Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones’ Bill Extending Access to Tourist Boating Signed into Law

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) recently announced that a bill he sponsored to extend a state law authorizing the operation of personal watercraft without a boating safety certificate was signed into law (Ch. 169 of 2021). The law was set...

Assemblyman Jones: Proud to cosponsor Legislation That Allocates Opioid Settlement Money to OASAS

“This morning, the Governor signed legislation that requires opioid settlement money to be used by the New York State Office of Addiction Services (OASAS) to address the opioid epidemic. This epidemic has impacted every person in the North Country...

Assemblyman Jones: Enough is Enough — the Federal Government Must Take Unilateral Action to Reopen the Border

“The United States-Canada border has been closed for almost 16 months with very little action toward reopening on either side. The Canadian government announced recently that they would lift the quarantining requirement for those who are vaccinated...

Assemblyman Jones: Nova Bus Contract Great for North Country Economy

“The new contract between Broome County Department of Transportation and Nova Bus for 6 electric buses is reflective of how hard our region has worked to develop the North Country into a manufacturing and transportation hub since the Plattsburgh...

Assemblyman Jones: Past Time for State of Emergency to End

“With the infection rates continuing to decline and the vaccination rate continuing to rise, it is past time for the state of emergency to end. With less than five positive COVID-19 cases in my district, it is apparent that we are ready to end the...

Assemblyman Jones: The North Country Needs Unilateral Movement Toward Reopening the Border

“The recent announcement that those who are already permitted to cross the United States-Canada border no longer have to quarantine if they are vaccinated is a step in the right direction but it simply is not enough change to make a significant...

Assemblyman Jones: U.S., Canadian Officials Should Lift Border Restrictions

“The announcement earlier today that the U.S.-Canada border will remain closed through at least July 21 is beyond frustrating. It is unconscionable that there continues to be no plan forward from the federal governments to reopen the border. This...

Assemblyman Jones Encourages North Country Children to Take the Summer Reading Challenge

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced he’s inviting North Country children to participate in his annual Summer Reading Challenge, which is held in partnership with New York State Libraries. This year’s theme is “Tails...

Assemblyman Jones’ Legislation Streamlining Administrative Duties of SLA Signed Into Law

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that legislation he sponsored to extend a 2012 law granting the State Liquor Authority (SLA) chairman exclusive executive authority over the department has been signed into law (A.7435). “The...

Assemblyman Jones Announces that he Authored and Helped Pass Legislation to Combat Invasive Aquatic Species

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that a bill he authored to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species in the Adirondacks has passed the Assembly (A.7735-A). Earlier this week the measure also passed the New York State Senate,...

Assemblyman Jones: Our Pleas to Reopen the CAN-AM Border are Finally Being Heard

“The United States-Canada border has been closed for over a year now despite my efforts with local officials and business leaders to reopen the border safely. The most recent news that the Canadian Government is actively considering interim reopening...

Assemblyman Jones’s Bill to Help North Country Dairy Farmers Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that a bill he sponsored to amend the state agriculture and market law to ease restrictions on imports and permit requirements for dairy farmers has passed the Assembly (A.7481).“This bill will...

Assemblyman Jones: Expanding Broadband to ‘Last Mile’ Areas is Critical for North Country Communities

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that access to high-speed is not a luxury in 2021. Residents rely on these services for telework, remote learning, searching for jobs and so much more, and it’s critical that we finally address...

Assemblyman Jones: State Guidance for Child Care and Summer Camps are Misguided

The recent New York State guidelines for child care programs and summer camps have put an undue burden on child care providers without even consulting them. Since the beginning of the pandemic, children 2 and over in child care settings were not required...

Assemblyman Jones, North Country Chamber of Commerce Hold Joint Press Conference on the Impact of the Border Closure and Solutions to Safely Reopen

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D- Chateaugay Lake) joined local business leaders and families impacted by the United States-Canada for a press conference at the North Country Chamber of Commerce to call on the federal government and New York State to start...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Visits Small Businesses and Economic Development Projects in Tupper Lake

On Friday May 7, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D- Chateaugay Lake) visited Tupper Lake to get an update of the new economic developments happening in the village since his last visit. Mayor Paul Maroun scheduled a tour for the assemblyman to see the newly...

Assemblyman Jones Praises Selection of Rouses Point for New Datacenter

“I’m excited to hear that 2CRSi, a manufacturer of high-performance, energy-efficient computer servers, has selected Rouses Point in Clinton County as the location for their U.S. campus and a green datacenter. The tech campus will provide...

Assemblyman Jones Attends Rally to Call on State to Spend Opioid Settlement Money on Substance Use Programs

This past February, New York along with 46 other states, Washington, D.C. and five U.S. territories were awarded a $573 million settlement after the federal government and states sued OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma for personal and societal costs that...

Assemblyman Jones: Extending Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium Will Only Cause Further Financial Distress

“This past year has been incredibly difficult for all of us. Many families lost their source of income and small businesses struggled to stay afloat. Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been committed to helping our communities forge a path...

Assemblyman Jones Votes to Rescind Outdated Executive Orders

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, extensive restrictions were put in place for New York residents and businesses to keep our communities safe in the face of a novel public health threat. More than a year later, we are well into the process...