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March 14, 2018                                                                                                  ​   


A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on Assembly Democrat’s One-House Budget Resolution

            “While today’s budget resolution was sprinkled with sound proposals, like a restoration of library aid and more flexibility in our Lake Ontario relief program, I am concerned by billions of dollars in new taxes and spending.

            “At a time when residents are leaving the state in droves and retiring elsewhere, we should be working to cut taxes and foster real business growth, not freezing property tax credits and sending our families’ money to fund more downstate programs.

            “Rest assured, I will be fighting for law-abiding, middle-class taxpayers as budget talks heat up, not illegal aliens and New York City handouts.”



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left] joins members of the Assembly Republican Conference to unveil a plan requiring a ten year state takeover of Medicaid costs

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his Republican colleagues today in Albany to announce a groundbreaking plan that would pave the way for significant local tax reductions for upstate residents. The plan would entail New York State taking over the county share of Medicaid expenses over a 10-year period.

            “These cradle-to-grave welfare programs are bleeding our state dry,” Hawley said. “Many state leaders do not realize that a large portion of these state-imposed costs are mandated expenses on counties which are then passed down to residents in the form of higher property and local taxes. The bottom line is that Albany should pay for what Albany spends instead of passing the buck down to local governments.”

            New York’s Medicaid budget is about $70 billion, more than one-third of the entire state budget. In federal fiscal year 2016, New York spent more on Medicaid than Texas and Florida combined, despite the fact that the combined populations of these states was approximately 46.1 million to New York's 19.7 million.


            In response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has written a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) requesting an additional $50,000 be included in this year’s state budget for every school in the state to hire armed school resource officers.

            “I hereby request that you provide an additional $50,000 a year toward the cost per armed school resource officer for every New York State school in this year’s budget,” Hawley wrote.

            Hawley is also requesting that the salary cap for retired police officer serving as school resource officers be raised from $30,000 to $50,000 per year. This is in addition to his proposal to recruit veterans and retired law enforcement to bolster security at schools.

            “A mother in my district actually purchased a bullet proof vest for her 16-year-old son subsequent to a shooter threat in his high school. How incredibly heartbreaking it has come to this!” said Hawley in the letter ”I vehemently urge that you seriously consider these measures and any other that you feel will create an environment that is safe and secure for our most cherished and vulnerable constituents, our children.”




A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the guilty verdict of former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco

            “Today’s guilty verdict of Joe Percoco, someone the governor once called a ‘brother,’ shows that corruption and private influence has permeated even the most prominent in our government.

            “True leaders take responsibility when their house is engulfed in turmoil, and yet the governor remains weak and vague on ethics reform.

            “We have a perfect opportunity to start changing the culture here by passing meaningful ethics reform. However, Assembly leadership would rather pass nonsensical, worthless, one-house measures codifying abortion. Shameful.”

March 6, 2018                                                                                                    ​   



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) poses with Carl Gouveia, Director of the Seymour Public Library, and his family in the Assembly Chamber

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) met with several representatives of prominent local libraries who visited the Assembly Chamber in Albany recently. Hawley thanked them for their community support and work to sustain such great educational resources, and for sponsoring many public programs in Western New York.


Hawley poses with representatives from the Monroe County Library system in his Albany Office

            “Libraries are such an integral party of communities across New York State, and it is saddening to hear that some state leaders propose to cut library aid in our budget,” Hawley said. “Many times, these dedicated men and women volunteer long hours to see that that our local students and children have access to books, research materials, broadband internet and helpful community programs. That is why I spearheaded a letter with nearly 40 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle asking Assembly Speaker Heastie to restore full library aid in this year’s budget.”



A photo depicting the current bill up for debate and vote that hangs on either side of the Assembly Chamber in Albany.

            This week in Albany, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) voted against legislation that would reduce the number of days veterans would be able to take for medical leave related to their combat duties. Gov. Cuomo signed the bill last year allowing eight days of leave in exchange for Assembly Democrats amending the law to reduce the number of days to five this year.     

            “These are the kinds of political games Albany politicians and the governor play with people’s livelihood,” Hawley said. “While Assembly leadership had a chance to stand strong for our veterans against the governor’s desires to cut paid leave, they capitulated per their pre-arranged backroom deal.”

            The bill was introduced by Westchester County Democrat Amy Paulin, and would reduce the amount of medical leave days provided from eight down to five.

            “This was a shameful day in Albany as downstate politicians introduced a bill that reduced the number of medical leave days our veterans can take to receive treatment related to their combat duties,” Hawley said. “We should be doing everything in our power to protect and care for our servicemen and servicewomen at home and abroad, and this is a terrible display of gratitude. I voted no on this bill and will continue to stand up for our armed forces to see they receive the time for treatment they greatly deserve.”

            Hawley, a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, is a staunch proponent of protecting our state’s veterans and serves on the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Hawley hosts the Patriot Trip each year, traveling to Washington D.C. with local veterans and their families to visit our nation’s sites and memorials.                  

February 27, 2018                                                                                     


            As the deadline to file federal and state taxes approaches on April 17, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is helping resident navigate the often cumbersome state tax filing system by providing ways to access forms and instructions.

