Press Releases

Assemblyman Jones to Advocate for Local Governments on Joint Budget Subcommittee

“I came to Albany to ensure that the voice of the North Country is heard. As a member of the General Government and Local Assistance Joint Budget Subcommittee, I have a seat at the table as we begin budget negotiations concerning issues important...

Assemblyman Jones Accepting Nominations for 2018 Women of Distinction Awards

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he is seeking nominations for his second annual Women of Distinction Awards. Nominations will be accepted until March 31, with a ceremony honoring awardees taking place on April 14. “Women across...

Assemblyman Jones: Low Milk Prices are Hurting Dairy Farmers

“Even in the best of times, running a farm is an exhausting labor of love. Sadly, we’re far from the best of times for many local farmers. Milk prices are plummeting and threatening dairy farms across the North Country. As someone who grew up on and...

Assemblyman Jones Tours North Country Businesses with Assembly Majority leader

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) kicked off his 2018 district tour with a visit to Saranac Lake alongside Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit). Together, they discussed economic issues in the North Country with business leaders. ...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Kicks Off Second District Tour in Saranac Lake

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that his second district tour will launch Thursday, Feb. 15, in Saranac Lake and that he will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 17, in Plattsburgh. This is part of Jones’ ongoing effort to meet...

Assemblyman Jones Announces Legislation to Provide Flood Relief for Underwood Estates Residents Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he sponsored to provide critical relief to flood victims living at Underwood Estates in Plattsburgh passed the Assembly (A.9814). “The folks of Underwood Estates have seen their homes...

Assemblyman Jones: Proposal to Cap Forest Preserve Tax Payments Threatens Viability of North Country

“The proposal to cap and shift the state’s property tax payments for Forest Preserve lands puts the towns and villages in the Adirondacks at a severe disadvantage. Right now, these lands are assessed the same way private lands are, and the...

Assemblyman Jones: Tablets are a Luxury that Convicted Felons Should Not Be Afforded

“I am vehemently opposed to the recent proposition by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to provide free tablets to every prison inmate in the state. When our children in our schools don’t have access to tablet technology,...

Assemblyman Jones: Governor’s State of the State priorities good starting point

“With a new year comes a renewed commitment to the families and businesses here in the North Country. We’re off to a good start. The governor announced his legislative priorities during his State of the State address today, and I’m looking forward...

Assemblyman Jones: Governor’s Veto Hurts Rural Hospitals

“At a time when the federal administration is making devastating cuts to health care, it’s disheartening that Gov. Cuomo vetoed critical legislation I co-sponsored to create an enhanced safety-net hospital program (A.7763). The measure would have...

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

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the North Country will receive $64.9 million through awards provided by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). “This state funding will help us continue moving forward...

Assemblyman Jones’ Bill Codifying the Rural Health Council is Signed into Law

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he authored to statutorily establish the state Department of Health rural health council was signed into law (Ch. 419 of 2017). The council advises the state health commissioner on the...

Assemblyman Jones: Voters Made Their Voices Heard on Statewide Issues

“Across the state, over 3 million New Yorkers recognized the importance of this year’s ballot and voted on Election Day.1 They shaped New York’s future by denouncing corruption and avoiding an expensive constitutional convention – just by performing...

Assemblyman Jones: North Country Stands Strong with NYC

“Yesterday afternoon, the cowardly actions of one man claimed the lives of eight innocent individuals and injured over a dozen more in New York City. On behalf of the 115th Assembly District, I would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the...

Assemblyman Jones: The Importance of Voting, Especially in Off-Year Elections

On November 8, 2016 roughly 60 percent of voting age Americans made their way to local town halls, churches, fire departments, schools etc. to cast their ballot in the General Election. Voters made their picks for President of the United States, Federal...

Assemblyman Jones Visits Local Volunteer Fire Departments

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced several stops on his Volunteer Firehouse Tour this week. On Thursday, Jones met with local volunteer firefighters and emergency service workers to show his gratitude for their work in the community. “Our...

Assemblyman Jones: Local Firemen Deserve Our Recognition

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he will be spending time with local volunteer firefighters this week. Earlier this morning at 10 a.m. the Assemblyman kicked off his Volunteer Fire House Tour at District 3 Fire Department, by meeting with...

Assemblyman Jones: Legislation to Expand Cancer Disability Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters Signed Into Law

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he co-sponsored to expand cancer disability benefits for volunteer firefighters was signed into law, affirming the state’s commitment to those who selflessly serve our communities (Ch....

Assemblyman Jones: Families Pleased With Information Provided at Forum

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced a strong showing of local high school students, parents and other members of the community at a recent event that focused on college affordability. Thursday evening, roughly 75 people gathered in the Stafford...

Assemblyman Jones: Recovery a Focal Point for Many throughout the North Country

In honor of September being National Recovery Awareness Month, I recently spent a day meeting with people and organizations dedicated to helping those affected by the opioid crisis. I was honored to spend time with local advocates, health care professionals...