From the Morning Memo:

Senate Democrats this year have held 36 hearings on legislative issues — ranging from sexual harassment policy, to sports betting, single-payer health care and transportation concerns among them.

The conference is touting its parade of public hearings compared to the seven public hearings Republicans held over a similar time period last session when the GOP held power in the state Senate.

“The new Senate Democratic Majority told New Yorkers that we would achieve progressive results and improve government transparency and accountability,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

“Over the past six months, we have helped achieve the most productive Legislative Session in history, and we have worked tirelessly to discuss important issues with New Yorkers throughout the state. This is the type of dialogue and transparency New Yorkers deserve and have been denied for too long.”

The hearings included multiple events to discuss labor issues facing farmworkers, climate change, e-scooter and e-bike legalization, rent regulation, online privacy, automatic voter registration and suicide prevention as well as limousine and bus safety.

Much of this is the result of a newly empowered Democratic committee chairs, some of whom received the gavel for the first time in their careers. And, given the large majority Democrats have, many committee chairs in the Senate are rookie lawmakers themselves.

The hearings weren’t confined to Albany, either, with events held in Brooklyn, Newburgh, Syracuse and on Long Island.