            “There are many citizens who choose to file federal and state taxes themselves instead of going to a tax preparer or using an online program,” Hawley said. “Unfortunately, the tax rules, regulations and method by which we are required to file are often confusing and complicated. The state should be consistently assisting residents with tax preparation and working on ways to clarify this burden. Residents can pick up tax forms at my district office by emailing or calling ahead of time.”

To access IT-201 Tax Forms and Instructions:

  1. Use this link to access and print IT-201 instructions online
  2. Use this link to access and print IT-201 tax forms online
  3. Visit for more information
  4. Call your local library. (Many libraries have access to current tax forms available to residents)

*Residents are encouraged to pick up tax forms at Hawley’s district office by emailing or calling (585) 589-5780 ahead of time. 

**A refund will usually be issued more quickly if residents fill out forms online and submit electronically.     

February 13, 2018                                                                                     


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) rises to introduce a reform on Messages of Necessity in the Assembly Chamber


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) proposed a measure on the Assembly floor today that would require a two-thirds vote of the house for Messages of Necessity to be accepted when issued by the governor.

            “Too often, controversial measures are rushed through the legislative process in the middle of the night without adhering to the constitutionally-mandated, three-day ‘aging’ process,” Hawley said. “This is the people’s government and they have a right to know what bills are being passed with a high level of transparency.”

            Legislation is usually subject to an “aging” period of three days before it can be voted on. However, Messages of Necessity are issued by the governor to forgo this process and rush a vote on important and/or controversial legislation, as was done with the SAFE Act.

            “Messages of Necessity rob the public of the right to know what’s in a bill as was the case when the unconstitutional SAFE Act was rammed through the Legislature leaving many lawmakers no time to actually read the legislation that was to be voted upon,” Hawley continued. “I am disappointed that this and over a dozen other common-sense ethics reforms were voted down by New York City Democrats. Our citizens deserve better.”

February 12, 2018                                                                                     


Provides public an opportunity to meet their state representative and ask questions about state government

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he will be hosting a free community forum open to the public on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hollwedel Memorial Library located at 5 Woodrow Dr. in Pavilion. Hawley will provide an update on the happenings of Albany and will answer questions from the audience. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Group “RAP.”

            “I enjoy these open community forums as a channel of communication between the residents I represent and the inner-workings of state government,” Hawley said. “We have a responsibility as public representatives to be open and accountable, and that is what forums like these are all about. I encourage everyone who is able to attend and I look forward to seeing you there.”

            Hawley is Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference and currently serves on the Agriculture, Ways & Means, Rules, Insurance and Racing & Wagering committees.

            WHO:             Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

            WHAT:          Open Community Forum

            WHERE:       Hollwedel Memorial Library

                                    5 Woodrow Dr., Pavilion

            WHEN:          Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m.

February 6, 2018                                                                                       


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) issues a statement on the recent priorities of state leaders

            “This week continues state leader’s assault on law-abiding, middle-class families. Last night was free college tuition for illegal aliens pushed by New York City liberals – a $27 million expense on the backs of taxpayers.

            “Last week, Gov. Cuomo’s administration rolled out free tablets for prison inmates, - a luxury we should be working to provide for school children and libraries before convicts.

            “While downstate liberal elites are fighting for convicts and illegals, I’ll be fighting even harder for the middle-class. These are the hardworking men and women we should be working to protect, not illegal aliens and criminals.”

February 2, 2018                                                                                       


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has once again called for the removal of the infamous blue and white ‘I Love NY Signs’ that have been erected along the New York State Thruway and highways all over the state at a cost of $8.1 million to taxpayers.

            “We know the governor’s hubris has gotten our state into trouble, but now it has cost taxpayers another $14 million in federal fines – totaling $22 million,” Hawley said. “It is unconscionable to think Gov. Cuomo knew the signs were illegal since the Obama administration, then used $8.1 million in taxpayer money and an out of state company to design and build them anyway. Furthermore, after many were destroyed by harsh winds in Western New York last year, he used more public money to rebuild and replace them.

            “Many of the signs were built downstate by an Arkansas-based company with many manufactured out of state. The Cuomo administration has ignored federal warnings for years that the signs were illegal and must be taken down.  

            “I am calling for Gov. Cuomo to immediately take down all ‘I Love NY Signs’ and adhere to federal law before more of New York’s money is washed down the drain.”

February 1, 2018                                                                                       




            As a result of the decision by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to allow over 51,000 inmates statewide to use electronic tablets free of charge, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has written a letter to Gov. Cuomo and DOCCS demanding that the program be shut down immediately.

            “This policy decision to reward and furnish luxury items like these tablets to prisoners is an affront to our law-abiding citizens,” Hawley wrote in the letter.

            “We already have people moving to New York State for our lavish Medicaid programs and now criminals will also be moving here and if convicted and sent to a state prison will have access to luxuries not afforded in other out of state correctional facilities,” Hawley continued in the letter.

            “I call on you to reconsider this misguided policy and urge JayP Inc. to work with our school system, libraries and veterans organizations to furnish tablets to law abiding citizens…”   


            As part of the state’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant program which seeks to revitalize 13 communities around the state, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the Village of Holley has been awarded a $165,600 grant for revitalization funding.

            “Many times, rehabilitation and rebirth of these types of properties are hindered by contamination or environmental concerns, and this is a great opportunity to turn once dilapidated properties into proud parts of our community,” Hawley said. “I am pleased to see Holley receive this important state aid, and I look forward to witnessing its progress first hand.”

