Press Releases

Ashby Calling for Reversal of New Mask Policy on Young Children

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is calling for the state Department of Health (DOH) to eliminate the new mask policy on young children in daycares and summer camps and revert to the previous policy, which was less restrictive. The state previously...

Ashby Bill Aimed at Helping Service Members, Veterans Gain Legal Immigration Status Clears Assembly Veterans’ Committee

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A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz (D-39th Assembly District) to create the Alex R. Jimenez New York State Military Immigrant Family Legacy Program (A.4660) unanimously passed the Assembly Committee...

Ashby Votes Against Action from Downstate Progressives Which Threaten Housing Stability

“Today, Assembly progressives again voted to extend the eviction moratorium, further exacerbating a forthcoming crisis in housing for the people of New York. By preventing any ability for our local property owners to recover nearly 18 months of back-rent,...

Ashby: It’s Time to Make New York More Affordable for Veterans

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is calling on the Legislature to pass his bill which would exempt veterans 85 years and older from paying New York state income tax (A.5995). The legislation was recently blocked by the Assembly Majority in the...

Ashby Calls on Legislature to Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Gov. Cuomo

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Today, Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) spoke at a press conference calling for the impeachment of Gov. Cuomo. “The accusations against Gov. Cuomo are overwhelming in both number and severity. It is now abundantly clear that this governor can...

Ashby Vehemently Opposes Misleading Assembly Majority Bill Extending Governor’s Extraordinary Powers

“The Assembly Majority bill just rewards the governor’s bad behavior by extending his extraordinary powers indefinitely. Assembly Majority leadership has misled the press, every New Yorker and, strangely enough, themselves in thinking that this bill...

Ashby: Local Roads Are Essential, Deserve Full Funding

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) joined colleagues in issuing a letter to the governor and legislative leaders to demand the full funding of critical programs utilized to maintain our local roads and bridges. “Local roads are essential,”...

Ashby Speaks Out on Assembly Majority Canceling Legislative Session to Protect Gov. Cuomo

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On Monday, March 1, with hundreds of important bills on the agenda, the down-state Assembly Majority members opted to cancel legislative session without taking up a single piece of business in an apparent effort to avoid taking action against the many...

Ashby: Nursing Home Death Tragedy Needs Federal Investigation

“Public trust in elected officials is an essential component of a representative government and sadly something that is far too often lacking with our leaders. The recent report uncovering Gov. Cuomo’s apparent cover-up about the circumstances of...

Ashby Says Veterans Deserve Agency of Their Own

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) posing with military veterans after his “Voices for Veterans” kick off press conference in Albany in February 2020.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is sponsoring legislation that would authorize the Division of Veterans Services to conduct a study into converting the division into an independent agency (A.3725). By giving New York veterans a permanent agency...

Ashby: New Yorkers Deserve Honest Answers on Nursing Home Deaths

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton), who serves as a member of the Committees on Health and Aging, is renewing his call for a formal Assembly investigation into the state’s nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Cuomo administration....

Ashby Reintroduces Bill to Establish a $5,000 Small Business Tax Credit

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) speaking with a constituent in a local business.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) has reintroduced his bill to establish a $5,000 small business tax credit to help with the costs of purchasing supplies and remodeling or retrofitting their business with equipment to help prevent the spread of...

Ashby’s “Best of The District” Awards Nominations Now Open

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) visiting with Jason Grant at his business Crisp Cannoli in Castleton (photographed before the pandemic).
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) has opened up nominations for his “Best of the District” awards. The assemblyman plans on recognizing a small business, a restaurant and a community organization each month. “Right now, more than ever, I...

Ashby Introduces Bill to Create Peer Support Program for Health Care Workers

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) in the Assembly Chamber (take before the pandemic).
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) has introduced legislation to create the “Health Care Workers Peer Support” program (A.3501) modeled after the Joseph P. Dwyer program, which provides peer support and counseling to veterans throughout the...

Ashby: Attorney General’s Report Confirms Gov And DOH Mishandled Nursing Homes During Pandemic

“The governor’s efforts to hide the depth of lives lost due to COVID-19 in our nursing homes is deeply unsettling. Knowing the governor and DOH withheld important information from the public calls into question so many other aspects of the pandemic...

Ashby Appointed to Powerful Ways and Means Committee

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) and Assembl Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) in the Assembly Chamber (pre-COVID).
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) was recently appointed to serve on the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski). The Ways and Means Committee is tasked with overseeing all matters...

Ashby Named Vice-Chairman of The Assembly Minority Conference

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) in the Assembly Chamber (pre-COVID).
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) was recently appointed Vice Chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski). As Vice-Chairman of the Minority Conference, Ashby will be tasked with coordinating...

Ashby Co-Sponsoring Legislation To Reduce Cost Of Broadband Internet

Assemblyman Jake Ashby continues his push for effective broadband for all New Yorkers
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref- Castleton) is co-sponsoring a bill that will repeal a tax that has caused many in New York state to go without broadband internet. The legislation, drafted by Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref- Watertown), will incentivize...

Ashby Introduces Legislation To Create A $5,000 Tax Credit For Small Businesses For Upgrades To Prevent The Spread Of Covid-19

Assemblyman Jake Ashby is working to safely rebuild our economy
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R, C, I, Ref- Castleton) is introducing a bill that will provide small businesses with a tax credit for making appropriate upgrades to decrease the spread of COVID-19. These upgrades, including personal protective equipment like...

Ashby Chides State Department Of Health For Putting Van Rensselaer Manor Residents At Risk

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) recently wrote to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Dr. Howard A. Zucker, Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH), to reprimand the flagrant disregard of nursing home protocols meant to keep Van Rensselaer...