May, June, July & august 2017

August 22, 2017                                     _                                                _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES BIG GAME HUNTING IN ORLEANS COUNTY

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is pleased to announce that bill A06521-A has been signed into law, allowing Orleans County to have a big game hunting season between November 18 and December 10. This also authorizes pistols, rifles, crossbows, longbows and shotguns to be used during this season and puts Orleans County on the same playing field as every other hunting county in New York.

            “I am proud to announce that big game rifle hunting has once again been legalized in Orleans County,” Hawley said. “Hunting is such an important staple of our culture here in Western New York and my bill will include rifles, pistols, shotguns, crossbows and longbows in the group of authorized hunting equipment. Keeping our passion and traditions alive is immensely important for me and I will always stand by our right to hunt and protect the second amendment. I wish all hunters a safe and productive season this year, happy hunting.”


 

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE PAGEANTRY

            “With the expected opening of one span of the Tappan Zee Bridge this week, the questions revolving around how we’re paying for it echo even louder throughout New York. The bridge is a main artery from downstate into the city and Gov. Cuomo’s project is siphoning over $4 billion to it. From adding LED lighting to the bridge to calling in a special session to rename the bridge after his father, the governor is showing that the bridge is all politics and wasting money. We’re all in favor of improving our infrastructure but policy must be accompanied by fiscal responsibility.

“I’ve joined with my colleagues to call for a concrete financial plan for the bridge many times in the past but the governor’s office has yet to provide one. With the bridge being partially operational it’s past time for answers. If taxes are going to be raised on upstate residents who won’t even see the bridge or, tolls being drastically hiked after 2020, we don’t know, but something is definitely rotting under this bridge.”

            “The Thruway Authority exists to serve the entirety of the state, not just New York City. If there is even a chance that tolls upstate will be funneled to support the project then we have to know about it. If that’s the case then Upstate New York should not have to pay the price for something the majority of its residents won’t even use. It’s sacrificing the wants and needs of the people in service to Gov. Cuomo’s grandstanding and political ambition.”

August 10, 2017                                     _                                                _

HAWLEY CHALLENGES CUOMO OVER TAXPAYER-FUNDED HANDOUT TO CONS

                          A statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

                “Gov. Cuomo is proposing that New York state provide prisons $7 million so convicts can take college courses. I believe that there are more efficient ways to spend this amount of money. Our infrastructure throughout the state is in desperate need of attention along with many hardworking taxpayers who are struggling to provide college tuition for themselves and members of their family.

            “Unfortunately, I feel that when the governor announces such misguided ideas and proposals that he is solely attempting to bring national media attention upon himself and to position himself for an upcoming presidential run. I call on the governor to relieve some of the burden that he placed on taxpayers to pay for his “free” tuition plan and use this proposed $7 million for education at SUNY schools for law-abiding citizens.

            “I can’t believe the governor puts the future of convicted felons ahead of the young men and women of our state who are working day in and day out to provide for their families and to become pillars of their communities. The people of New York state deserve better.”

July 27, 2017                                     _                                                     _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES PERMANENT RIFLE HUNTING IN GENESEE COUNTY

“I am very pleased that Gov. Cuomo has signed Assembly Bill 6530-A, which permanently allows rifle hunting in Genesee County. As someone who has always passionately fought for Second Amendment rights, I am happy I was able to author this bill on behalf of the tens of thousands of hunters, rod and gun clubs and rifle owners in Western New York and give them a voice in Albany.

“In a time when there are so many restrictions on a New Yorker’s right to own and operate firearms, I am thrilled we were able to move forward and make this bill law. It is important that we continue to fight to make sure New Yorkers’ right to bear arms is both respected and upheld. This bill will ensure that hunting, which is a deep-rooted tradition in Western New York, continues into the future.”

July 13, 2017                                     _                                                     _

BUYING LOCAL, HAWLEY SUPPORTS INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH

            With the advent of Independent Retailer Month, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), who himself has been a small-business owner for over 40 years, is encouraging his neighbors to shop local this month. It is a chance to support the local economy and strengthen community growth in Western New York.

            “This month is the perfect opportunity to support your neighbor’s businesses and show the strength of our community,” Hawley said. “As a local business owner, I know the importance of the issues so many business owners face. The regulation and taxes meted out by Albany stifle the prosperity of all of us. It is with this in mind that we use this month as a symbol to band together as neighbors and show that our local economy has never been stronger and will continue to keep local money in local pockets.”

            Hawley is a strong opponent of regulation and governmental oversight that prevents local businesses from operating efficiently in New York State. This motivated him to sponsor the Red Tape Reduction Act (A6916) to help start cutting back harmful laws sent down from Albany. Less regulation and less red tape means more jobs, lower taxes, and more money in your pocket at the end of every day.

