Assembly Speaker Heastie to speak to BCW

By Bill Heltzel

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New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will be the next featured speaker in the Business Council of Westchester’s political leadership series.

Heastie is the first African-American to serve as Speaker.

Assembly members elected him to the top position in 2015, following the resignation of Sheldon Silver, who held the position for 21 years. Silver had been arrested on federal corruption charges and has since been convicted and sentenced to prison.

Heastie, a Democrat, was elected to the Assembly in 2000 to represent the northeast Bronx. He has advocated for new schools and increasing the minimum wage.

The BCW event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the organization’s auditorium at 800 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers and includes a continental breakfast.

The political leadership series features top government officials who discuss the impact of legislation on business and on the Westchester economy. More information can be found at



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Bill Heltzel
Bill Heltzel has covered criminal justice, courts, government and sports – as a beat reporter and investigative reporter – for daily newspapers in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He worked for Bloomberg LP in training and sales. He joined The Business Journal in 2016.

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