            The funds will be used to transform 813 total acres containing 55 potential sites. The scope of the project includes improved housing and income opportunities for residents, formulating potential design guidelines for the public square, better utilization of the Erie Canal, reducing commercial vacancies and identifying opportunities surrounding the former high school in the downtown core.

January 31, 2018                                                                                       



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) poses with his Award as one of the most conservative members of the Assembly for 2017

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he has been honored as one of the Assembly’s most conservative legislators; being awarded a 92 percent ranking, according to the Conservative Party of New York State. The legislation considered for the award covers a wide array of topics, including: spending, pro-life issues, crime, education and big-government issues, among others.

            “Public service and representation are about channeling the thoughts, ideas and desires of one’s constituency into an effective legislative platform,” Hawley said. “Frequently traveling around the district and holding weekly office hours allow me to best represent my neighbors in Albany and this award is a reflection of their feelings toward state government. I am proud and honored to accept this distinction and will continue to fervently represent residents in my district in an accurate and robust manner.”


A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the decision by DOCCS to allow inmates the use of free tablets while in prison

            “New York state’s paradigm of pampering those who break the law or are here illegally never ceases to amaze me. The average middle-class taxpayer must scrape and save to afford a luxury such as a computer tablet, and now the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is allowing them to be given out like candy to hardened criminals.

            “If it’s this easy to encourage vendors to provide free tablets to inmates, why aren’t they being provided to our students in disadvantaged school districts or to libraries across the state as a community resource? I suppose crime does pay, especially if you live in New York.”

January 29, 2018                                                                                       


Show support for women’s heart health by wearing red on Friday, February 2  

          In support of National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 2, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is encouraging residents to join him in wearing red to support women’s cardiac health. Heart Disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

            “National Wear Red Day is an important event that raises awareness for cardiac health and helps encourage individuals to live a healthy lifestyle,” Hawley said. “Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, but education and action are integral parts of changing that statistic. I will be wearing red on Friday, and I encourage my fellow residents to show your support and do the same.”

            Total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) are important numbers to be aware of and monitor for optimal cardiac health. For more information, or to join the conversation and show your support, please visit

January 23, 2018                                                                                       



Unveils Assembly Republican report following series of statewide regional forums on preventing domestic violence

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) speaks on preventing domestic violence at a press conference in Albany Tuesday

            As a result of a series of statewide regional forums hosted by members of the Assembly Republican Conference, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today spoke at a press conference in Albany on legislative solutions to combat domestic violence. The full report and all its recommendations have been made public. The full report, A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections, can be found here.

            “Domestic violence is a grave issue that has irrevocable consequences for families and society as a whole,” Hawley said. “I had the opportunity to host one of our conference’s forums in Batavia, and the testimony and information we received was both concerning and valuable. This is a complex issue, but after talking with law enforcement, advocates, victims and those on the frontlines around the state, I believe these recommendations will go very far in preventing domestic violence and helping victims feel safe again.”

Some of the recommendations outlined in the report include:

  • Providing financial assistance and relief to victims seeking alternative housing or living in a shelter to escape their abuse;
  • Declaring domestic violence a statewide public health crisis;
  • Creation of a new “Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child” crime with harsher penalties for abusers;
  • Allowing domestic violence victims to obtain emergency panic buttons through local law enforcement or social services; and
  • Freeing up law enforcement to arrest more abusers and keep victims safe.

January 22, 2018                                                                                       


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced $5.5 million is now available to farmers and agricultural producers as part of two new grant programs. The awards are aimed toward farmland conservation, assisting farmers in identifying available land and ensuring that arable land is permanently protected from development and non-farm uses.

            “Farming is one of the cornerstones of our community and extremely important to our local economy, traditions and way of life,” Hawley said. “Too often, farmers lose the ability to work the land due to environmental concerns or development, and these new grants will help protect our producers and ensure that family farms remain family businesses. I remain committed to giving our farmers a voice in Albany, and I look forward to advocating their concerns as we progress through this year’s session.”    

            More information can be found on the state’s Agriculture and Markets site and interested applicants can access grant information here. Applications will be processed until all funding for the program has been exhausted.

            Hawley is the former owner/operator of Hawley Farms in Batavia and sits on the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee.

January 16, 2018                                                                                       


A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on Gov. Cuomo’s 2018 Executive Budget Address

            “The governor’s budget address seemed to hinge on two potentially devastating ideals today, more taxes and more spending even as we face a $4 billion budget shortfall.

            “We spend over $160 billion in taxpayer money each year, and for the governor to proclaim that we cannot find ways to curb spending by eliminating many of these ‘optional’ Medicaid programs is disingenuous. We spend nearly $60 billion a year on Medicaid, more than Texas and Florida combined.

            “While the governor continues to blame Washington for our problems, I will be focusing on what we can control here. This budget deficit of $4 to $6 billion is his responsibility resulting from the budget he signed into law last year – not Washington D.C.’s.

            I will remain focused on reducing our tax burden, making New York more business friendly, reforming our charitable gaming laws and repairing our crumbling infrastructure.”



