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Released at: August 21, 2019
Contact: Steve Hawley
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December 1, 2022                                                                                                   

HAWLEY RESPONDS TO ACCUSATIONS OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT IN VILLAGE OF ORLEANS

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) today spoke about a recently-filed lawsuit against The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home in Albion, by Attorney General Letitia James. "The Villages'' has been accused of financial fraud that has caused significant harm and neglect to its residents. This lawsuit has brought to attention companies that take advantage of New York state's Medicaid program, and the need for better oversight on hospice care facilities.

"This alleged behavior by people who are responsible for the protection of our elderly must not be tolerated in our state," Hawley said. "Our older generations have had to deal with tremendous pressure for the past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This issue places unnecessary stress on our citizens who deserve our utmost respect and continued protection. My office will certainly keep a watchful eye on nursing homes in our district to ensure the safety of New York's elderly population. Our office will continue our steadfast support of residents, families & employees of nursing home concerns, as we did during the Pandemic."

Hawley Re-Elected to State Assembly

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) was recently re-elected as state Assemblyman for the 139 district.. Hawley will represent communities in Orleans, Monroe and Genesee counties and the town of Newstead in Erie. Hawley spoke of his appreciation for the support and assistance from those in his district.

            “I am incredibly thankful to those in my community who went out to vote in this election. I have represented these communities for a number of years and it means so much that you continue to show your support,” said Hawley. “Those in my district understand that I have always worked toward the betterment of our collective communities. I will fight to destroy the unjust cashless bail laws to create safer communities across our state and I will protect the rights of gun owners who have been continuously insulted by the bills being created in Albany. New York is an incredible state that has all the potential to return to the Empire State. I will stand with the people of New York to make it finally return its policies so people will want to move here, rather than away from here.”

Interview on WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson

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October 28, 2022                                                                                                   

Connections with Evan Dawson

I would like to thank WXXI for having me on the air for “Connections with Evan Dawson”. Evan and I had an amazing conversation about the future of New York. Click on the link below if you happened to miss it. 

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2022                                                                                               

Hawley Endorsed by Public Employees Federation

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he has been endorsed by the Public Employees Federation (PEF) in his reelection campaign. The PEF  is a union that stands for the rights of New York state workers and protects them against unfair wages and work conditions. The union has worked hand in hand with Hawley toward a better New York for the working class.

            “I am extremely grateful for the continued support of one of New York’s most important labor unions,” Hawley said. “The protection of our employees has always been a top priority of mine and I would like to thank Wayne Spence, President of the Public Employees Federation, for his leadership and endorsement of my campaign as we work together to strengthen the lives of working folks.”


HAWLEY LAMENTS DECISION OF FARM LABORERS WAGE BOARD TO LOWER OVERTIME THRESHOLD

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is expressing disappointment following a decision by the Farm Laborers Wage Board to advance a recommendation to Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon to lower the farm laborer overtime threshold from 60 hours to 40. For months, Hawley has stood alongside farmers, farm workers, agricultural advocates, owners of agri-businesses and other lawmakers to call on the board to reject a proposed reduction to the overtime threshold, warning of the devastating effects such a decision would have on rural communities and all who work in the agricultural sector. 

 

As the board considered whether or not to implement a lower threshold, they collected testimony regarding the proposal during a series of virtual hearings. During those hearings, the vast majority of testimony provided by farmers and farm workers opposed its implementation, warning that it threatened the livelihoods of both farm owners and laborers. 

 

The concerns expressed by those opposed to lowering the threshold have been corroborated by a number of studies, as a report by Farm Credit East has stated that the total cost of lowering the overtime threshold to 40 hours, coupled with minimum wage increases, would result in an increase in labor costs by over 40 percent for New York’s farms. Another study by Cornell University found that 70 percent of New York farm labor guest workers would not return to New York were the threshold to be lowered and would instead seek work in other states where they have the opportunity to work longer hours.

 

Following the advancement of the Wage Board’s final report and recommendation, the fate of the farm overtime threshold rests in the hands of Reardon, who has 45 days to decide whether to accept or reject it.

 

“Now that the fate of farming as we know it here in New York state has been put in jeopardy by the Wage Board, even after hearing how their decision will jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of farmers and farm laborers, I sincerely hope that Commissioner Reardon will step in to prevent what would prove to be a catastrophic event for rural communities and the entire agricultural sector,” said Hawley. “Lowering this threshold helps nobody while threatening the existence of multi-generational family farms and an entire way of life, so I sincerely hope that ultimately both the threshold and the continued viability of our farms will be preserved.”

August 24, 2022                                                                                                       

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT

BUSINESS ANNOUNCES HAWLEY HAS RECEIVED

PERFECT 100% RATING

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a national organization that
advocates for the needs of small and independently-owned businesses, has announced that
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has received their perfect rating of 100%. This
perfect pro-business rating reflects Assemblyman Hawley’s unwavering support of small
business owners, both through his advocacy efforts and his legislative voting history.
“As a small business owner myself, I can tell you that especially in New York state,
building and sustaining a successful business can be as difficult as it is rewarding,” said Hawley.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have organizations such as the NFIB to stand up for and support
our small business owners, so I am honored to have earned their perfect rating.

 

HAWLEY ENCOURAGES LOCAL VETERANS TO REGISTER FOR PATRIOT TRIP XIII TO WASHINGTON DC

Hawley stands alongside veterans at the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. during the 12th Patriot Trip in 2019.

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is announcing there are still several openings available to take part in his Patriot Trip to Washington, D.C., taking place from Sept. 15 to 18, 2002. Veterans and their family members will be hosted on a tour throughout the area to visit historical sites and landmarks constructed to pay tribute to their service and the nation they’ve fought for. This year’s trip will feature stops at war memorials and other notable locations, including the Arlington National Cemetery, and the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials, with a stop in Gettysburg.

 

“Some of the most meaningful memories of my lifetime come from experiences I’ve had on our Patriot Trips witnessing heroes who’ve risked their lives to defend our country get to see the monuments built to honor their bravery and sacrifices,” said Hawley. “After having to pause the tour due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am very excited to begin our trips once more and encourage all interested to look into joining us on this incredibly meaningful journey.”

 

Participation in the trip is open to all military veterans and their family members and will cost between $425 to $500 per person. Those interested in participating in this year’s trip are encouraged to reach out to Assemblyman Hawley’s district office at 585-589-5780 for more details. 

 

Assemblyman Hawley encourages those interested, or who knows someone who might be interested but who may need financial assistance, to contact their local veterans’ services agency. They may be able to provide some assistance, so Hawley encourages those interested to reach out to their county’s agency using the numbers below:

 

Genesee County: 585-815-7905

 

Orleans County: 585-589-3219

 

Erie County: 716-858-6363

 

Monroe County: 585-753-6040

August 4, 2022                                                                                                       

HAWLEY URGES FISCAL RESTRAINT, PROTECTIONS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AS DIVISION OF BUDGET PROJECTS FUTURE BUDGET GAPS

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is urging lawmakers to consider options to reduce state spending following a report by the Division of Budget predicting the state will face projected budget gaps totaling $13.7 billion over the next five years. 

 

Additionally, the assemblyman is imploring action be taken to ensure the state’s small business owners are not made to bear the burden of the Legislative Majority’s fiscal irresponsibility. To this end, he is sponsoring a bill (A.7211) that would suspend employer contributions to the interest assessment surcharge fund through 2023, a fund created to help the state repay money borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic that business owners have been required to regularly contribute to.

 

This change in the Division of Budget’s economic forecast was spurred by an expected decline in tax revenue caused by recent downturns in the stock market and economy as a whole. For years, Hawley has criticized the Majority for their egregious spending, pointing to the fact that several of the state’s recent budgets have been larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, with this year’s record-breaking budget amounting to $220 billion in total spending.

 

“Just as millions of Americans are preparing to do in these next few months, it is high time our state tighten its belt and take a hard look at how we can cut waste while still taking care of our residents’ basic needs,” said Hawley. “Whether you look at red states like Texas or blue states like California, they spend far less per capita in their budgets, and I’m certain we could provide a similar value to our taxpayers. In any case, we must work to ensure that our state’s already-strained small business owners are not left to pick up the bill that’s accumulated after years of overspending by the Legislative Majority.”

JULY 28, 2022                                                                                                              

HAWLEY RENEWS CALL TO ROLL BACK BAIL REFORM FOLLOWING SHOOTING OF ROCHESTER PD OFFICERS, ATTACK ON ZELDIN

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is renewing his call to restore judicial discretion by rolling back the state’s bail reform law following a series of violent incidents that occurred in the state last week, including the shooting of two Rochester Police Department officers and the attempted stabbing of gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1). 

 

Hawley was especially concerned by news that Zeldin’s attacker was released from custody following the assault due to the state’s bail reform law, which considers assault in the 2nd degree, the crime Zeldin’s assailant was charged with, to be a non-violent felony. While the suspect would later be arrested under a federal charge for assaulting a member of Congress using a dangerous weapon, Hawley is deeply troubled by the fact that in the absence of federal action, state law would allow the attacker to continue walking freely today.

 

“Horrific incidents like these seem to be happening more and more often in our state,” said Hawley. “This isn’t normal, and we cannot continue to allow bail reform to tie the hands of our judges and further erode respect for laws and law enforcement. Harmful actions must have consequences, and bail reform has been letting dangerous individuals get away with far too much for far too long. We cannot allow regular violence against our people, our leaders, and our law enforcement to be accepted as a fact of life in New York, because people deserve to feel safe in the communities they call home.”


HAWLEY ISSUES STATEMENT DURING EXTRAORDINARY SESSION

 

“This week’s poorly-facilitated extraordinary session illustrates the dysfunction in our state government under one-party rule, and the Majority’s inability to prioritize issues most impactful to our residents’ well-being,” said Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia). “As rising inflation and rampant crime continue to upend the lives of our residents, the Majority began its ‘emergency’ session a full day late and did nothing to address the problems causing so many of our residents to reconsider calling our state home. Our focus as legislators should not be on passing legislation that restricts the rights of law-abiding citizens, but on making our state a better place to live.”


HAWLEY SPEAKS FOLLOWING DECISION STRIKING DOWN LAW ALLOWING NON-CITIZENS TO VOTE IN NYC ELECTIONS

 

Today’s decision reasserts the basic principle that our elections are for citizens of our state and that they will be operated in a manner compliant with the provisions of our state constitution,” Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia). “Maintaining sensible safeguards on our electoral processes ensures our elections are fair and that their outcomes can be trusted, so I am glad the judge in this case put the law and our constitution before partisan political interests.”


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JUNE 22, 2022                                                                                                              

END OF SESSION RECAP: INACTION AMIDST CRISIS

A Column by Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

 

As another legislative session comes to a close, the people of New York have once again been left on the hook with a $220 billion budget that’s more bloated than ever before. It seems with every year the Majority passes budgets that cost more but do less for the average working family in this state, and while the small tax cuts in this year’s plan were welcome, they simply won't be enough to give New Yorkers the financial jolt they need now more than ever. As prices on just about everything continue to skyrocket with no end in sight, I am disappointed that solutions our conference proposed to bring our residents substantive relief were not considered in earnest. 

 

Our Inflation Relief and Consumer Assistance Plan (A.8481) would make everyday necessities, such as gasoline, prepared foods, household goods and personal care products, state tax-free for two years. The savings provided by this bill would be immediate and, perhaps most importantly, would help those hit hardest by inflation, some of whom have had to make hard decisions between paying for rent or groceries. 

 

As if the financial strain affecting our communities wasn’t enough to contend with, people now feel less safe than ever in their own communities. According to a recent poll conducted by Spectrum News and Siena College, 7 in 10 New York City residents fear they may become a victim of violent crime. Their sentiments are also shared statewide, according to another Siena poll, finding that our residents are more concerned about crime than any other singular issue. 

 

We need to restore respect for laws and law enforcement. We need to help victims, not criminals, and we need to restore judicial discretion. Our constituents were counting on us to fix bail reform, and it’s saddening that they will now be the ones who will suffer the consequences of its shortcomings in their neighborhoods. 

 

I only hope that this November every voter will remember who stood up for their wallets and their neighborhoods by demanding direct solutions, and those who instead put forward half-measures and downplayed their suffering.


HAWLEY ISSUES STATEMENT AS LEGISLATIVE SESSION CONCLUDES

“As prices and crime continue to rise in tandem here in New York, I am saddened that throughout this legislative session the Majority has been unwilling to help us address the real concerns of everyday people,” said Hawley. “It only goes to show that under one-party rule, helping people put food on their tables, gas in their cars and live lives free of crime and violence just aren’t priorities for them.”

May 26, 2022                                                                                                               

HAWLEY ENCOURAGES LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO REACH OUT TO HIS OFFICE FOR FREE COVID-19 TEST KITS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is announcing that he will be making COVID-19 home test kits available through his office for free to any local organizations that could assist in distributing them to people who need them. Any groups interested in obtaining test kits are encouraged to reach out to the Assemblyman’s office at 585-589-5780 to learn more details and schedule a pickup.

 

“When it comes to COVID-19, we never truly know what lies ahead, and like the Boy Scouts say, it’s wise to ‘be prepared,’” said Hawley. “I encourage any and all local organizations that could put these tests to use to reach out and take advantage of this opportunity.”


HAWLEY AND ASSEMBLY MINORITY WRITE LETTER TO GOVERNOR DEMANDING MEETING OF THE DOMESTIC TERRORISM TASK FORCE IMMEDIATELY

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his Assembly Minority colleagues in drafting a letter to Gov. Hochul and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Rossana Rosado requesting they facilitate an immediate meeting of the Domestic Terrorism Task Force (DTTF) in response to the tragic shooting that took the lives of 10 New Yorkers in Buffalo this past weekend. 

 

Despite the fact the DTTF was established in 2020, the task force has never met, commissioned any studies or issued a single report, even though the legislation convening the task force had specified they were required to meet on a quarterly basis. The task force was created to collect and disseminate information about how to identify potential mass shooters, protect vulnerable areas they could target and prevent mass shootings, among other responsibilities.

 

“We owe it to all New Yorkers to take action to prevent terrorists from inflicting further pain on our communities and to learn everything we can about how to prevent hate from animating into violence,” said Hawley, “It is frustrating to think that even as our state has faced a significant increase in violent crime in the last several years, the governor has allowed this task force to sit on their hands and leave us unprepared for tragedies like the one that took place in Buffalo less than a week ago.”

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HAWLEY CALLS FOR THE PASSAGE OF BILLS IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY IN NYS PLAYGROUNDS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today joined his colleagues from the Assembly Minority in calling for the passage of bills that would make playgrounds in New York state accessible to people of all levels of physical ability. One of the bills (A.9923) would require that playgrounds in state parks include at least one wheelchair accessible platform swing with a high-back, full-support seat, and the other (A.9539) would offer grants to local municipalities to help them purchase and install handicap-accessible elements to local recreation facilities.

 

“Every child deserves to be able to experience the basic childhood joy of playing on a playground, so today we’re taking a stand to ensure New York’s outdoor recreational centers are places everyone can enjoy,” said Hawley. “If there was ever a simple problem that people of all political backgrounds can get behind, I would think it’d be this, so I am hopeful our colleagues in the Majority will join us to get these bills passed before the end of session.”


HAWLEY DISAPPOINTED BY PASSAGE OF BILL FORGIVING UNEMPLOYMENT OVERPAYMENTS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is speaking out following the passage of a bill (A.6666) by the Assembly Majority that would remove requirements for individuals overpaid by the New York state unemployment system to pay back those funds. Hawley believes that the removal of such a requirement could encourage future abuse of the unemployment system and other assistance programs in the future, and that it burdens small businesses whose unemployment insurance costs have skyrocketed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“While it is true people make mistakes, offering a blanket forgiveness to those who received this money and weren’t actually eligible sends the wrong message about how seriously our state tries to protect taxpayer dollars,” said Hawley. “This bill will also hurt the small business owners who are forced to pay more for unemployment insurance. This, in turn, could make it harder for them to hire more people and expand their operations.”


HAWLEY ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF A BILL ALLOWING REMOVAL OF BRIAN BENJAMIN FROM BALLOT

 

“If our colleagues in the Majority acted as fast to combat inflation and restore law and order as they did today to change the rules of our elections to help themselves out at the last minute, our state would truly be a better place for working people.”

APRIL 27, 2022                                                                                                            

ASSEMBLYMAN HAWLEY SPEAKS ON PASSING OF TWO IN ELBA HELICOPTER CRASH

 

“Reports that two people have passed in the helicopter crash that took place today in the town of Elba is incredibly saddening, a tragic development to all of us here in Genesee County. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives today, as well as all who were affected by this horrific incident.”


HAWLEY SPEAKS OUT AS THE MAJORITY KILLS OFF BILLS SUPPORTING VETS, PROTECTING PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is expressing dismay at the decision of the Assembly Majority to kill a large number of bills proposed by members of the Assembly Minority that would support New York’s veterans and law enforcement professionals, while also bolstering public safety. 

 

Among the bills members of the Majority shot down in committee were ones that would restore judicial discretion that was taken from judges following the passage of bail reform (A.7772, A. 6933), support for veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (A.8377), and the creation of a penalty for committing hate crimes against police officers and other emergency personnel (A.3824). Additionally, bills Hawley co-sponsors were blocked, like making it a felony to fire a gun at either police officers or first responders (A.9608), or into crowds generally (A.4259), as well as another that would add five years to the sentence of anyone who commits a felony while in possession of a loaded gun (A.4762).

 

“I firmly believe that most people would consider the measures the Majority struck down in committee to be common-sense and uncontroversial and very much worthy of an open debate, if nothing else,” said Hawley. “Crime and public safety have consistently ranked among the top policy issues on the minds of New Yorkers this year, and the legislation we put forward directly addresses the concerns held among many regarding bail reform and the restoration of law and order in our communities. It is truly shameful that the Majority has deprived us of the opportunity to debate these bills in the open on their merits, and instead killed them off to protect themselves politically.”


HAWLEY ENCOURAGES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO COMPLETE COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY GRANT APPLICATIONS BEFORE APRIL 30 DEADLINE

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is encouraging eligible small business owners that have incomplete applications or have not yet submitted the necessary documentation to receive COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program funding to apply before the application period for the program draws to a close on April 30

 

While Empire State Development has distributed over $550 million in funds to small businesses throughout the state since the program’s inception, much of the program’s $800 million in funds remain available to eligible small business owners who have either not started or completed their applications. Small business owners can use the following link to complete unfinished applications or view eligibility requirements they would need to meet to begin an application: https://nysmallbusinessrecovery.com

 

“With all our small businesses have endured through these last few years, it would be saddening to see business owners who truly need and deserve this support go without it,” said Hawley. “I’d encourage everyone who even thinks there’s a chance they’d be eligible for this funding to look into it. They may be surprised by the assistance available to them.”


HAWLEY ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF BILL ALLOWING NEW YORK STATE-PRODUCED WHOLE AND 2% MILK IN SCHOOLS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is supporting the passage of a bill that would allow New York schools to purchase whole and 2% milk that’s produced within the state, modeled after similar legislation that was recently passed in Pennsylvania. 

 

While the regulation banning these types of milk was put in place to combat rising trends of childhood obesity rates and type 2 diabetes diagnoses, these trends have only continued following its enactment. Countering the narrative that whole and 2% milk is unhealthy for children, recent studies have shown children who drink full-fat dairy products tend to be leaner than their peers and have a lower risk of becoming overweight. Other studies have found those who consume whole-fat dairy may have a lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, an increased satiety without weight gain and better sleep.

 

The removal of these milk options has also had a negative effect on dairy farms throughout upstate New York, who have long counted on revenue from milk sales to schools to keep their businesses operational. Already facing numerous obstacles in maintaining their viability as a business in recent years, including the lowering of the farm laborer overtime threshold, Hawley is hopeful this bill’s passage will help dairy farmers survive these new challenges to their livelihoods.

 

“The removal of 2% and whole milk from school cafeterias has had nothing but negative impacts on all stakeholders involved, including children and farmers,” said Hawley. “Providing more dairy options to students will only encourage them to get the nutrition their growing bodies need from milk, and help farmers recoup revenue lost since the passage of this ill-conceived prohibition.”

APRIL 13, 2022                                                                                                            

HAWLEY ON THE RESIGNATION OF LT. GOV. BRIAN BENJAMIN

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

 

“When your lieutenant governor  is arrested for quid pro quo, and your administration has a reputation for making deals behind closed doors, people have a reason to be concerned about what’s really going on in your administration. While I welcome the resignation of Lt. Gov. Benjamin in light of the charges brought against him, I hope more than anything it will give New Yorkers some pause and make them wonder if four scandalous governorships in a row is a sign we’re due for a change in leadership.”

APRIL 12, 2022                                                                                                            

HAWLEY SPEAKS ON THE ARREST OF LT. GOV. BRIAN BENJAMIN

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

 

“Mere months after heralding a new era of open, honest and trustworthy government, our governor finds her right-hand man in federal custody, making it evident her declaration was nothing more than hollow rhetoric,” said Hawley. “We’ve now had four consecutive executive administrations in which either the governor or lieutenant governor have come under severe criminal scrutiny, and if that doesn’t tell New Yorkers it’s time for a change in our state government, I don’t know what would.”


HAWLEY SPEAKS ON THE 2022-23 STATE BUDGET

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

 

“As the Majority passes another record-breaking budget, costing taxpayers $220,000,000,000, more than what Florida and Texas spend on their budgets combined, I'm left wishing their ambition to protect public safety was as strong as it is to test our state’s fiscal limits,” said Hawley. “New Yorkers needed decisive action to be taken to lift our economy and restore public order, but instead, they were given a band-aid budget full of half-measures that will make little impact on the well-being of everyday people. We should be working to slash wasteful spending and aim for austerity in our budget, not worsen the spending spree our state has been on for far too long.”


HAWLEY JOINS LAWMAKERS AT PRESSER ANNOUNCING LAWSUIT CHALLENGING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH QUARANTINE REGULATIONS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today joined his colleagues for a press conference in which Sen. George Borrello (SD-57), Assemblyman Chris Tague (R,C,I-Schoharie), and Assemblyman Michael Lawler (R,C,I,SAM-Pearl River) announced their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Department of Health regulation establishing isolation and quarantine procedures for those suspected of having a communicable disease. Hawley and those who’ve brought the lawsuit forward assert its implementation through the regulatory process violates the separation of powers.

 

Regulation 10 NYCRR 2.13 would empower the Department of Health to forcibly isolate and quarantine individuals exposed to communicable diseases, potentially in locations that aren’t their homes. Adopted on Feb. 22, 2022, the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to renew the rule on an emergency basis today. Steps have also been taken by the council to make the regulation permanent.

 

“The role of the Legislature is to protect the public from dangerous policies like this, which would never survive scrutinous debate in the Assembly,” said Hawley. “When a bill containing most of the same measures this rule does was put before the Assembly in years past (A.416, Perry), it had only a single sponsor, so it seems to me the governor is truly trying to subvert our constitutionally-sanctioned legislative process to put this proposal into law. By subverting the Legislature, the governor has silenced the voices of the people they represent, who almost certainly would not wish to grant their government this overreaching authority.”


HAWLEY ANNOUNCES HE WILL BE DISTRIBUTING COVID-19 TEST KITS TO VILLAGE, TOWN AND CITY GOVERNMENTS IN THE 139th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he is distributing COVID-19 tests allocated to his office to towns, villages and cities within the 139th Assembly District. Residents seeking test kits are encouraged to go to their local municipal center in order to secure test kits for themselves and their families.

 

“We thought distributing these test kits to local municipalities would be the best means of getting them into the hands of families who need them most,” said Hawley. “I hope that this distribution will give families a good chance to get ahead of any future COVID-19 spikes, and keep their families prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

HAWLEY SPEAKS THE FAILURE OF GOV. HOCHUL AND THE LEGISLATIVE MAJORITY TO PASS AN ON TIME STATE BUDGET

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

 

“The failure to pass a timely budget when so much is on the line for public safety and people’s personal financial well-being speaks to the inability of Gov. Hochul to effectively lead the majorities and deliver results for the working people of New York state. Further inaction on their part to fix bail reform or provide inflation relief will only bring more suffering for our state’s residents, so they had better get their act together quickly.”


HAWLEY CALLS ON GOV. HOCHUL AND THE LEGISLATIVE MAJORITY TO FINALLY FIX BAIL REFORM

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his colleagues from the Senate and Assembly Minorities in calling on Gov. Hochul and the legislative Majority to amend the state’s bail reform law, seeking to restore judicial discretion that would empower judges to keep criminals they know to be dangerous off of our streets. Hawley has spoken out against the danger this law poses to communities since it was first passed in 2019, horrified by reports that have emerged throughout the state of violent acts being perpetrated by offenders released, sometimes repeatedly, due to bail reform.

 

“So long as innocent people continue to get hurt by those who should not be walking free in our neighborhoods, I will continue to demand the restoration of the discretion that was taken away from our judges in 2019,” said Hawley. “As we now work to pass our state’s budget, I feel we have a real opportunity to restore order and save lives. Gov. Hochul’s proposed changes to the law may be a good start, but when we’re talking about matters of literal life and death, we can’t afford to do any less than finally fix this law once and for all to protect our communities.”


HAWLEY JOINS HIS ASSEMBLY COLLEAGUES IN HONORING WEST POINT CADETS DURING “WEST POINT DAY”

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), an Army veteran and member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, joined other members of the New York state Assembly yesterday for a ceremony held in the chamber to honor cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point. An annual tradition within the state Assembly, this was the first West Point Day to take place in two years following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The cadets of West Point embody the bright future of our nation, and every year we’re able to hold this ceremony I’m honored to have the opportunity to commend them for their dedication to our country and wish them well as future leaders within our military, our government and our communities,” said Hawley. “I was very happy to see West Point Day return to the chamber this year, and hope it will take place without further interruption in the future.”


HAWLEY RENEWS CALL FOR GOV. HOCHUL TO SUSPEND THE STATE GAS TAX

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is doubling down on his call for Gov. Hochul to suspend the state gas tax, as high gas prices continue to bear heavily on the budgets of working families. With some news sources reporting that the governor is instead considering providing New Yorkers with a gas rebate check, Hawley is rebuffing this proposal and insisting a suspension of the gas tax would be a more effective means of providing broad relief to consumers. 

