Press Releases

News from Assemblywoman Lifton on Federal Aid, the USPS, Voting, UI, Evictions, College & School Reopenings, the Census, COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Dear Friends --It’s been a while. In this rather lengthy newsletter, I reflect on what’s been happening with federal aid, with the United States Postal Service as it relates to voting, and then I provide updates on voting in New York State,...

Cornell's Responses to Assemblywoman Lifton's Follow up Questions on Reopening

Lifton Introduces Eviction Database Bill

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125th AD) announced today that she’s introduced a bill in the Assembly to establish a searchable database providing information about eviction proceedings in the state.“Tens of thousands of evictions occur every...

Statement on Cornell's Reopening Plan and How to Weigh in with NYS

Dear Friends --As the discussion continues about the Cornell reopening plan, I've been asked by many constituents how they might best direct their concerns and questions about that plan. The NY State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has the responsibility...

Lifton Follow Up Questions on Cornell Reopening

Lifton Releases Cornell, Tompkins County Response to Reopening Concerns

Assemblywoman Lifton (D-Ithaca) released the following statement today. Please click here to read the Cornell, Tompkins County response to reopening concerns.“Having publicly released the questions and concerns from many constituents about Cornell's...

Cornell, Tompkins County Response to Reopening Concerns

Lifton Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

It’s taken me a few days to write to you about the death of George Floyd because, frankly, I’ve been depressed that, here in 2020, we have had to watch the brutal murder of yet another unarmed man of color (and sometimes it is boys, like Tamir...

News from Assemblywoman Lifton: Phase II Reopening, Legislative Session & Other Updates

Dear Friends --As you may have heard, both the Southern Tier Region, which includes Tompkins County, and the Central New York Region, which includes Cortland County, are officially in Phase II, as announced by the Governor at his 1 p.m. briefing today....

Legislature Voting This Week on COVID-19-Related Legislation

Dear Friend --I wanted to quickly pass along some important information about this week's legislative session, about which perhaps you've heard a bit. The Assembly and Senate are holding committee meetings today, remotely for the very first time,...

Lifton's Statement on Possible Further Cuts to NYS Education Funding

I am deeply concerned about the possibility of additional deep cuts to education that would mean untenable losses of teachers, staff and programs in our public schools. Such cuts, as well as deep cuts to healthcare, social services, transportation and...

News from Assemblywoman Lifton - Earth Day and COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Dear Friends –I know things haven’t gotten any easier for many of you since my last e-news, with many still waiting for Unemployment checks (some families are running low on food, I know), small businesses worried about whether they can re-start...

News from Assemblywoman Lifton – Budget Update and Summary of COVID-19 Rules & Resources

Dear Friends --I want to provide you with an update on the state budget and a summary of new state laws and Executive Orders, plus other information related to the COVID-19 situation which may be useful to you. But first, I want to begin this newsletter...

COVID-19 Closure

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, my district office at 106 E. Court St. will be closed, starting Monday, March 16th, until further notice. My staff will continue to work remotely. You can still contact our office at:607-277-8030orliftonb@nyassembly.govWe...

Assemblywoman Lifton Releases Energy Efficiency Letter to Governor Cuomo

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins, Cortland) today sent a letter, signed by 50 Assemblymembers, to Governor Cuomo calling for a significant carve-out of funding for energy efficiency work in all homes and buildings across the state....

Assemblywoman Lifton Releases Energy Efficiency Letter to Governor Cuomo - Letter

Lifton ICSD Insurance Reserve Fund Signed Into Law

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced today that a bill she sponsored that would allow the Ithaca City School District to create an insurance reserve fund to help manage healthcare costs has been signed into law by Governor...

Lifton Coddington Road Community Center Bill Signed into Law

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced today that Governor Cuomo had signed into law her bill (A8235) allowing for a transfer of parkland from the Town of Ithaca to the Coddington Road Community Center (CRCC), for purposes...

Lifton Affordable Housing Bill Signed Into Law

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced today that Governor Cuomo had signed into law her bill (A8225) clarifying that Tompkins County can spend county money on the development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing."At...

Governor Signs Lifton Bill Creating Third Tompkins County Court Judge

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced today that the Governor has signed legislation that would create a third country court judge for Tompkins County.“I’m very pleased to have championed the passage of this bill...