Press Releases

Assembly Minority Conference to Launch ‘No Surrender’ Veteran Initiative: Making PTSD A Priority

Today, Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay and Assemblyman Jake Ashby, Ranking Minority Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and an Army veteran, announced the “No Surrender” Veteran Initiative: Making PTSD a Priority, a series...

Region Seeing Great Strides in Economic Development, but Small Landlords Held Back By Eviction Moratorium

“The pandemic and the eviction moratorium have left many small landlords in a difficult situation where they are unable to pay their bills and property taxes because of tenants who have not paid their rent. The extension of the eviction moratorium...

Statement from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) on The Swearing-In of Gov. Kathy Hochul

“I look forward to working with our newly sworn-in governor, Kathy Hochul. I am eager to work with her to support our veterans, local small businesses and communities as we continue to rebuild after the pandemic, and to restore public trust in New...

Statement from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) on the Expansion of Taliban Control Across Afghanistan

“It is heartbreaking to acknowledge the rapid expansion of Taliban control across Afghanistan. To the veterans and their families who deployed to Afghanistan, know that you are not alone. Please reach out to those close to you and/or to the many...

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) Renews Call for Impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo Following the Confirmation of Sexual Harassment by the Office of the Attorney General

“Today’s report made very clear that Gov. Cuomo has, multiple times, violated countless laws by sexually harassing and assaulting a staggering number of women, many of whom worked directly for him. I again emphasize the bravery of these women...

Ashby, Area Legislators Fight to Prevent Troy VA Closure - Letter from legislators

Ashby Joins Parents in Calling to Unmask Children

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is supporting legislation that would prohibit state agencies from mandating masks for children younger than 18 years old in settings like schools, daycares and summer camps. The point of the legislation is to re-establish...

Ashby: NY COVID Rates Are Well under Control, It’s Time the Legislature Ends Governor’s Pandemic Emergency Powers

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) joined Assembly and Senate Minority in calling for an end to the governor’s emergency powers today. The conferences have introduced resolutions and are calling on their Majority colleagues to take action....

Ashby, Area Legislators Fight to Prevent Troy VA Closure

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton), Sen. Neil Breslin, Sen. Daphne Jordan and Assemblyman John McDonald are partnering to fight the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) decision to close the Troy VA Outpatient Clinic, a community-based outpatient clinic...

Ashby: Immediate Action Needed To Prevent Closure of Troy VA CBOC

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is demanding immediate action and a swift reversal of the recent announcement by the Veterans Administration to close the Troy Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Despite serving over 1,000 Veterans a year, the...

Ashby Announces $3.5 Billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is pleased to announce the launch of a $3.5 billion Emergency Rental Assistance program which marks the first true relief for landlords and property owners who have suffered tremendous financial hardship over the...

Ashby Calling for Reversal of New Mask Policy on Young Children

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is calling for the state Department of Health (DOH) to eliminate the new mask policy on young children in daycares and summer camps and revert to the previous policy, which was less restrictive. The state previously...

Ashby Bill Aimed at Helping Service Members, Veterans Gain Legal Immigration Status Clears Assembly Veterans’ Committee

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A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz (D-39th Assembly District) to create the Alex R. Jimenez New York State Military Immigrant Family Legacy Program (A.4660) unanimously passed the Assembly Committee...

Ashby Votes Against Action from Downstate Progressives Which Threaten Housing Stability

“Today, Assembly progressives again voted to extend the eviction moratorium, further exacerbating a forthcoming crisis in housing for the people of New York. By preventing any ability for our local property owners to recover nearly 18 months of...

Ashby: It’s Time to Make New York More Affordable for Veterans

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is calling on the Legislature to pass his bill which would exempt veterans 85 years and older from paying New York state income tax (A.5995). The legislation was recently blocked by the Assembly Majority in the...

Ashby Calls on Legislature to Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Gov. Cuomo

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Today, Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) spoke at a press conference calling for the impeachment of Gov. Cuomo.“The accusations against Gov. Cuomo are overwhelming in both number and severity. It is now abundantly clear that this governor...

Ashby Vehemently Opposes Misleading Assembly Majority Bill Extending Governor’s Extraordinary Powers

“The Assembly Majority bill just rewards the governor’s bad behavior by extending his extraordinary powers indefinitely. Assembly Majority leadership has misled the press, every New Yorker and, strangely enough, themselves in thinking that...

Ashby: Local Roads Are Essential, Deserve Full Funding

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) joined colleagues in issuing a letter to the governor and legislative leaders to demand the full funding of critical programs utilized to maintain our local roads and bridges.“Local roads are essential,”...

Ashby Speaks Out on Assembly Majority Canceling Legislative Session to Protect Gov. Cuomo

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On Monday, March 1, with hundreds of important bills on the agenda, the down-state Assembly Majority members opted to cancel legislative session without taking up a single piece of business in an apparent effort to avoid taking action against the many...

Ashby: Nursing Home Death Tragedy Needs Federal Investigation

“Public trust in elected officials is an essential component of a representative government and sadly something that is far too often lacking with our leaders. The recent report uncovering Gov. Cuomo’s apparent cover-up about the circumstances...