Sen Leroy Comrie saves lives beyond the elderly

NYS Senator Leroy Comrie (right) receiving a hug from constituent, is surrounded by guests at a public affair in Cambria Heights, NY.
Photo by Laura Andrews

Although former New York City Councilman Leroy has not returned to public service as the borough president of Queens, as once anticipated by his southeast constituents, he abounds in his new position as state senator. In this office occupied by former NYS state senator Malcolm Smith, Comrie does not deny that the job is challenging. With careful partnerships, organization and strategic planning, his objective is to be an effective leader, he expressed. The public servant in outlining his mission in this office said it is to deliver excellent and quality service to all of his constituents.

Already the state senator representing the 14th State Senate District has racked up in one year a record of 42 bills, introduced on the New York State Senate floor. During the same period, he has sponsored more than 60 pieces of legislation. Comrie’s priority is “Safeguarding residents from predatory practices and reforming laws to increase electoral accessibility and openness.”

The ranking member of the NYS Elections Committees and Consumer Protections indicated he introduced legislation to create a Community Restoration Fund, a pool of settlement monies from mortgage related lawsuits brought by the attorney general to be used to buy distressed mortgages and refinance loans with those homeowners hit hardest by the crisis. As a councilman in the New York City Council he tackled “predatory lenders in the wake of a sub-prime mortgage crisis that cost thousands of local residents their homes.”

Forming his rhythm with familiar and a new Queens community, the New York state senator counts as one of his major achievements for 2015 a bill he authored which impacted more than 5,000 senior citizens and disabled residents. The bill shields protective classes of individuals affected by Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) from either human or computer errors. This motivation for the bill arrived in the case of “Mr. Julius Diamond, a 101-year-old veteran living on a fixed income, who had lost his SCRIE benefits,” the senator recalled. At age 102, Mr. Diamond has been made whole in this matter. “Working collaboratively on all levels of government, can truly make a difference in people’s lives,” Comrie added.

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