Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones Encourages Small Business Owners to Apply for COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) is reminding small business owners to take advantage of the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. He helped secure this program in the 2021-22 state budget to assist small businesses that...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: It Finally Appears the land Border to Canada is Open

“For months I have been calling for the federal government to reopen the United States-Canada land border and it finally appears that there is light at the end of the tunnel. So many families have been separated due to this border closure, and so...

Assemblyman Jones: Statement on Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force Final Report

“For months we have been waiting for the Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force final report to be released so that we can start taking action towards expanding cell service in the Adirondacks. The report that was finally released today did not tell...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Statement on Dr. Howard Zucker’s Resignation

“Dr. Howard Zucker’s resignation will help preserve the public’s confidence in the Department of Health. There are serious questions that need to be answered regarding the commissioner’s involvement in pending investigations of...

Assemblyman Jones: Next Steps for Gypsy Moth Infestation

This spring, forests across the North Country experienced a Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD), commonly known as gypsy moth, infestation causing a severe loss of foliage in many areas, especially in the Town of Plattsburgh and Town of Beekmantown. LDD feed...

Assemblyman Jones: Continued Border Closure is Infuriating

“The announcement today that the United States-Canada border closure has been extended until October 21 while air travel for vaccinated foreign travelers will be permitted starting in November is disappointing and infuriating. It makes absolutely...

Assemblyman Jones's Statement on New York State Comptroller's Office Broadband Report

“No one who lives in the North Country is surprised by the recent report by the New York State Comptroller’s Office that puts our region at the top of the list of households that still do not have broadband access. That is why I have continuously...

Assemblyman Jones Announces Funding to Improve Plattsburgh Public Library

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that Plattsburgh Public Library will receive a state grant of more than $8,600 to make necessary renovations.“Libraries help foster a love of learning and a sense of community,” Assemblyman...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Enough is enough! Reopen the US-Canada Border!

For months, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) along with other North Country officials and business leaders have been calling for the United States-Canada border to reopen. In August, the Canadian government reopened the border for vaccinated...

Assemblyman Jones: Eviction Moratorium Puts Undue Burden on Landlords

“When the COVID-19 pandemic began 17 months ago, the Legislature put in place an eviction moratorium to ensure no New Yorker would be left homeless due to a pandemic-related loss of employment or income but failed to put in protections and mechanisms...

Assemblyman Jones: Landlords Need the Assistance Promised to Them

“The recent announcement that the legislature is taking up the eviction moratorium extension is misguided. For over a year, landlords across New York have not been able to collect rent from their tenants because of the failure of the rental relief...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Transparency, Transparency, Transparency

“The recent decision by JCOPE to refer the criminal investigation into the alleged leak from a member to former Governor Cuomo about the commission’s private vote over the matter of Joe Percoco to the Attorney General’s office is long...

Assemblyman Jones: Welcome to Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin

“I want to welcome the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor, Brian Benjamin, to his new position in Albany and I look forward to working with him on important issues that North Country residents face. There are many sites to see in my district from...

Assemblyman Jones: With New Governor in Charge, New Yorkers Finally Get Transparency on COVID-19 Death Toll

“We’ll never forget the thousands of loved ones, friends and neighbors we tragically lost over the course of this pandemic. For months, I’ve called on the state Department of Health and previous administration to release accurate data...

Assemblyman Jones: Governor Hochul’s First Day is a Historic Moment for New York

“It is a historic moment for New York as Kathy Hochul officially becomes the first woman governor of our state. Since I was elected, Governor Hochul has visited the North Country numerous times and I look forward to working with her to address the...

Assemblyman Jones: Border Closure Extension is Unacceptable

“The announcement today that the United States will continue to keep the Canadian border closed is outrageous. Canada opened the border for Americans earlier this month which allowed some people in the North Country to reunite with their families...

Assemblyman Jones Announces Blood Drives in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and Malone

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that he will be hosting a series of blood drives, beginning at the end of August, to help address the nationwide blood shortage in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.“This past year, the COVID-19...

Assemblyman Jones: Assembly Impeachment Investigation Findings Must Be Made Public

“Impeaching a governor in New York has only happened once in our history and it happened over 100 years ago. This has left many legal and constitutional ambiguities on whether the State can proceed with impeachment proceedings after a Governor has...

Assembly Impeachment Investigation Suspension

“Throughout the impeachment investigation, I have repeatedly called on Governor Cuomo to resign so that my colleagues and I in the State Legislature can continue to govern despite the controversies surrounding him. I do personally wish that the...

Assemblyman Jones Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Resignation

“Although my colleagues and I have been calling for Governor Cuomo to resign, today is a sad day for the state of New York. I am glad that the Governor made the decision to step down so that we can continue to govern and not be distracted by the...