How Assembly Voted on Safe Staffing Bill

The Assembly passed the Safe Staffing for Quality of Care Act A8580 on Tuesday by a vote of 108-32.  This bill has been around for a long time and is a priority for patient advocates, nurses and health care workers.   The bill requires minimum staffing levels in health facilities which must have a staffing plan.  Nurses can refuse to work if the minimum staffing level is not in place.    Health facilities said they need flexibility to manage the workforce, but advocates for the bill including StateWide Senior Action Council argued that inadequate staffing is directly responsible for medical errors and poor patient care.  This is the first time the bill has passed in the Assembly.  The Senate is not going to take it up but Assembly passage sets the stage for a big push for this bill if Democrats take over the State Senate in this fall’s elections.

It was mostly a party line vote though several Republicans voted for the bill including Claudia Tenney who is running for Congress in a central New York district to replace retiring Richard Hanna.   Democrat Robin Schimminger voted against the bill.

Floor Vote:

DATE:06/14/2016

YEA/NAY: 108/32

Abbate Y Crespo Y Gottfried Y Lopez NO Palumbo NO Simon ER
Abinanti Y Crouch NO Graf Y Lupardo Y Paulin Y Simotas Y
Arroyo Y Curran NO Gunther Y Lupinacci Y Peoples-Stokes Y Skartados Y
Aubry Y Cusick Y Harris Y Magee AB Perry Y Skoufis Y
Barclay NO Cymbrowitz Y Hawley NO Magnarelli Y Pichardo Y Solages Y
Barrett Y Davila Y Hevesi Y Malliotakis NO Pretlow Y Stec NO
Barron Y DenDekker Y Hikind Y Markey Y Quart Y Steck Y
Benedetto Y Dilan Y Hooper Y Mayer Y Ra Y Stirpe Y
Bichotte Y Dinowitz Y Hunter Y McDonald NO Raia Y Tedisco NO
Blake Y DiPietro ER Hyndman Y McDonough Y Ramos Y Tenney Y
Blankenbush NO Duprey NO Jaffee Y McKevitt Y Richardson Y Thiele Y
Brabenec Y Englebright Y Jean-Pierre Y McLaughlin Y Rivera Y Titone Y
Braunstein Y Fahy Y Johns Y Miller Y Robinson Y Titus Y
Brennan ER Farrell Y Joyner Y Montesano Y Rodriguez NO Walker Y
Brindisi Y Finch ER Katz ER Morelle NO Rosenthal Y Walter NO
Bronson Y Fitzpatrick NO Kavanagh Y Mosley Y Rozic Y Weinstein Y
Buchwald Y Friend NO Kearns Y Moya Y Russell Y Weprin Y
Butler NO Galef Y Kim Y Murray NO Ryan Y Williams Y
Cahill Y Gantt Y Kolb NO Nojay NO Saladino Y Woerner Y
Cancel Y Garbarino NO Lalor NO Nolan Y Santabarbara Y Wozniak Y
Castorina NO Giglio NO Lavine Y Oaks NO Schimel NO Wright ER
Ceretto Y Gjonaj Y Lawrence NO O’Donnell Y Schimminger NO Zebrowski Y
Colton Y Glick Y Lentol Y Ortiz Y Seawright Y Mr Spkr Y
Cook Y Goldfeder Y Lifton Y Otis Y Sepulveda Y
Corwin NO Goodell NO Linares Y Palmesano NO Simanowitz ER

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gny53

I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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