A Citizen's Guide to NYSenate.gov

A Citizen's Guide to NYSenate.gov

NYSenate.gov is the most efficient way for New Yorkers to contact their lawmakers in the State Senate.

New York State Senators are tasked with representing more than 19 million citizens. This platform makes it easier for each and every citizen to participate in the legislative process, providing feedback to lawmakers on issues that matter to them. It also makes it easier for senators and staff to authentically consider and respond to the enormous volume of feedback they receive on a daily basis.

When you use NYSenate.gov to get in touch, senators and staff spend more time considering your point of view and crafting meaningful responses, and far less time sorting and categorizing mountains of message sheets, postal mail, and overflowing email inboxes.

As of January, 2020, more than 405,000 New Yorkers have signed up to participate in the lawmaking process on NYSenate.gov. ​

Learn about the lawmaking process of New York

If you're here, chances are that you want to get involved in our state government. It’s important to understand a little bit about the lawmaking process. We have prepared a wealth of resources for learning about how it works:

You can also browse every bill in the legislature and every law of New York.

Create an account

After learning about the process, you might feel ready to take action. The first step is to create an account.

We ask for a name, email address, and a home address. Your home address provides us with the information we need to route your concerns to your senator. Your personal information is never shared with third parties.

Registering takes less than a minute (even faster if you log in with Facebook), and it ensures that your message gets to your senator’s office quickly.  You only have to do it once. You'll know you've completed the process once you've clicked on the confirmation link that is sent to your email and then created a password.

Find and follow issues

Every year, the senate takes action on a vast array of issues facing New York State. When a senator posts content — whether it be a bill, resolution, an article, or a press release — they often tag it with the issue being addressed.


Find and follow issues

On NYSenate.gov, you can “follow” the issues you care about. To find them, check out the issue explorer

From any bill page, you can send a message to your senator on that topic.

When you follow an issue, relevant content will appear on your dashboard. It also allows your senator to notify you about senate activity related to that issue.

Support, oppose, or follow bills

A bill is a proposed change to a New York law. For a bill to become a law, the senate, assembly, and governor must first approve it. You can let your senator know where you stand by visiting any bill page and clicking “aye” or “nay”. You can also "follow" the bill, which allows you to track it as it moves through the senate, assembly, and the governor's office.


Bill Aye/Nay Buttons

When you follow, support, or oppose a bill, your interest is immediately shared with your senator’s office. Your senator can see your support and opposition during all stages of the legislative process. Additionally, senators have access to a statewide tally of support and opposition for bills that they sponsor.


Share additional thoughts on bills

Whenever you support, oppose and/or follow a bill, you can include a message to your senator letting them know why you feel one way or another. Use it to better express your opinion. Many New Yorkers like to use the space to share anecdotes about how an issue or piece of legislation affects their lives. Also, feel free to share links to relevant articles from around the web that are helping to shape your opinion. This context helps your senator better understand where you’re coming from. 

Get bill status alerts in your email inbox

Bill status alerts make it easy for you to stay up-to-date on the bills that are important to you in the New York State Legislature.  Subscribers receive timely email notifications for important milestones in the lifecycle of a bill.

The notification messages include content that will help you understand the significance of each event in the bill’s lifecycle, and it provides helpful cues about how you can add your voice to the legislative process. You can unsubscribe at any time: look for the "Unsubscribe"  and "Manage Subscriptions" links that appear at the bottom of the notification emails. Learn more.

Sign petitions

Senators create petitions when they want to rally support around a cause they believe in. On NYSenate.gov, you can sign a petition authored by any member of the senate.

petition button

As is the case with all your activity on NYSenate.gov, your feedback is only shared with the senator who represents you. That means that even if you sign another member’s petition, your senator will know that you care about the issue.

Stay informed with your personal dashboard

Check your dashboard from time to time, where you can learn about action on bills you’ve supported, opposed, or followed. You can also review a list of all the petitions you’ve signed. 

Dashboard Button


Followed an issue in the past? Whenever a new bill, article, or event is published under that issue, we’ll put it in the issue feed on your dashboard. This is also the place to look for direct messages from senators and/or senate staff.

In the future, we will be introducing email notifications to alert you to new activity on your dashboard.

For assistance on how to use My Dashboard, watch this helpful video.


Frequently asked questions: