Press Releases

Assemblyman Santabarbara Hosting Veterans Forum on April 11

Following the success of his previous Veterans Forum in November, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) will be hosting another conversation with veterans to discuss the issues they and their families are facing. The forum is scheduled for Friday,...

Santabarbara and Steck Announce School Aid; Fight’s Not Over

Assemblymembers Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) and Phil Steck (D-Colonie) announced school funding that will help Schenectady City School District fill a projected $10.3 million budget deficit. The announcement came at Schenectady High School where...

Santabarbara: Budget Includes Tax Relief for Montgomery County Flood Victims

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced the New York State budget includes language from the “Mohawk Valley and Niagara County Assessment Relief Act” to assist Montgomery County property owners recovering from the devastating...

Final Budget Expands Film Production Tax Credit

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announces that the final budget includes an expansion of the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit to include Albany and Schenectady counties. Santabarbara has been fighting to make sure these counties are...

Assemblymember Santabarbara Votes to Pass Legislation to Make NY Leader in Veteran-Owned Business Contracts

Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) announced that the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act,” which he co-sponsored, has passed in the Assembly (A.9135). The act establishes a program to increase participation of service-disabled...

Santabarbara: Assembly Budget Increases Education Funding

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) has announced that the Assembly budget proposal for SFY 2014-15 includes an increase of nearly $1.1 billion over SFY 2013 – the largest increase in state aid to education in six years. “Investing...

Santabarbara: Assembly Budget Expands Film Production Tax Credit

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) has announced that the Assembly budget proposal includes language that would make Albany and Schenectady counties, among others, eligible for upstate film tax credits. Santabarbara has been fighting to make...

Assemblyman Santabarbara: Theatrical Production Tax Credit to Benefit Upstate in Assembly One-House Budget

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) has announced that the Assembly’s one-house budget proposal includes a measure designed to encourage investments in, and increase tourism to, upstate cities by establishing tax credits for pre-Broadway...

Assemblyman Santabarbara is Seeking Nominations for ‘Women of Distinction Awards’

As part of Women’s History Month, this March, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is seeking and accepting local nominations for ‘Women of Distinction’ throughout the Capital Region and Montgomery County. Winners will be presented...

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara Supports Pension Forfeiture Ethics Bill

“Government officials are elected to positions with the understanding and expectation that they are there to do an honorable job on behalf of the public. If it is determined that a politician has inappropriately and illegally used his or her office...

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara Opposes Plan to Fund College for Prisoners

"When it comes to higher education, New York's priorities need to include finding ways to make college more affordable for hardworking students and their families – NOT criminals. At this point in time, too many hardworking New Yorkers are working...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Committed to Ending School Aid Inequity, Pledges Support for School Funding Equity Act

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is supporting a measure in the State Assembly that would change the way school districts are funded throughout New York State (A.4609). The bill, titled the School Funding Equity Act, would reform the state’s school...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Reminds NYers of Additional $50 Million Available in HEAP Assistance

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is reminding Capital Region and Montgomery County residents that the federal government has released an additional $50.6 million to continue operating New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Calls for a Delay of Common Core

“It’s become crystal clear that the implementation of Common Core has resulted in numerous problems and unintended consequences. As a parent, I have seen these issues first hand, including the added pressure and anxiety that no child or parent...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Pushing for CTE Diploma to Close ‘Middle Skills Gap’ and Prepare Workers for Today’s Manufacturing Jobs

During a recent visit to New York, Vice President Biden observed that there are currently too many jobs in specialized fields that remain unfilled because our workforce doesn’t have the required skills – and he’s right. Many manufacturing...

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...