Joins host of bi-partisan legislators from both houses in letter to Gov. Cuomo requesting a deadline extension for SAFE Act recertification requirements

            As a result of new pistol permit recertification requirements that are in effect this year for the first time due to Gov. Cuomo’s controversial gun control measure passed in 2013, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has joined a host of bi-partisan legislators from both the Assembly and Senate in writing to Gov. Cuomo requesting that the recertification deadline within the NY Safe Act be extended.

            “There are currently about 1.2 million pistol permit holders in New York State, but only around 230,000 have recertified as of Tuesday, January 2, 2018…We are urging you to extend the pistol permit deadline, which would allow the County Clerks and Sheriffs of this State the appropriate amount of time to process recertification requests,” the legislators wrote. “We believe this action will help law-abiding gun owners comply with the current law, without the risk of turning them into felons overnight.”

            Hawley has consistently voiced his opposition to the SAFE Act since 2013 as an infringement on constitutional rights and the fact that the bill was rammed through the Legislature in the middle of the night by use of a Message of Necessity by Gov. Cuomo, overriding the mandated three-day aging process of legislation before it is voted upon.

            “The SAFE Act was one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen as a state legislator,” Hawley said. “It was rushed through the legislative process under the cover of darkness and hidden from public criticism using a technique that is supposed to be reserved for emergencies.”

            “Despite the problems with this legislation, it is important that gun owners adhere to the law and do not lose their pistol certifications,” Hawley continued. “We are seeing many local governments overburdened with paperwork, and they need more time to get the word out and ensure that law-abiding gun owner can comply with new regulations. I implore Gov. Cuomo to extend the deadline in light of these many concerns.”

January 10, 2018                                                                                       


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) outlines his budget priorities

            Government is about the people. Making a difference in the everyday lives of individuals should be the central role to which we aspire as legislators. Society flourishes when personal freedom and liberty rule the day, not directives and penalties handed down in the form of taxes and mandates.

            Unfortunately for New Yorkers, Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address last week was filled with the latter. Lofty expansion of programs and more state spending is what many witnessed but few desire.

            According to the Tax Foundation, New York ranks 49th in the country in tax climate for businesses for the fourth year in a row. In addition, our state ranks 49th in terms of tax levies on personal income, 47th in property-taxes and 43rd in sales taxes – all of which have contributed to more than one millions residents who have left the state since 2010.

            We have the power to change these embarrassing statistics and rewrite New York’s mantra of tax, fine and harass.

            The solutions start with reducing fraud and waste in our Medicaid system, which spends more than Florida and Texas combined, and mitigating the over 140,000 pages of regulations Albany elites impose on our job creators – not bloating government as Gov. Cuomo proclaims.  

            Mandates like these, which counties and local governments cannot afford, are eventually paid by individuals in the form of higher property and state taxes.

            We need to build on the success of the Charitable Gaming Act that was signed into law last year and further empower the thousands of fire departments, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, non-profits, churches and charitable organizations that provide tremendous community services through their raffles.

            Lake Ontario flood victims are still hurting and this year’s budget should include more funding to help these struggling individuals and business owners return to normalcy.

            State government should hinge on allowing people to flourish and that cannot happen if disconnected elites like Gov. Cuomo continue to use their tax dollars to tax, penalize and restrict them.

January 10, 2018                                                                                       


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today personally hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Cuomo, signed by nine other state legislators who represent districts along Lake Ontario’s Southern Shore, requesting an increase in funding for each not-for-profit housing organization to be able to meet the needs of all pending homeowner applications.

            “Although this program (The Lake Ontario Relief and Recovery Program) provided vital assistance to individual homeowners, businesses and municipalities, the $15 million that was intended to reimburse homeowners has already been depleted,” Hawley wrote.

            Hawley, who was one of the first elected officials to tour flooding along the shoreline firsthand, was instrumental in securing funding for this program during last year’s session and has written to Gov. Cuomo urging him to petition President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014.

            “It is clear to us that although $15 million was a good start to help reimburse homeowners, unfortunately, it did not even scratch the surface,” Hawley continued in the letter. “We respectfully request full disclosure from NYS Homes and Community Renewal detailing the number of outstanding applications and the exact amount of funding needed for reimbursement. This funding should be part of this year’s budget.”



January 3, 2018                                                                                         


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

            “Although I am glad that the governor did not continue his game of political hide-and-seek with the legislature as we saw last year, wasting large sums of taxpayer money to present over 20 ideas with unsubstantiated legislative backing or confirmed funding sources amounts to little more than an expensive taxpayer-funded speech.           

            “I am glad to be back in Albany continuing to work hard for the residents of Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties with my focus on lowing our families’ tax burden, making New York more business friendly, fully funding our infrastructure and continuing to reform our charitable gaming laws.”

CLICK HERE for an .mp4 video interview of Hawley following the State of the State Address

December 22, 2017                                                                                    


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

            “The end of the year holiday season is an invaluable time in that it provides a warmth and comfort unique to many other holidays we experience. There’s nothing like joining one’s closest family and friends around the gentle ambiance of a steady snowfall to exchange gifts amidst your favorite Christmas movie. The new year provides us the time to reflect on what we have accomplished the previous year and use missed opportunities to inspire us to set more aggressive goals, opportunities and challenges for ourselves.

            “As we soak up this relaxing time of year away from the hustle and bustle of our stressful lives, let us not forget the dedicated servicemen and servicewomen who are forgoing the holidays with their families to protect our freedom and way of life. The sacrifices of our veterans and active duty military make it possible for us to enjoy this sacred time of year.

