Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones' Legislation Makes Camping More Enjoyable for All

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the Assembly passed legislation he authored to establish standard procedures for removing unruly campers at campgrounds (A.1569).“Campgrounds should be fun and welcoming spaces where people are...

Assemblyman Jones Honors Late Businessman and Town Official, Renames Local Bridge

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he sponsored and helped pass a bill to rename the Au Sable Forks Bridge in honor of the late Steve Godlewski (A.888). Godlewski was the beloved owner of Feeks Pharmacy and previously served as Black...

Assemblyman Jones: North Country Families Deserve Access to Affordable, Open Internet

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped pass legislation that would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) to establish a process for internet service providers (ISPs) to certify that they follow net neutrality principles...

Assemblyman Jones: Green Light bill is a Distraction from North Country's Needs

“I do not support the Assembly's Green Light bill, which would reward undocumented immigrants with state driver's licenses (A.3675-A). I've heard from people all over my district who are opposed to this bill. As we enter the remaining...

Assemblyman Jones: 2019 Summer Reading Challenge Opens Up New Universe for Young Readers

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) is inviting North Country children to participate in his third Summer Reading Challenge, which kicks off in July. The event, held in partnership with New York State libraries and local schools, encourages children...

Assemblyman Jones: Outdoor Recreation Helps Veterans Find Peace

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he supported to create more outdoor-based recreation opportunities for veterans passed the Assembly's Committee on Veterans' Affairs (A.8094). “The North Country is home...

Assemblyman Jones: State Budget Provides Critical Funding for the North Country Veterans Association

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped secure $100,000 in funding for the North Country Veterans Association (NCVA) in the 2019-20 state budget, which totals $200,000 that he has secured since taking office. This funding will...

Assemblyman Jones: National Drug Take Back Day Protects North Country Families' Health and Safety

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that Saturday, April 27, is National Drug Take Back Day and encouraged North Country residents to participate. “The opioid epidemic has devastated far too many families in our communities and beyond,”...

Assemblyman Jones Joined by County, State Officials to Discuss Seniors Programs

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) was joined by Greg Olsen, Acting Director for NYS Office for the Aging and Rebecca Peeve, Director of the Franklin County Office for the Aging at the Franklin County Courthouse on Thursday, April 11, 2019 to discuss...

Assemblyman Jones: State Budget Invests in Our Farms to Help Grow Our Economy

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the 2019-20 state budget invests in critical funding that will help North Country farmers grow their businesses. This year's plan includes $33.2 million for agriculture across the state.“North...

Assemblyman Jones: State Budget Invests in North Country's Future

After many debates and hearings, the state budget has been enacted. This budget increases education funding and supports critical programs and initiatives for hardworking families. Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) worked tirelessly to ensure that...

Assemblyman Jones: Career Pathways is an Investment in the North Country's Future

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the Assembly's 2019-20 state budget proposal passed Wednesday restores $2.85 million for Career Pathways programs, which help train young adults for careers in high-growth sectors. “The North...

Assemblyman Jones: Subcommittee Appointment Puts North Country at Ground Level of Budget Negotiations

“Being appointed to the General Government and Local Assistance Joint Budget Subcommittee lets me bring the North Country's concerns to the table during this year's state budget negotiations and ensures we're heard loud and clear. I...

Assemblyman Jones: Assembly Budget Proposal Delivers on North Country Priorities

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the 2019-20 Assembly state budget proposal includes measures to restore critical funding for local governments, infrastructure repairs, and increase investment in local schools.  “The Assembly...

Assemblyman Jones' Legislation Removing Barriers for Candidates to Get on the 2019 Ballot Becomes Law

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he introduced reducing the number of signatures required for candidates to get their names on the 2019 ballot has been signed into law (Ch. 17 of 2019).“Combining the June and September...

Assemblyman Jones: Prison Closure Proposal Threatens North Country Communities

“The governor's proposal to close three prisons in New York is cause for major concern. While no prisons have been specifically named, communities statewide will have to wait with bated breath to find out if a critical part of their economy...

Assemblyman Jones: New Law Gives Veterans Easier Access to Benefits They've Rightfully Earned

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that a new law, which he helped pass so more veterans can gain access to benefits, is going into effect (Ch. 322 of 2018). The law ensures that veterans are given proper assistance and informed of the benefits...

Assemblyman Jones Passes Legislation Making it Easier for Local Candidates to Get On the 2019 Ballot

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that a bill he sponsored to reduce the number of signatures required for candidates to get on the 2019 ballot has passed the Assembly (A.2570).“On the first legislative day of the year, we passed...

Assemblyman Jones Helps Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Get Long-Overdue Justice

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped pass the Child Victims Act, which gives victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to bring charges against their abusers (A.2683). The measure extends the criminal and civil statutes of...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Sworn in to Represent 115th Assembly District

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) was sworn into office to once again represent the people of the 115th District in the New York State Assembly. The swearing-in took place on Jan. 3 and was administered by Clinton County Clerk John Zurlo and Franklin...