Press Releases

Brabenec Denounces Hochul High-Rise Plan

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) joined with fellow Assembly Minority colleagues to denounce Gov. Kathy Hochul’s high-rise plan, which promises to force urban building in traditional and established suburban communities, even if it is against...

Majority in the Legislature Want to Tax More and Spend More

For the past decade, in keeping with rising costs and the natural pace of inflation, New York has spent more and more yearly, being eclipsed in spending only by California. Last year’s budget of about $220 billion was heavily debated, with one point...

Local Roads Don’t Just Matter. They’re Essential.

This past week, the Minority Conferences in the Assembly and Senate rallied with local highway superintendents and laborers to champion the cause of better funding for local roads and bridges. Known as the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement...

Brabenec Calls for Better Funding for Local Roads

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Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) and his fellow Assembly and Senate Minority members have pushed for better funding of local roads during the course of the state’s annual budget debates. Potholes and old roads plague a large amount of the state,...

New York’s Exodus Continues to be a Problem

One of the most pressing issues New York faces is the continued population loss thanks to outmigration. Between July 2021 and July 2022, New York saw its largest population loss of 299,557 people. They didn’t die from COVID-19 or old age, they moved...

New York Majority Let Our Farmers Down

It was nice to be away from Albany last week, because it freed me up to meet with members of the community and reacquaint myself with the needs of my constituents. I spent time with members of law enforcement, religious groups and library advocates, just...

NYC Mayor Has A Point About Bail Reform

Once again, Albany played host, as it often does, to lobbyists and concerned citizens looking to make the case for policies and funding on various issues that have the attention of the state’s citizens. But something that was special about this past...

Brabenec, Maher Push for Proper District Attorney Funding in New York State

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) and Assemblyman Brian Maher (R,C-Walden) are joining forces to push for a better allotment of funding and compensation for local district attorney offices during state budget negotiations. After hearing the concerns...

The Governor’s Budget Proposal Is Lacking

The governor recently presented her budget proposal for the 2024 fiscal year, and like many governors before her, it didn’t strike the right chord for me. Now, I won’t say that her intentions are bad, but like this government continues to do, it overcompensates...

Brabenec Slams Governor’s Budget Proposals

“Another budget proposal from another governor has arrived, and much like years before, it’s bloated, weighs far too heavily toward New York City’s individual needs and is filled with a good amount of policy that is barely connected to spending...

Bail Reform’s Continued Disaster Streak

Earlier this week, Assembly and Senate Minority members united for a press conference about the ongoing problem of bail reform. Since its implementation in 2019, our state has heard case after case, concern after concern, about bail reform and the leniency...

Brabenec Once Again Calls for Greater Judicial Discretion in Place of Bail Reform Policy

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Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is again pushing for the Legislature to amend the state’sbail reform laws, following over three years of rising crime rates and horror stories from across New York. At a press conference today conducted in partnership...

Another Step Towards a Transparent Albany

I was first elected in a special election in 2014 when my predecessor, Annie Rabbitt, became the Orange County clerk. For my first two years in the Assembly, one of my biggest policy initiatives was a push for further transparency in state government....

Brabenec Celebrates Assembly Committee Meetings Finally Being Televised

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is cheering on the implementation of Assembly committee meetings finally being presented with video. The initiative was pushed in the Assembly Chamber during the 2016 session by Assembly Minority and was passed...

The Problem with Gov. Hochul’s State of The State

For the first time in three years, a governor of New York addressed both houses of the state Legislature when presenting their State of the State. It was a good sign that after years of pandemic precautions, things in the state government were starting...

Brabenec: The Albany Swamp Still Stinks

“The Albany swamp stills stinks, it seems. The governor presented her State of the State address with plans for the next calendar year, which included more egregious spending, more New York City favoritism and more promises for safety and security....

Brabenec Applauds Extension of Port Jervis Occupancy Tax Policy

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I- Deerpark) is pleased to announce Assembly Bill 9892, which will allow the city of Port Jervis to continue its occupancy tax policy through 2025, was signed into law by Gov. Hochul last week. The previous law, which was...

Brabenec Joins Call to Fund Local Roads, Bridges, and Culverts

“Outside New York City, the vast majority of our roads are owned, operated and maintained by local governments and municipalities. The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) is absolutely essential to repairing and maintaining...

Brabenec: Majority Members Continue To Throw Billions At Problems They Created

“Gov. Hochul’s budget address today was yet another example of the absurdity that is the Majority’s fiscal policy. Last year, I voiced concern with what was the largest state budget in history at $212 billion. This year’s executive budget proposal...

Brabenec: Bail Reform and Radical Policy Have To Go

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) joined members of the Assembly and Senate Minority Conferences today to call for a public safety plan to address the concerning increase in crime throughout New York state.Brabenec and state Minority lawmakers...