July 7, 2017                                       _                                                     _

HAWLEY, LEGISLATORS’ LETTER SPURS GOV. TO ANNOUNCE FEDERAL AID TO LAKE ONTARIO COMMUNITIES

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), second from the left, joins Gov. Cuomo and legislators in Irondequoit to sign a $45 million Lake Ontario relief bill into law

          Following a press conference Wednesday requesting Gov. Cuomo to petition President Trump for federal assistance regarding the flooded conditions along Lake Ontario’s southern shore, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the governor has signed into law legislation, of which Hawley helped usher through the house, that will immediately provide about $45 million in funding to communities that have been destroyed by flooding and erosion.

            “As you know, the lake level is still a major issue along the Lake Ontario shoreline,” the legislators wrote. “The devastation has created massive land erosion, and has destroyed residences and businesses. It is imperative that you request federal assistance immediately to ensure our constituents receive the help they deserve and desperately need.

            Hawley hand delivered the letter at the signing of the Lake Ontario release bill to Gov. Cuomo on Thursday. The letter had signatures from seven assemblymen and four senators, many of whom were present at the signing of the bill. Hawley had called on Gov. Cuomo to petition President Trump to declare the area a federal disaster on Wednesday, which Gov. Cuomo announced he is moving forward with at Thursday’s bill signing. Hawley attended the event and spoke on the importance of soliciting federal aid to the shore. Gov. Cuomo followed suit by requesting an Expedited Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has asked President Trump to appoint new leadership to the International Joint Commission (IJC).

            “I am pleased that Gov. Cuomo has heard our call for help and has initiated the process to bring much needed federal relief funding to our area as well as signed legislation into law that is paramount to our community’s recovery,” Hawley said. “This is a trying time for all of us, and I will continue to stand arm in arm with the men, women and business owners of the southern shore who need our help now more than ever. I would like to thank my federal and state colleagues in both houses who have helped us through this tumultuous time, and I am confident, together, we can overcome this tragedy.”

July 6, 2017                                       _                                                     _

HAWLEY, LOCAL REPS URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DECLARE LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINE FEDERAL DISASTER

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[From Left to Right] Don and Barb Anderson, owners of Green Harbor Campground and Marina, Sen. Rob Ortt, Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), Assemblyman Mike Norris, Rep. Chris Collins, Orleans County Legislators Lynne Johnson, Kenneth DeRoller and John DeFilipps

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) Wednesday joined a host of elected officials representing areas affected by Lake Ontario’s southern shore at Green Harbor Marina in Lyndonville to sign a joint letter to Gov. Cuomo asking him to petition President Trump to declare the southern shore of the lake a federal disaster.

            “It is crucial that we continue to sound the alarm about the devastating conditions residents and businesses are enduring here on Lake Ontario’s southern shore,” Hawley said. “We have made great strides in securing funding to help us rebuild and repair, but much more needs to be done and it is time that the federal government step in and lend a hand.

            “I thank Congressman Collins for pushing this issue to the forefront at the national level and my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate who have joined me here today to support the cause,” Hawley continued. “We will be following up with Gov. Cuomo and doing everything we can for the people affected by this terrible disaster in the coming weeks and months.”

June 30, 2017                                       _                                                  _

HAWLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON 4TH OF JULY

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

            “As the 4th of July approaches, we should all take a moment to appreciate the importance of this great day. Our independence is something that can sometimes be overlooked, and with all the corporate and trendy holidays that we have throughout the year, we need to cherish this holiday and what it stands for.

            “It is a true gift to have a sense of patriotism and to remember the people who made our independence possible. The fight for liberty and justice is never complete; and as Americans it is our duty to remember and cherish our independence. It is a day to celebrate our freedom, our country, our triumphs and to remember all those men and women who have served our nation and who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of those ideals.

            “Although this holiday is a joyous occasion, I encourage everyone to stay safe and to celebrate responsibly with family and friends.”

 June 29, 2017                                       _                                                  _ 

 

HAWLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON CLOSING OF ALBANY’S ‘EXTRAORDINARY SESSION’

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

            “Albany’s dysfunction was on full display yesterday as legislators were called back to session for a 12-hour fiasco with many of us in the dark until very late as to what bills we were to vote on. As usual, the three-men-in-a-room backdoor deal circus was on full display, costing taxpayers tens of thousands in per diems and travel expenses.

            “Although many issues like ethics reform, small-business relief, property and income tax reform were unfortunately not addressed this year, we did manage to pass sales tax extenders for Orleans and Genesee counties that will help mitigate rising property taxes and fund various county initiatives.

