Press Releases

Smullen Promotes Broadband Speed Test for All New Yorkers

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) today announced that a significant step in the fight for further broadband access has been taken. The New York State Broadband Program Office is now asking the public to provide input and data...

Smullen Demands Governor, State Health Commissioner Rescind Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate

Editor’s Note: Please click here to view LetterAssemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) was joined by his Assembly Minority colleagues requesting the State Department of Health and Governor Hochul reverse the mandate that requires...

Smullen Demands Governor, State Health Commissioner Rescind Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate - Letter

Smullen Votes ‘No’ on Eviction Moratorium

“The State Assembly Majority lawmakers barely passed another extension of the eviction moratorium last night, even after the Supreme Court has indicated that it is not constitutional. Small landlords will continue to suffer, thanks to...

Smullen Welcomes Gov. Kathy Hohcul

“I’m pleased to welcome Gov. Kathy Hochul as New York’s 57th governor, and I wish her well in these early days of her administration. She has a great history of bipartisan partnership, and knows all regions of New York quite well. I...

Smullen Continues Push for Governor Recall Bill

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) is continuing his push to have the state Legislature pass a bill that would empower electors to recall elected officials (A.6469). Smullen has always been wary of elected officials having too...

Smullen Responds to Resignation of Gov. Cuomo

“The governor’s resignation is necessary and warranted, but we must ensure that this is not the end of the story. Andrew Cuomo still has much to answer for, and he cannot escape blame or responsibility, just because he’s finally seen...

Smullen Responds to AG James’ Findings

“Attorney General James conducted a thorough investigation of the governor, and the findings are what we expected. It is paramount that the state Legislature hold him accountable and remove the governor immediately through the impeachment process,...

The 2021 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Many of those who follow my legislative activity know that I am not a fan of how the State Assembly conducts itself under one party rule. From bad spending habits to burdensome taxation polices, the state Legislature time and again squanders the...

Smullen: It Is Time To End New York’s Emergency Status

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) joined Assembly and Senate Minority members at a press conference calling for an end to the executive order that placed New York in a state of emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak. Smullen...

Smullen: The Governor’s Book Deal is Unconscionable in The Wake of Covid-19

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) blasted the governor for profitingfrom a book detailing the importance of leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the now-public knowledge that his administration oversaw the disastrous...

Supporting Our Healthcare Heroes

For over a year, our state, and indeed the world, has been fighting against a pandemic in a way that has not been seen in over a century. This time, we have the benefit of countless experienced and professional medical personnel to guide us through it....

The 2021-2022 Budget: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

After a delay lasting a week longer than the due date demanded of us by state law, the state budget was passed mostly along party lines in Albany. With a $212 billion total, an all-time high due to pandemic spending paid for by federal deficits, it was...

Smullen Votes To Lift Arbitrary Restaurant Regulations, Calls For Further Relief

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) voted to overturn the Governor’s Executive Order requiring restaurateurs to serve food with alcohol, and easing capacity and operating restrictions set on them during the course of the pandemic.He is...

Smullen Calls For End To Economically-Damaging Eviction Moratorium

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) was part of a press conference to call for an end to the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Cuomo at the start of the pandemic last year. Although the idea began with good...

Smullen Votes ‘No’ On 2021 Budget Blowout

“I could not in good faith vote in favor of any part of this budget.It increases unnecessary spending and raises taxes, on top of $12 billion dollars of national debt financed aid coming from Washington, D.C.This budget exemplifies the progressive...

Smullen, Assembly and Senate Minority Hold Press Conference Calling for Release Of $1.3 Billion In Federal Housing Assistance

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Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) was joined by Assembly and Senate Minority colleagues today in calling on Gov. Cuomo to release the $1.3 billion allocated by Congress for use in housing assistance. As of now, the governor has not authorized...

Smullen Joins Press Conference Calling for Restaurant and Bar Hours to Resume as Normal

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Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) joined his Assembly and Senate colleagues today calling on the Majority Conferences in both houses to repeal the governor’s COVID-preventative restaurant and bar hour restrictions, citing the...

The Governor Has Lost Our Confidence to Govern

Minority and Majority politicians will always have disagreements about policy issues. If we did not, we would not need different parties in our political system. The same can be said when it comes to the Governor and the Legislature. We are co-equal branches...

Smullen Introduces Bill That Will Allow Recall of Governor

Editor’s note: Link to Senate version of bill is attachedAssemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco), in partnership with Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, is introducing a bill that would expand and strengthen the checks and balances...