 

“When we talk about the impact of rising gas prices on consumers in New York, we need to bear in mind that nearly everything that makes it into a store gets there on a truck,” said Hawley. “The pain we feel at the pump radiates throughout our economy, and only by taking steps to directly lower the price of gasoline can we deliver meaningful relief to consumers and the businesses they patronize. Gov. Hochul has the power to do a lot of good for our state’s economy right now, so I sincerely hope she’ll address inflation at its roots by simply suspending the gas tax.”


HAWLEY JOINS ASSEMBLY MINORITY IN CALLING FOR NYS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT NON-CITIZEN VOTING

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his Assembly Minority colleagues today in calling for the passage of legislation (A.9095) which would amend the state Constitution to reserve the right to vote in state elections to American citizens. 

 

Their push to pass the legislation comes in response to the passage of a policy by the New York City Council that allows non-citizens to vote in the city’s elections. Concerned that similar efforts could be undertaken in the future by progressive, activist lawmakers to implement such a policy at the state level, Hawley and his colleagues aim to bolster election integrity by passing this bill.

 

“The places we live, how we provide for ourselves and our families, and the laws we live by are molded by the elections that determine our representatives in government,” said Hawley. “Allowing people who are here illegally to have a say in our laws places criminals before law-abiding citizens. More than that, it will make it even more difficult to ensure the integrity of our elections, jeopardizing the faith people have in state government itself.”


HAWLEY WARNS AGAINST PASSAGE OF DANGEROUS, UNCONSTITUTIONAL AMMO TAX BILL

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is slamming proposed legislation (A.9563) that would establish an excise tax on ammunition purchased in the state, costing sportsmen an extra two to five cents per round. These funds would be deposited into a gun violence research fund, and while proponents of the legislation argue hunters and others who enjoy shooting sports should contribute to efforts that mitigate harm caused by firearms, Hawley argues such a tax would be an unconstitutional, onerous burden that infringes upon the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers.

 

“If tomorrow it was proposed that the faithful be made to pay to freely worship, or that anyone who wanted to espouse a controversial opinion be taxed in order to mitigate the consequences of them doing so, such bills would be dismissed with disgrace,” said Hawley. “When we take our oaths of office to protect and defend our U.S. Constitution as state lawmakers, we make a commitment to defend the document in its entirety, so it’s a shame the Second Amendment has become something members of the Majority feel can be consciously ignored in their policymaking. 

 

“While those in support of this bill argue that taxing ammunition by just a few cents a round does not place a substantive financial burden on sportsmen, the implementation of financial barriers of any kind to exercise constitutional rights sets a dangerous precedent that could enable the nickel-and-diming of our fundamental liberties in the future. This latest attempt to stifle criminality by inconveniencing the law-abiding may be the most dangerous we’ve seen in some time, and I’d encourage this bill’s sponsors to reflect deeply on the implications its enactment could have on the protection of their favored rights within our constitution.”

March 16, 2022                                                                                                         

HAWLEY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SCHEDULING OF COP-KILLER ANTHONY BOTTOM FOR PAID SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT SUNY BROCKPORT

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

 

“While colleges and universities are indeed places where uncomfortable conversations about controversial subjects should take place, I am deeply disappointed that members of the SUNY Brockport Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion have decided to invite Anthony Bottom, a convicted cop-killer, onto campus while framing his experiences as those of a ‘political prisoner,’ all while using taxpayer grant funding to do so. It is nothing less than a slap in the face for the family of the two officers he murdered, as well as those serving currently in law enforcement who face very real threats from individuals like him daily in their work.

 

“In speaking with administrators of SUNY Brockport, I have been reassured this decision was one that was spearheaded by a subcommittee consisting of several faculty members in conjunction with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Unless Mr. Bottom plans on speaking about how remorseful he is for his actions, he has no place on a SUNY campus, especially not as a paid speaker. I very much so hope a closer review of grant applications will be forthcoming.”


HAWLEY REACTS TO ASSEMBLY MAJORITY’S ONE-HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSAL

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

 

“The Assembly Majority’s one-house budget is a historically-poor representation of where state funds should be allocated, and this year’s is no different. Not only does it deny health care heroes a bonus for their incredible work over the last two years and ignore the need for teacher support in our state, but it directs funds towards illegal immigrants for public defenders in deportation cases and so prison inmates get longer phone call times. It’s a bloated budget proposal spurred by a downstate mindset and totals at a whopping $226 billion, which is even larger than the governor’s own proposal, and it would leave behind a burden of debt repayment for our children’s entire young adult lives. The Majority is clearly out of touch with the needs of the greater New York state, and it’s why I voted against this proposal.”


HAWLEY JOINS LAWMAKERS IN PROPOSING “INVEST IN VETS” PANDEMIC RELIEF PACKAGE TO SUPPORT VETERANS, VETERANS’ ORGS

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) presents details of the “Invest in Vets” budget proposal alongside Americans Veterans (AMVETS) National Executive Director Joseph R. Chenelly on Thursday, March 10.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his colleagues in the Assembly Minority today, as well as Americans Veterans (AMVETS) National Executive Director Joseph R. Chenelly, who the assemblyman had invited to speak, for a press conference proposing a much-needed pandemic relief package known as “Invest in Vets.” The proposal would invest $500 million within the New York State Budget to support services for veterans and veterans’ organizations, including $250 million in operational funding from the COVID-19 Public Health Response Fund and $250 million in capital funding for the State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) Program.

This package would support the Dwyer Peer Support Program for returning veterans, suicide prevention efforts, PTSD treatment and research, and many other endeavors in support of active duty and former military members. Notably, it would make funds available that could be used by veterans’ organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion to maintain their facilities. VFW Halls, American Legion Posts and similar gathering places are incredibly valuable community resources for veterans, providing them a chance to connect with other former service members who can provide them insight into their experiences transitioning to civilian life as well as the resources available to veterans locally.

“If our state budget is going to be one of the largest in the nation, the support we offer our veterans should be among the most comprehensive in the country, but unfortunately that is not the case,” said Hawley. “Today I call on my partners across the aisle in the Legislature and Gov. Hochul to include this critical funding package within this year’s final budget to better support our veterans and help connect them to local resources in their communities.”


 

HAWLEY JOINS ADVOCATES IN CALLING FOR INCREASED CHIPS FUNDING TO MAINTAIN ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) called on Gov. Hochul and the Legislature today to increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), Pave-NY, and the Extreme Winter Recovery Program. Hawley and other advocates supporting a funding increase argue that even though funding was increased for these programs last year, there is still much work to be done to ensure New York’s roads are safe for those who travel on them, and supply chains are able to keep moving as efficiently as possible.

