February 2016

February 19, 2016                              ___                                                  _


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced that a new free mobile app, compatible with iOS and Android, is available for veterans and their family members to help them connect with important programs and resources. The New York State Veterans App provides users with information on healthcare, housing, education, employment and a host of other issues at the touch of a finger.

            “Our state is home to nearly one million veterans and helping them easily access vital programs and services is extremely important,” Hawley said. “Far too often, our veterans are not aware of the help available to them and are left without a strong support system. This announcement perfectly illustrates how government can better serve citizens through technology and how knowledge can be easily accessed by those who need it most. I look forward to using this app myself and informing my constituents on this break though in veterans’ affairs services.”

            Hawley is a veteran himself and serves as Ranking Republican Member of the Assembly’s Veterans Affairs Committee.

February 9, 2016                              ___                                                  __



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) (third from left) is pictured with Orleans County Veterans Service Agency Director Earl Schmidt (far left), the agency’s Secretary Mary Jo Syck, and Orleans County Legislator Don Allport (far right).

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) recently presented the new Orleans County Veterans Service Agency Director, Earl Schmidt, with an American Flag and New York State Flag to display on the agency’s flagpole that was donated by Hawley and former Sen. George Maziarz several years ago. Hawley is a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves and is also Ranking Republican on the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

            “As a veteran and local leader I was proud to congratulate Director Schmidt on his new position with the Orleans County Veterans Service Agency,” Hawley said. “The organization provides many important services for local veterans and their families and they deserve the utmost support. I wish Director Schmidt and Mary Jo Syck the best of luck in their endeavors and I know they will make Orleans County proud.”

February 9, 2016                              ___                                                  __



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) (pictured right) discusses manufacturer techniques and machinery with Hinspergers General Manager Greg Budd.

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) continued his districtwide small-business tour on Friday by visiting Hinspergers Poly Industries Inc.’s plant in Medina. The Canadian-based company, which has manufactured swimming pool covers and related products since 1976, has been growing and expanding since it opened in Medina in 2002.

            “My experience touring Hinspergers Poly Industries Inc. and speaking with General Manager Greg Budd was nothing short of insightful and informative,” Hawley said. “As a tireless proponent of small businesses in Albany, I am always interested in speaking with business owners and learning how they cope with New York’s lackluster economic climate. Hinspergers Poly Industries has more than tripled its workforce and expanded its factory size since 2002, and I will surely discuss the pillars of its success and profitability with my colleagues in Albany.”

February 4, 2016                              ___                                                  __


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today touted his support for volunteer and paid firefighters and emphasized the crucial role they play in communities across New York State. Hawley’s comments come after it was recently reported that volunteer firefighter groups save New York’s communities more than $3 billion statewide annually.

            “Volunteer firefighters are one of the most necessary groups for preserving public safety in our communities,” Hawley said. “Their sacrifices and willingness to put themselves in dangerous situations at a moment’s notice is matched by very few. Running into a burning building when common sense tells you to run away speaks to their unbridled bravery and commitment to saving lives, no matter the cost.”

            Hawley also spoke about ways to help support local fire departments, opportunities for citizens to become involved and serve their community, and his plans moving forward.

            “With volunteer numbers decreasing as of late, we have an obligation to bolster local fire departments as much as possible and make the profession  attractive to young people. I’ve always been a supporter of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and its tuition reimbursement opportunities, which allow young men and women to serve as volunteer firefighters in exchange for help paying for education. I will continue to support New York’s firefighter network and champion their causes in this year’s budget negotiations.”  


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