Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones: A Strong Economy is Putting North Country Families Back to Work, But There’s Still More to Do

“The strong November jobs numbers for the North Country show that our region’s economy is growing and people are getting back to work in record numbers. But there is more to do. We must continue to strengthen our relationship with our Canadian trading...

Assemblyman Jones: Over $64 Million in REDC Funding Awarded to North Country Projects

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) congratulated the North Country on receiving $64.8 million through awards provided by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).             “This state funding allows the...

Assemblyman Jones’ Blood Drives Bring Communities Together to Save Lives

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced the blood drives he organized in Saranac Lake, Malone and Plattsburgh to combat summer shortages had a successful turnout and helped collect lifesaving blood for North Country blood banks. “Blood...

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

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he will be hosting three blood drives at the end of August to help local hospitals make up for the dip in blood donations that occurs during the summer months. “We’ve had a beautiful summer here...

Assemblyman Jones: Malone Job Fair a Great Opportunity for All

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he will be co-sponsoring the “Malone Job Fair and Business Resource Expo” for the second consecutive year with the Franklin County Economic Development Office. “This is a...

Assemblyman Jones: SkyWest Poised to Begin Flights from Plattsburgh to Major Airport

“Seeing this come to fruition in real time is a great victory for the North Country. Thanks to the global network of United Airlines, local residents and our neighbors visiting from the north will have access to one of the largest international airports...

Assemblyman Jones: Putting a Stop to Independent Mausoleums Protects North Country Families, Taxpayers

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that his legislation to place a moratorium on independent mausoleums and columbariums passed the Assembly (A.5784-B). “Mausoleums can be a beautiful way to lay a loved one to rest,” Jones said....

Assemblyman Jones: Eliminating Wage Tip Credit Only Hurts North Country Economy

For the last 20 years, Jenilee Gillespie has enjoyed making people smile and providing them with good service and she takes pride in being a restaurant server. Jenilee is currently a server at Michigan’s Plus, a well-established restaurant in the city...

Assemblyman Jones Urges Schneiderman to Donate Campaign Funds to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

“I urge former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to donate his millions in unspent campaign contributions to organizations spearheading the fight against domestic violence. Given the allegations of abuse and assault that have come to light, these...

Assemblyman Jones Invites Teens and Their Families to Take Arrive Alive Pledge

With prom season approaching, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) is encouraging parents and teens to take the Arrive Alive pledge together to ensure teens can get to and from their destinations safely on prom night. The pledge asks teens to promise...

Assemblyman Jones: Legislation Returns Control of Teacher Evaluations to North Country School Districts

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he co-sponsored to improve teacher evaluations by uncoupling them from standardized testing and returning control to local school districts passed the Assembly A.10475. The measure recognizes...

Assemblyman Jones’ Legislation Designating Chazy Lake as Inland Waterway Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he introduced designating Chazy Lake as an inland waterway for the purposes of waterfront revitalization has passed the Assembly (A.8723-A). “Chazy Lake is a prime example...

Assemblyman Jones: State Budget Provides $100,000 for North Country Veterans Association

A local veteran’s organization will now be able to make necessary updates to their facility that serves countless retired service men and women throughout the region. Earlier today, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the 2018-19...

Assemblyman Jones secures $150,000 in state budget to boost North Country economy

The final state budget included several victories for the residents and businesses of the North Country. With statewide funding increases in education, transportation and agriculture, the budget also includes additional funding for the North Country Chamber...

Assemblyman Jones: State Budget Gets North Country Seniors Online

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he secured $250,000 in the 2018-19 state budget for Older Adults Technology Services, Inc. (OATS) – a nonprofit that helps seniors connect and learn to use the internet. The funding will help OATS...

Assemblyman Jones: State budget looks out for North Country communities and taxpayers

“Here in the North Country, local governments already have tight budgets, and the governor’s proposal would have put vital funds at risk. That’s why I fought to make sure the 2018-19 state budget rejected the proposal to shift to payments in lieu...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Nearly $2 Million in State Funding Will Help Revitalize Downtowns in Plattsburgh and Malone

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateauguay) announced that the state has awarded Restore New York Communities Initiative grants to help Plattsburgh and Malone revitalize their downtowns. “Restore New York Communities Initiative funding is helping local...

Senator Gallivan and Assemblyman Jones Introduce Legislation to Prevent Double-Bunking of Inmates in Dormitory Settings

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (D, Chateaugay) have introduced legislation (S-8028/A10173) which would prohibit the double bunking of inmates within dormitory style State correctional facilities. The practice...

Assemblyman Jones: Assembly Budget Proposal Increases Education Funding, Promotes School Safety

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped pass the Assembly’s 2018-19 state budget proposal, which includes a significant increase in education aid as well as measures to make schools safer and more inclusive. “A...

Assemblyman Jones: Roundtable Brought Community Together to Discuss School Safety Measures

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he was joined by education professionals, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and building staff as well as state and local law enforcement officers for a roundtable discussion...