Released at: August 21, 2019
Contact: Steve Hawley

 October 16, 2019                                                                                                      


            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the bridge carrying Densmore Road over the Erie Canal in Albion has reopened following rehabilitation and repair to its flooring, structural and safety mechanisms. The Densmore Road Bridge is part of an ongoing $11 million infrastructure package that includes repairs to seven historic Erie Canal bridges in the towns of Gaines, Murray, Albion, Ridgeway and Village of Medina.

            “Commuters, farmers, emergency services and everyone else who travels these routes deserve peace of mind when crossing a bridge, and I am pleased to see that Densmore Road bridge’s repairs and upgrades have been completed,” Hawley said. “Our district contains over half of the state’s lift bridges and a large portion of Erie Canal bridges that are vital to our area’s manufacturers and farmers. We must continue to push for investment and inspection of our bridges and roadways to see that they are held to the highest standards of safety and quality.”


In response to Assembly Bill 1413, which outlaws firearms as prizes in games of chance, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has vocally opposed this legislation as another example of downstate government overreach. Firearm raffles are an important source of funding for community activities and many local organizations, specifically fire departments, use the funds generated by these raffles to support the department and purchase equipment used to protect the community. The legislation is authored by Jo Anne Simon, a Democrat from Brooklyn and sponsored by over a dozen New York City Democrats. 

“The widening disconnect between downstate politicians and upstate matters is alarming,” said Hawley. “It is the not the place of legislators in New York City to determine laws that significantly affect upstate affairs. Law-abiding gun owners have been subjected to increased regulations and harmful laws that blatantly violate their 2nd Amendment rights, and banning firearms as raffle prizes is yet another example.”

The standards of gun ownership do not change whether it’s purchased from a licensed dealer or won in a raffle. In order to claim possession one must still pass the background checks and have the necessary permits.

“Gun ownership is a proud and storied tradition in Western New York,” said Hawley. “It is not the business of city legislators to infringe on your constitutional rights and ultimately hurt our local charitable organizations.”


            In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is calling on individuals to embrace education and early detection as primary mechanisms to fight the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women in the U.S. and at the top of new cancer cases reported in New York in 2016.

            “As we all come together to emphasize our constant fight against breast cancer this month, it is critical to impart on the public that early detection is the key to beating this disease,” Hawley said. “There are countless state and local programs, support groups and resources available to the public including through the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) as well as a free screening program that is part of state law to cover ineligible or uninsured women.”

            For more information on the state program or to find a screening location, click here.

            On October 23, BCCR will host its annual “Lives Touched, Lives Celebrated” event which pays tribute to all the women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and includes a candlelight walk, music and poetry. For more information, visit

September 11, 2019                                                                                                   


A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on 9/11

“On a day just like today 18 years ago, our nation came under attack.  Nearly 3,000 citizens, firefighters and police officers, began their mornings just like any other. On that day they tragically lost their lives.

“No one could imagine the events that transpired that September morning, and for a moment our freedom was compromised.

“An attack intended to break our spirits and devastate our nation, in our darkest hour faced with pure evil, Americans responded with bravery and courage. An effort to tear us apart only brought us closer together.

Today we hold the ones we love a little tighter, we remember those we lost and we honor those who gave everything to protect our freedom. 

“The memory of September 11, 2001 will remain in our hearts forever, but the strength and resiliency that defines this country will always prevail in the face of darkness.

            “We will never forget.”

September 4, 2019                                                                                                   


Decision follows opposition of Alabama Town Board against expensive and intrusive roundabout construction

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has reversed their decision to construct a roundabout at the dangerous intersection of State Route 77 and Ledge Road in the Town of Alabama in favor of a blinking yellow light on Rt. 77 and a blinking red light on Ledge Rd.

            The busy intersection is known to be very dangerous, having become common place for traffic accidents, and is routinely used by tractor trailers and farm vehicles as a gateway to the western portions of the state. The Alabama Town Board recently passed a resolution opposing the construction of a roundabout for myriad reasons including cost, the need to build onto nearby private property, and the likelihood accidents would continue. Hawley backed the town board’s opposition to the roundabout and twice requested that the DOT consider different alternatives to the proposed roundabout.

