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2009-10 Budget Increases Spending And Creates Billions In New Taxes

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) today expressed his displeasure with the 2009-10 State Budget and the secret negotiations used to hammer out a deal. “The budget was agreed upon in secret closed-door meetings that involved the state’s...

Hawley Comments On Budget Negotiations

Last week, we started the annual Assembly Minority “Budget Countdown Clock” and, one week later, I remain discouraged that despite a lot of talk about inclusion and bipartisanship, this year’s budget negotiations have continued to resort...

Budget Proposals Take Away People’s Voice

This year’s Executive Budget proposal, if enacted, would remove voting power away from local citizens for offices such as Town Clerk, Town Highway Superintendent and Town Receiver of Taxes and Assessments. The Governor argues it would save money....

Hawley Offers Schools “Virtual Tour”

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is now offering schools a “virtual tour” of Albany as part of his outreach program. The virtual tour includes the Assemblyman visiting students in the classroom to present a photographic slide...

Hawley Applauds Governor’s Decision To Rescind Proposed $1.3 Billion In Taxes And Fees

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) applauded the Governor’s announcement today that he has decided to remove $1.3 billion in new and increased taxes and fees from his Executive Budget proposal. Since the proposal was presented in...

Hawley Partners With State And Federal Officials To Host Constituent Outreach Events

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is partnering with State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Congressman Christopher J. Lee to hold a series of community outreach events in order to help better assist Western New York residents. “These...

Hawley Votes To Put Victims Before Criminals

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) joined a bipartisan group of members in voting against the proposed changes to the Rockefeller Drug Laws, contained in Assembly Bill 6085. Despite strong bipartisan opposition, the one-house bill was...

Hawley Announces Grants For 5 Local Libraries

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) would like to announce that the New York State Public Library fund has awarded five grants to local libraries throughout the 139th Assembly District. In total, the district is receiving nearly $93,000...

Hawley Partners With Local Area State And Federal Officials To Better Serve Constituents

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is partnering together with State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Congressman Chris Lee to hold a series of community outreach events in order to help better assist Western New York residents. “These...

Hawley Encourages Local Governments To Apply For Restore NY Grants

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is encouraging all local municipalities within Genesee, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans counties to apply for Restore New York Grants. These economic revitalization grants, totaling $150 million, are now...

Hawley Presents Sergeant Timothy "Tim" Boyer and Officer William "Bill" Scribner with New York State Medal for Merit

Deficit Reduction Plan Raises Costs For Families, Targets WNY

Throughout this budget negotiation, I have met with countless constituents, groups and organizations, from Cornell Cooperative Extension to the Red Cross, Farm Bureau and Cornell University President David Skorton, who all, while understanding our fiscal...

Hawley’s 2009 Community Outreach Program For Monroe & Niagara Counties Continues In February

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is continuing his successful community outreach program through 2009 with three events in February in Monroe and Niagara counties at the following times and locations: In Monroe County: February...

Hawley To Legislature: Stop Property Tax Rise Now

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) highlighted the recent Tax Foundation report, which announced that Orleans, Niagara, Monroe and Genesee counties all top the nation in highest property taxes as a percentage of median home value, when...

New Yorkers Need Decisive Leadership In Albany

During this difficult economic time, New Yorkers need decisive leadership in Albany now more than ever. As we begin to negotiate the 2009-10 State Budget, I am calling on my colleagues in both houses to commit to reducing excessive spending and unfunded...

Hawley Responds To Gov’s State Of State Address

Although the Governor’s tone today was one of unity, coming together and hope for a prosperous economic future, I was alarmed by the Governor’s list of priorities, which included the very same issues he made significant cuts to in his 2009-10...

Hawley Appointed Minority Ranker of Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) has been appointed as the Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Additionally, the Assemblyman has also accepted the invitation to join the Assembly Minority Leadership,...

Hawley Comments On Executive Budget Proposal

At first glance, the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal is certainly more fair of a budget proposal, balancing the needs of upstate and downstate, than we have seen in the last couple years. However, while it is inevitable that cuts will need...

Hawley To Governor: Let’s Solve 2008 Fiscal Problems First

As my legislative colleagues and I return to Albany for the Governor’s much anticipated, albeit early, 2009-10 Executive Budget presentation, I would like to remind the Governor that we must first address the current fiscal problems facing our state....

Hawley Fights To Keep Albion Jobs

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-I-C – Batavia) has been working behind the scenes to help protect the jobs of close to 850 employees at the Washington Mutual (WaMu) national customer service center in Albion, the seat of the 139th Assembly District....