first_imgHeastie…appointed chair of NY task force New York State Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, has been appointed by Haitian- American Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages as chair of the Legislative Task Force on New Americans. Founded in 2001, the entity focuses on researching and advocating for policies and programs that have a direct impact on the immigrant community throughout the state of New York.Solages, 31, who represents the 22nd district in the New York State Assembly, since 2013, is the first Haitian-American elected to the New York State legislature. “The foreign-born population has a substantial impact on New York, especially in suburban communities. They contribute to economic output, tax revenues, and play a significant role in creating small businesses. Rather than waste government resources on raids and walls, we should invest in our communities and crumbling infrastructure.” Solages said.“As a daughter of an [Haitian] immigrant …and chair of this Task Force, I will celebrate the diversity of our state and push back against the rise of ‘extreme anti-immigration rhetoric,’” she added.last_img