Once again following an election turnover, there are new chairs of the Aging Committees in the state Assembly and Senate. In the Senate, the change was expected since Democrats took power and would appoint one of their members to replace Senator Sue Serino, the previous chair. Senator Rachel May who just won election in the Syracuse area is the new Senate chair. She has been a professor at Stony Brook and worked at Syracuse University in the environmental field most recently .
Assemblyman Harry Bronson is the new Assembly chair, replacing Donna Lupardo who is now chairing the Agriculture Committee. She had been mentioned for the post of Majority Leader which instead went to Crystal Peoples-Stokes of Buffalo. Bronson represents a district in the Rochester area and has been in the Assembly since 2011.
Both Lupardo and Serino were active leaders of the Aging Committee. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of turnover in chairs of the committee who often move up to other committees that are more powerful. There have been some chairs who served for many years like Paul Harenberg in the Assembly who made senior issues his primary concern.
Gustavo Rivera has replaced Kemp Hannon as Chair of the Senate Health Committee as Democrats replace all Republican chairs. Hannon was defeated in November. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried continues as Chair of the Health, a position he has held for decades.
The new Legislature which begins its session now includes 15 new members of the Senate. The Legislature will be much more diverse with more women and persons of different ethnic groups, including the first Indian-American, Iranian-American and Taiwanese-American legislators.