Monthly Column From Assemblyman Jake Ashby

With the budget process underway in Albany, I want to discuss some of the critical areas for which I am currently working to obtain funding.

I have joined with both my Majority and Minority colleagues to hold hearings, host press conferences, author letters and meet with countless groups of constituents to fight for the organizations and programs important to our community. These  include restoring the municipal aid funding the governor has proposed stripping from our towns and villages, increasing  funding for all of our local school districts and libraries, securing state aid to clean up contaminated areas in Hoosick and Nassau, maintaining the funding for Cornell Cooperative Extension,  increasing  benefits for direct-care workers, restoring  funding for foreclosure prevention, increasing state aid for child care, establishing broadband internet and cell service across our district and securing the much-needed funding to repair our failing roads and bridges.

I will continue to fight throughout this process to ensure these important areas, and many others, are included in the final state budget.

We have also held mobile office hours in Cambridge, Hoosick, Schaghticoke and Pittstown. The next few stops on our mobile office tour are in White Creek on 2/21 at the Cambridge Village Hall, Grafton on 2/28 at the Grafton Town Hall, Kinderhook on 3/7 at the Valatie Free Library and Hillsdale on 3/14 at the Hillsdale Town Hall. Each event runs from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit our events page on Facebook.