Press Releases

Ashby, Law Enforcement Rally For Repeal Of Bail Reform

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) speaks at a rally with law enforcement and legislators calling for the repeal of the bail reform law at the State Capitol on February 4, 2020.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) , Rensselaer County DA Mary Pat Donnelly, Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy and Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett were among those at a rally held at the State Capitol calling for the repeal...

Ashby Appointed Ranking Minority On Assembly Committees On Veterans’ Affairs And Aging

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) discuss legislation in the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) was appointed by newly-elected Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) to be the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. In his role, Ashby will be able...

Ashby: Unchecked Growth In Spending Cause Of $6.1 Billion Budget Hole

“With a $6.1 billion budget deficit and total spending exceeding $178 billion, it is obvious that our state has a spending problem. New York must carefully reduce spending while ensuring investment in the areas that matter most, such as school aid,...

Ashby Unveils Legislation To Repeal Disastrous Bail Reform Law

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly, family members of crime victims and law enforcement spoke out today at a press conference calling for the repeal of the bail and pre-trial reforms passed...

Ashby Meets With Paws And Warrior Trainee

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) is pictured with Leroy, a one-year-old boerboel mastiff who is being trained to be a service animal to veterans of the military or first responders.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) recently greeted Leroy, a one-year-old boerboel mastiff who is training to be a service dog for military veterans and first responders as part of the Paws and Warriors organization. These dogs are trained to...

Ashby: Fixing Bail Reforms Must Be New York’s First Action In 2020

“I want to impress upon the governor and the Majority legislative leaders how important it is that we enact a solution to their disastrous bail reforms. This should be our first action in Albany taken in the new year. As it stands, their so-called...

Ashby Named To Farm Bureau’s Circle Of Friends

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) has been named to the New York State Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends. The distinction is given by the agricultural advocacy group to legislators who champion policies which support family farms and agriculture...

Ashby Opposes Unnecessary Mandate On Occupational Therapy

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), a licensed occupational therapist who operates his own private practice, today announced that he is joining with the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) in their opposition to the proposed...

Veterans Day Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton)

We view veterans and Veterans Day through our own lens. At a recent East Greenbush Honor a Veteran Ceremony, “Ted” Shelby Edward Summers was honored along with his brother, Harold, and David Caneen. Ted was a B-24 pilot during WWII in the pacific...

Ashby: Let’s Invest In Community, Not Politics

I recently attended a public hearing in Albany where a commission comprised of nine political appointees discussed using our taxpayer dollars to publically fund political campaigns. Gov. Cuomo has proposed $100 million annually, a number which will undoubtedly...

Ashby, Jordan Celebrate Dedication Of Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) and Sen. Daphne Jordan were on hand for the dedication of the ‘Roger J. Mazal Memorial Bridge’ on September 14. The bridge spans the Kline Kill on Route 203 between the Towns of Chatham and Kinderhook....

Monthly Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton)

With the school year now behind us, I would like to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our local high school students who earned the 2019 NYS Assembly Service in Action Award. My office created the Service in Action Award to honor the high...

Ashby Supports Family Farms By Opposing Devastating Majority Assembly Bill

“Our family farmers are the backbone of our upstate community and support one of the largest industries in our state. The majority of the Assembly Majority has entirely ignored that 98 percent of farms in our state are family owned and operated,...

Ashby Honors World War II Veterans On Flag Day At State Capitol

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), who is the Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Committee on Aging and sits on the Committee on Veterans Affairs, welcomed World War II veterans from Van Rensselaer Manor in his district. The veterans served...

Ashby Votes In Opposition To The Assembly Majority’s Bill Issuing Driver’s Licenses To Illegals

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) opposed legislation passed by the Assembly Majority giving illegal immigrants New York driver’s licenses. The so-called Green Light Bill is opposed by a majority of New Yorkers, according to several polls...

Ashby Pushing For Amendments To Bail Reforms To Keep Drug Traffickers Off Streets

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) joined his Republican colleagues and Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan in calling for reforms to the recent bail reforms passed earlier this year which gave mandatory pre-trial release to drug...

Ashby: Immediate Action Must Be Taken for Misuse of Medicaid Funds to Pay for ED Medications for Sex Offenders

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), who sits on the Assembly Committee on Health, is calling for immediate action to be taken by the state to stop the misuse of Medicaid funds which have been wrongfully paying for erectile dysfunction (ED)medications...

Ashby: So-Called Green Light Bill Gives Illegal Immigrants Green Light To Continue To Ignore The Law

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref- Castleton) is alarmed by the movement of A.3675-A, a bill which would provide driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The bill was approved to move to the Assembly Floor for a vote by the Committee on Transportation,...

Ashby Legislation And Other Bills Supporting Those With Disabilities Pass In Assembly

Today, Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) saw his bill, A.163, pass as part of a package of legislation aimed at helping improve the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities. The assemblyman’s bill would increase accessibility to voting by...

Ashby Calling For Passage Of Ramona’s Law

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) is calling for the passage of Ramona’s Law (A.6663) this legislative session. The bill, if enacted, would extend the maximum time in which parole boards must schedule a parole hearing after an individual...