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New York State Assemblymember, District 61
Assemblyman Fall is the first Muslim and African-American Assemblymember elected from Staten Island. He comes from a working-class family of six. His parents immigrated to Staten Island from Guinea, West Africa, and displayed a commitment to improving the lives of those around them. Fall has been a public servant for years. In 2014, he served as the Staten Island Borough Director and Citywide Islamic Liaison for the Mayor of New York City, working to ensure Universal Prekindergarten and paid sick leave became realities. Fall then became the Chief of Staff to the Staten Island Parks and Recreation Commissioner During his first term, Assemblyman Fall has passed 6 bills, 4 of which were signed into law. He secured over $300,000 in funding for local public schools and educational programs and $1 million in capital funds to support community and economic development. He also worked with the Staten Island delegation to freeze the resident bridge toll at $5.50 for an additional two years. Since the start of COVID-19 Assemblyman Fall has helped over 100 unemployed constituents receive their unemployment benefits, served 1,500 hot meals to residents across the district, and distributed thousands of protective materials to residents and businesses in need. He also advocated and secured 1.5 million dollars for the NYC Commercial Lease Assistance Program which provides free legal services to NYC businesses. Assemblyman Fall has made it a priority to develop and strengthen relationships between community leaders and elected officials to champion solutions to ensure stable and healthier communities.