Press Releases

Palmesano Rips Labor Dept. Following Comptroller’s Audit

“In an audit completed by Comptroller DiNapoli it was revealed that the state Labor Department paid out $11 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims during COVID. For months, I joined my legislative colleagues in calling out the Labor Department for...

Hochul Administration Destroying The Family Farm By Lowering Farm OT Threshold

I continue to join my Minority colleagues, members of the Farm Bureau, farm workers and farmers in calling on Gov. Hochul to keep the farm overtime threshold at 60 hours. Last month, the unelected wage board recommended that the governor lower the overtime...

“Governor Hochul has shamefully forgotten us in a time of need”

As this region’s representatives in the State Legislature, we have a responsibility to stand up when New York government falls down on its responsibility to the citizens and communities we serve. If state government fails to respond to even one of our...

Regional Lawmakers: Governor Hochul Has ‘Turned Her Back’ On Steuben County Flood Victims

Woodhull, N.Y., September 29—It’s been over a year since Tropical Storm Fred struck Steuben County last August, causing devastating flash flooding in many area communities, and today State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano...

Palmesano Rips Out of Touch, Tone-Deaf Farm Laborer Wage Board Decision

“Today, the unelected Farm Laborers Wage Board delivered a tone-deaf and financially devastating final recommendation for the family farms in New York state by recommending to lower the overtime threshold from 60 hours to 40 hours. This comes at a time...

Area State Lawmakers Join Regional, Statewide Correctional Officers To Renew Call To Repeal “Halt Act”

Elmira, N.Y., August 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C-Big Flats), and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) today joined New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) President...

Palmesano Renews Call to Keep Farm Overtime Threshold at 60 Hours

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is joining his Minority colleagues, members of the Farm Bureau, farm workers and farmers in calling on Gov. Hochul to keep the farm overtime threshold at 60 hours. Members of the Farm Laborers Wage Board are...

Area Legislators Pay Tribute to Avoca/Prattsburgh State Champions

Avoca, N.Y., June 16--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (R,C-Caledonia) attended this week’s Avoca/Prattsburgh High School Athletics Ceremony to pay tribute to...

Palmesano and O’mara Honor State Champion Athletes at Corning-Painted Post

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Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and state Sen. Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) joined members of the Corning-Painted Post High School staff, coaches, families and friends in honoring state champion athletes and coaches on Wednesday, June 8....

Palmesano May ‘Grants Action News’ Update

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is sending his “May Grants Action News Update” to residents, organizations and local governments about a series of grants available from the state, federal government and private entities. Each month, the...

Palmesano Joins Colleagues Introducing Veterans’ Pandemic Relief Package

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) joined Joseph Chenelly, AMVETS National Executive Director, Assemblyman Jake Ashby, Minority Ranker on the Veterans Affairs Committee, Assemblyman Ed Ra, Minority Ranker on the Ways and Means Committee and other...

‘Local Roads Are Essential’ Coalition Calls For Greater State Investment in Local Roads and Bridges Across NY

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Albany, N.Y., March 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and more than 60 state Senators and members of the Assembly today joined the call from county and town highway superintendents and other...

‘Local Roads Are Essential’ Coalition Calls For Greater State Investment in Local Roads and Bridges Across NY - Letter

Palmesano March ‘Grants Action News’ Update

 Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is sending his “March Grants Action News Update” to residents, organizations and local governments about a series of grants available from the state, federal government and private entities. Each month,...

Palmesano Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and his fellow members of the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators are announcing that applications are now being accepted online for their annual scholarship program. Four scholarships will be awarded,...

Palmesano: Assembly Minority Offers Amendment to End School Mask Mandate; Assembly Majority Rejects Proposal

“Last night I was proud to join my Assembly Minority colleagues in support of an amendment that would have ended the school mask mandate and restored legislative authority and checks and balances to our state government. New Yorkers around the state...

Palmesano Joins Agriculture Industry Leaders and Farmers In Albany To Continue Push Against Reckless Wage Board Recommendation That Will Devastate Family Farms

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) joined his Minority colleagues on Tuesday to once again call on Gov. Hochul and Labor Commissioner Reardon to not adhere to the Wage Board’s recommendation of lowering the overtime threshold from 60 to 40 hours....

Palmesano Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and his fellow members of the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators are announcing that applications are now being accepted online for their annual scholarship program. Four scholarships will be awarded,...

Palmesano: Fate Of The Family Farm Rests In Gov. Hochul’s Hands

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) joined his Minority colleagues in both the Assembly and Senate sending a letter, spearheaded by Assembly Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Chris Tague (R,C,I-Schoharie), to Gov. Hochul and Labor Commissioner...

Palmesano Gov Hochul Oppose Wage Board Recommendation