            “Although I am pleased that the state DOT deferred to the concerns of local citizens and the town board in this case, I hope and pray that all residents take the dangers surrounding this intersection seriously and heed all traffic signals and devices,” Hawley said. “The proposed roundabout would have cost nearly $1.8 million in taxpayer money, whereas the new lights will cost less than $100,000 and be infinitely less intrusive to nearby residents’ properties and daily commuters. The citizens of Alabama know what works best for their community and I will happily stand behind their decision.”

August 30, 2019                                                                                                       


Survey answered across three counties by over 2,200 residents demonstrates lack of popularity for marijuana legalization, ‘Red Flag laws,’ support for ‘Two New Yorks’ bill         

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today released the results of his 2019 Legislative Survey which contained more than 2,200 responses from residents of all ages and party affiliations across Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties. The survey, conducted earlier this summer, covered topics such as gun control, dividing New York into two separate states, single-payer health care, abortion, farm worker unionization and plastic bag bans, among other topics.

To take the survey, go to

“Listening to our constituents’ concerns and questions is the prime responsibility we have as lawmakers and this survey proves, above all else, that most Western New Yorkers in my district are not supportive of the radical progressive policies coming out of Albany,” Hawley said. “Things like giving pay raises to incarcerated felons and enacting a state takeover of healthcare are so far removed from the needs of millions of New Yorkers it continues to baffle me how they are considered top priorities by many downstate lawmakers. I look forward to continue traveling my district this fall and sharing these survey results with my neighbors as we gear up for next year’s session and lawmakers begin to formulate their legislative platforms.”

Highlights of Assemblyman Hawley’s Legislative Survey:

Do you support Assemblyman Hawley's 'Two New Yorks' proposal (A.1687-a) that would create a non-binding ballot question of "Should New York be divided into two states? (2,145 responses) 

  • YES 80.2%
  • NO 19.8%

What do you think is the best way to grow New York's economy? (2,090 responses)


  • Cut taxes on small businesses 62.2%
  • Lucrative tax breaks for out of state companies 3.3%
  • Have government take over certain sectors like health care 4.1%
  • Investment in infrastructure 30%

Recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states and is being considered in New York. Do you support legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana? (2,169 responses)

  • YES 29.6%
  • NO 70.4%

Should immigrants who have not become citizens be allowed to obtain a New York State driver's license? (2,170 responses)

  • YES 13%
  • NO 87%

Should taxpayers fund an increase to the minimum wage for inmates in state prisons? (2,172 responses)

  • YES 6.6%
  • NO 93.4%

Do you support Assemblyman Hawley's call for an armed 'School Resource Officer' in every school in New York State? (2,140 responses)

  • YES 76.2%
  • NO 23.8%

Do you support a repeal of the NY-Safe Act? (2,085 responses)

  • YES 75.8%
  • NO 24.2%

Do you support allowing farm workers to unionize? (2,067 responses)

  • YES 33.5%
  • NO 66.5%

August 28, 2019                                                                                                       



Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is joining fellow legislators in co-sponsoring a bill that will protect New York state drivers from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $25 mandated fee on new license plates.

The legislation, introduced last week by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, would prohibit the state Department of Motor Vehicles from requiring a fee when the design of the state license plate is changed.

“This is yet another hidden ‘money grab’ coming from the governor’s office,” said Hawley. “Cuomo has no problem wasting taxpayer dollars on new signs for his father’s bridge and undocumented immigrants, but loves to shake down the taxpayers for every cent of their hard-earned paychecks.”

Last week, the governor announced that license plates older than 10 years old will be subjected to the new replacement requirement. The governor’s plan imposes a mandated $25 fee, which is the maximum allowed by law for new plates, on top of the already-burdensome registration renewal costs. Drivers who want to keep their license plate number will also be forced to pay an extra $20 under his proposal.


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