 

“The well-being of our roads relates directly to the strength of our state’s economy and the safety of all who travel throughout it. This is especially important to consider when first responders are transporting patients and minutes matter,” said Hawley. “In these times, we must also bear in mind that by improving our roads, we will strengthen our supply chains–the slowing of which has weighed heavily on the wallets of our residents.

 

“Fixing potholes and making travel safe is something I believe lawmakers of all parties can come together to support. I’m hopeful we can get it done in this year’s budget.”

March 4, 2022                                                                                                          

HAWLEY WELCOMES END OF MASK MANDATE FOR SCHOOLS, REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL CONTROLS ON HEALTH POLICY

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is expressing relief following an announcement by Gov. Hochul that her statewide mask mandate for schoolchildren will be coming to an end on Wednesday, March 2, though he believes the mandate should have ended much earlier. 

 

Throughout the pandemic, Hawley has called for control of public health policy decisions, such as mask mandates, to be left to local governments and local health officials. He has called for the mandate to end in various letters, public events, and media publications.

 

“The governor’s announcement is a welcome one, though one that’s taken far too long to be made as most states already announced the end of their mask mandates,” said Hawley. “Saying that, I feel the power to implement impactful mandates should not rest with our governor, but with local officials who know their communities better than Gov. Hochul or any state-level bureaucrat. Local decisions are informed decisions, so I will always stand for the right of localities to address the needs of their people as they see fit.”

February 24, 2022                                                                                                  

HAWLEY CHEERS DOH ANNOUNCEMENT BOOSTER MANDATE FOR HEALTH WORKERS WILL NOT BE ENFORCED

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is expressing relief following an announcement by the state Department of Health that it will not be enforcing a booster mandate for health care workers as they had planned to do starting Feb. 21.

 

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett said in a statement regarding the announcement that “the reality is that not enough health care workers will be boosted by next week's requirement in order to avoid substantial staffing issues in our already overstressed health care system,” echoing a sentiment expressed by Hawley and other members of the Assembly Minority in a letter they wrote last week to her and the governor asking them not to implement the booster mandate.

 

“The decision to hold back on implementing a booster mandate for health care workers is one that will save lives and finally offers some respect to the heroes in our hospitals and other health centers who’ve worked tirelessly on the front lines of this pandemic for years,” said Hawley. “Mandates of this nature have only served to stifle the ability of our health professionals to care for patients when we need them most. I am hopeful this may be a sign the administration is beginning to learn from the poor decisions they made earlier in the pandemic, which cost us many lives.”


HAWLEY REACTS TO HOCHUL  REVERSAL OF ADU MANDATE FOR LOCALITIES

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

            “From the time she presented her budget proposals, Gov. Hochul has faced stern  criticism regarding her initiative to mandate one accessory-dwelling unit (ADU) per residential lot. It was a policy that superseded local authority and unfairly put additional  burdens on the residents who integrated into a community.  Thankfully the governor rescinded her initiative, and our suburban and rural communities are now protected.  I’m grateful that Gov. Hochul listened to the constituents of suburban and rural communities, and glad for those citizens who will no longer have to worry about the character of their neighborhood radically changing.”


HAWLEY SPEAKS AT PRESS CONFERENCE WITH FARMERS AND LAWMAKERS URGING THE GOVERNOR AND LABOR COMMISSIONER TO REJECT REDUCTION OF FARM OT THRESHOLD TO 40 HOURS

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) speaks at a press conference with farmers, agricultural advocates and other Assembly Minority members in Albany on Tuesday, Feb. 15.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) spoke today at a press conference in Albany where lawmakers, farmers and agricultural advocates urged Gov. Hochul and Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon to reject the implementation of a reduction in the farm laborer overtime threshold. Hawley has spoken out against this proposal alongside agricultural professionals for months, warning that the increases it will have on the cost of doing business for farms will leave many of them with no choice but to cease operations. 

Following a 2-1 vote by the Farm Laborers Wage Board on January 28 to lower the farm laborer overtime threshold from 60 hours to 40, the decision whether or not to implement this policy now rests in the hands of Gov. Hochul and Commissioner Reardon.

“The end of farming as we know it in New York would be one of the greatest tragedies our state has ever seen, but it is one that would be entirely preventable,” said Hawley. “Gov. Hochul and Commissioner Reardon have been made very aware of the consequences the decision to lower the overtime threshold would have, and the power now rests in their hands to decide whether they stand with our farmers and rural communities or the special interests who’ve worked to advance this proposal.”


ASSEMBLY MAJORITY VOTES DOWN PROPOSAL UNMASKING HEALTHY NEW YORK SCHOOLCHILDREN

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his Assembly Minority colleagues yesterday in urging lawmakers to vote on legislation (A.8101) to prohibit state agencies from mandating the masking of healthy, asymptomatic children in schools and other similar public settings. This amendment was voted down overwhelmingly by members of the Assembly Majority.

 

Hawley has for months called for the state mask mandate to be terminated in all public settings, including schools. He believes that the authority to implement mask mandates and similar public health policies should rest with local governments and health departments, who have a better understanding of the needs and circumstances of their communities than state-level bureaucrats.

 

Last night’s vote made it clearer than ever which members of the Assembly truly stand behind parents,” said Hawley. “I am deeply disappointed that members of the Majority last night were more concerned with preserving the power of the governor than listening to our parents and the most recent data on COVID-19, which shows new infections are steeply declining. Even though this proposal did not pass, it will at least make it obvious to voters which of us in this chamber are willing to stand up to the endless mandates of Gov. Hochul.

February 14, 2022                                                                                                  

HAWLEY DELIVERS VALENTINES FROM JACKSON PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO VETERANS OF THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HOME IN BATAVIA

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) delivers valentines made by Jackson Primary School students to the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia on Thursday, Feb. 10.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today delivered nearly 100 valentines handcrafted by students from Jackson Primary School to residents of the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. Hawley, having served as a member of the military himself, as well as on the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has for many years facilitated the delivery of these valentines. The occasion provides local students an opportunity to express their gratitude to veterans of the area for what they’ve done to protect America and its freedoms.

“This event is always one of my favorite ones to coordinate throughout the year because of how heartwarming it is to read the appreciation our students have for those who’ve served in our military,” said Hawley. “The patriotic messages written by the children have brought a smile to my face and the faces of hundreds of veterans every time we’ve delivered them. I’m always heartened to see the respect and gratitude young people have held toward our veterans each and every year.”

 

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HAWLEY AND MEMBERS OF ASSEMBLY MINORITY WRITE LETTER TO HEASTIE IMPLORING HIM TO PRESERVE LIBRARY FUNDING

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has been joined by other members of the Assembly Minority in drafting a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie alerting him to their concerns regarding funding for libraries within the proposed executive budget. While the proposed budget does increase funding for library operating grants, Hawley and his colleagues were alarmed to see that the governor’s plan slashed capital funding for library construction projects by $20 million, a 59% cut from last year’s state budget. 

