Press Releases

Tips To Save Energy This Fall

The cooler days of autumn have finally arrived, which means that for many of us, we’re shifting our habits to accommodate the new season. Warmer clothes, warmer houses and warmer beverages are back on the forefront of many of our minds, I’m sure,...

Brabenec: “Let’s Defend, Not Defund, The Police”

There's a slogan within certain political circles advocating for a policy known as "Defund the Police." This policy seeks to move resources away from law enforcement agencies and towards various social programs. While this proposal has garnered attention...

Brabenec Statement on Bus Crash in Orange County

“My heart goes out to the victims of the bus crash that occurred on I-84 in the town of Wawayanda today as well as to their families and loved ones. I want to thank the first responders and law enforcement professionals for their work throughout this...

Remembering September 11th

Twenty-two years have passed since September 11, 2001, and its impact continues to shape our world. The memory of that fateful day remains vivid, even for me, a 22-year-old at the time in a Primary Election that Tuesday. However, fate took a drastic turn....

Caring for Our Furry Friends Better

New York boasts some of the best-trained law enforcement professionals in the country, highly skilled first responders, and dedicated doctors who care for us day and night. Living in a state that puts in such relentless effort to serve its residents is...

Brabenec Announces Nearly $275k in Construction Aid for Local Libraries

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) today announced that $274,939 will be given to two libraries in Orange County and one in Rockland County. These libraries have the funding specifically allocated toward approved projects, like upgrading of HVAC...

Doing Better for the Sake of Our Children

With each passing day, our world becomes more dangerous. It’s an unfortunate reality Americans have been grappling with since the 1970s, where crime has grown more and more gruesome over time, and less and less people are free from its clutches. But...

Naloxone: A Vital Shield Against Overdose Tragedies

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate our communities, one crucial tool in our fight is a medication called naloxone, which swiftly reverses the effects of narcotics and can save those who have overdosed. Today, as your Assemblyman, I emphasize...

Brabenec Offers Tips to Beat the Heat and Save Energy

Summer heat in the Hudson Valley calls for keeping cool—and, in 2023, to do it while also minimizing energy consumption and maximizing savings on utility bills. As I fight to cut your energy costs and keep rates as low as possible—an uphill battle...

Brabenec: Deadly Flooding in The Hudson Valley Shows Our Community’s Strength, Federal Disaster Declaration Needed

The record rainfall and subsequent flash flooding in Orange and Rockland counties earlier this month damaged or destroyed critical infrastructure, homes, and businesses and, very sadly, claimed a young woman’s life as she tried to save her dog from...

The Importance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of great fun for Americans. It signals the start of warmer weather, it gives most of us a day off work, we find discounts at department stores and host backyard cookouts filled with the best food we all enjoy. But I believe it’s...

Brabenec Supports Bipartisan Push For ‘Melanie’s Law’

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) recently participated in a bipartisan press conference to express his support for a piece of legislation that would work to protect the children of parents who have been given orders of protection. Titled “Melanie’s...

The Hudson Valley is Not New York City’s Support Act

There’s been a lot of conversation over the past week over the migrant crisis that is being pushed onto counties in the Hudson Valley by New York City. If you need a quick refresher, here’s the issue: New York City, a self-described “sanctuary city,”...

Brabenec Commends Supreme Court from Blocking Migrant Movement to Hudson Valley

“The court has done the right thing here by blocking the further movement of migrants from New York City to the Hudson Valley. In a chaotic week where the city government and its leadership were unreliable and ham-fisted, our state supreme court stepped...

Kyra’s Law Must Become New York Law

Amidst the constant debating and protesting in Albany, legislators often make time to participate in press conferences hoping to highlight important pieces of legislation that are on their way to the Assembly chamber. I participated in one such press...

Brabenec Backs Orange Exec Neuhaus and Rockland Exec Day in ‘State of Emergency’

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is throwing his support behind Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Rockland County Executive Ed Day following an emergency declaration in the wake of news that New York City migrants will be shuttled up to...

Brabenec Statement on NYC Migrants Moving to Hudson Valley

“New York City has long proclaimed itself a ‘sanctuary city,’ but it continually fails to live up to those standards. And now, when it finds itself too overwhelmed, it repeats the habits it decried months earlier – sending buses to areas that...

Brabenec Applauds Passage of New Assembly District Maps

Assembly Minority Whip Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is commending the Independent Redistricting Commission (IDC) for successfully drawing new Assembly district lines that are fair and not gerrymandered as in years past. The current set of Assembly maps,...

Bail Reform Holds Our Budget Hostage

I wrote last week about the issues I had both with the state budget being late and what was supposedly being discussed behind closed doors. Something that’s come to light since negotiations commenced is that there is apparently one reason in particular...

Brabenec Slams ‘Raise The Age’ Legislative Proposal

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) joined a bipartisan call for an end to the so-called ‘Raise the Age’ law, which was passed in 2018 and allowed 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors to be sent to family court, and those charged with...