Press Releases

Assemblymember Wallace: State Resources Needed to Help Cheektowaga Schools Cope with New Students

“For the past few weeks, I have been in contact with representatives of DocGo and New York City Mayor Eric Adams and urged them to come up with a plan to relocate asylum seekers out of Cheektowaga hotels. I also support Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces $50,000 for Town of Cheektowaga Programs

Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) recently announced that she has secured $50,000 for the Town of Cheektowaga for community programs and youth services. The state funding will support popular community events like the Town’s July 4 celebration,...

Assemblymember Wallace: OTB Board Gave Sweetheart Salaries to Executives on Public’s Dime

“I have serious concerns over the validity of recent contracts to extend and increase pay for top Western Regional Off-Track Betting employees. It's clear the OTB Board of Directors did not prioritize the best interests of local taxpayers, who are supposed...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces $30,000 for Arcade Games in Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she secured $30,000 for the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club to purchase several games to enhance programming for local kids. Thanks to the funding, the club was able to bring classic...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Funding to Help Municipalities Enforce ‘Red Flag’ Laws

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced the allocation of $10 million in the State Budget to help law enforcement agencies process and enforce extreme risk protection orders (ERPO), to be administered with the assistance of Attorney...

Assemblymember Wallace: Budget Makes Historic Investments in Education

“I’m proud to have delivered a budget that makes historic investments in public education and will help set young New Yorkers on a path to success. Our spending plan provides for an historic investment of $34 billion for public schools, which marks...

Assemblymember Wallace: Budget Prioritizes Public Safety

“The New York State budget prioritizes public safety by making historic investments in law enforcement agencies and programs that are proven to reduce crime, and makes significant changes to address shortfalls in the bail reform law. It includes $10...

Assemblymember Wallace: Budget Bill Provides Needed Oversight, Reforms of WROTB

“For far too long, Western Regional Off-Track Betting has operated without adequate oversight or transparency, flouting laws and refusing to provide documents when requested by governmental officials. For example, the organization continues to provide...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces $96,000 for Lancaster Police Department to Purchase Body Cameras

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she secured $96,000 for the Lancaster Police Department to purchase body-worn cameras to improve transparency in its interactions with the public. Assemblymember Wallace advocated for and...

Assemblymember Wallace: Dropping Standardized Testing Requirement Makes SUNY Admissions Fairer

“Numerous studies have found that standardized tests are not accurate predictors of academic performance, and worse, exacerbate inequities that harm lower-income applicants and students of color. In fact, standardized test scores are most strongly correlated...

Assemblymember Wallace: Assembly Passage of Nursing Simulation Legislation Will Help Address the Nurse Shortage

“I’m thrilled to announce that the nursing simulation legislation I’ve helped champion has passed the New York State Assembly. Our state is facing a severe nursing shortage that is exhausting healthcare workers and threatening patient safety. In...

Assemblymember Wallace: Assembly One-House Budget Addresses Needs of New Yorkers

“The Assembly’s one-house budget is a step toward a more affordable, prosperous, and successful New York State, though it falls short on some much-needed policies and funding priorities. I’m pleased that our budget proposal recognizes the critical...

Assemblymember Wallace: Hateful Rhetoric of Michael Knowles Has No Place in Our Community

“It is deeply disturbing to learn that a student group would choose to invite Michael Knowles – an individual who is known for espousing anti-LGBTQ+, misogynistic, and xenophobic views – to our community. Statistics show that hate crimes are rising...

Assemblymember Wallace: We Need to Educate Kids on Harms of Social Media

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster), joined by education professionals and mental health experts, announced her legislation to raise awareness about the dangers of social media use.A growing body of research shows that excessive social...

Assemblymembers Host Discussion with Stakeholders to Address Nursing Shortage

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) was joined by Assemblymembers Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) and William Conrad (D-Tonawanda) to discuss legislation aimed at increasing the number of nurses graduating from nursing programs to address the...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces New Law to Expand Defibrillator Accessibility in Fitness Facilities

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) joined Assemblymember Michael Norris (R-Lockport) to announce the enactment of her legislation to expand access to lifesaving AED devices in gyms and fitness centers across New York State (A744, 2022).Beginning...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces New Law to Expand Defibrillator Accessibility in Fitness Facilities

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) joined Assemblymember Michael Norris (R-Lockport) to announce the enactment of her legislation to expand access to lifesaving AED devices in gyms and fitness centers across New York State (A744, 2022)....

Assemblymember Wallace: Governor’s State of the State Lays Out Bold Vision to Address Pressing Issues

“Governor Hochul’s State of the State address laid out a bold vision to tackle the issues that matter most not only to New Yorkers but to all Americans. I applaud her plan to prioritize public safety by investing in anti-violence initiatives, increasing...

Assemblymember Wallace: Pay Raise Irresponsible

“I strongly oppose increasing legislative pay. New Yorkers have been telling us for months that they need relief from crushing inflation and energy costs. A recent report showed nearly three million New Yorkers are living in poverty, while countless...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Funding to Keep Lancaster Public Library Open on Sundays During School Year

Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she has secured $15,000 in state funding for the Friends of the Lancaster Public Library to help cover operating costs associated with remaining open on Sundays during the school year,...