Press Releases

Brabenec: START-UP NY Racket Accomplishes No Goals, Wastes Millions

Today, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) criticized Gov. Cuomo’s $200 million attempt to attract new businesses to New York State. The national advertising campaign, known as START-UP NY, ran ads across the country that were frequently played...

Brabenec: Skelos Must Resign Post

Sen. Dean Skelos needs to resign as Senate Majority Leader now that he has surrendered to federal authorities after corruption charges were filed against him. As elected officials, we are entrusted to act selflessly in our representation of constituents....

Brabenec: Scarborough Guilty Plea Proves Need For Reform

The news that Assemblyman William Scarborough is going to plead guilty to felony corruption charges highlights our state’s desperate need for definitive ethics reform. As elected officials, we are entrusted to act selflessly in our representation...

Brabenec Fighting To Protect Child Abuse Survivors

Yesterday, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) attended a press conference in Albany to garner support for the Child Victims Act of New York. If passed into law, it would eliminate both the criminal and civil statute of limitations for child sex...

Brabenec Reacts To Teacher Evaluation Delay

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) today was unsurprised by the news that the State Education Department announced a lengthy delay for the new teacher evaluation system enacted in this year’s budget. Brabenec, who along with his Assembly...

Brabenec: Strip Corrupt Legislators Of Pensions

“Elected officials are given the precious gift of the public’s trust when they enter into office. They are entrusted to act selflessly in their representation of their friends and neighbors, to the best of their ability. Those who break that...

Brabenec Advises Albany Listen To Parents And Educators

“Common Core is broken. It’s as simple as that. I know I’m not alone when I say that I have watched my children needlessly struggle for far too long. We’ve seen an overwhelming amount of parents opt their children out of the state...

Brabenec Eliminates Local Tax

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) today announced that another layer of the burdensome MTA payroll tax has been eliminated. Local public libraries soon would be seeing a significant reduction in their taxes after Brabenec voted for a tax break...

Brabenec Criticizes 2015-16 Budget

“The 2015-16 State Budget has been a series of disappointments. No meaningful ethics reform, no cost savings, and no real property tax relief for residents and small businesses. “I’ve sponsored multiple pieces of legislation that would...

Brabenec Calls For Punishment At Cornell

“I think it is unconscionable and borderline treacherous to allow any person associated with the Islamic State or Hamas to come to an American university or college to spew their messages of violence and hate. I am calling on the individual who advocated...

Brabenec Fights For Property Tax Rebate

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) is advocating for a plan that would give homeowners in New York State an extra $500 in property tax rebates this year. The state has received an extra $610 million from a settlement in a recent bank lawsuit,...

NY On The Verge Of True Women’s Equality

Today, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) voted to enact historic women’s equality legislation that had long been held hostage by the New York City-controlled Assembly leadership. As a co-sponsor of many key pieces of the Women’s Equality...

Brabenec Talks Budget Needs

“The budget penned by the Assembly Majority and presented before my colleagues and me today is not an accurate reflection of what the citizens of this state need. After the arrest of former Speaker and New York City Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, we...

Brabenec Blasts Assembly Majority Over Failure To Enact Ethics Reform

Today, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) slammed the Assembly Majority for voting against legislation that would change the culture of corruption in Albany. Brabenec and his colleagues in the Minority Conference proposed rules that would allow...

Brabenec: Assembly Must Change How It Does Its Business

Today, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and his Assembly Minority colleagues at a press conference calling for meaningful change to the Assembly rules. After decades of abuse and scandal, its time for...

Brabenec: Quit Gambling With Our Children’s Future, Governor

Today, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) blasted Gov. Cuomo’s underhanded budget negotiation tactics. Cuomo has threatened to eliminate all state funding for New York’s college tuition assistance program (TAP) unless the Assembly and...

Ethics Reform Has Been Delayed For Far Too Long

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) today is calling on newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to keep his word that he will make ethics reform his top priority. In the wake of former speaker Sheldon Silver’s indictment on federal corruption...

Brabenec Named Ranking Minority Member Of Labor Committee

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) has been named Ranking Minority Member of the New York State Assembly Labor Committee. Brabenec also serves on the Assembly Aging, Election Law, Cities, and Local Government committees. Upon receiving his appointments...

Brabenec: A New Speaker, A New Era

“In his first speech as Speaker, Carl Heastie emphasized an issue that has been a top priority of mine: ethics reform. He spoke of a new era in Albany in which there will be zero tolerance for sexual harassment; in which outside income will be regulated;...

Brabenec: DEC Commissioner Wrong To Designate Village Of Kiryas Joel As Lead Agency In Proposed Annexation

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) expressed concern regarding today’s decision by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens to designate the Village of Kiryas Joel as Lead Agency for the proposed...