            “We also made important changes that will allow us to streamline the grant process for homeowners and owners of secondary properties affected by flooding to obtain aid and relief. I am hopeful that the governor will sign this bill into law soon and help residents who are still struggling with Lake Ontario’s devastating flooding.

               “While this session was far from perfect and rife with dysfunction and secrecy, we did provide a record amount of aid for our schools, provided funding to combat the growing heroin epidemic, passed the ‘New York Buy American Act’ to bolster manufacturing and construction jobs and brought ride-sharing services upstate.

            “I look forward to a productive summer and fall visiting with constituents in our area and hearing feedback, questions and concerns as we look forward to the 2018 Session. Please remember that I am always available to discuss state issues and I will always be your voice and represent you fairly in Albany.”

June 21, 2017                                       _                                                  _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF 2017 CHARITABLE GAMING ACT IN BOTH HOUSES

Applauds bi-partisan legislation headed to Gov. Cuomo for approval

            “I am pleased to announce that through diligent bi-partisan efforts and shared interests we have once again passed the 2017 Charitable Gaming Act in both the Senate and Assembly. For too long, thousands of churches, non-for-profits, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and Fire Departments, including the Stafford Fire Department, have suffered under the archaic and nonsensical restrictions. Now, if this bill is signed into law, these great organizations will be able to accept debit and credit cards for raffles, and purchase into these games over the internet.

            “I applaud the work of Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Tonawanda) for championing this cause in our house and Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) for carrying the bill in his house. I urge Gov. Cuomo to do the right thing for these tremendous organizations and their selfless volunteers and sign this legislation into law immediately so that no more damage is done.”

 June 20, 2017                                       _                                                  _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF BILL TO AID VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING CANCER

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A shot of the Assembly board depicting a vote on legislation to aid volunteer fire fighters battling cancer

             Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is pleased to announce that a bill has passed the Assembly which would increase the disability benefits available to volunteer firefighters to cover cancer. Fire districts, departments or companies would be required to offer cancer disability benefit insurance programs to all volunteer firefighters who are eligible.

            “Firefighters are important members of our society who protect us in so many ways,” said Hawley. “Often, firefighters are the first ones to arrive on scene, and they put their lives at risk every day to keep us safe from harm, whether it be from fires, car accidents or other tragedies. They protect our lives so it is only fair that we work to protect or improve their lives. This is why I have supported this bill to help give volunteer firefighters the benefits they deserve if they should suffer from such a terrible disease as cancer. They fight for us, so we must fight for them.”


 

HAWLEY PASSES BILL PROVIDING $90M GRANT PROGRAM FOR LAKE ONTARIO FLOOD VICTIMS, BUSINESSES & SCHOOL DISTRICTS

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced late Monday evening that he has passed bi-partisan legislation in the Assembly that establishes a $90 million grant program through the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to assist homeowners, school districts and businesses affected by Lake Ontario’s devastating flooding this spring. Most of the grants are designated for storm-related repairs and restoration to structures and equipment.

            “This may be the most effective and comprehensive response to Lake Ontario’s devastating flooding we have created yet,” Hawley said. “This is a monumental victory for the thousands of homeowners, school districts and businesses that have been displaced or had their homes destroyed due to this catastrophe. I am proud to have worked across the aisle, and I applaud my regional colleagues on the other side of the aisle for helping usher this much needed legislation through the house.”

            The grant program is constructed as follows:

  • $25 million to support grants up to $30,000 for owners of multiple dwellings
  • $100,000 grants eligible for small businesses, farms, homeowners associations and not-for-profits
  • $15 million to provide grants up to $60,000 to homeowners affected by flooding
  • $25 million to support counties, towns, villages and special districts that sustained flood released damage, including roads and drinking water systems
  • $15 million in flood mitigation and flood control grants programs for counties

            The bill now awaits signature by the governor to become law. 

June 16, 2017                                       _                                                   _

HAWLEY PASSES BILL AUTHORIZING BIG GAME HUNTING IN GENESEE & ORLEANS COUNTIES

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A shot of the Assembly voting board pictured here announcing Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s (R,C,I-Batavia) hunting bill is currently up for a vote by the house

             Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is pleased to announce passage of a bill which will authorize Orleans and Genesee County residents to hunt big game from November 15 till December 7. The bill allows residents to hunt using pistols, shotguns, muzzle loaded firearms, long bows, crossbows or rifles. 

            “Hunting is an important part of our history, it is how our forefathers survived and provided for their families,” said Hawley. “As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I am proud to announce that citizens of Orleans and Genesee counties will be able to continue this centuries-old tradition that is such a huge part of our Western New York culture. As a proud outdoorsman myself, I will continue to work tirelessly to protect our constitutional rights from special interests attempting to restrict them. The passage of this bill is a step in the right direction toward maintaining our freedom and right to own firearms.”


