Press Releases

Ashby Sponsors Legislation Which Would Exempt Volunteer Firefighters, Ems Personnel From Income Tax

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) is sponsoring legislation (A.7655) which would help recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) providers by exempting them from state income tax. Upstate fire departments and ambulance...

Monthly Column From Assemblyman Jake Ashby

On April 9, the Assembly Committee on Higher Education voted on bill A.2991, which aims to “provide free tuition expenses for SUNY or CUNY to surviving dependent family members of New York State military personnel who have died while performing official...

Ashby Pleased Governor Took Action in Providing College Scholarships to Children of Fallen Military Personnel

“I am pleased the governor took action today to instruct the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to provide SUNY and CUNY scholarships to the children and dependents of military men and women who are killed or become disabled...

Monthly Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby

Our local municipalities are our front line of government and provide the necessary services for each of us to go about our daily lives. As your State Assemblyman I am committed to providing the necessary resources and support to our local municipalities...

Ashby’s Good Government Bill Rejected by the Assembly Majority

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) sponsors a government reform ethics bill known as the Public Officers Accountability Act (A.3945), which today was rejected by the Assembly Majority in the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations. The...

Ashby Bill Providing Free SUNY College Tuition to Surviving Children Of Fallen Military Personnel Who Died While Performing Official Duties Shut Down By the Assembly Majority

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) sponsors legislation which would extend free SUNY and CUNY tuition to surviving dependents of military personnel who die while performing official duties. The legislation would provide a merit scholarship...

Ashby Pleased To See Mental Health Funding For Veterans Restored In Budget, Upstate Still Lags Behind In State Investment

“I am very happy to see the Joseph P. Dwyer Program funding for peer-to-peer veterans counseling has been restored in the budget. This is an essential service for the veterans of all ages in our state. “However, throughout the rest of the state...

Ashby Supports Raising Direct-Care Worker Wages To A Competitive Rate

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) is calling for the wages of direct-care workers to be increased to a competitive rate in the final budget. The governor recently announced a commitment to increase these wages; however, he would not give any...

Monthly Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby

Our local municipalities are our front line of government and provide the necessary services for each of us to go about our daily lives. As your State Assemblyman, I am committed to providing the necessary resources and support to our local municipalities...

Ashby Votes No On Assembly Majority Budget Bill Filled With Spending, Tax Increases

“The Assembly Majority is always happy to resort to ballooning state spending and sending hardworking taxpayers the bill. It’s outrageous the kind of spending the Assembly Majority are proposing and along with their refusal to pass a permanent...

Ashby Calling For Increased Funding For Local Roads And Bridges

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castelton), along with local highway superintendents, call for increased funding to CHIPS and the restoration of the winter recovery fund on March 6, 2019.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) attended a rally with local highway superintendents in Albany calling for increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) by $150 million for a total of $588 million...

Ashby: Budget Priorities Must Focus On Hard Working Families And Upstate Communities

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) joined his legislative colleagues in calling for stronger attention given to providing hardworking families with relief and investment in areas to improve upstate communities. Over the past 10 years, the state...

Monthly Column From Assemblyman Jake Ashby

With the budget process underway in Albany, I want to discuss some of the critical areas for which I am currently working to obtain funding. I have joined with both my Majority and Minority colleagues to hold hearings, host press conferences, author...

Ashby Against Cuomo’s $75 Million Cut To Program Helping Those With Disabilities And Seniors

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Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) joined his Assembly Minority colleagues to call for the restoration of $75 million for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, which the governor has cut in his proposed budget. The program is aimed...

Ashby Fights For College Affordability At Higher Education Budget Hearing

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) attended the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Higher Education where he advocated for efforts to make college more affordable to all students. The average New York student debt is $32,200, which is higher...

Ashby Calls For Fairness In Upstate Infrastructure Funding

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) and his Assembly Minority colleagues today called for fairer funding for upstate New York’s infrastructure needs. They also unveiled a bill package which would address funding for roadways, water infrastructure...

Ashby Focused First On Relieving College Debt Of Citizens And Legal Residents

“New York’s college students are strapped with $39,400 worth of college debt. We should be doing our best to help them first before any tax dollars are used to pay for the higher education of those who entered our country without documentation....

Ashby Helps Unveil NY Tax Relief Act

Assembly Minority members unveil the NY Tax Relief Act.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton), along with his Assembly Minority colleagues, helped to unveil the NY Tax Relief Act, an eight-bill package which includes making the property tax cap permanent, the creation of a senior property tax freeze,...

Ashby Opposes Abortion Expansion Legislation

“This is a shameful and sad day in New York, as the Majority forces upon New Yorkers the expansion of abortion. I vehemently oppose this legislation, which allows non-physicians to perform abortions and for them to be performed late into the third...

Ashby Joins with East Greenbush Leaders Calling for Wadsworth Center to be Located at SUNY Health Sciences East Campus

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) joined with State Senator Daphne Jordan, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Michael Stammel, Vice Chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman...