Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones: County and Local Leaders Should Advocate for Federal Funds

“I have called upon our federal representatives to ensure that state and local governments in New York are the recipients of additional funding from any future stimulus package. New York State, and its residents, benefitted from previous stimulus...

Assemblyman Jones: New York Needs More Federal Funding During COVID-19 Crisis

Assemblyman Billy Jones(D-Plattsburgh) is asking the federal government for more federal aid in the event that a new stimulus bill is passed. As it stands, New York has more recorded cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus than any other state in the nation,...

Assemblyman Jones: Dairy Farmers in Need of Federal Relief During Economic Downturn

“The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has taken a significant toll on several of our state's top industries, and dairy farms are no exception. As schools, restaurants and other food service businesses that normally make up large portions of a dairy...

Assemblyman Jones: Now is Not the Time for Raise Deferrals

“Many state employees were informed yesterday that their contractual pay raise is being deferred, this includes corrections employees and other essential workers across the state. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, these brave men and...

Assemblyman Jones: State Budget is Not Ideal, But Looks Out for the Safety of North Country Families

“This year's budget process faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now more than ever, the health and safety of North Country families is my top priority. Unfortunately, this budget includes unnecessary agenda items proposed...

Assemblyman Jones: We Must Get Supplies and Protective Equipment to North Country Healthcare and Correctional Facilities

“In these unprecedented times, we are seeing the emergence of real-life heroes; healthcare workers, first responders, and law enforcement officials are consistently going to work each day, knowingly putting themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19...

Assemblyman Jones Reaches Out to Grocery Stores, Farmers to Maintain Food Supply

“As we confront the coronavirus pandemic, families across the state have, understandably, been flocking to grocery stores to stock up on supplies. In times like these, it's important to remember that the best thing we can do is remain calm and...

Assemblyman Jones: Reliable Internet Connectivity is Critical in the Fight Against Coronavirus

“As we continue to battle this ongoing public health crisis, the need to expand and enhance internet connectivity in the North Country and across upstate New York has become even more important. Whether working from home, virtually learning or teaching,...

Assemblyman Jones: North Country Health Care and Trade Commerce Workers Must be Deemed Essential

“Today, the federal administration announced that the border between the United States and Canada will be limited to essential travel only in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19. As the Honorary Co-Chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition,...

Assemblyman Jones' Bill Would Help Elderly New Yorkers Apply for EPIC Program

“Technology has changed the way we communicate and go about our daily lives, making it easier than ever to connect with others and access information. More and more New Yorkers, of all ages, are reaping the benefits of this modern age, and it's...

Assemblyman Jones Backs Bill to Help North Country Small Businesses Thrive

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced he is co-sponsoring a bill that would reduce the tax burden for small businesses and farms to help make New York more affordable for local entrepreneurs (A.6309).“Small businesses and family farms...

Assemblyman Jones Accepting Nominations for 2020 Women of Distinction Awards

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced he is seeking nominations for his fourth annual Women of Distinction Awards. The ceremony, which honors and recognizes extraordinary local women, will take place on Saturday, April 25. Nominations must...

Assemblyman Jones Working toward a State Budget that Delivers for the North Country

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that he will fight for a state budget that addresses the needs and concerns of North Country families after listening to the governor's budget address earlier today. The proposal includes critical...

Assemblyman Jones: Requiring Proper Seatbelts in Limousines Can Save Lives

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that he helped pass a bill requiring the installation of approved seatbelts in limousines operating in New York (A.9057). The legislation was written following a devastating accident in Schoharie County...

Assemblyman Jones: North Country Taxpayers Can't Afford to Pay a Greater Share of Medicaid Costs

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that he does not support potential plans to cut state spending on local governments' growing Medicaid expenses. This comes after the governor delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday,...

Assemblyman Jones: State of the State Proposals Offer Potential, Hope for North Country Families

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) is ready for another successful legislative year in the Assembly after listening to the governor's State of the State address. The governor's speech included several proposals that would improve the North...

Assemblyman Jones Celebrates a Century of Supporting Local Veterans with American Legion Post 1418

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) was joined by local legislators, veterans and supporters to celebrate and honor the Salmon River/Fort Covington American Legion Post 1418 on the national organization's 100th anniversary.“American Legion...

Assemblyman Jones: $67.9 Million in REDC Funding Awarded to North Country Communities

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that the North Country will receive $67.9 million through awards provided by the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).“This is a tremendous economic opportunity for the region, as these projects...

Assemblyman Jones' New Law Helps Keep Campgrounds Safe and Fun

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that legislation he authored to create a standard procedure for removing unruly visitors from campgrounds has been signed into law (Ch. 654 of 2019).“Camping is a fun outdoors activity that the entire...

Assemblyman Jones' New Law Protects Aid to Schools Following Weather Emergencies

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that legislation he authored to ensure schools continue to receive state aid after they are forced to close due to state or local emergencies has been signed into law (Ch. 605 of 2019).“Schools shouldn't...