Press Releases

Local Homeowners Face Highest Burden In Nation

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) is urging legislative leaders to make controlling property taxes the number one priority of the remaining weeks of the 2011 Legislative Session. The Tax Foundation recently released a study that shows homeowners...

Hawley Fights For Veterans’ Needs In Assembly Committee

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) is continuing his commitment to New York’s veterans through his work with the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Having served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves,...

Hawley Slams New Income Tax Proposal

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) recently responded to the introduction of a new income tax on business owners and individuals, expressing his frustration that the Assembly Majority insists on beating a dead horse with an extension of the...

Hawley Opposes Onerous Restrictions On Businesses, Law-Abiding Gun Owners

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) recently voiced his opposition to Assembly Bill 1157, which would place new mandates on firearms producers through the process of microstamping. The bill would require companies to add expensive new technology,...

Hawley Applauds AG’s Decision To Address Western New York Gas Prices

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) is touting the recent announcement that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will review Western New York’s gas prices as a major victory for our local drivers. Hawley has previously called on the attorney...

Majority Denies Transparent Vote on Bill That Would Reduce Tax Burden on Business Owners

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) submitted a motion for an open, transparent vote to ease the overwhelming tax burden on New York’s small-business owners, but was denied by the downstate-driven Assembly Majority. The bill, of which Hawley...

Audit Finds Untold Layers Of Waste In State Government

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C – Batavia) is calling attention to a recent audit of state government that revealed hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending. The review of operational expenditures serves as further proof that Albany must...

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 property...

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 look...

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 denied the will...

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 a chance...

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 for...

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

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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 City...

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

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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 can...

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 worst-kept...

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...