Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones: 2021-22 State Budget Supports Struggling Farmers

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that the 2021-22 state budget includes major victories for the state’s agricultural industry, which was $8 million over the Executive’s original proposal for a total appropriation of over...

Assemblyman Jones Secures $275,000 for North Country Chamber of Commerce in State Budget

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that he helped secure $275,000 to support the North Country Chamber of Commerce in the 2021-22 state budget.“The North Country Chamber of Commerce is a critical resource not only for our local communities,...

Assemblyman Jones 2021-22 State Budget

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that he helped secure several measures that will be included in the approved 2021-22 state budget to support North Country families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Jones also will vote against...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Statement Regarding the Excluded Workers Proposal

“The Excluded Workers Fund that has been proposed during budget negotiations is an ill-advised proposal and I am vehemently opposed to it. This program, which seeks to provide assistance to people who have been left out of traditional benefits is...

Legislation to Address Nursing Home Visitation Policies Signed into Law

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that legislation he co-sponsored to help reunite families separated during the ongoing pandemic by expanding nursing home visitation rights has been signed into law (Ch. 89 of 2021). This law will...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: New Vaccine Distribution Plan Will Help Keep Residents Healthy

“It is great news that New York has released a plan to start vaccinating all New Yorkers 16 and over by Tuesday April 6. The vaccination sites across the North Country – from the state sites to the county health department PODs to pharmacies...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: MRTA Goes Too Far

“I have voted to decriminalize cannabis possession in the past, but I believe legalizing recreational cannabis use just goes too far. Many people in the recovery community have reached out to me with their concerns about legalizing cannabis and...

Assemblyman Jones: Assembly Budget Proposal Helps Support North Country Programs

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that the Assembly budget proposal includes funding for programs having a direct impact on the North Country.The One House Senate proposal included language to support a statewide broadband study; the One...

Assemblyman Jones: DOH Must Expand Nursing Home Visitation

“Infection rates are continuing to decline while more and more people across the North Country are getting vaccinated, especially residents of nursing homes where the vaccination rate has reached 87%. With that in mind, the Department of Health...

Assemblyman Jones: New York State Employees Deserve Their Contracted Raise, Contracts

“Throughout this pandemic, many of our public servants including law enforcement officers have been working the frontlines to keep our society functioning and our communities safe,” said Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) “In...

Assemblyman Jones: Expand Vaccine Eligibility to All New Yorkers

“After visiting local vaccination sites and hearing from so many of my constituents who want the vaccine but are not yet eligible, it is clear that the state vaccination distribution network is working efficiently and is prepared to open eligibility...

Assemblyman Jones: Assembly Proposal Supports North Country Agriculture

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that the Assembly budget proposal includes significant funding for agricultural programs that support farming communities and increase food security for all New Yorkers.“As we continue fighting and...

Assemblyman Jones: Assembly Budget Proposal Helps Tackle Broadband Access Gap

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that the Assembly budget proposal includes funding to study broadband access in communities across New York State.“Internet service is no longer a luxury – it’s an essential utility that...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: American Rescue Plan Will Bring Important Funding to North Country

“The recent passage of the American Rescue Plan is good news for the North Country and I will do everything I can to be sure that this funding does not replace or supplement funding that the state has already promised to state and local governments,...

The North Country Chamber of Commerce Joins Assemblyman Billy Jones to Call for Increased Efforts to Help Essential Manufacturers Access Vaccines

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) and the North Country Chamber of Commerce announced that they are calling on the governor and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to better prioritize employees of essential manufacturers in the vaccination...

Assemblyman Jones Calls for Governor Cuomo’s Resignation

“I have consistently been on record indicating my grave concern over the allegations against Governor Cuomo and have stated that if this impedes the ability to execute his responsibilities, then he should step aside,” said Assemblyman Billy...

Assemblyman Jones Passes Legislation to Address Nursing Home Policies

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that he co-sponsored and helped pass legislation to address making provider data in nursing homes and healthcare facilities public (A.244) as well as reunite families separated during the ongoing pandemic...

Assemblyman Jones Votes in Favor of Legislation to Revoke the Governor’s Emergency Powers

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that he voted for legislation to immediately repeal the expanded emergency powers that were granted to the governor at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (A.5967). “We’re not in the...

Assemblyman Jones: Call for a Full Repeal of the Governor’s Emergency Powers

“The Governor continues to evade the legislature and his lack of transparency continues to be outraging. It is clear that vulnerable populations were at risk, but what is most alarming is that the Governor continues to keep the truth from the public...

Assemblyman Jones: Proposed Federal Funding Would Help Struggling Localities, Support North Country’s Recovery

“While the numbers still need to be finalized, I’m encouraged to see that local governments will receive critical relief funding in the federal American Rescue Act. Between steep declines in tax revenue and extensive pandemic expenses, North...