Press Releases

Assemblymember Wallace: Outdoor Recreation Can Help Veterans Overcome Trauma

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that legislation she is co-sponsoring to help veterans recover and heal from trauma associated with their service passed the Assembly’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (A.8094)....

Assemblymember Wallace Announces that her Severance Pay Limitation Act to Prohibit Golden Parachute Severance Packages in State Authorities has Passed the Assembly and Senate

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that the Severance Pay Limitation Act has passed the Assembly (A.2480). This legislation will prevent public authorities from awarding “golden parachute” severance packages. The...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces $115,000 in Funding for Lancaster Historical Society Building Restoration

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she has secured $115,000 in state funding for the restoration of the Lancaster Historical Society building. “Along with the incredible collections within the Lancaster Historical...

Assemblymember Wallace Co-Sponsors, Passes Package of Bills to Help Domestic Violence Victims

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that a series of bills that she co-sponsored to protect, empower, and provide resources to domestic violence victims has passed the New York State Assembly. “For women who are victims...

Assemblymember Wallace: Clergy from All Religions Must Report Externally

On Thursday, Pope Francis issued a new internal law obligating officials within the Roman Catholic Church to report cases of sexual abuse by clergy members, as well as attempts to cover up such acts, to their superiors. The edict does not, however, mandate...

Progress: Union Road & NY-33 Intersection Added to Transportation Improvement Priorities List - Work Expected to Prioritize Pedestrian Safety

Cheektowaga, N.Y. – Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster), Senator Timothy Kennedy (D-Buffalo), and Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski (D-Cheektowaga) announced that the traffic study they requested of the Union Road and NY-33...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Plans, Startup Operational Funding for Cheektowaga Boys & Girls Club

Today, New York State Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace was joined by Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, Cheektowaga Town Councilmember Brian Pilarski, and community leaders to announce plans for a Cheektowaga-based Boys & Girls Club at the...

Assemblymember Wallace: State Budget Provides New Funding and Revenue Streams for Counties, Municipalities

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that the 2019-2020 state budget includes measures that will provide resources for local governments to provide essential services without increasing the burden on taxpayers. Furthermore, the budget...

Assemblymember Wallace: Legislation Will Make Roads Safer for Children

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that the state Assembly passed legislation this week to prevent motorists from passing school buses that are picking up or dropping off children (A.4950A). “Parents across New York rely on...

Assemblymember Wallace: Assembly Budget Proposal Upgrades WNY Infrastructure

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that the Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget proposal provides critical funding to revitalize Western New York’s aging water mains, roads, and bridges.  “Extreme weather has taken...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Introduction of the Child Abuse Reporting Expansion (CARE) Act

Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she has introduced the Child Abuse Reporting Expansion Act, or “CARE Act,” which would add clergy members to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and maltreatment, and clarify...

Assemblymember Wallace: Assembly’s Budget Proposal is Committed to Our Children’s Futures

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that the Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget proposal provides significant funding for public schools, libraries and higher education to expand educational opportunities statewide. “Our children...

Assemblymember Wallace: Assembly Budget Restores Essential Funding for Local Governments

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that after a strong push and conversations with local officials, the Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget proposal restores $59 million to Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM), a vital source...

Assemblymember Wallace Announces Passage of Assembly Legislation to Raise the Purchasing Age of Vaping and Tobacco to 21 Years Old

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that the she helped pass legislation in the Assembly to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old (A.558-A). “For generations, tobacco companies...

Assemblymember Wallace Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety on Roads during Storms

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) has introduced legislation to allow state and municipal vehicles, such as snowplows, to use green lights to improve visibility in severe weather conditions (A.4764). Studies show that green lights are more...

Assemblymember Wallace: Equal Rights are not up for Debate

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she co-sponsored and helped pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) (A.271). This legislation seeks to amend the New York State Constitution to guarantee equal protections for people on the basis...

Assemblymember Wallace: Child Victims Act is a Historic First Step in Bringing Abusers to Justice

“I want to recognize the bravery of every survivor who has come forward to make his or her voice heard. As difficult as their experiences were to relive and tell, their stories shed much needed light on a dark truth...

Assemblymember Wallace: It’s Time to Put the Focus Back on Learning

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced that she co-sponsored and helped pass legislation to decouple teacher and principal evaluations from student performance from current state assessments and return control of evaluation systems back...

Assemblymember Wallace, Senator Kennedy Issue Joint Statement with Supervisor Benczkowski on Recently Announced Ingersoll Rand Intent to Close

“Today’s announcement from Ingersoll Rand regarding the ceasing of operations at its Cheektowaga manufacturing facility was a surprise to us and is deeply upsetting. Anytime we lose jobs in Western New York is concerning, but for 280 skilled...

Assemblymember Wallace, Local Leaders Call for Restoration of AIM Funding in State Budget

Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) and local elected officials are expressing deep concern over the 2019-2020 Executive Budget Proposal, which purports to slash funding to local towns and villages in Erie County and across the state. Under...