Press Releases

Assemblyman Billy Jones: The North Country Must Continue to Work Together as COVID-19 Infections Continue to Rise

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During the past few weeks, the North Country has experienced an unprecedent number of positive COVID-19 cases. Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) is calling on people across the North Country to continue to work together to keep our communities...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Sky West Leaving Plattsburgh International Airport Is Disappointing

“I am disappointed that Sky West decided to leave Plattsburgh International Airport. The pandemic certainly played a part in this decision because of travel restrictions and the border closure but the flight to Dulles International Airport in Washington,...

Assemblyman Billy Jones, Business Leaders and Local School Districts: Governor’s Announcement to Expand CDL Testing Is Step in Right Direction

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Earlier this week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York will be significantly expanding the availability of road tests for Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants to help address the critical shortage of CDL drivers. Assemblyman Billy Jones...

Assemblyman Jones Visits Saranac Lake Area with Local Government Leaders to Distribute COVID-19 Tests to Businesses and Nonprofits

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On his way home from Albany on Wednesday, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) stopped in Saranac Lake to hand deliver COVID-19 tests to local businesses and nonprofits. County Legislator Lindy Ellis and Deputy Mayor Melinda Little joined the assemblyman...

Assemblyman Jones Distributes COVID-19 Testing Kits Throughout the North Country

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As the North Country experiences a record number of positive COVID-19 cases, testing sites and vaccination sites continue to work on overdrive to provide important resources to keep the community safe. Last week, a new state testing site opened at Plattsburgh...

Assemblyman Jones and North Country Farmers: Governor Hochul’s Proposals to Help New York Agriculture Are Encouraging

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Governor Kathy Hochul presented her plan for New York during her State of the State on Wednesday that included proposals to help New York farmers thrive. Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) and farmers across the North Country found the Governor’s...

Assemblyman Jones: Looking Forward to Opportunities for North Country Presented in Governor Hochul’s State of the State

Today began the start of the 2022 legislative session with Governor Kathy Hochul giving her first State of the State address, the first woman in New York to ever do so. Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) was pleased with many of her proposals...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Joins Local Tourism Agencies and Hospitality Business Owners to Call for the State to Fund the Beekmantown Gateway Center

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) joined members of local tourism agencies and business owners to urge New York to renew funding for the Beekmantown Gateway Center, the first rest stop for southbound travelers on Interstate 87 located between...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Governor Signing Parts of Pharmacy Rescue Package Is Important Step Forward

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Last week, Governor Hochul signed A1396/S3762 and A5854/S3566 into law right as the deadline was approaching after vetoing A7598/S6603 earlier in the week. These three bills were referred to as the Pharmacy Rescue Package because they will regulate Pharmacy...

Assemblyman Jones: Additional Funding Awarded to Citizen Advocates for Harison Place Project

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that the Citizen Advocates’ Housing and Homelessness Assistance Program will receive $4.7 million in funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR) for the Harison Place Project...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: New York State Council of the Arts awards $265,000 to Assembly District 115

Last year, the State Legislature approved $105 million in the State Budget for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). This funding has been used to provide grants for artists and organizations across the state to help keep the arts thriving in...

Assemblyman Jones Joins Local Pharmacists to Urge Governor to Sign the Pharmacy Rescue Package

During the 2021 legislative session, the New York State Legislature passed three bills called the Pharmacy Rescue Package (A1396/S3762, A5457/S3566, and A7598/S6603) to regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). All three bills have overwhelming support...

Assemblyman Jones to Prioritize Correctional Officer Safety, Support for Agricultural Industry In 2022

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that he will prioritize improving safety in the correctional system and increasing support for New York farmers during the upcoming 2022 legislative session. “In addition to tackling statewide...

Assemblyman Jones to Prioritize Health Care, Broadband Access In 2022

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) recently announced that he will prioritize providing easier access to health care and broadband internet services, particularly in rural communities, during the upcoming 2022 legislative session.“New York’s...

Assemblyman Jones: Border Testing Requirement Will Impede North Country’s Recovery

“Once again the Canadian government is implementing a testing requirement which will impede the North Country’s recovery. I join North Country leaders and business leaders in opposing this short-sighted and counterproductive policy change....

Assemblyman Jones Congratulates Local Nominee for U.S. Presidential Scholars Award

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that North Country student Samantha Hart is one of only 20 students from across the state to be nominated for a U.S. Presidential Scholars award. Since it was established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Great to Finally Have an Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force

Governor Hochul announced today that she approved the appointments for the Adirondack road salt reduction task force. This task force is a result of a bill introduced by Assemblyman Billy Jones (D- Chateaugay Lake) that was signed by the Governor early...

Assemblyman Jones: Possibility of New Border Restrictions Troubling

“The border just reopened in November, and it is troubling that there is already discussion about implementing new border restrictions to close it again. This is a slap in the face to everyone in the North Country. The North Country cannot afford...

Assemblyman Jones: Over $8 Million Awarded to Assembly District 115 for Economic Development Projects

“I am proud to support many of the projects Governor Hochul announced will be receiving funding as part of the most recent round of REDC grants. This funding will go towards community enhancement and will help local towns, municipalities and nonprofits...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: North Country Needs State Resources for Vaccination and Testing Sites

COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically across the North Country over the past few weeks with Franklin County reporting the highest number of daily new cases last week. Every county in the North Country is currently under a state of emergency due to...