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Solages tapped for deputy majority leader

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Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages was appointed deputy majority leader for the New York State Assembly on Jan. 8. As part of the role, she will be responsible for aiding Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes in Assembly floor operations, and the chamber’s  legislative process. This includes helping People-Stokes during floor debates, developing the legislative calendar and assisting with program development for the Democratic majority caucus.

“I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes for entrusting me with the duties and responsibilities of the position of assembly deputy majority leader,” Solages said in a statement. “It is an honor to serve in this esteemed body, and I look forward to doing my part and working with my colleagues to address the unique issues our districts are facing due to this pandemic.”

The appointment comes after Solages, a Democrat from Elmont, won her fifth term in office in November. She is also chairwoman of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian legislative caucus for the 2021-2022 legislative sessions.