HAWLEY: IT’S THE TOUGHEST BUT MOST REWARDING JOB I’VE EVER HAD

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on Father’s Day

            “Becoming a father was one of the most life-changing moments I have ever experienced. It is the toughest but most rewarding job I’ve ever had, as I have been able to watch my two sons grow into fine young men of whom I am so proud. Being a father means not only teaching your children, but learning from them too as we grow right alongside each other.”

“As a father you have the role of being your child’s protector, something I feel I have not only done with my own children but also with the children of New York, as the safety of children and families is one of my top priorities as a member of the Assembly. I strive to be an inspiration to all fathers, as many of them, especially my own, inspire me every day. We must work together to ensure our children become the best they can be, and that means learning from and supporting other fathers. Happy Father’s Day and thank you to all the fathers out there working hard to raise strong, independent and caring young men and women.”

June 6, 2017                                         _                                                   _

HAWLEY CALLS FOR END TO WASTEFUL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPENDING, STRICTER OVERSIGHT

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) at a press conference today in Albany calling for increased transparency with state economic development spending

            As the result of tens of millions in taxpayer dollars poured into stagnant and corrupt economic development programs in recent years, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is championing legislation that would provide greater accountability, transparency and safeguarding in how the state spends taxpayer money.

            Following a press conference held by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua), Hawley and a host of  his Assembly Republican colleagues are blasting the state’s unproductive and seemingly corrupt programs like START-UP NY and the illegal I Love NY signs and arguing that strict auditing, deadlines and oversight must accompany any further spending in these initiatives.

            “These programs have been a disgrace and a clear abuse of taxpayer dollars,” Hawley said. “In a state with already suffocating taxes and outrageous spending, we cannot continue to pour millions into programs that are rife with bid rigging and have created a minimal number of sustainable jobs. We need to let Comptroller DiNapoli do his job and audit these programs and return unnecessary tax dollars back into the pockets of our struggling families. I am calling for an immediate vote on this bill before session adjourns for the summer and encourage my colleagues across the state to support our cause.”


 

HAWLEY HOLDS ALBANY PRESSER CALLING FOR EXPANSION OF CHARITABLE GAMING LAWS

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left] pictured with Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) at today’s press conference in Albany.

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today held a press conference with Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) in Albany calling for an expansion of New York’s charitable gaming laws to include measures such as allowing for the use of credit and debit cards as payment for raffles and allowing advertising and sales online for raffles and games of chance.

            “Momentum is at all-time high to reform these outdated and detrimental restrictions,” Hawley said. “These reforms would benefit thousands of not for profits and organizations like Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary Clubs, churches, fire departments and foundations for children like the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. I thank my colleagues in the Senate for spearheading this charge in their house and am hopeful that we can pass these changes before session adjourns in a few weeks.”

            Hawley has been influential in leading the fight to reform the antiquated laws the past few years and championed legislation included in this year’s budget that would allow television and internet advertising of raffles, the use of personal checks as payments and expanding the definition of “authorized organization” to include volunteer ambulance workers and organizations that have been in existence for one year, among other provisions.

June 2, 2017                                         _                                                   _

 

LOWER TAXES, UPSTATE VALUES MATTER: HAWLEY RELEASES 2017 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY RESULTS

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today released the findings of his 2017 Legislative Survey that offered constituents an opportunity to answer questions and provide feedback on a host of state issues from ways to increase business activity to taxes and the DREAM Act.

            “I am so pleased to have once again conducted a legislative survey to gain insight into the needs and concerns of our community and look forward to using that input to shape the legislation I introduce and my policy platform moving forward,” Hawley said. “Things like cutting taxes, improving our business climate, repealing the NY SAFE Act upstate and fighting against the DREAM Act are top priorities of my constituents and certainly mirror what I am fighting for in Albany.”

            The results offer clear evidence that many western New York residents believe New York is headed in the wrong direction and that lowering taxes and ethics reform were the most important issues to constituents at 43.4 percent and 30.2 percent, respectively.

            “As I have said for many years, New York’s leadership continues to funnel money and resources into downstate-centric initiatives which leaves upstate to fight for scraps, and that is unacceptable. I look forward to conducting a similar survey next year and am accessible year-round to meet with constituents or groups here in the district or in Albany to hear their concerns,” said Hawley.

            Other highlights of the survey include 64.1 percent of respondents in favor of abolishing the wasteful START-UP NY program, 58.9 percent in favor of cutting red tape and unnecessary regulations for small businesses and 66.1 percent in support of the division of New York into two separate states.

