Press Releases

Update from Assemblymember Kelles

Assemblymember Kelles Celebrates Splash Pad Ribbon Cutting at Stewart Park

Ithaca, NY – Earlier today, Assemblymember Kelles joined other local leaders in celebrating the official opening of the new, expanded and accessible splash pad at Stewart Park. Assemblymember Kelles secured a total of $500,000 in capital funds for the...

Statement by Assemblymember Kelles in Response to Racist Threats Against ICSD Staff & Board

I was disturbed to listen to the racist voice messages and death threats to our school board president Sean Eversley Bradwell and Superintendent Luvelle Brown that were summarized in this recent Ithaca Voice article. I condemn these actions and stand...

Assemblymember Kelles Introduces Bill to Secure Statewide Emissions Reductions and Billions for Climate Justice and Community Projects

Albany, NY – Assemblymember Anna Kelles, along with members of the NY Renews coalition, introduced at a press conference Assembly Bill A8469 (Senate Bill S9228), which would establish an economy-wide cap and invest program to support greenhouse gas...

Assemblymember Kelles Announces the 2024 Women of Distinction Award Recipients

In honor of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Kelles sought nominations of outstanding women from the district who deserved recognition for their contributions to the community, either through their community leadership, civic participation, service,...

NYS Assembly Passes CO2 Drilling & Fracking Ban Bill; Advocates Applaud Legislators

Albany, NY – Following a rally and lobby day last week in support of legislation (A8866/ S8357) to ban drilling and fracking for natural gas and oil using carbon dioxide (CO2), the NYS Assembly passed the bill today 97-50. The bill has tremendous momentum,...

Senator Kavanagh and Assemblymember Kelles Introduce Bills to Protect New Yorkers from Dangerous Food Additives – Known and Unknown

Albany – Assemblymember Dr. Anna Kelles and State Senator Brian Kavanagh today announced the introduction of two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting New Yorkers from dangerous additives—known and unknown—used in foods and beverages.  The first...

Legislators, Advocates Rename Statewide Bird Safe Buildings Act the “FLACO Act”

New York — Today, in the wake of the untimely death of Flaco, the Eurasion eagle-owl that captured the hearts and minds of New Yorkers upon escaping from the Central Park Zoo after an individual vandalized his enclosure, New York State Senator Brad...

Assemblymember Anna Kelles and Senator Rachel May Announce New Legislation to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms in New York Waters

Assemblymember Anna Kelles (D-125th District) and Senator Rachel May (D-48th District) come together to protect the environment and New York’s precious freshwater resources with the Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Prevention (HABMAP) Act (A8867/S8356)....

Assemblymember Kelles and Senator Hinchey Bill for Agrivoltaics Research at Cornell Signed into Law

Ithaca, NY – On Friday, December 8th, Assemblymember Anna Kelles’ final remaining bill (A4911) of eleven bills she championed and ensured passed in the Assembly this year, was signed into law by Governor Hochul, establishing the Agrivoltaics Research...

Assembly Bill A1260 Envisions a Brighter Future for Broadband Infrastructure

Dryden, NY – Earlier today, Assemblymember Kelles and local Dryden officials celebrated the passage of A1260, a ground-breaking piece of legislation introduced during the 2023 legislative session, which promises to reshape the telecommunications landscape,...

Assemblymember Kelles Hosts Chair of NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee to Discuss District Priorities

Ithaca, NY – Assemblymember Anna Kelles hosted New York State Senator Peter Harckham, chair of the NY Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, in Ithaca on September 28 as the Senator toured the state to discuss environmental priorities.Assemblymember...

Assemblymember Kelles Responds to Ruling Finding Greenidge Generation’s Air Permit Not Consistent with Climate Law in New York State

Ithaca, NY – On September 26, 2023, Greenidge Generation's air permit was found to be inconsistent with New York State's climate law. This ruling from a New York State Administrative Law Judge is a significant victory for environmental advocates, and...

Ithaca Carshare Saved!

Ithaca, NY – This afternoon, Senator Lea Webb, Assemblymember Anna Kelles, local elected officials, advocates, and community members held a press conference on the Ithaca Commons thanking Governor Hochul for signing the Ithaca Carshare bill (S5959B/A5718B)...

Assemblymember Kelles, Senator May, and Senator Webb Host District Leaders for Water Health Experience

Ithaca, NY – Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Senator Lea Webb and Senator Rachel May hosted Tompkins County municipal leaders and local water health experts September 5 for an informative afternoon exploring the natural freshwater resource of Cayuga Lake...

Assemblymember Kelles Announces State Aid for Library Construction of $601,750 to Cortland Free Library

Cortland, NY – Assemblymember Anna Kelles announced that Cortland Free Library of the Finger Lakes Library System was awarded $601,750 in state aid for library construction funds. The funds will enable Cortland Free Library to reconfigure the main reading...

Assemblymember Kelles Rejects NYSEG Rate Increases

Ithaca, NY – Assemblymember Anna Kelles, along with local elected officials and concerned citizens of the 125th Assembly District, rejected the proposed rate increases of NYSEG in a press conference today held at the Tompkins County Legislature Building...

Assemblymember Kelles Secures Funding for Agrivoltaics Research in New York State Budget

Ithaca, NY – Assemblymember Anna Kelles secured $1 million in funding in the New York State FY 2024 budget to establish the Agrivoltaics Research Program. Agrivoltaics is the use of land for both agriculture and solar energy generation. In rural communities,...

Statement from Assemblymember Kelles on Starbucks’ Departure from Ithaca

Ithaca, NY – Over the weekend, Starbucks notified employees at its two remaining Ithaca branches that they would be shutting their doors permanently on May 26th. This troubling move comes less than a year after the corporation shuttered their first...

"Rape is Rape" Bill Passage in the Assembly

Dear Neighbors, Every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, and only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up serving a prison sentence. The numbers are startling. As your Assemblymember, I helped pass the ‘rape is rape’ bill to expand...