Press Releases

Study Confirms Need to Limit Cut Through Traffic on Stutzman Road

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace, Town of Lancaster Supervisor Ronald Ruffino and Erie County Legislator Frank Todaro announced the results of a traffic study in the area of Pleasant View Drive in Lancaster. The three officials agreed with the...

Assemblymember Wallace Calls on Governor Cuomo to Sign Opioid Lockbox Bill

“As an elected official, as a mother, and as the aunt of a nephew who died at 23 years young from an opioid addiction, I’m calling on Governor Cuomo to sign the opioid lockbox legislation (A6395). This legislation, which passed unanimously...

Assemblymember Wallace Launches Summer Reading Challenge to Keep Youth Engaged Over Break

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she is sponsoring the New York State Assembly’s 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. Children and youth who demonstrate that they read for 15 minutes for 40 or more days during the months...

Assemblymember Wallace: Abuse of Condo Tax Loophole Increases Taxes for Erie County Residents

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced the introduction of legislation (A7608) to combat the abuse of a condominium tax loophole, which has allowed free-standing, single-family homes to receive property and school tax breaks of...

Assemblymember Wallace Visits Newly Renovated Lancaster Historical Society

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced the completion of renovations to repaint and restore the main portico and front porch of the Lancaster Historical Society Museum, located at 40 Clark St. In 2019, Assemblymember Wallace secured...

Assemblymember Wallace Honors Lancaster Resident for Donating Blood Over 300 Times

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) presented a citation to honor and commend Gene Baran, of Lancaster, for consistently donating blood every four weeks for over 50 years. As a result, Baran has donated blood over 300 times and given...

Assemblymember Wallace: Reserve Memorial Day for Fallen Service-Members, Set Another Date to Remember Essential Workers who Died from COVID-19

“While I appreciate the Governor’s desire to pay tribute to the essential workers who died of COVID-19 this weekend, we must not forget why we observe Memorial Day - to honor the fallen members of our armed forces. These brave service-members...

Assemblymember Wallace: Lee Enterprises’ Proposed Cuts at Buffalo News Would Outsource Good Jobs, Weaken Quality of Local News

“Robust, independent, and local journalism is absolutely vital to our society. Journalists hold people in power to account, act as public watchdogs against bad actors in positions of power and keep the public informed of the issues that matter in...

Assemblymember Wallace: NYS Must Revise Guidance for Day Care Programs, Summer Camps with Input from Providers

“Yesterday, New York State released updated guidance on safety protocols for childcare programs and summer camps that blindsided many providers and parents. Under the new regulations, children as young as 2 are required to wear masks in most indoor...

Assemblymember Wallace: Law Permitting ‘Compassionate Care’ Visits to Nursing Home Residents Takes Effect

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that legislation she co-sponsored to provide for compassionate care visitations at nursing homes during public health emergencies has taken effect today. The new law (A1052B) would ensure that...

Assemblymember Wallace Secures $25,000 in Funding for Lt. Col. Matt L. Urban VFW Post 7275

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she secured $25,000 in the fiscal year 2021-22 budget in order to fund badly needed repairs to the parking lot of the Lt. Col. Matt L. Urban VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster....

Assemblymember Wallace Sponsors, Passes Resolution Repealing Unnecessary ‘Food-With-Drinks’ Executive Order

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced the passage of a resolution she sponsored to repeal Executive Order 202.52, which had required patrons to purchase a food item with alcohol beverages served on premises. “While the...

Assemblymember Wallace Helps Pass Legislation to Establish Minimum Safe Staffing Levels for Nursing Homes, Healthcare Facilities

“For years, I have advocated for and sponsored legislation to establish safe minimum staffing levels for nursing homes and healthcare facilities. As many healthcare workers and patient advocates have warned us, understaffing is far too common in...

Budget Makes Historic Investments in Child Care, Working Families

Today, Assemblymembers Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) and Karen McMahon (D-Amherst) announced that they had passed historic investments in childcare in the New York State 2021-22 fiscal year budget. The budget, which the Legislature passed earlier this...

Assemblymember Wallace Presents Proclamation to Aunt Robin’s Diner for Feeding Those in Need

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) recently presented a proclamation to Robin Finsterbach, owner of Aunt Robin’s Diner, 3580 Walden Ave., Lancaster, for providing hundreds of meals to local residents in need. Since 2014, Ms. Finsterbach...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Passage of Mobile Sports Betting, Including Revenue Fund for Youth Sports and Recreation Programs

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that her proposal to allocate a portion of tax revenue from mobile sports betting to youth sports and recreation programs was passed in the 2021-22 budget. Under the budget provisions passed...

Assemblymember Wallace Responds to Allegations That Government Staff, Resources Were Used for Governor’s Private Book Deal

“I am deeply troubled by reports alleging that government staff and resources were used to facilitate publication of the Governor’s private book deal. I’ve already reached out to the Chair of the Judiciary Committee and been assured...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Passage of Legislation Allowing Compassionate Care Visitation at Nursing Homes

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that legislation (A1052B) to authorize compassionate care visitation in nursing homes was signed into law. The legislation, which Assemblymember Wallace sponsored and advocated for, would...

Assemblymember Wallace Applauds Recommendation of Trini Ross as U.S. Attorney for Western District of New York

“I applaud Senator Schumer for his recommendation of Trini Ross as the next United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. I have known Ms. Ross professionally and personally for almost 20 years, and I can attest that she has the experience,...

Assemblymember Wallace: Excluded Workers Fund is an Irrespon-sible, Reckless Use of Taxpayer Funds

“While I support much of the 2021-22 budget, especially provisions that allocate more funding for local schools and other vital public programs in our community, I’m strongly opposed to the Excluded Workers Fund. This misguided and fiscally...