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HAWLEY SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT

OAKFIELD-ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) addresses the Oakfield-Alabama High School social studies class.

          Yesterday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) visited a social studies class at Oakfield-Alabama High School to discuss his duties as an elected official and explain his views on current and local issues. This experience gave students an opportunity to learn valuable information about politics from a valued member of the State Assembly. Hawley enjoyed his time with the students and hopes that many of them will be inspired to take part in politics in the future.


 

 

HAWLEY ATTENDS ANNUAL NYIA CONFERENCE IN BUFFALO

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) with Sen. Chris Jacobs, Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) and Moderator Bill Melchionni

          Yesterday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) spoke at the New York Insurance Association’s (NYIA)  annual conference in Buffalo. This year’s event featured legislators from the greater Buffalo area who serve on the Insurance Committee and work on insurance-related issues. Each legislator was given an opportunity to describe their legislative priorities for the rest of session and explain the important issues they think should be addressed involving property and casualty insurance. A question and answer session followed. This event was an informative experience which also gave valuable feedback to the legislators who attended.

May 31, 2017                                        _                                                   _

AMIDST CUOMO’S SHARED SERVICES THREAT, HAWLEY INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO BOLSTER LOCAL GOV’TS

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced that he has introduced legislation to revamp the Assistance and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) formula, a large pool of state funding to help local governments undergo projects and conduct local operations of the government. Currently, about 90 percent of this funding goes to cities and Gov. Cuomo is requiring local governments to devise consolidations plans to receive the funding as part of this year’s budget.

            “Unfunded mandates like Medicaid handed down by downstate politicians continue to strangle the budgets of our local governments and are the driving force behind high property taxes,” Hawley said. “This legislation would level the playing field for many small municipalities and help them receive their fair share of state funding. The AIM formula hasn’t been revised in a number of years and a more equitable formula would help our town, village and county governments reduce taxes and undergo projects like road and bridge repair. I am calling on Assembly leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote before be adjourn for the summer next month.”


 

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO CHARITABLE GAMING LAWS, INTRODUCES BILL TO FURTHER HELP LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

            In his ongoing fight to update the state’s charitable gaming laws which have prohibited events such as the Stafford Fire Department’s annual car raffle, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has introduced legislation to allow charitable organizations to accept credits cards as a form of payment for internet sales of games of chance.

            Hawley was successful in working with Gov. Cuomo to update several facets of the state’s gaming laws in this year’s budget, including expanding the definition of an “authorized organization” to include volunteer ambulance workers and organizations that have been in existence for one year, allowing television and internet advertising of raffles and allowing personal checks to be acceptable payments for games of chance.

            “While many of the state’s archaic gaming laws were updated in this year’s budget, there is still much more work to be done to protect the livelihood of our thousands of charitable organizations, churches, fire departments and non-profits across the state,” Hawley said. “This bill would allow these groups to accept credit cards as a form of payment for raffles, resulting in higher revenues raised for these great organizations and the ability for them to sell tickets outside of the region in which the raffle is taking place. I am hopeful that we can get this passed by the end of session and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly to make that a reality moving forward.”

May 30, 2017                                        _                                                   _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN STATE GRANTS COMING TO LOCAL LIBRARIES

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today proudly announced that two local libraries, the Haxton Memorial Library in Oakfield and Woodward Memorial Library in LeRoy, will be receiving state grants to install security cameras and renovate the Children’s Room respectively. Hawley fought vigorously during this year’s budget negotiations to restore proposed cuts to library aid made by Gov. Cuomo and secure $95.6 million in total aid, including a $5 million increase for capital projects.

            “Libraries like these are a staple of our community and offer myriad services to local residents, such as free books and movie rentals, high-speed internet and research services,” Hawley said. “My colleagues and I worked diligently to fight Gov. Cuomo’s proposed cuts to library aid and I am proud to announce that we actually secured an increase in funding for public libraries to undertake capital projects and improvements. Libraries are a gateway to a world of knowledge and enlightenment through reading and research and they will always have my unwavering support.”

May 26, 2017                                        _                                                   _

MEMORIAL DAY A TIME TO REFLECT AND REMEMBER

            “Memorial Day is one of those special times of year that allows us to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and selflessly served to protect our nation and its citizens. With our principles of freedom and security under attack, it is more important than ever to keep those who are valiantly serving at home or abroad in our thoughts and prayers as they strive to further preserve our freedom and the American way of life.

            “For decades, young men and women, some of them lying about their age to enlist, have answered the call when their nation needed them most. Their efforts are linked with unimaginable selflessness. As a veteran myself and son of someone who served during World War II, I know first-hand the courage and strength of our veterans.  This Memorial Day, I applaud and honor their service and memory.

