Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz of the Bronx was named head of the Judiciary Committee by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, replacing longtime Judiciary Chair Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn.
Dinowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and former administrative law judge, has served on the Judiciary Committee for 20 years. The committee has jurisdiction over any legislation that may affect the courts in the state.
“The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over legislation affecting not only the courts, but also estates, family law, domestic relations, civil rights, and many, many other areas. The work of this committee impacts the lives of all New Yorkers. I look forward to representing my constituents and the interests of all of the people of New York as Judiciary Committee chairman,” Dinowitz said in a statement Sept. 29.
The position of chair of the Judiciary Committee was left open after Heastie, who is also from the Bronx, appointed Weinstein as chair of the Assembly’s powerful Ways and Means Committee earlier this month. Weinstein, who became the first woman to serve as head of the Judiciary Committee when she was appointed in 1994, is the first woman to hold the position as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for all matters pertaining to the adoption of the state budget. The Ways and Means committee also has jurisdiction over any legislation introduced in the State Assembly that would impact spending or revenues at the state or local level.
Weinstein, who was first elected to the Assembly in 1980, replaced longtime Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell of Manhattan, who retired earlier this month after 42 years as a lawmaker.