            “Furthermore, I know how holiday shopping can place added financial and emotional stress on many families as we strive to beat the Christmas Eve crowds and find that perfect gift for a loved one or friend. But, please keep in mind during this time that many families are not fortunate enough to afford lavish gifts and meals. This could be your co-worker, your neighbor, family member or friend. I encourage everyone who has the means to consider volunteering or making a donation to one of the great organizations we have in our community this year and you will be helping a family more than you know.”

  • The Salvation Army provides clothing and other necessities to those in need during the holiday season. Donate today by visiting
  • Consider donating a holiday basket to a needy family through the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee by visiting
  • Make a child’s Christmas wish come true by donating to Toys for Tots at

Consider volunteering or donating with the Ministry of Concern’s many great community programs-(585)-589-9210


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

            “I am honored to be named to the Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends for 2017. Agriculture is such an important part of Western New York’s economy, and we have so many dedicated farmers and producers locally who battle excessive rain, drought and other obstacles to feed our state. Whether it’s dairy, livestock or vegetables, our products are in grocery stores across the nation and that is a testament to the devotion and will of our area’s farmers.

            “As the former owner and operator of our family-owned farm in Batavia for many years, I know the challenges our producers face, and that is why I will always have the backs of these dedicated men and women. I look forward to another productive year in Albany and will strive to keep New York’s farming industry the best in the nation.”

December 20, 2017                                                                                    


        Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) today reminded residents and business owners affected by Lake Ontario’s historic flooding this past spring of the upcoming federal and state application deadlines to receive financial assistance relating to damages they may have.

            “Lake Ontario’s devastating flooding has caused a great deal of hardship, both emotional and financial, for many residents and business owners along the shoreline,” Hawley said. “Fortunately, there are many resources available to aid in recovery, and I encourage all residents and business owners to keep a close eye on the upcoming deadlines and submit their applications accordingly. As always throughout this difficult time, my office is available to assist in this process so please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.”

            Applications for New York’s Small Business Recovery Fund through Empire State Development are due on December 29, 2017 and more information can be found here. Eligible Private Non-Profit organizations can also receive funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applications are due by January 16, 2018 and more information can be found here.

December 19, 2017                                 _                                               _


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

            “This is a tremendous victory and crucial first step toward reforming our gaming laws for the tens of thousands of non-profits, fire departments, churches, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and charitable organizations throughout the state.

            “After a long uphill climb, and with much help from my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, we have made important changes to New York’s gaming laws that open the conversation and serve as a catapult to tackle more changes this year.

            “I would like to personally thank Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Buffalo) for carrying this bill in our house and Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) and Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) for championing this cause in the Senate. I would also like to thank all the constituents and local groups who contacted my office and the governor’s office expressing their support for this bill.

            “The law will take effect in 180 days and the New York State Gaming Commission will make any necessary tweaks. I am so proud of the work we have done and I am hopeful that moving forward we continue to advocate for our charitable and non-profit organizations and make more changes to the state’s gaming laws.”



            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today criticized Gov. Cuomo’s new proposal to mandate businesses pay the same minimum wage to tipped workers as other employees in their region. The plan calls for the New York State Department of Labor to hold hearings to gain input on the issue. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation in 2016 that increases the minimum wage in New York City, Long Island and Westchester to $15 per hour by 2021 and at least $12.50 per hour for the rest of the state.

            “The governor’s war on small businesses continues with this new proposal,” Hawley said. “Many workers in the service industry are competitively compensated due to the large share of their income that is comprised of tips. By allowing our employees to be paid by tips we are letting their performance and work ethic determine their income to a large extent which raises standards across the industry and provides a better quality of service. Another minimum wage hike will surely be a blow to small businesses and stifle job creation when what we need is tax and regulatory reform to allow these companies to thrive.”

December 14, 2017                                 _                                               _


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced a number of new local economic development projects are being funding as part of the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council Awards (REDC).

“The benefits of economic development influence many facets of our region like encouraging new and expanding businesses, increased tourism and supporting community resources like libraries and historical sites that people visit each day and bolstering our tax base,” Hawley said. “I am very proud to announce that our community has received such a large commitment in economic development funding, and very much look forward to the completion of these projects and the benefits they will bring all of us.”

Projects to be funded within the 139th Assembly District include:

  • $333,000- City of Batavia Water System Improvements
  • $180,000- First Light Creamery Expansion
  • $30,000- Town of Batavia Wastewater Treatment Assessment Planning
  • $30,000- Village of Bergen Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study
  • $1,000,000- Village of Oakfield Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements
  • $1,000,000- Village of Oakfield Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
  • $180,000- Western Region Off-Track Betting Paddock Improvements
  • $250,000- Barsuk Recycling Railroad Infrastructure
  • $100,000- Monroe County Development of a county-wide storm water system map
  • $57,000- The College at Brockport will construct a new trail along the Erie Canal
  • $62,000- Orleans County Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
  • $50,000- Orleans County Water Sewer Efficiency Study
  • $37,500- Village of Medina Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

December 12, 2017                                   _                                             _


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he will be hosting two free Yellow Dot programs later this week in Albion and Corfu. The programs will be conducted by both the Orleans and Genesee County Sheriff Departments with Orleans County Sheriff Randall Bower, Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Gregory Walker expected to attend. Yellow Dot is designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a car crash or emergency.

