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Support Our Farmers; Bring Back Whole And 2% Milk In Schools

I am happy to join my colleague, Assemblyman Chris Tague, in supporting his bill (A.9990) that would allow schools to once again purchase whole and 2% milk produced within the state. Unfortunately, since the Obama administration, students have not had...

Participate in Recruit NY Weekend

Every year, the Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) hosts their Recruit NY weekend at firehouses across the state to add volunteers to their ranks. This weekend, April 23 and 24, is your chance to visit your local firehouse and see...

Blankenbush Reacts to Arrest of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin

“This morning we learned that the lieutenant governor of New York, Brian Benjamin, was arrested by federal authorities in a campaign fraud case. This is Gov. Kathy Hochul’s handpicked second in command who is now in federal custody.“On...

Law-Abiding Gun Owners Don’t Need Another Tax

Recently, a bill (A.9563) was referred to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee aimed at adding an excise tax on all sales of ammunition. It is possible that the bill never makes it through the committee process, but I want to make my opposition to the...

Blankenbush Says No To New Spending

“There are three things certain in this life: death, taxes and Albany lawmakers going on an out-of-control spending spree on the taxpayer dime. In their One-House Budget proposal, Albany Majority lawmakers proposed $10 billion in new spending. This...

Blankenbush Opposed to Gov. Hochul’s Mask Mandate

“The governor came out earlier today and announced a sweeping statewide mask mandate for all indoor spaces beginning on Monday, Dec. 13. This announcement came as a surprise as the governor did not consult with the Legislature and issued it at a...

2022 Legislative Session Set to Begin

In a few short weeks we will return to Albany for the 2022 Legislative Session. Among my big issues are pushing back against vaccine mandates, advocating for our farmers against a decrease in the overtime threshold and making sure we re-energize our small...

Protecting the Family Farm

The Farm Labor Wage Board will be meeting within the next few weeks to discuss the current 60-hour overtime threshold that is currently in place for farmers. I urge the board to keep the current threshold rather than reduce it. I join in this bipartisan...

Mandatory Vaccinations Are Not the Answer

Since the beginning of the pandemic I have consistently argued against mandatory vaccinations. This is why I am opposed to the governor’s plan to mandate vaccinations for healthcare workers, stating they all must have the shot by September 27 or...

Majority Members Delay Leads to Housing Disarray

On Wednesday, Albany’s Assembly Majority shamelessly extended the eviction moratorium through January 15, 2022. Not only was this decision reckless, but it was unnecessary. New York received over $2.6 billion in federal funds earlier in the year...
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