Press Releases

New York Must Invest in Direct Support Professionals

As this year’s legislative session begins, I look forward to the abundance of opportunities to improve the quality of life for our communities. That starts with supporting New York’s workers to ensure they receive the fair pay and benefits they deserve....

WNY State Legislators Join DDAWNY to Advocate for Direct Support Professionals

Buffalo – Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) teamed up with several Western New York state legislators and the Developmental Disability Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY) on Thursday to call for funding in Governor Kathy Hochul’s Executive Budget for...

Assemblymember Karen McMahon Calls on Governor to Include Support for DSPs in Executive Budget

AMHERST – In a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday, Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst), along with several of her Western New York colleagues, called for an investment in Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to address the workforce crisis...

Supporting Our Veterans Lasts Much Longer than a Day

This Veterans Day, I was so pleased to witness the outpouring of appreciation for those who have served our nation in the armed forces. The holiday may have passed, but our responsibility to New York’s veterans never ends. I’m doing everything I can...

Assemblymember McMahon Presents Resolution to the Family of Distinguished Statistician C.R. Rao

NYS Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) presented a New York State Assembly Resolution to the daughter of statistician Dr. C.R. Rao in Slee Hall at the University at Buffalo on Thursday. The presentation was part of the UB Celebration of Faculty...

Assemblymember McMahon: Early Breast Cancer Detection Saves Lives

As the chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues and a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am committed to promoting the well-being of women across the State of New York in every way possible. I hope you’ll join me during October,...

Assemblymember McMahon: The State Budget Improves our Community Now and Into the Future

After weeks of negotiation, we in the legislature recently passed a state budget that provides our community with the resources necessary to thrive today and into the future. I was proud to help pass a budget that addresses several priorities for families,...

Assemblymember McMahon: 2023-24 State Budget Delivers on Key Priorities for Western New York

“Despite the delay, the state budget delivers on top priorities for our community. Fully funding our local schools, expanding free school meals for 300,000 more children across the state, expanding eligibility for child care assistance, an expansion...

Assemblymember McMahon Hosts Third Annual Earth Day Photo Contest

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) is announcing her third annual Earth Day Photo Contest. Earth Day, April 22, will mark the start of the contest that will showcase and celebrate the natural spaces of the 146th Assembly District. “I’m thrilled...

Let’s Continue to Seek Equality During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Since 1987, when the first official National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was declared, we’ve recognized March as a time for understanding, education, and advocacy for equal opportunities for all. Regardless of ability, everyone deserves...

Assemblymember McMahon: Focusing on Gun Safety and Reproductive Rights to Protect New Yorkers

In the final days of this year’s legislative session, I worked with my colleagues to pass several crucial measures to help protect our communities. In the wake of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, the legislature passed, and Governor...

McMahon Bill to Increase Awareness of Environmental Impacts of Idling Vehicles Passes the Legislature

Legislation introduced by Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) to increase education and awareness of the environmental and health impacts of idling vehicles passed both the Assembly and Senate this week. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk...

McMahon and Kennedy Bill Incentivizing the Use of Solar Energy Passes the Legislature

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) and Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced that their bill incentivizing more New Yorkers to use solar panels has passed both houses of the Legislature as part of an Earth Day legislative package (A.7703/S.6919)....

Assemblymember McMahon Presents Resolution to the Family of Getzville Fire Chief, Veteran of 9/11 Ground Zero Relief Effort

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NYS Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) presented a NYS Assembly resolution to the family of Getzville Fire Department Chief Irving A. Isenberg on Thursday. Isenberg died on November 1, 2019, after a battle with myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. Isenberg...

Assemblymember McMahon Statement on Lifting of School Mask Mandate

“To the great relief of many, Governor Hochul announced yesterday that the mask mandate will be lifted for schools on Wednesday. This milestone comes after very encouraging drops in COVID-19 cases and increases in vaccinations. Because of our community’s...

Assemblymember McMahon Presents Resolution Honoring the Life and Accomplishments of Longtime High School Sports Reporter

On Sunday, NYS Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) presented a NYS Assembly resolution to the family of longtime high school sports reporter Miguel “Miggy” Rodriguez. Rodriguez died as a result of complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 31, 2022,...

Celebrating the Legacy of New York Trailblazer Shirley Chisholm This Black History Month

Since 1976, the month of February has been designated as National Black History Month, a time to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Black Americans and to honor those individuals who were instrumental in shaping our country. For me, this reflection...

Assemblymember McMahon Presents Resolution Declaring February 21 as ‘Mother Language Day’ in NYS

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) presented the Bangladeshi American Social & Cultural Organization of WNY (BASCO) with a New York State Assembly resolution on Monday, declaring February 21 as “Mother Language Day” in the State of New York....

Assemblymember McMahon’s Statement on the Repeal of the COVID-19 Mask Mandate for Businesses

“I am pleased by the Governor’s announcement this morning that the New York State COVID-19 mask mandate for businesses will be removed tomorrow, although local municipalities and businesses will have the choice to continue the mandate themselves....

Assemblymember McMahon: State of the State Address Brings Hope for Productive Year

On Jan. 5, Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her first State of the State address and outlined her priorities for the upcoming state budget. Some of her key goals include bolstering the health care and education workforces, expanding access to childcare, establishing...