Press Releases

Palmesano: Closure Of Elmira Psychiatric Center Is Disastrous Decision

The decision by the administration to close the Elmira Psychiatric Center (EPC) is a disastrous decision for residents of the 11-county region that will suffer the consequences. The EPC has provided an irreplaceable service to the mentally ill community...

Governor Signs Into Law O’Mara-Palmesano Legislation Designating ‘Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway’

Albany, N.Y., July 8—Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates...

Local Public Libraries Awarded State Grants

Albany, N.Y., June 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C-Big Flats) announced today that public libraries throughout their legislative districts have been awarded...

Palmesano: 2% Cap On Agricultural Land Taxes Is Major Victory For Family Farms

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), along with a bi-partisan coalition of lawmakers, the New York Farm Bureau and family farms across New York State breathed a sigh of relief with the passage of Assembly Bill A.165. The bill caps the agricultural...

State Legislature Approves Designation Of ‘Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway’

Albany, N.Y., June 18—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in...

Palmesano Commends Passage Of Bipartisan Agreement To Restore Developmentally Disabled Funding

Today, the Assembly showed what government can do when politics is set aside and lawmakers come together to do the right thing. The restoration of this $90 million in funding to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is essential to our...

Palmesano Applauds Agreement To Restore Funding To The Developmentally Disabled

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today applauded a reported agreement that will restore $90 million to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The budget that was signed into law in March by the governor cut $90 million...

Palmesano Joins Assembly Bi-Partisan Coalition To Restore Essential Funding To OPWDD Non-Profit Services

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today joined a bi-partisan coalition of lawmakers from the Assembly to propose the restoration of $90 million to the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The budget that was signed into law...

Friend And Palmesano Join Fight To End Corruption With The Public Officers Accountability Act

Assemblymen Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) have joined with the entirety of the Assembly Minority Conference to combat Albany’s rampant corruption through the newly introduced Assembly bill 7393, also known as...

Palmesano Joins In Honoring Volunteer Firefighters And EMS Personnel

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today joined with his colleagues in the State Assembly to pass a resolution memorializing Gov. Cuomo to proclaim May 20-24, 2013 as Volunteer Firefighter and EMS Week in the State of New York. “I’ve said...

Lopez Scandal Highlights The Need For Change

The new information exposed by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) against Assemblyman Lopez is troubling to say the least. These actions represent a disservice to the people of his district and the people of the state of New York, and this...

Farm Labor Bill Will Kill Family Farms

“The farm labor bill, which I opposed this week when it was presented for a vote in the Assembly, will sound a death knell for New York’s family farms if it is enacted into law. Agriculture is our state’s largest industry, yet, it continues to...

Palmesano: Taxpayer Funding Of Elections Won’t End Corruption

I am fundamentally opposed to using taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns. The taxpayers of this state already are taxed enough, and the evidence will show that this won’t end the corruption but only make the problem worse. If we are serious...

Palmesano: Our Counties Can’t Handle Another Unfunded Mandate

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today stood with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and several local governments to oppose another unfunded mandate. The Assembly majority passed a one-house bill that would require counties...

Palmesano Announces Time-Sensitive Italian-American State Legislators College Scholarship Opportunity

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is accepting applications for their annual college scholarships. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded at the Italian-American...

Palmesano Welcomes Announcement Of Corning Inc. Facility Expansion And Creation Of New Jobs

Corning, N.Y., April 25—Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today welcomed the announcement by Corning Inc. that it will expand its town of Erwin diesel facility and create 250 local jobs. “We can never say enough about Corning Inc.’s...

Palmesano Announces Statewide Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Drive

As part of a statewide program called RecruitNY, many local fire departments are opening their doors to area residents so they can learn what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community. According to Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning),...

Palmesano Announces Italian-American State Legislators College Scholarship Opportunity

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is accepting applications for their annual college scholarships. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded at the Italian-American...

Emergency Volunteer Workers: Protecting Our Communities And Our Pockets

In 1974, National Volunteer Week was established as a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. The week, which will take place between April 21 and 27, focuses national attention on the monumental impact and power of volunteerism...

Assemblyman Palmesano Statement On Final Adopted State Budget

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today commented on some positives and negatives of the newly adopted state budget. “Although this represents our third straight on-time budget, and does contain several positive provisions, I also believe...