Press Releases

Assemblyman Santabarbara: Ethics Reform Agreement Important First Step

“Elected officials must be held to a higher standard and this agreement is a significant step forward in restoring the public’s trust in government. The hardworking families we represent deserve a government that works for them and common sense...

New Legislation Aids Police in Locating Missing Children

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced that the Assembly passed legislation aimed at aiding local law enforcement in cases involving missing children (A. 5803). “Time is of the essence when a child goes missing and this legislation...

Assembly Budget Makes Critical Transportation Investments

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced that the Assembly budget passed today includes significant investments in upstate transportation infrastructure in the form of $25 million for upstate transit systems like CDTA and $40 million for...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Votes for New Members of Board of Regents

“Education has been one of my top priorities since taking office, which is why I’m proud to announce important changes at the state Board of Regents that will help ensure a brighter future for all our children. I have heard the concerns of our...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Leads Call for “County Fair Capital Improvements Fund”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is joining the New York Farm Bureau and the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs to push for a “County Fair Capital Improvements Fund” in the budget. The coalition is proposing a $1 million annual...

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara Meets with Education “Lobbyists”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara met with elementary school students at the state Capitol on Wednesday to discuss their push for increasing state education aid. Santabarbara, who has been an outspoken advocate for public education, scheduled the meeting...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Introduces Legislation Limiting Outside Income

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has introduced legislation that would limit the outside income of state legislators in order to help restore the public trust. “Putting a limit on outside income is a key reform we need to restore the public’s...

Assemblyman Santabarbara joins Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced on Tuesday that he is serving the Assembly Committee on Racing & Wagering. New York’s gaming landscape is rapidly evolving and the Capital Region is the epicenter for many of those changes, which is why...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Calls for Eliminating the GEA in the State Budget

“The Gap Elimination Adjustment is crippling our upstate schools and I’m urging the governor to use his 21-day amendments to eliminate this unfair burden. Ending the GEA will give immediate relief to our upstate schools and provide our children...

Assemblyman Santabarbara backs Assembly reform efforts

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is part of a growing contingent of newer members advocating for reforms to make Assembly operations increasingly transparent and less reliant on seniority. “Now that we have agreed to move forward and seek new leadership...

Arctic Temperatures and Sky-High Heating Costs Highlight Need for Independent Consumer Advocate

As extreme cold rocks upstate New York, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is calling on the state to create an independent consumer advocate to help bring down high-energy costs for residential customers. Santabarbara is supporting legislation to establish...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Tapped for Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has again been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends.” “Assemblyman Santabarbara was chosen for his commitment to the hard working farm families in New York. He has demonstrated...

Assemblyman Santabarbara, School Officials and Parents Call for Investment in Our Students

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, local school superintendents and parents are calling for New York State to increase its investment in public schools by ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and increasing state aid for our students. Local schools...

Veteran Status Now Available on Licenses for No Additional Fee

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced on Monday that veterans can now change their New York State driver’s license, permit or non-driver identification card to indicate their status as a veteran without paying any additional fees. The state...

Santabarbara Calls for Expanded Access to Affordable High-Speed Broadband

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging the state to expand access to affordable high-speed broadband for the people of the 111th Assembly District and the region. Access to high-speed broadband is a major...

Letter to Governor Cuomo Concerning Broadband

The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, I am requesting your support for expanding access to affordable high-speed broadband for the people of the 111th Assembly District...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Creating Student Cabinet to Give Local Youth a Voice in Education

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced he is forming a “Student Cabinet” to get input from local students on the statewide education policies and issues impacting them. “Our community’s youth deserve a voice, especially...

Santabarbara Tells Thruway Authority ‘NO’ to Increased Tolls to Pay for Tappan Zee

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) sent a letter to Thruway Authority Chairman Howard Milstein today outlining his concerns regarding rumored Thruway toll increases to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge. In the letter he mentions the 2012 proposal...

Assemblyman Santabarbara: Assembly Passes Legislation To Confront Heroin Abuse Crisis

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced that the Assembly passed legislation that would combat, prevent and treat opioid drug abuse. The series of measures comes in response to the recent rise in the use of heroin and prescription painkillers...

Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Bill to Revitalize Our Cities Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced that his legislation to establish a downtown revitalization zone investment tax credit passed the Assembly (A.7774-A). The tax credit would encourage businesses and private individuals to purchase...