Press Releases

Property Taxes Ranked Worst In Nation

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) is pointing to a recent study conducted by the Tax Foundation as further evidence that Western New Yorkers need immediate relief from skyrocketing property taxes. Orleans County homeowners pay the highest...

Hawley Announces Patriot Trip IV

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) recently announced his fourth annual Patriot Trip for veterans to tour Washington, D.C. This honored tradition will take place from September 22 through 25. “The Patriot Trip is an event that I...

Hawley: No Property Tax Cap, No Deal

“In what is beginning to feel like déjà vu, the Assembly Majority has cast aside the needs of Western New Yorkers in favor of New York City’s interests. While forcing through legislation to control rent costs downstate, the Majority...

Hawley to Host Constituent Outreach Meeting

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is hosting his regular monthly outreach meeting for Genesee County residents at the Old Courthouse in Batavia this coming Thursday. “The meeting will present the people of Western New York with...

Hawley: Budget Makes Small Steps Toward Reform

The 2011-12 state budget made a number of positive strides toward the significant reforms New Yorkers have demanded and rightfully deserved. Unfortunately, this spending plan falls short in several key areas, representing a missed opportunity for the...

Hawley Applauds Restorations To Agriculture

The decision to restore funding to some of our state’s most vital agricultural programs is a crucial victory for our farmers and rural residents here in Western New York. This year’s budget contains additional aid over the governor’s proposal...

Sunset of Sales Tax Loosens Albany’s Grip on Small Business

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently applauded the return of the sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear. In 2010, Assemblyman Hawley voted against a measure to enforce a four percent sales tax on clothing and footwear under $110. As...

Assemblyman Hawley Welcomes Local Students To State Capitol

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently welcomed students from the Oakfield-Alabama (OA) Leadership Class to the State Capitol in Albany. The high school juniors, who belong to a group of exceptional OA students that are learning the values...

VLT Funding Restored For Batavia, Genesee

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently commented on the restoration of funding for Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) at Batavia Downs. The governor’s proposed budget sought to eliminate over $500,000 from revenue sharing with the town and...

Hawley Responds to Framework for Budget

The Assembly Majority has released a one-house budget bill which, predictably, lacks a sound financial plan and fails to address the inequity between upstate and downstate taxpayers. This budget sends our agricultural industry out to pasture, treats upstate...

Assemblyman Hawley Meets with Local Highway Superintendents

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently met with highway superintendents and employees from Genesee, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans counties. The group gathered in Assemblyman Hawley’s Albany office to discuss ways in which state government...

Hawley Proposes Residency Statute for Social Services

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) is sponsoring legislation that seeks to limit public assistance benefits to true New York residents. The bill seeks to implement a 90-day residency requirement for such applicants. “One of Albany’s...

Hawley Calls On Gov to Give Western New York Students Their Fair Share

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind inequitable cuts to education funding that unfairly burden Western New York’s children. In a letter to the governor, Assemblyman Hawley detailed the ways that...

Legislation To Charge For Bicycle License Plates Absurd

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) today called attention to a pair of bills that would force bicycle riders to pay for license plates and corresponding registration fees. The legislation would impose a $25 fee on plates for personal riders, with...

Hawley to Host Constituent Outreach Meeting

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is hosting his regular monthly outreach meeting for Genesee County residents at the Old Courthouse in Batavia this coming Wednesday. “The meeting will provide the people of Western New York with...

State Budget Proposal Slashes Batavia Downs, Spares Downstate From Major Cuts

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) today called attention to proposed cuts in the executive budget that unfairly targets Western New York while sparing downstate regions from economic hardship. Under the governor’s proposal, state funding for...

Hawley Replies To Gov’s Budget

Governor Cuomo has repeatedly warned that this year’s budget would be painful, and today’s presentation confirmed exactly that. Spending cuts are desperately needed to right New York’s fiscal course, but these cuts must be made with caution...

Assemblyman Hawley, Senator Maziarz Request Expedited Hearing on Verizon

New York State Senator George D. Maziarz (R, C – Newfane) and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) have asked the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester to expedite a ruling on the recently appealed case involving Verizon Communication...

Hawley Participates In Sportsmen’s Day In Albany

Hawley Sponsors Bill to Fight Mandates, Restrictions on Rural Communities

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) recently announced that he will become the prime sponsor of pending legislation preventing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from increasing restrictions on landowners that burn refuse...