State Sen. Simcha Felder on Wednesday was handed the chairmanship of a significant committee overseeing New York state’s 62 cities.
In addition to leading the Senate subpanel controlling New York City education, the Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the Republican majority will chair the Cities committee. This committee is a crucial one, overseeing requests by cities on traffic, taxis and amendments to city charters.
An appointment to the Cities committee, Robert Farley, Felder’s counsel and chief of staff told Hamodia on Thursday, “is considered a rather significant promotion.”
“All the issues relating primarily or that deal with cities, that has jurisdiction over city laws, are under its purview,” Farley said.
The chairmanship of the Cities committee is traditionally given to a senior member of the Senate. Felder has been in the Senate since 2013.
Felder has kept his leadership of the education subcommittee of New York City’s schools system, which in past years he leveraged to get free transportation for late-homecoming yeshivah students and to ease bureaucracy on parents of special needs students.