Press Releases

Bike Albany Map Launches, Recap of Capital Region Smart Cities Forum

This week, I helped announce the launch of the new interactive BikeAlbanyMap, of bike routes through Albany funded with a project grant I secured through the Assembly. The map app, developed by the Albany Bicycle Coalition in collaboration with Mohawk...

Smart Cities Forum at the Capitol

A reminder that tomorrow (November 15) is the Smart Cities Legislative Forum: Savings, Safety, and Innovation) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the New York State Capitol’s Assembly Parlor (Room 306, northeast corner), featuring Mark Little, former GE Chief...

Assembly Push to Feds to Lower Pressure in Highly Flammable Oil Trains

This week, nearly two dozen Assemblymembers have signed onto a letter I initiated to the U.S. Department of Transportation, to support of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's petition to require increased safety standards in the operation...

New Playground at Elm Avenue Park in Bethlehem

This past summer, the Town of Bethelehem had announced they were constructing a new playground for Elm Avenue Park with capital funds I was able to designate last year. This week, I joined the Town in the formal opening of the new playground. This...

Save the Date: Smart Cities Forum

Please save the date for my upcoming Smart Cities Legislative Forum: Savings, Safety, and Innovation for Tuesday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the New York State Capitol’s Assembly Parlor. Cutting-edge technologies such as smart street...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Upcoming Smart Cities Forum

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in an effort to acknowledge efforts across the state, Governor Cuomo is encouraging all New Yorkers to wear purple on Thursday, Oct. 20 as part of "Shine the Light" campaign Additionally, it was announced...

The Start of Fall; News, Community Events in the 109th District

This week marked the beginning of the fall and the week ended on a somber note with serious charges lodged against some top state officials and developers. I am troubled by these accusations and support corrective action going forward while working to...

Farm Cideries Can Now Serve NYS-Made Beer, Wine, and Spirits

This week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation I sponsored with Senator Amedore to allow New York State farm cideries to be able to serve wine, beer and spirits by the glass. Previously, farm cideries would have to apply for a separate farm brewery,...

Bethlehem Opens New Kayak, Canoe Launch Thanks to State Funding I Helped Secure

This week, I joined Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson, kayakers, canoers, and community members in the opening of the new kayak and canoe launch at Henry Hudson Park. Improving recreational and environmental facilities within municipalities in...

New Yorkers deserve uniform criminal justice services

Friend – The Albany Times Union published an op-ed penned by Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and myself, calling for Governor Cuomo to sign our indigent legal services legislation. You can read the full op-ed here (Times Union Plus subscription...

Funds Available for Transportation-Related Programs

Friend – This past week, the Governor announced the $98.7 million in competitive grants for bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and help to meet the requirements of...

Expanding Broadband throughout Upstate

This week, Governor Cuomo announced the New NY Broadband program, which will expand broadband service to underserved communities in Upstate New York, while increasing speeds for existing customers. This cannot come soon enough, as households and businesses...

Cycling the Erie Canal – A Great Way to Make History Come Alive!

Last week, I cycled nearly 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal - and what a journey it was! I learned along the way that I was the first NYS legislator to participate in this Parks and Trails NY’s annual Cycle the Erie Canal,...

Assembly to Hold Water Quality Hearings

This week, the Assembly announced it will hold water quality hearings, including in regard to the Hoosick Falls PFOA crisis. The situation in nearby Rensselaer County has percolated to headlines locally and on a national scale given the harmful effects...

End of Session Wrap Up

Last week marked the end of the legislative session — in which both houses went into the early hours of Saturday morning to wrap up a number of legislative priorities. While a tremendous amount has been accomplished this year – see below...

Winding Down This Year's Legislative Session

This week was a frenzied one before the scheduled end of this year’s legislative session on Thursday, June 16. A tremendous amount of work is underway on hundreds of bills still in play before legislators leave Albany. Here are some legislative...

Assembly Passes Indigent Legal Services

This week, the Assembly unanimously passed legislation I sponsored that will address funding of indigent legal services (ILS) by the State of New York! The legislation will require the state to reimburse counties and cities for the full amount of indigent...

Memorial Day

Friend – This Memorial Day weekend commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by so many American soldiers over the decades. This is a time pause and reflect on so many of our fundamental American freedoms and opportunities, which are not to...

Oil Train Surety Bill, Medicine Price Gouging, Utility Public Advocate, Organ Donation Registry Expansion

Friend – This past week brought increased attention to my Petroleum Storage Surety bill (A.7625) to increase safety with oil trains and passed the Assembly, but has yet to be taken up by the Senate. This important bill addresses insurance requirements...

Spotlight on Ethics; Assembly Passes Environmental, Domestic Violence Legislation

Last week highlighted yet again why increased ethics and campaign finance reform is sorely needed in state government. I share the concern (and frustration) with the recent number of cases and investigations of high level public officials that have come...

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