Dear Friends,

From the bottom of my heart - thank you. 

With your help, our grassroots campaign for New York State 

Assembly was successful. Thank you for volunteering, for 

donating your time, energy and money. For telling your stories 

about why my candidacy mattered to you. Thank you for believing that public service and good government matter. Thank you for believing in me. And thank you for voting.

So many people helped make this victory happen.

Thank you to Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Congresswoman 

Nydia Velazquez, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca, Antonio Reynoso, Rosie Mendez and Helen Rosenthal, and so many others for your leadership, support and guidance and for taking that leap with me.

Thank you to my campaign team led by Paul Nelson and John Longo, and ably assisted by David Czyzyk and Ptahra Jeppe. 

And now, the hard work begins.  I look forward to working with you all to address the urgent issues that face our communities, our city and the great state of New York.

Jo Anne


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Assemblymember Simon Announces Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 1, 2018

Media Release: October 1, 2018
Contact: Alexis Sfikas | | 718-246-4889

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon Announces Dyslexia Awareness Month:

State Education Department Issues Dyslexia Guidance


Brooklyn, NY - October 1st, 2018, marks the first day of Dyslexia Awareness Month. The New York State Education Department (SED), issued dyslexia guidance documents in August, pursuant to legislation passed by Assemblymember Simon in 2017 (A8262/S6581). These guidance documents were created in cooperation with stakeholders throughout the state, including a Town Hall held by Assemblymember Simon at the 3rd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day in Albany last April, where students with dyslexia, parents, educators, and advocates from across the state brought attention to the need for schools to better serve kids with dyslexia. Representatives from SED attended the Town Hall.

One in five children have dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that makes word recognition, spelling and reading success a difficult task. But too many school administrators believed they could not use the names of specific learning disorders, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, in the development of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). This law will help more children learn to read and be successful students because when children's learning disabilities are clearly defined, educational interventions can be tailored to their needs and educators will be in a better position to teach them.

Throughout the month of October, Assemblymember Simon will be sharing resources on dyslexia and hosting events for students, parents, and educators and advocating for early screening, better teacher preparation and professional development so that our teachers have the skills they need to teach all our children.

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon said, "Dyslexia is the most prevalent learning disability in children, and yet, most parents, teachers, and administrators have trouble recognizing its symptoms. Identifying dyslexia on IEPs is a big step forward in ensuring that kids get the help that they need to learn and thrive. These documents are a good first step, but there is still more to do. During Dyslexia Awareness Month, we must make sure that this new State guidance is shared widely with parents, teachers and school administrators so that every student has a full and fair opportunity to read and to succeed."

As someone who struggled with dyslexia as a child, I know that allowing for a diagnosis of dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia on a child's IEP will help to ensure that the child receives the appropriate educational services to which they are entitled," said Assemblymember Robert C. Carroll, "Proper diagnosis and early intervention are essential to a child becoming academically successful and this law will help ensure that happens. As someone who received appropriate and timely intervention and educational services - it is essential that all children are screened for Dyslexia and that all of our elementary schools have the ability to handle dyslexic students' specific learning needs. I commend Assemblymember Simon for her expertise and tireless advocacy around this issue. 

California's Lt. Governor, and now candidate for Governor, Gavin Newsom has dyslexia. Watch his powerful discussion of why using the word Dyslexia and helping teachers recognize it and target instruction is so important!


Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon's statement upon announcing her re-election campaign

May 31, 2016

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May 31, 2016


Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon's statement upon announcing her re-election campaign


Two years ago, we were here on these same steps with Nydia on my right and Joan on my left, surrounded by a small, diverse group of volunteers and supporters.  We promised that the number of people behind us would grow, and grow it did, as we took our campaign from one end of this district to the other and back again.

I am very proud to say that our numbers have increased and today I am joined by so many more supporters, including city-wide and local elected officials and members of the communities we all represent.

Some of us were once opponents or have supported different candidates in the past, but we quickly put aside those differences and have worked together on issues of concern to our constituents: parks, supermarkets, cleaning up the Gowanus Canal, advocating for small businesses, mass transit and transportation, and the schools that educate our children.  It is as it should be.

Every day, I wake up grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of the 52nd AD. Thank you for putting your trust in me.

Since my election, I have passed 7 bills and 2 have been signed by Governor Cuomo.  Some, like the LICH Act and closing the LLC Loophole await Senate action.  Throughout my term, I have fought and advocated for:

raising the minimum wage;

 paid family leave;

increased funding for our schools;

 campaign finance and election reform - Like closing the LLC Loophole and instituting early voting - because we should be making it easier for more people to vote, not fewer, and not harder;

to restore the B71 bus and by ensuring proper funding to get our mass transit system back on track, improve our roads and bridges and provide for fair and equitable tolling policies;

reducing gun violence - earning me a special place in the hearts of the NRA.

for social justice reform and environmental justice; and

to increase awareness of and improve educational outcomes for our children with dyslexia, far too many of whom struggle without the adults in their lives understanding why they struggle or how to address their needs. We aim to make a difference in that picture throughout New York State. 

We still have a way to go on these issues and many more.  We still need to raise the age of criminal liability (like 47 other states have done) so we are not sending teenagers to adult prisons upstate; and secure affordable housing and enforce tenant protections.

We are here in Downtown Brooklyn and all around us we see the effects of development done without a plan and without community participation and now we all find ourselves struggling with the effects of dramatic increases in residential development without the open space, infrastructure or number of school seats we need.

That's why I have taken the lead in highlighting these challenges and advocated that we hit a "pause button" before developing more housing without thought for the lives to be lived in those residences. And that we use that opportunity to fashion a whole new way of working and planning together for a common purpose - living and working together in the Borough we love in the greatest City in the world. We can do this and we must do this. Thank you.