            “As you enjoy time with friends and family during the long weekend, please take time to thank a veteran in your life, reflect on those we have lost in the line of service and enjoy the festivities responsibly.”


 

HAWLEY HONORS NYS POLICE ON 100th ANNIVERSARY

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[From left to right] First Sergeant Joseph Wilkinson, Major Steven Nigrelli, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), Captain Eric Laughton and Lieutenant Kurt Schmitt

            On the heels of the New York State Police’s 100th Anniversary, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined members of Troop A in Batavia to honor them with an official Assembly Proclamation. The birth of the New York State Police began when 232 men rode out of the New York State Fair on horseback and began patrolling, and the organization has grown to include more than 4,900 sworn state troopers.

            “It was a pleasure and an honor to meet with the brave men and women who represent the New York State Police Troop A headquarters right in my hometown of Batavia,” Hawley said. “These are some of the most prestigious and highly-regarded law enforcement officials in our state and their record of public service and professionalism is unmatched. I would like to once again congratulate the New York State Police on their illustrious history and dedication to our community.”

May 25, 2017                                        _                                                   _

HAWLEY PASSES BILL TO RELEASE BILLIONS IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS IMMEDIATELY

            In light of the devastated condition of much of the public water, wastewater and sewer filtration and delivery systems along the Lake Ontario Shoreline, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced that he has passed legislation to make immediately available billions in funding that was secured as part of this year’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.

            As it stands currently, this funding will not be available until August 18, 2017 but this legislation would allow the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to provide temporary assistance not to exceed reasonable costs for infrastructure construction, replacement, repair and any requisite engineering costs. The bill will now go to Gov. Cuomo to sign into law.

            “I realize that our towns and villages are in chaos right now and residents are using temporary or store-bought water supplies. We are continuing to do everything we can in the Legislature to secure funding to alleviate some of these struggles,” Hawley said. “The issues municipalities are having along the shoreline are exactly what the Clean Water Infrastructure Act was created to address, and I am hopeful that Gov. Cuomo will sign this bill into law immediately.”

May 24, 2017                                        _                                                   _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE TO HELP SHORELINE SMALL BUSINESSES RECOVER

            In light of the hundreds of small businesses that have been victims of flooding and coastal erosion along the Lake Ontario shoreline in recent weeks, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced that a $5 million grant fund has been established that gives businesses the opportunity to secure up to $20,000 each to repair and replace damaged property.

            The funds can also be used to replace furniture, supplies, inventory and fixtures and applications will be made available.  In addition, Hawley is encouraging affected residents to visit one of the New York State Mobile Command Centers that will be open this weekend.

            “While thousands of residents have been affected by this terrible flooding and weather as of late, we mustn’t forget our local campground, marina and yacht club owners who will struggle to survive this summer,” Hawley said. “These businesses rely on tourism and traffic as their lifeblood during the warmer months, and helping them repair and recover is one of my top priorities. I look forward to helping business owners access these funds when applications become available and I encourage them to contact my office with questions and concerns.”

Weekend Schedule of Mobile Command Centers in the 139th District:

Saturday, May 27

Orleans – NYS Emergency Response Mobile Command Center

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town of Kent

County Marine Park

Point Breeze Road (Route 98)

 

Sunday, May 28

Monroe – NYS Emergency Response Mobile Command Center

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town of Parma, Town Hall

1300 Hilton Parma Rd

Parma, NY

May 23, 2017                                        _                                                   _

HAWLEY FIGHTING FOR TAX RELIEF BILL TO HELP LAKE ONTARIO FLOOD VICTIMS

            In response to the massive property damage caused by flooding across the Lake Ontario shoreline, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will be sponsoring legislation in the Assembly that will allow municipalities to reevaluate and reduce a resident’s tax burden if their property was damaged due to erosion and/or flooding. Included in the bill as well are provisions to help local governments recoup lost property-tax revenue by subsidizing them with state funds.

            “It has been commonplace that many areas of the shoreline have completely eroded many feet inland, swallowing entire homes and businesses,” Hawley said. “As tragic as this is, it is important that these residents’ tax liabilities reflect what they have left and that the state step up to provide the difference to our local governments. I will fervently push this legislation in the Assembly and I am hopeful that it can be passed by the end of session in late June.”

May 22, 2017                                        _                                                   _

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION FUND TO REPAIR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, ROADS, FLOODWALLS ALONG LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINE

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today proudly announced that $10 million in state funds is now available to help residents and municipalities rebuild and repair after the devastation caused by widespread flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline in recent weeks.