“Yellow Dot is truly a life-saving program,” Hawley said. “This is a free program that is especially important as road conditions become more dangerous during the winter months. Participating in the Yellow Dot Program is as easy as filling out a brief medical card and placing the yellow dot sticker on your car window. I encourage all who are available to stop by and pick up your free Yellow Dot Kit at one of these events this week or contact your local sheriff’s department.”


WHO:                         Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

                                    Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr.

                                    Genesee County Undersheriff Gregory Walker

                                    Orleans County Sheriff Randall Bower


WHAT:                      Free Yellow Dot Program


WHEN/WHERE:      Wednesday, December 13, 12:30 p.m.

                                    Albion Academy Apartments 

                                    South Entrance, 16 E Academy St., Albion


                                    Thursday, December 14, 12:30 p.m.

                                    Corfu United Presbyterian Church

                                    63 Alleghany Rd., Corfu



In his ongoing efforts to preserve our Second Amendment rights, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today reminded pistol permit holders to recertify their permits by January 31, 2018 in order to prevent them from becoming invalid. If your pistol permit was issued before January 15, 2013, you must recertify your permit before January 31, 2018. If your permit was issued on or prior January 15, 2013, the deadline is five years after the date the permit was issued.

“Unfortunately, this is a new mandate on pistol permit holders in New York and the first year that owners have to recertify,” Hawley said. “The deadline is coming up and many New Yorkers may be unaware of these new requirements. As much as we may disagree with the unconstitutional Safe Act, if we come out in droves to recertify it will send the message to state leadership that we cherish our Second Amendment right to bear arms, and will not be silenced by any big government policies, as frustrating as they might seem.”

If you are a New York state pistol permit holder and need to recertify your license or would like more information, please visit the New York State Trooper Website here. Additionally, feel free to contact my office with questions at (585) 589-5780, or email me at

December 7, 2017                                   _                                               _


A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor

            “The cowardly attacks on the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 represent a turning point in our nation’s history. More than 2,000 brave men and women lost their lives defending our soil and way of life that day and the courage and resolve of those dauntless souls shall never be forgotten.

            “After this tragic attack, we realized that the forces of evil will stop at nothing to destroy us and came together as Americans to preserve our democracy. It is critical that we remain vigilant and strong as new threats continue to arise against America and recognize the sanctity of liberty and freedom above ourselves.

            “As the son of a World War II veteran and a veteran myself, I can attest to the dedication and sacrifice of our state’s veterans and active service members and hold them dear to my heart as a strive to give them a voice in Albany. It is through the courage and fortitude of the devoted men and women of our armed forces that we stand today as the strongest nation on Earth and they deserve our thanks and praise.

            “I would like to recognize and thank all surviving World War II veterans and their families for what they have done to protect our country. I also ask that you please take a moment to thank and recognize a veteran or active service member on this special day.”



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the 2017 Charitable Gaming Act has been delivered to Gov. Cuomo for his approval or veto. The bipartisan measure, ushered through the Legislature this spring, provides a host of benefits to charitable organizations and non-profits that hold raffles and fundraisers across the state. Hawley has been fighting for this bill to become law ever since the cancellation of the Stafford Fire Department’s classic car raffle.

“Gov. Cuomo now has the unilateral power to do what is right for the tens of thousands of churches, fire departments, non-profits and charitable organizations that raise money to support themselves or help the less fortunate throughout our state,” Hawley said. “I would like to thank Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma), Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) and Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) for championing this bill in the Senate and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Buffalo) for introducing this legislation in the Assembly. Although I was a prime co-sponsor in the house, this was truly collaboration and I thank all of my legislative colleagues for their diligence. I call on the governor to sign this bill into law immediately and back the dedicated men and women who are handcuffed by these archaic statutes.”

Join Assemblyman Hawley in calling on Gov. Cuomo to sign the Charitable Gaming Act into law by calling or writing the governor’s office at: 


The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

November 27, 2017                                 _                                               _


        Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) proudly announced today that seven single-lane bridges that cross the Erie Canal throughout Orleans County will be receiving major repairs. Bridges in the towns of Murray, Albion, Gaines, Median and Ridgeway will undergo concrete and steel truss repair as well as painting in some circumstances.

            “I am pleased to announce that a number of bridges throughout Orleans County will be rehabilitated,” Hawley said. “These bridges were built around the turn of the 20th Century and have carried countless residents closer to their destinations, but no one should have to hold their breath crossing them. Routine maintenance and construction of local infrastructure is paramount to ensure our community is safe and functioning at its best, and that starts with secure and reliable bridges.”

            A list of bridge repairs are as follows: Bennetts Corners Road, Telegraph Road and Transit Road in Murray; Densmore Road in Albion; Gaines Basin Road in the Town of Gaines; Bates Road in the Village of Medina and Marshall Road in the Town of Ridgeway.

            Construction is anticipated to begin this coming summer and expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.

November 20, 2017                                 _                                               _


            As we near this year’s turkey day, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is wishing residents an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving holiday while also asking them to consider donating some food or their time to a local food pantry or organization to help those who are less fortunate enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal.

