Press Releases

Assemblyman Billy Jones and North Country Firefighters Oppose Changes to OSHA’s Emergency Response Rule

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) joined Eric Day, Vice President of New York State Fire Coordinators Association, Scott Ewing, Past President of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Robbie Demarse, Director of Franklin County Emergency...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Passes Important Local Historic Preservation Bill

“I was proud to pass important legislation (A2411) this year to help preserve local history in the Adirondacks and make sure we are able to keep telling these stories to future generations. This bill would allow historic buildings that are part of or...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Tentative Agreement for Canadian Border Agents Good News for the North Country

“I am pleased that the Canadian government has made a tentative agreement with the union representing workers at the border. When they failed to reach an agreement in 2021, it wreaked havoc on our borders for commercial traffic. It is great news that...

Captain Christopher J. Garrow Memorial Bridge Bill Passes State Legislature

A bill to name the Carpenter’s Flats Bridge across the Ausable River in the Towns of Ausable and Peru in honor of Captain Christopher J. Garrow passed the state legislature yesterday. Captain Garrow was a 23-year veteran of the New York State Police...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Statement on Amtrak and CN Agreement

“The Adirondack Train that runs between New York City and Montreal is an important mode of transportation in the North Country for residents and visitors alike. The closures in past years have been detrimental to our communities and I am pleased that...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Statement on the 2024-25 State Budget

“We finally have a budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. I will say this budget season has been very frustrating, but we do have a spending plan. I am pleased to deliver funding for many organizations in my district that promote economic development,...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Congratulations to Clinton County IDA

“Congratulations to the Clinton County IDA for the $3 million FAST-NY grant they received to redevelop the former Clinton County Airport! This grant is based on a bill I introduced to provide funding for shovel-ready projects like this that will bring...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Calls for HELP Program to Include Local Governments

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) recently sent a letter to the Commissioner of Civil Service, Timothy Hogues, regarding expanding the Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement (HELP) Program to include local governments. This program temporarily...

New Yorkers Have the Right to Age with Dignity

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) joined his colleagues today at the Million Dollar Staircase at the Capitol to call on New York State to do more to support older adults. Nursing homes and home care agencies continue to struggle due to lack...

Assemblyman Billy Jones’ Volunteer Fire Department Capital Fund Now Accepting Applications

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) recently announced that the Volunteer Fire Department Capital Fund that originated from one of his bills is now accepting applications. This $25 million capital fund was included in the budget last year thanks...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: SBA Loans will Help Clinton County Residents and Businesses Impacted by July Storms

“The severe weather this past July was devastating for many in our communities, and I am pleased that the SBA now has loans available for businesses and residents impacted by these storms. I saw firsthand how damaging these storms were and have worked...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Beta Technologies Announces $41 Million Expansion at Plattsburgh International Airport

Empire State Development announced today that Beta Technologies received a $20 million state grant to help with their $41 million expansion of their technology campus at Plattsburgh International Airport. Beta Technologies is a leader in the aerospace...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Hudson Headwaters Family Health at Malone will be a Great Asset to the Community

“I want to welcome Hudson Headwaters Family Health to the Malone region!” said Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake). “It is always good to see more healthcare providers in the North Country to help ensure that local residents have the resources...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Franklin County Land Claim Agreement Signed by Governor

After decades of negotiations, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) was proud to announce that the Governor signed his bill that was a major step forward for the Franklin County Land Claim issue between the county and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe....

Assemblyman Billy Jones travels to Ottawa and Montréal for New York-Canada Relations Task Force Meetings

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This week, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) traveled to Ottawa and Montréal for the New York-Canada Relations Task Force for a tour organized by the Office of the Consul-General of Canada. Jones is the chairperson of the Task Force which was...

Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Billy Jones Announce $3 Million for Franklin County Recreational Center

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) and Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) joined the community today to announce $3 million for the Franklin County Recreational Center, a new indoor sports facility in Malone. This new center will be a public-private...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Statement on Amtrak Resuming Service

“I am pleased to hear that Amtrak will be continuing services to Montreal so that local residents and visitors can enjoy this important service again. We are still waiting on the details for when they will re-open, with a tentative date set for September...

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Releases Road Salt Reduction Task Force Report

Today the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released the long- awaited report by the Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force detailing their findings and recommendations for the upcoming winter. The task force is the result of...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Statement on $3 Million in Assistance for Flood-Affected Homeowners

“Between washed out roads and flooded homes, the rain events this summer have been absolutely devastating. I have been working tirelessly the last few weeks to make sure the North Country gets the state support we need, and I am glad that the state...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Construction Grants Awarded to Three North Country Libraries

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) today announced that three North Country libraries were awarded grants to help with construction projects: Plattsburgh Public Library, Saranac Lake Free Library, and Keene Valley Library. $341,902 was allocated...