            “What is pivotal to our affected communities is not only residents rebuilding their homes but empowering local governments to rebuild their infrastructure,” Hawley said. “We cannot function as a town, let alone a county, without functioning sewer systems, roads, culverts and reliable public water sources, and this funding will go a long way toward assisting our return to normalcy.”

            Hawley, who was one of the first elected officials to spend an entire day touring the shoreline was also one of the first elected officials to call for an end to the International Joint Commission’s Plan, which many would argue is to blame for record-high water levels, as well as to call for a State of Emergency in affected counties along the shoreline.

            “I am pleased to see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working diligently to mitigate further damage and I applaud the governor’s diligence to deploy over a million sandbags in our region and establish Emergency Response Mobile Command Centers and a Flood Assistance Hotline. But, unfortunately, we have a long road to recovery and we must remain vigilant to protect residents and businesses from further damage. As always, my office is available to assist residents in any way possible,” Hawley continued.

            An application for a Storm Recovery General Permit can be found here and affected residents are encouraged to visit one of the Emergency Response Mobile Command Centers below:

Tuesday, May 23

Orleans County - NYS Emergency Response Mobile Command Center

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town of Kent

Couy Marine Park

Point Breeze Road (Route 98)

Wednesday, May 24

Monroe County – NYS Emergency Response Mobile Command Center

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town of Parma

Town Hall

1300 Hilton Parma Rd

Parma


 

HAWLEY COMMEMORATES ERIE CANAL BICENTENNIAL

            “The Erie Canal is one example of how New York has been a leader in innovation, commerce and transportation for centuries. My Assembly District alone contains 56 percent of all lift bridges on the Erie Canal system and I have seen firsthand how thriving communities like Brockport, Medina, Albion, Holley, Murray, Ridgeway, Sweden, Gaines and Hulberton have benefited and will continue to benefit from the increased tourism and commerce.

            “In celebration of the bicentennial and tremendous heritage of the canal, I am pleased to announce that permit fees for recreational vessels will be waived this year and the New York State Canal Corporation will be hosting a series of events in towns along the canal from Albany to Buffalo. I encourage all of my constituents to attend one of these fun events this summer and learn more about the Erie Canal and its history by visiting http://www.canals.ny.gov/  or https://eriecanalway.org/.”

May 12, 2017                                        _                                                   _

HAWLEY JOINS LT. GOV. HOCHUL TO TOUR LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINE

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [right] joins Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on a tour of the Lake Ontario shoreline in Kendall Thursday

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) Thursday joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in Kendall to tour flooded areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Hawley, who toured several devastated locations along the shoreline last Friday, recently announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be deploying an Advanced Measure Program to collect data, identify threatened areas and provide a host of other initiatives to assist flood victims. Hawley also noted that he is continuing to work with the Gov.’s office and has asked President Trump, Rep. Chris Collins and Sen. Schumer to secure federal and state funds to help families rebuild after flooding subsides.

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Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers store sandbags for use along threatened areas of the Lake Ontario shoreline

            “I was honored to accompany Lt. Gov. Hochul in Kendall today to demonstrate the chaos that has ensued from the lake’s flooding over the past several weeks,” Hawley said. “I am hopeful that the Army Corps of Engineers will continue to mitigate further damage and protect residents and businesses from further destruction. This is a perilous time for our community and I will continue to monitor the situation and assist residents in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to call my office with any concerns or questions.”

May 10, 2017                                        _                                                   _

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DEPLOYS ADVANCED MEASURE PROGRAM TO ASSIST FLOOD VICTIMS

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) proudly announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be implementing their Advanced Measures and Emergency Ops Flood Fighting programs immediately to assist flood victims along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.

            “This is the news that homeowners and businesses have been waiting for,” Hawley said. “I applaud the governor’s work to bring assistance to the flooded areas and I am hopeful that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be able to rapidly deploy services to mitigate further damage ahead of the rain forecasted for this weekend. I am still working with Gov. Cuomo’s office to secure federal and state funds to help us rebuild after the flooding has subsided.”

            The program, which includes technical assistance and direct assistance, will consist of: data collection, identifying flood threats, mapping out flood evacuation plans, inspecting Flood Control Works, identifying flood threats to the area, providing emergency flood flight supplies to the area, emergency construction of protective measures, and a host of other initiatives to protect life and prevent urban damages and flooding of public facilities.

            “I know this is a challenging time for our community, and my thoughts and prayers are with the flood victims and their family members,” Hawley said. “My office is always available to answer questions and help in any way that we can.”

             A link to the official announcement can be found here and affected residents are encouraged to contact the Flood Assistance Hotline at 866-244-3839 for help.