            “Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of the year in that it allows us pause in our busy and stressful lives to reflect on what is truly important, our collective bond as families and a community and the good fortune we have enjoyed over the past year,” Hawley said. “Unfortunately, not all families are privileged enough to afford a large meal this Thanksgiving, and it is especially important during this time to come together as a community and help those in need.

            “Something as simple as a couple of cans of food or box of stuffing will mean so much to a local family, and I encourage everyone who is able to donate a couple of items or their time to one of our local food pantries or organizations which do tremendous work this time of year,” Hawley said

Visit  to find a food pantry or donate to one of our local options here in Western New York:


Genesee County Food Pantries:


Salvation Army

529 E. Main Street, Batavia, NY


Community Action of Orleans and Genesee

5073 Clinton St. Road, Batavia, NY


Le Roy Pantry and Help Fund, Inc.

48 Main Street, Le Roy, NY

(585) 768-4559


Orleans County

Orleans Community Action
409 E State St, Albion, NY 14411
 (585) 589-5605


Monroe County:

Hilton Parma Emergency Food Shelf
59 Henry Street, Room 11B, Hilton Community Center
Hilton, NY 14468
(585) 234-209


Life Solutions of Hamlin Inc

1696 Lake Rd., Hamlin


(585) 964-7420
Brockport Food Shelf
14 State St, Brockport, NY 14420

(585) 637-8169





November 16, 2017                                 _                                               _


        “As we kick off the bustling holiday season on Black Friday, it is important to consider shopping at some of our locally-owned, small businesses this weekend for Small Business Saturday. The dedicated men and women that own and operate these businesses take pride in the products they sell and are crucial in growing our local economy.

            “As a small business owner/operator for several decades, I know first-hand the trials and tribulations of our state’s business owners and have strived to become their voice in Albany. By patronizing these tremendous companies this weekend you will undoubtedly take part in helping to create local jobs, stimulate our economy and make Western New York a fantastic place to do business.”

November 14, 2017                                 _                                               _



            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) praised the announcement of new veteran license plates. The new service branch-specific license plates are available for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marines. 

            “Our veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country and our state,” said Hawley. “This is an opportunity for each of them to be recognized for the commitment they’ve made for all of us. As the start of a new session approaches I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass more legislation that will inevitably improve the lives of our veterans across the state.”

            The new custom plates, made available for the first time in New York, join a number of others offered in the Veteran and Military series, including the Purple Heart Recipient, Vietnam Veteran and War on Terror Veteran license plates.

            In order to purchase a custom plate, New Yorkers are required to validate their military service with a copy of their discharge papers (DD-214 or equivalent documentation) and mail a copy with a completed application, found here.



            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) was recognized earlier this month for an exemplary commitment to the policies endorsed by the New York State Conservative Party. The party’s executive committee determined the score based on each state legislator’s voting record across a diverse sample of legislation from this year’s session. Hawley had the highest score with a rating of 92 out of 100.  

            “I am honored to be presented with this rating by the Conservative Party of New York State,” said Hawley. “This rating exemplifies the discipline and commitment to the policies that we must support if we intend to develop a stronger and healthier economy for job seekers and job creators alike. Policies such as keeping taxes low so more money stays in the pockets of our families and cutting red tape so businesses can hire, expand, and operate profitably are all measures I voted for and I believe will inevitably bring economic growth to our state.”

A link to the full list of rankings can be found here.

October 31, 2017                                     _                                               _




 As part of his efforts to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) took some time to reflect on his family’s personal connection to the events in Seneca Falls that led to women gaining the right to vote in New York State 100 years ago today.

Hawley’s paternal great aunt, Ella Hawley Crossett of Warsaw, was also active in the suffrage movement throughout her entire life, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony, and is honored for her efforts in a commemorative plaque in the state Capitol in Albany (photo pictured above). On his mother’s side of the family, Hawley’s grandmother, Tusanelda Nusbickel Simpson, spoke at the Seneca Falls Convention held 100 years ago. On that historic trip, she brought along her daughter, the assemblyman’s aunt, Mary Simpson Smart. Now 101 years old from Lyons, Mary Simpson Smart was among the speakers in Seneca Falls this summer commemorating the centennial of women’s right to vote in the state.

“My aunt was not even 2 years old when she joined her mother, my grandmother, at Seneca Falls. Earlier this year, my aunt herself, now at 101 years old, spoke at the anniversary events held this summer in Seneca Falls,” said Hawley. “My family’s personal connection to the women’s suffrage movement highlights the fact that this part of our nation’s history is still living.”

Hawley said, “Whether I am working to pass legislation that protects women and children from domestic violence or human trafficking, or provides female entrepreneurs more opportunities in business, my family’s role to help establish women’s right to vote in our state is something that stays with me. It helps remind me that by working together in Albany, we can accomplish historic achievements. I am very proud of my family’s efforts to gain women the right to vote 100 years ago, and our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers since. I hope all citizens will join me in taking some time to think about and appreciate the role of the suffragettes and the historic significance our state played in changing the course of our nation’s history.”