 

In their letter, Minority members argue that since the executive budget proposes a 7.2% increase in school funds, library capital funding should be restored given the role libraries play in educating the public.

 

“Libraries are critical resources to people of all ages and backgrounds throughout New York state, providing our residents an equitable means of accessing information and technology vital to their success and happiness,” said Hawley. “A great equalizer for those willing to make the most of the opportunities they provide, we would be holding back the potential of our best and brightest New Yorkers by allowing library funding to be decimated as has been proposed by our governor. As someone who considers themselves a true believer in the American dream, I cannot overstate what a loss this cut would be for people with big ideas and limited personal resources.”

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HAWLEY REACTS TO HOCHUL ANNOUNCEMENT ON END OF MASK MANDATES FOR BUSINESSES

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

            “The end of the mask mandate for businesses is a welcome development, but given what the data is telling us about the rapid decline in COVID-19 infections and what is being done in neighboring states that have otherwise maintained egregious and heavy-handed policies throughout the pandemic, it isn’t close to the announcement we would hope to hear. At this point it should be no question that the time for state-level mandates of any kind has come to an end and control of pandemic management should return to local governments and school districts.

“For rural communities like mine, mask mandates for healthy children in schools have done far more harm than good. Should educators and local administrators deem that such mandates aren’t needed, they should have the ability to make the best decision possible for the well-being of their students.”


HAWLEY DRAFTS LETTER AGAINST PROPOSED RULES GRANTING GOV. HOCHUL PERPETUAL EMERGENCY COVID POWERS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has joined fellow members of the Assembly Minority in drafting a letter to Gov. Hochul, Department of Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett, and Department of Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa opposing a proposed change to New York state’s regulations that would empower the Department of Health and Department of Education to unilaterally implement mask mandates and other COVID-related edicts. Hawley argues this policy would essentially return emergency powers to Gov. Hochul in perpetuity, depriving the Legislature of its authority to design and implement such orders and the ability of local health departments to cater their pandemic response toward the unique circumstances faced by their communities. 

 

“New Yorkers have been overwhelmingly calling for a return to normalcy and the implementation of this dystopian policy would be the farthest thing from that, forever granting Gov. Hochul the power to plunge our lives back into a state of chaos at her whim,” said Hawley “This proposal is an attempt by Hochul’s administration to feign concern for public health in order to claw power away from the people, their local governments and their elected representatives, and cannot be allowed to stand.”

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February 1, 2022                                                                                                    

HAWLEY WRITES LETTERS TO HOCHUL AND LABOR COMMISSIONER TO PREVENT IMPLEMENTATION OF FARM LABORER OVERTIME THRESHOLD

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), a former farmer and member of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, has written a pair of letters to Gov. Kathy Hochul and Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon urging them to stop the implementation of a reduction in the farm labor overtime threshold from 60 to 40 hours. 

 

Last Friday, the Farm Laborers Wage Board voted 2-1 to lower the threshold. Power now rests with Gov. Hochul and Commissioner Reardon to enact the overtime threshold reduction. 

 

“Farmers from all corners of our state have spoken about how dangerous this policy would be for them, for their families, and for their communities alike. The time has come for Gov. Hochul and Commissioner Reardon to decide whether they stand with farmers, or the special interests who’ve worked behind the scenes to advance this proposal,” said Hawley. “As the consequences of this decision have clearly been laid out for them, I sincerely hope they’ll recognize how disastrous this decision would be for farming as we know it in New York and take action to prevent its implementation.”

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January 29, 2022                                                                                                     

HAWLEY SLAMS FARM LABORERS WAGE BOARD DECISION TO LOWER OVERTIME THRESHOLD TO 40 HOURS

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), a former farmer and member of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, is expressing grave concern following a 2-1 decision by the Farm Laborers Wage Board to implement a 40 hour overtime threshold for farm laborers in New York state. Hawley has joined farmers and advocates from across the state throughout the last several months to speak out against this proposal, arguing that since farms operate on schedules that are at the mercy of the weather and other unpredictable factors, that lowering the threshold would prove fatal for farms who barely turn a profit when paying their laborers under the existing 60-hour threshold.

 

“Farm operators and farm laborers alike have been more united than ever in opposing this mandate, but sadly it seems their voices were ignored, and I now fear the decision will come at the cost of countless multi-generational family businesses who will now have no choice but to cease operations,” said Hawley. “Being someone with origins in upstate New York, I sincerely hope that Governor Hochul will be able to put aside her partisanship and stop this policy’s implementation for the sake of our farmers, families, and rural economies throughout the state. For the millions of people who love everything about agriculture as we know it here in upstate New York, it would be truly tragic if our local farms became nothing more than memories of a better time.”


HAWLEY JOINS CONGRESSMAN JACOBS, SENATOR RATH, AND FARMERS FOR MEETING TO DISCUSS EFFECT OF VACCINE MANDATES ON AGRICULTURE

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(Left to right): Fruit farm operator Jim Bitner, vegetable and dairy farm operator Maureen Torrey Marshall, Sen. Ed Rath (R,C,I-Amherst), Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) and Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) discuss the impact of vaccine mandates on farms and
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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), a member of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture joined Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) and Sen. Ed Rath (R,C,I-Amherst) for a meeting he organized with local farmers Thursday to discuss the federal vaccine mandate and its impact on the well-being of their businesses. 

During the meeting, farmers expressed concerns that the vaccine mandate is negatively affecting the supply chains farmers depend on, as well as their ability to hire and retain laborers. This concern has arisen after a new mandate was hastily issued by the Department of Homeland Security requiring essential workers who are not U.S. citizens, including farm laborers, to be vaccinated before entering the country.

“Farming is the backbone of all economic activity in our nation, providing the food and materials necessary for other industries to operate effectively,” said Hawley. “Vaccine mandates have only served to worsen conditions experienced by Americans during the pandemic, and this new mandate pertaining to essential farm laborers is no different. By slowing our supply chain and keeping much-needed farmhands out of our fields, this mandate will strain both our rural economies in upstate New York and slow the restocking of vital goods in grocery stores across the state. I stand opposed to this mandate, and any others like it that may be implemented at the state or federal level.”

“Representing our farmers on the House Agriculture Committee is a job I take very seriously, and right now their livelihoods are at stake as a direct result of President Biden’s vaccine mandates,” said Jacobs. “Farming is a year-round industry that has no room for delays or logistical blockades, yet that is exactly what the president has created. His mandate that just recently went into effect is causing trucking delays, which seriously impacts our farmers and hurts our ag-focused economy in New York’s 27th District. I have fought against these mandates, and I will continue to do so to ensure our supply chains remain intact and our farmers are supported.”

