Press Releases

Santabarbara Supports Ban on EBT Withdrawals from Strip Clubs and Liquor Stores

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) strongly supports the budget proposal made by Governor Cuomo that prevents New Yorkers on public assistance from withdrawing cash via their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) at liquor stores, casinos and...

Santabarbara Encouraged by Cuomo’s Budget; Still Wants to Expand Upstate Film Tax Credit

“On the surface, it appears that the Governor’s blueprint aligns with my many of my top priorities and we will be able to continue moving forward so that businesses in New York can thrive, students can receive top-notch educations and families...

Santabarbara Encourages Eligible Dairy Farmers to Take Advantage of State Funding

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is encouraging local dairy farmers, particularly in the Capital Region and Montgomery County, to apply for funding designated to create economic growth opportunities for New York farmers. The funds, totaling...

Santabarbara: Assembly-Passed June Primary Legislation Would Save Local Governments $50 Million Annually

In an effort that would save taxpayers across New York State nearly $50 million annually in addition to improving voter turnout, the Assembly passed legislation (A.8198) on Monday that would align the state’s primary election date to the federal...

Assemblyman Santabarbara: Law Signed by Governor Could Prevent Future Situations Like We Have Seen in Sprakers

“By signing Assembly bill A740A, Governor Cuomo is giving localities and municipalities the teeth they need to prevent situations like we are currently seeing with the dogs in Sprakers. Local governments know best which laws, rules, regulations and...

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara Encouraged by State of the State

“I am encouraged by the fact that many of the proposals outlined by the governor in his State of the State speech are in line with my top priorities. This includes the proposals laid out earlier this week that are designed to tackle the crushing...

Assemblyman Santabarbara: Let’s Get to Work on Tax Cut Initiatives

“The best way to boost local business and create job opportunities in upstate New York is to continue building off of business-friendly initiatives that are helping to grow our economy. Lowering the tax burden on manufacturers and property owners...

Santabarbara Delivers Holiday Cards to Veterans

On Thursday, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D – Rotterdam) and members of the Rotterdam AmVets Post 35 delivered hundreds of Holiday Cards prepared by elementary school students to patients and veterans in residency at the Albany VA Hospital. “For...

Assemblyman Santabarbara: Statement on Regional Council Funding

For the first time since the Regional Economic Development Councils were formed, both the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley have been named ‘Top Performers’ and have been awarded a combined $165.2 million. I’ve said it before and I’ll...

Santabarbara Requests Common Core Forum to Be Held in Montgomery County

In Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s (D-Rotterdam) opinion, New York State Education Department Commissioner John King’s decision to host additional forums around the state to discuss the new Common Core educational standards doesn’t go...

Santabarbara: Keeping Prescription Drugs Out of the Wrong Hands

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is reminding Schenectady County residents, who have unnecessary, unused or expired prescription drugs, to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26. “Nothing...

Santabarbara: Keeping Prescription Drugs Out of the Wrong Hands

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is reminding Montgomery County residents, who have unnecessary, unused or expired prescription drugs, to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26. “Nothing good...

Santabarbara Supported New Law To Cap Property Taxes On Farmers

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has announced that legislation he sponsored that would cap increases in base assessment values on agricultural properties at 2 percent each year has been signed by Governor Cuomo (Chap. 385 of 2013). The new law will prevent...

Santabarbara: Protecting Disabled Children and Their Families

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation he supported that will strengthen Jonathan’s Law. The new statute will clarify that parents and guardians of children in the care of state-run facilities...

Santabarbara Wants to Ensure New Format on Common Core Allows Dialogue

“It is encouraging to hear that Commissioner King may continue his tour to discuss the new Common Core standards. But let’s be clear – with a new format, we must ensure that an open dialogue remains with parents and educators. The whole...

Santabarbara Disgusted By News That Military Families Not Receiving Proper Benefits

“The fact that the federal government shutdown is causing financial hardship for the families of our military heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice is truly disgusting. These families, who are already facing unthinkable heartbreak and tragedy,...

Assemblyman Santabarbara is Mobilizing His District Office

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) has announced that he will be hosting mobile district office hours at five locations across his Assembly District over the next two weeks. The stops are designed to provide many of his constituents with an...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Encourages Vets to Take Advantage of New Driver’s License Designation

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is encouraging military veterans to apply for the new special “Veteran” designation on driver’s licenses issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Similar to the identification...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Named to Farm Bureau ‘Circle of Friends’

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends.” The “Circle of Friends” award is given annually to state lawmakers who have distinguished themselves as supporters...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Emphasizes the Importance of Disaster Preparedness

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is encouraging families to be proactive about preparing for weather-related emergencies in the wake of recent severe storms and flooding that have affected the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley area. “We...