To learn more about women’s suffrage in New York State or find celebratory events near you, Hawley recommends the following online resources: and Additionally, you can visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls ( or view an exhibit on women’s suffrage at the New York State Museum in Albany (on display through May 13, 2018:


October 31, 2017                                     _                                               _



            “Halloween is one of children’s most treasured holidays, as it gives them the opportunity to bring imagination to real life and dress up as their favorite scary character or superhero and compete to see who will collect the most candy. While this is such an enjoyable time for parents and their children, it is crucial to remember to stay safe this Halloween, whether out trick-or-treating or attending a costume party with friends.

            “Drivers should remember to use extra caution on Halloween, especially in the evening, and it is crucial for trick-or-treaters to obey all traffic laws like crossing the street only at crosswalks, walking on the sidewalk if possible and carrying a flashlight or some other luminary device to remain visible after the sun goes down. Children should never eat candy that has been opened or given to them unwrapped and plan to trick-or-treat with a parent or group of other children.

            “Halloween isn’t just for children, as many adults and parents attend costume parties and festive get-togethers. Please be responsible and use public transportation or ride-sharing services if you are going to be drinking.

            “Have a safe, fun and memorable Halloween, and remember to not eat too much candy!”



            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is pleased he will be holding several open town hall meetings this Saturday at varying locations around Genesee County. All residents are welcome to attend to discuss local issues and to express any questions or concerns they might have.

            “I always look forward to these town hall meetings as a way to provide access and transparency about what is going on in Albany and as a vehicle for my office to assist residents with local matters,” Hawley said. “Gathering questions and concerns about the needs and desires of the residents I represent is central to being an effective lawmaker, and I encourage all those who are free to attend one of these town hall meetings.” 


Town of Bethany Meeting
Bethany Town Hall
10510 Bethany Center Road
Bethany, NY

Town of Pavilion Meeting
Pavilion Town Hall
1 Woodrow Drive
Pavilion, NY

Village of LeRoy/Town of LeRoy Meeting
LeRoy Town Hall
48 Main Street, LeRoy, NY

Village of Bergen/Town of Bergen Meeting
Bergen Town Hall
10 Hunter Street
Bergen, NY


October 27, 2017                                     _                                               _



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left of sign] poses with Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) [right of sign] at Decker Farms in Staten Island.

            In an effort to curb the waning bipartisanship in today’s political climate, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has completed a tour of a portion of Staten Island represented by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island), which included stops at agricultural sites, a local New York City Police Department precinct, the site of a large-scale future shopping outlet and a famous pizza shop. The tour came full circle as Cusick visited Hawley’s district this past summer.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) visit a local NYPD precinct on Staten Island and pose with local law enforcement members.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [left], Assemblyman Matt Titone (D-Staten Island)[center], and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) [right] grab lunch at Joe & Pat’s Pizza on Staten Island, a local staple.

            “I was very pleased to tour a vastly different part of our state that I rarely visit,” Hawley said. “It is paramount as lawmakers to build a resume of experiences and perspective not only in your own hometown and district but also in other regions where the culture, desires and needs of residents may be in contrast to your own. At the end of the day, our common goal as Assembly members is to make our state the best it can be and a place our families can be proud to call home. I met some extraordinary people during the course of this tour and thank Assemblyman Cusick for his hospitality.”


The group tours the former Fishkill Landfill


A model of the New York Wheel which will become part of the Empire Outlets shopping complex on Staten Island

            Hawley is also set to tour part of Long Island represented by Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) this week.


October 26, 2017                                     _                                               _



          Today, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) praised the signing of legislation to extend property tax exemptions to eligible U.S. veterans to include school taxes. These exemptions would extend the veterans’ property tax exemption to include school taxes in New York State and will ease financial burdens faced by veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

            “As Americans, we owe it all to the brave men and women who fought to defend our country,” said Hawley. “Extending tax exemptions to veterans is one small way we can positively impact their post-military lives. I applaud the signing of this legislation and I hope veterans across the state will benefit from these additional tax exemptions.       

            At this time, state property tax laws provide partial property tax exemptions to qualified veterans of the U.S. Military, but these exemptions didn’t include school taxes. In 2013 and 2016 the alternative veterans’ property tax exemption and Cold War property tax exemptions were revised to give school districts the option of allowing exemptions. With this signed legislation, all three veterans’ property tax exemptions would apply to school taxes.

October 25, 2017                                     _                                               _


            In a show of bipartisanship and in response to several downstate legislators touring his district this past summer, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is leaving Wednesday night to tour Staten Island with Democratic state lawmaker Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) and Long Island with Republican lawmaker Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown). 

            “Cooperation and benevolence between our political parties is so rare in today’s political climate, and that is why I am eager to tour some areas of the state with an open mind and focus on improving our state for all residents, because at the end of the day, we are all New Yorkers and our goal is to leave our children a better state than we found it,” Hawley said. “I thoroughly enjoyed having my downstate colleagues visit my district and I think they gained some added perspective and insight, my goal is to accomplish the same this week.”

            The group will visit Freshkills Park, one of the largest park developments in New York City, Decker Farms, Joe & Pat’s Pizza and Empire Outlets, a proposed shopping park in Staten Island featuring over 100 stores.

            The group will also tour the district represented by Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown), including a tour of various types of agriculture on Long Island hosted by Rob Carpenter, President of the Long Island Farm Bureau. Carpenter will accompany them to the Green Harbor Craft Brewery and Sparkling Pointe Vineyard and Winery. They will visit the North Fork Potato Chip Factory as well.

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.”

            For more information, please visit

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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