Press Releases

Pause Climate-Killing Crypto mining Now! Advocates, Electeds, FLX Biz Owners + Residents Rally @ Capitol

On Wednesday, dozens of advocates, electeds, and Finger Lakes business owners and residents gathered at the Capitol to demand Governor Hochul place a moratorium on crypto mining. The group also called on the DEC to deny the air permit renewal application...

Assemblymember Kelles: Assembly One-House Budget Proposal Includes Critical Funding for Local Municipalities, the Care Economy, Education, Affordable Housing, And the Environment

Assemblywoman Anna Kelles announced today that the Assembly State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-23 Budget proposal includes critical funding to help New Yorkers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a smart budget for COVID-19 recovery,” said...

New Legislation Introduced by Kelles and Hinchey Will Address Shortages in Rural EMS Services

Albany, NY — New legislation introduced by Assemblymember Anna Kelles (A9164) and Senator Michelle Hinchey (S8189A) will address the crisis facing our Statewide EMS service system. Emergency Medical Services have evolved over many decades from a...

Bitcoin Mining Moratorium Bill Picks Up Momentum as DEC Raises Doubts on Future Mining in FLX

ALBANY, NY - Legislation (A7389B/S6486C) to place a 3-year moratorium on Bitcoin mining in New York State is picking up steam in the Assembly with 41wisp co-sponsors including 15 senior-ranking Assembly committee chairs as of February 24. Just last week,...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on DEC’s Delayed Decision on Greenidge Title V Air Permit Renewal

Ithaca, NY — I am disappointed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s decision to delay release of their final deliberation on the Greenidge Generation LLC’s application for a Title V air permit renewal. DEC Commissioner...

Senator Biaggi and Assemblymember Kelles Introduce the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act to Hold Fashion Industry Accountable in New York

New York, NY — Today, Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblymember Dr. Anna Kelles joined the Act on Fashion Coalition, along with designer Stella McCartney, to announce the Fashion Act – the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability...

Assemblymember Kelles Announces State Aid for Library Construction to the Tompkins County Public Library

ITHACA, NY - Assemblymember Anna Kelles announced that the Tompkins County Public Library has been allocated $15,092.00 in state aid for library construction funds. The funds will cover the cost of the TCPL’s replacement of the interior main lobby...

Assemblymember Kelles, Senator Helming, Local Officials, Call on Governor Hochul to Cancel the Proposed Public Auction by NYSEG of the Bell Station Property on Cayuga Lake

This week, Assemblymember Anna R. Kelles (D-125) and Senator Pamela Helming (R-54) wrote to Governor Kathy Hochul to ask for her "urgent help preserving an undeveloped stretch of Cayuga Lake. Bell Station is a remarkable, 470-acre property featuring 3,400...

Weekly Update from Assemblymember Kelles: 8/12/21

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on the Resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo

This afternoon Governor Cuomo announced his resignation.This announcement followed a week after the release of the NY Attorney General’s report, which provided clear evidence that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and violated state and...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’S Report

Ithaca, NY – Today, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of a comprehensive report assessing scientific knowledge on climate change. The IPCC describes the report as a “code red for Humanity.”...

Assemblymember Anna Kelles’s Statement on Attorney General James’s Announcement Regarding Her Investigation into Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Governor Cuomo

The Attorney General’s report released today offers abundant evidence that the Governor sexually harassed numerous women and failed to follow his own sexual harassment policy. It is incredibly difficult to read through the Attorney General’s...

Assemblymember Anna Kelles Submits Public Comments to the Department of Environmental Conservation to Protect Cayuga Lake from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS)

Last week, Assemblymember Anna Kelles submitted public comments on the Draft Cayuga Lake Phosphorus TMDL – a Department of Environmental Conservation report that intends to set pollution limits for the lake.   “It was welcome news...

Assemblymember Kelles Holds ‘State of the District’ With Cortland County Legislature

On Thursday, June 24 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm, New York Assemblymember Anna Kelles will meet with members of the Cortland County Legislature to discuss issues that impact Cortland County. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting. Here is the...

Assemblymember Kelles Urges Repeal or Delay to the State’s Plan to Carve-Out the Federal 340B Drug Discount Program from Medicaid Managed Care in the State’s Budget

Ithaca, NY — On Friday, Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and 25 colleagues sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker urging the New York State Department of Health to update guidelines...

Assemblymember Kelles Vaccine Update

Assemblymembers Push for the New York State Department of Health to Update Guidelines For K-12 Schools

Ithaca, NY — On Friday, Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and 25 colleagues sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker urging the New York State Department of Health to update guidelines...

Governor's Announcement on Revised Nursing Home Visitation Guidance

Dear Community, I hope this finds you all safe and in good health. Many of you and your loved ones have been suffering because you have not been able to visit your family and friends in nursing homes. Residents of these facilities have been...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

Yesterday, throughout the nation we collectively held our breath for a jury in Minneapolis to hand down their verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin. The country and the world witnessed a history-making decision to hold a police officer...

Assemblywoman Anna Kelles, Tompkins County Electeds, and Allies to Call for $3.5B Excluded Workers Fund in NYS Budget

ITHACA -- As New York State lawmakers close in on a budget for the coming year, a host of Tompkins County electeds including Assemblywoman Anna Kelles will hold a press conference this afternoon to champion for the inclusion in the final state budget...