“Our New York farmers have been taking hit after hit,” said Rath. “Many are already struggling with staffing shortages and supply chain issues, at no fault of their own. Jeopardizing their available workforce is irresponsible and inconsiderate of the overwhelming pressures that farmers are facing.  I have advocated for simplifying the countless mandates to help our farms and businesses. I will continue to fight for our agriculture community."

January 25, 2022                                                                                                     

HAWLEY JOINS ASSEMBLY MINORITY IN PRESSER CALLING FOR PASSAGE OF THE INFLATION RELIEF & CONSUMER ASSISTANCE PLAN

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined his colleagues from the Assembly Minority at a press conference today calling for the passage of the Inflation Relief & Consumer Assistance Plan (A.8481) in response to rapid and ongoing inflation faced by New Yorkers throughout the last year. The proposal would suspend state sales tax on several everyday goods such as gasoline, cleaning products. and prepared foods for two years. Gas prices have risen over a dollar within the last year alone, while household and everyday items have risen steadily in price over the last several months. 

 

“Inflation is an economic force that impacts the working class more than anyone else, erasing the impact of wage increases as people find their paychecks buying less and less every week,” said Hawley. “For those who rely on fuel to heat their homes, these price increases mean less money put aside for college and emergency funds, fewer family nights out, and for some, choosing between heating their homes or filling up their vehicles. Passing this legislation would have a direct and immediate impact on the economic well-being of New Yorkers and restore the power of their hard-earned paychecks.”

January 11, 2022                                                                                                     

HAWLEY JOINS SENATE AND ASSEMBLY MINORITIES IN CALLING FOR PASSAGE OF PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURES

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joins his colleagues from the Senate and Assembly Minorities, law enforcement and public safety advocates for a press conference on January 11th.


Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) joined members of the Senate and Assembly Minority Conferences, law enforcement and public safety advocates on Tuesday to call for the passing of anti-crime measures, following a rise in violence throughout New York state during the past two years. 

The legislative conferences advocated for the restoration of judicial discretion to locally-elected judges, among several other proposals. Since the passage of bail reform in 2019, the ability of judges to hold lawbreakers they know to be dangerous to the community on bail has been heavily restricted. The state has seen a 46.7% increase in murders throughout the state from 2019 to 2020. Criminals released under the bail reform law have gone on to frequently reoffend, at times retaliating against victims mere hours after their pretrial release.

“If we want New York to be a place people want to live, start families and spend their money, it must first and foremost be a safe place,” said Hawley. “During our governor’s State of the State address, there was a glaring absence of any discussion of the marked rise in violence we’ve seen in our communities all across New York. So putting public safety back on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session is a priority for me and our conference as a whole.”

January 7, 2022                                                                                                     

HAWLEY TESTIFIES DURING VIRTUAL FARM LABORERS WAGE BOARD HEARING ON PROPOSED OVERTIME THRESHOLD REDUCTION

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) spoke Wednesday during the Farm Laborers Wage Board’s hearing on a proposed reduction of the farm laborer overtime threshold, speaking passionately against the proposed reduction. During his testimony, Hawley described in detail why such a reduction would be perilous to the existence of farms throughout New York state and why the proposal would be harmful to the farm workers its proponents intended for it to help.

 

“Farms cannot operate on a less than 60-hour work week, and the failure to recognize that fact will lead to the loss of our beloved family farms and all the jobs they provide,” said Hawley.

 

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January 6, 2022                                                                                                     

STATE OF THE STATE 2022: A CHANCE TO FORGE A NEW PATH TO PROSPERITY IN NEW YORK

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

“In a time of crisis, as we face issues related to our economy, public health and public safety, we cannot keep rehashing the same tired ideas that have proven to be ineffective solutions to serious problems. While I appreciate the governor’s rhetoric in support of small businesses during a time when they and our residents are leaving the state in droves, we should be talking about meaningfully cutting taxes and easing regulations to enable their success in the long-term. Of equal importance is our need to focus on restoring order to our increasingly dangerous streets, following the passage of bail reform.  

 

“Having served as assemblyman while Gov. Hochul served as our district’s congresswoman, it would be a pleasure to work together in earnest to make New York work for everyday New Yorkers once again. We must all come together to restore the authority of our local governments and judges.”


YEAR IN REVIEW: LEARNING FROM THE LEGISLATURE’S MISTAKES TO BRING ABOUT A BRIGHTER DAY

A Column by Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

Last year was certainly one for the books, though the reasons 2021 was so notable aren’t necessarily worth celebrating. Our governor resigned in disgrace, more of the businesses we love in our communities shuttered, taxes increased, prices increased and we passed a budget that cost us more than ever. All while doing less than ever to actually help working families. Throughout, we have also continued to contend with a pandemic that has worn on our economy and the fortitude of New Yorkers across the state, as some in government yet again consider mandates and lockdowns that would assuredly take a tremendous toll on our collective recovery.

 

I say this not to elicit feelings of doom or gloom but out of a hope, that by recognizing the mistakes made in state government this year, we can work together to rectify them and put our state on a path toward growth. The circumstances we face have often been described as “unprecedented,” so given the challenges before us, I feel that we have an opportunity to work collaboratively to deliver solutions many in the Legislature haven’t given a fair shake in the past.

 

To put it simply, I believe that the best way of fostering prosperity here in New York state is to unleash the power of its people by staying out of the way of their success. By creating a business climate that will attract the brightest minds our nation has to offer, and that will retain the talents we have. More than anything, we need to give people a reason to believe New York’s brightest days are still ahead.

 

Perhaps, most important, we must also ensure that people feel safe living and starting families here. To do so we must give our law enforcement and judiciary the tools they need to protect our neighborhoods. The end of the decay of our villages, towns and cities will begin with the rescinding of our state’s dangerous bail reform laws. These changes have tied the hands of our judges and empowered criminal elements to act with impunity, knowing that they will be released back onto the streets, even if they’re apprehended. In 2022, we must collectively recognize that bail reform was a mistake and restore law and order throughout New York.

 

Here in New York we’ve tried raising taxes, we’ve tried heavy-handed mandates and we’ve tried various police “reforms,” all to the detriment of our state’s public safety and prosperity. If there was ever a time for a change to give New Yorkers a chance to chase their dreams and lift up their communities in the process, that time is now. This year, let’s give New Yorkers a chance to control their own destinies, put an end to one-size-fits-all mandates and empower individuals and local governments to do what’s best for their families and the municipalities they know and love. 

 

New Yorkers are the toughest and most industrious people in this entire country and they deserve a legal and economic climate that will allow them to unleash what they’re capable of onto the national and global marketplace. This year let’s make New York work for those who seek to better their lives and communities through hard work.

 

 

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