May 9, 2017                                          _                                                   _

NY’S TAX FREEDOM DAY ALMOST DEAD LAST ONCE AGAIN

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) issues a statement on Tax Freedom Day

            “New York’s taxes and spending have reached monumental proportions. It is a shameful reflection of the policies pushed by New York City elites and state leaders that our families must work over four months a year to pay off their collective tax burden. We have some of the highest property taxes in the country right here in our state, and it is abundantly clear that many businesses and families would rather uproot and relocate to more tax friendly states than remain in New York. We need to cut business and income taxes to incentivize families to remain in our state and reinvest in our citizens rather than spending money on programs for illegal immigrants and Hollywood movie producers.”

May 4, 2017                                          _                                                   _

HAWLEY COMMEMORATES WEST POINT DAY IN ALBANY

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) pictured with Lt. General Robert Caslen, Superintendent of West Point, during West Point Day in Albany Wednesday.

          Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) offered his sincere congratulations and praise to a number of officers and cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in honor of West Point Day, an annual tradition in the New York State Assembly. Hawley, whose father was a World War II veteran, served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, and is also a member of the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

            “I was extremely honored to recognize the cadets in attendance and Lt. General Caslen during West Point Day today in Albany,” Hawley said. “West Point is one of the finest military institutions in the world, and these brave men and women deserve our utmost gratitude for protecting our liberty and freedoms. West Point has produced U.S. Presidents, professional athletes and some of the best soldiers in our country’s history. This is one of my favorite days in Albany and I wish all the members of West Point continued success and safety.” 

May 3, 2017                                          _                                                   _

HAWLEY APPLAUDS STATE OF EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT, PUSHES FOR RELEASE OF WATER BY IJC

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

            “I applaud the governor’s decision to finally enact a state of emergency for the communities affected by the horrific flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline. National Guard deployments, sandbags and a rapid response team may prevent further flooding damage, but we need to get to the root of the cause and petition the International Joint Commission (IJC) to release more water through the Moses-Saunders Dam in order to lower lake levels. I am hopeful that Gov. Cuomo can accomplish this task and my office is available as always to help residents as much as possible. Please contact the flooding assistance hotline for more information at 866-244-3839.”

May 2, 2017                                          _                                                   _

HAWLEY TO TOUR DEVASTATION ALONG LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINE

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he will be touring several locations along the Lake Ontario shoreline on Friday to view the devastation firsthand and draw attention to the dire conditions faced by residents and businesses.

            Many elected officials and local representatives have been invited to join Hawley on the tour, including: President Trump, U.S. Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer, U.S. Congressman Chris Collins, Gov. Cuomo, State Sens. Rob Ortt and Joe Robach, Orleans County Legislative Chairman David Callard, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Legislator Mike Rockow, Orleans County Chief Administrative Officer Charles Nesbitt Jr. and a host of Orleans and Monroe county town supervisors, highway superintendents and county legislators. The group will be visiting the towns of Yates, Carlton, Kendall and Hamlin.

            “The devastation along the Lake Ontario shoreline has reached monumental proportions,” Hawley said. “I have reached out to many high-profile elected officials from all over the state, and even the White House for assistance and to join me on this endeavor and I am hopeful that, through a collaborative effort, we can bring relief to the many residents and businesses who have been displaced due to this disaster.”

Tentative Schedule of Tour Stops for Friday, May 5:

10:30 a.m.

 Town of Yates

 10373 Lakeshore Road

 Lyndonville

 

12:00 p.m.

 Town of Carlton

 Green Harbor Marina

 12813 Lakeshore Road

 Lyndonville

 

1:30 p.m.

 Town of Kendall

 Bald Eagle Marina

 1033 Lakeland Beach Road

 Kendall

 

3:00 p.m.

 Town of Hamlin

 Sandy Harbor Drive

 Hamlin

 

May 1, 2017                                          _                                                   _

HAWLEY CALLS ATTENTION TO LAKE ONTARIO RISING WATER LEVELS WITH SHOCKING NEW VIDEO

**Click Here for footage of the flooding decimating lakefront homes

**Click Here for a bridge view of the flooded areas

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today released shocking footage of the devastation caused by the rising water levels of Lake Ontario, which  runs along the northern part of his Assembly District. Hawley has repeatedly called for financial and humanitarian aid to be dispersed from the federal government to help the numerous residents and businesses who have been displaced due to the widespread flooding caused by rising water levels.

            “As shown by this firsthand footage, the situation near the Lake Ontario shoreline has escalated and is far from stable,” Hawley said. “Residents and businesses are dealing with these dire conditions and many have had to evacuate as their homes have been swallowed by the flooding. I am once again calling on Gov. Cuomo to issue a state of emergency to provide resources and relief to the municipalities, residents and businesses struggling following this disaster.”

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