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October 13, 2017                                     _                                               _


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today wrote to Gov. Cuomo and New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Matthew Driscoll asking for increased funding to repair and secure dozens of local bridges that have been deemed structurally deficient by a recent report from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office.

            “Securing infrastructure funding at the local level is like pulling teeth every year in Albany,” Hawley said. “Just because we are a more rural community compared to New York City doesn’t mean our local roads, bridges and highways take any less punishment. If anything, our bridges wear down more easily because many more residents drive and our agriculture and small business vehicles are constantly shipping more goods across the state.

            Statewide estimates to make all the necessary repairs are $27 billion, with 23 percent of Genesee County bridges and 16.2 percent of Orleans County bridges categorized as structurally deficient.

            “This is about giving peace of mind to our bus drivers as they bring our children to school, our parents making the morning commute to put food on the table and  our small-business owners working hard to transport their goods to market,” Hawley said. “Government’s top priority should be the safety of its residents, and that starts with roads and bridges in which we have confidence, allowing residents and tourists to travel safely. Securing funding to make this a reality is a must, and I will fight in the coming weeks and months to make that happen.”

October 5, 2017                                      _                                                _


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is encouraging New Yorkers across the state to wear pink this month in support of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although the risk of dying from breast cancer has dropped significantly during the last three decades, it is still the second-highest cause of cancer death in women, an estimated 40,000 women and nearly 500 men will die from the disease this year.  The Trump Administration recently displayed its support by lighting the White House pink on Sunday evening. 

             “Almost everyone has a family member, friend or knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and the goal of this campaign is to completely change that reality,” Hawley said. “Support for the movement has been growing tremendously in recent years with elected officials, celebrities and sports figures doing their part to raise awareness and ultimately save lives. I hope all of my constituents and New Yorkers across the state wear pink at least one day this month to foster awareness and support those affected with breast cancer. Thank you and God bless you.”

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September 29, 2017                                     _                                          _


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today voiced his continuing opposition to a policy pushed by downstate special interests during this past budget cycle which raises the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 in some circumstances. The law, which many have coined the ‘gang recruitment bill’ establishes a youth classification in a superior court in each county that has jurisdiction over Juvenile Offenders and a new class of Adolescent Offenders.

            “This is one of the most misguided and frankly dangerous pieces of legislation that has ever hit my desk as a state legislator,” Hawley said. “As I said at the time it was being considered, contentious policy like this should never be used as political leverage in a state budget and this was a cowardly attempt by downstate liberals to handcuff many legislators into voting for this as it was lumped in with various other spending items in one massive bill.”

            With the new law, certain criminal cases can be sent to Family Court even if the charges are 2nd degree murder, 1st degree rape, 1st degree criminal sexual act or an armed felony. The governor is using this as another mechanism to force counties to adhere to his reckless spending practices. If a county stays under the tax cap, there is no cost to them but if they exceed it they may not be reimbursed by the state.

            “Allowing murderers, rapists and armed robbers to avoid harsher sentencing by sending them to family court is unconscionable,” Hawley said. “In doing so, we run the risk of these violent offenders returning to our neighborhoods more quickly and that should scare everyone. Only in liberal dominated New York do New York City politicians think a sixteen or seventeen year old doesn’t know that murder or armed robbery is wrong and shouldn’t be responsible for his or her actions. I was proud to vote against this bill and am requesting Gov. Cuomo use state funds to reimburse counties for the added court and administrative costs that our local governments simply can’t afford.”

September 13, 2017                               _                                                _


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is asking fellow New Yorkers who are willing and able to consider making a donation or volunteering with the American Red Cross in its efforts to help victims and their families of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recover. Large portions of Texas and Southern Florida have been devastated by these two recent natural disasters, leaving thousands homeless and much of the states’ infrastructure in ruins.

            “What has happened in Texas and Florida as a result of these hurricanes is nothing short of tragic,” Hawley said. “It is at times like these that we must truly band together as Americans and help our friends in the south, because that’s what New Yorkers do. Our friends at the American Red Cross do tremendous work in crises like these, and I can attest to their effectiveness because I partnered with them in 2005 to deliver two truckloads of supplies after Hurricane Katrina. I encourage all Western New Yorkers who are able to make a small donation to the Red Cross and help inject some hope back into these struggling communities.”

            Those looking to donate can use one of the following options:

Mail a check to your local Red Cross chapter:

  • Western New York Chapter (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.)

            786 Delaware Avenue

            Buffalo, NY 14209

  • Greater Rochester Chapter (Livingston, Monroe and Ontario.)

            50 Prince Street

            Rochester, NY 14701

  • Visit
  • Call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Call your local Red Cross chapter. The Western New York chapter phone number is (716) 886-7500. The Greater Rochester chapter phone number is (585) 241-4400.

The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey or Irma relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on, or by designating it on the memo line of their check.


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