insurance companies once medical bills start staking up. That’s why supports the New York Health Act to establish a universal, single payer healthcare system, so that nobody is underinsured or forced to seek benefits from companies that put profit before people.

LGBTQ Rights

Aravella has been a champion for LGBTQ rights since her first day in office. Recently, she co- sponsored the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and the ban on conversion therapy that were signed into law in 2019. In the Assembly, she has introduced legislation to establish a Bill of Rights for LGBTQ residents in long-term care facilities and prohibit discrimination against transgender parents in custody cases.

About Aravella

Aravella immigrated to the United States with her parents and brother when she was an infant. She was raised in Astoria and graduated from P.S. 17, Junior H.S. 126, and William C. Bryant High School.

She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University in 1999 and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2002. During law school, she was the managing editor at the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

Aravella was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, winning the Democratic primary and becoming the first woman to ever hold the seat.

About Aravella

Aravella immigrated to the United States with her parents and brother when she was an infant. She was raised in Astoria and graduated from P.S. 17, Junior H.S. 126, and William C. Bryant High School.

She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University in 1999 and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2002. During law school, she was the managing editor at the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

Aravella was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, winning the Democratic primary and becoming the first woman to ever hold the seat.

About Aravella

Aravella immigrated to the United States with her parents and brother when she was an infant. She was raised in Astoria and graduated from P.S. 17, Junior H.S. 126, and William C. Bryant High School.

She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Fordham University in 1999 and earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2002. During law school, she was the managing editor at the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.

Aravella was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, winning the Democratic primary and becoming the first woman to ever hold the seat.

News

Jan. 10, 2019

New law creates ‘Bill of Rights’ for sexual assault victims

A new law signed by the governor in late December is aimed at keeping sexual assault victims informed about their health care and ....

Dec. 20, 2018

New York Democratic Lawmakers Call for Tougher Sexual Harassment Laws

New York state should do more to prevent sexual harassment, including making bystander intervention ....

Dec. 19, 2018

Legislation proposed to strengthen sexual harassment laws

ALBANY — A Queens assemblywoman who has led efforts to overhaul the Assembly’s ...

About Aravella

Aravella has been a leader on a host of issues and has focused on increasing protections and funding for programs that benefit women and children.

Recently, Aravella led a successful push to establish a Bill of Rights for survivors of sexual assault, sponsoring the bill that was signed into law by the Governor.

She has hosted seminars on Paid Family Leave and workplace rights for pregnant women, and she has secured critical funding for improvements to local schools.

As Chair of the Ethics Committee, Aravella is focused on eliminating workplace harassment and discrimination.

About Aravella

Aravella has been a leader on a host of issues and has focused on increasing protections and funding for programs that benefit women and children.

Recently, Aravella led a successful push to establish a Bill of Rights for survivors of sexual assault, sponsoring the bill that was signed into law by the Governor.

She has hosted seminars on Paid Family Leave and workplace rights for pregnant women, and she has secured critical funding for improvements to local schools.

As Chair of the Ethics Committee, Aravella is focused on eliminating workplace harassment and discrimination.

About Aravella

Aravella has been a leader on a host of issues and has focused on increasing protections and funding for programs that benefit women and children.

Recently, Aravella led a successful push to establish a Bill of Rights for survivors of sexual assault, sponsoring the bill that was signed into law by the Governor.

She has hosted seminars on Paid Family Leave and workplace rights for pregnant women, and she has secured critical funding for improvements to local schools.

As Chair of the Ethics Committee, Aravella is focused on eliminating workplace harassment and discrimination.

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