Press Releases

Santabarbara Bill Targets Increase in State Lottery Funds for “Emergency COVID Relief Aid” to Public Schools

More than 50 years ago the New York State Lottery was approved by the public as a means to help pay for schools. Back then the slogan was actually, "Your Chance of a Lifetime to Help Education,” compared to today’s slogan, "A Dollar and a Dream.”...

100th Birthday Parade for Lillian Kanches

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara joined family, friends and neighbors of Lillian Kanches this morning to surprise Lillian Kanches of Fort Johnson with a drive-by parade to celebrate her 100th Birthday. Assemblyman Santabarbara presents Lillian and her...

Assemblymember Santabarbara Affirms Commitment to Public Safety in Wake of Schoharie Crash Developments

Schoharie limo crash docs are now public here.Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara in reaction to recent developments in the Schoharie limousine crash case reiterated his continued commitment to public safety concerning limousine safety laws.“There is...

Letter to Governor: Immediate, Temporary Relief Needed for Special Ed Students to Access Supports and Services During Upcoming School Year

Current restrictions in New York State certain supports and services for students with disabilities cannot be accessed only outside school hours. Under normal circumstances this structure has not been a significant issue of concern; however, with schools...

Santabarbara, Tedisco, and Walsh Call on Governor to Help Schools with COVID-19 Testing in Advance of School Openings

As schools across New York State prepare for a new school year and the potential of returning to some form of in-person education, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh today are calling on Governor Andrew...

New Indoor Training Facility to be Named in Honor of Amsterdam's Retiring Police Chief

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will join the City of Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti and the Amsterdam Police Department on Thursday to dedicate the department’s restored indoor firing range. Assemblyman Santabarbara secured the $285,000 in funding...

Rotterdam's Via Port Mall set to OPEN this weekend!

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will join the team at the Via Port Mall Rotterdam for its grand reopening THIS SATURDAY to distribute 500 personal sized bottles of hand sanitizer and COVID safety information to the first 500 shoppers.“I’m pleased...

UPDATE: Town of Mohawk Terminates Review of Farmland Annexation Project

Assemblyman Santabarbara, Montgomery County Environmental Groups: Citizens Against Local Landfills (C.A.L.L.) and Saving Town of Mohawk (Saving T.O.M), and more than 1,500 Montgomery County residents signed a petition in opposition to the project and...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Statement on Visitation in Group Homes

“This announcement is welcome news and a sigh of relief for many families,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, chair of the New York State Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders. “As a parent of a child with autism,...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Launches "On-Line version" of Annual Summer Reading Challenge

Since COIVD-19 hit, children have been away from the classroom and most continue with on-line learning, Assemblyman Santabarbara is moving ahead with an ‘on-line’ version of his annual Summer Reading Challenge, now in its 8th year. “Especially...

Letter to Governor Calls for Clarity on Family Visitation for Nursing Homes, Disabled Population in Residential Facilities

In a letter to the Governor, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Chair of the Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is calling on the Governor to provide I write regarding “much-needed clarification” on family visitation for...

Santabarbara: Letter to Governor Calls for Needs of Adult Disabled Population in Re-Opening Plans

In a letter to the Governor, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Chair of the Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is calling on the Governor to provide a timeline and the necessary guidelines to safely resume adult day programs.Since...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Letter to Gov Cuomo Regarding 2020 Adult Care Programs for Disabled

Assemblyman Santabarbara Letter to Governor Regarding Special Ed Students Aging Out of School This Year to Return For 2020-21 Year

Letter to Governor: Allow Special Ed Students Aging Out of School This Year to Return for 2020-21 Year, Receive Education Lost During Pandemic

In a letter to the Governor, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Chair of the Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is calling on the Governor to ensure special needs students who would otherwise age out of school this year do not lose...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Statement on Governor's Announcement Regarding Graduation Ceremonies

Today’s decision from the Governor’s office to allow high school graduation ceremonies to take place this year as of June 26th was the right thing to do. High school seniors have been in a world of uncertainty, isolation, and fear, during a...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Statement on Executive Order Regarding Summer School for Kids with Disabilities

Although there’s still more work to do on this issue, the Executive Order issued today that will allow necessary in-person special education instruction this summer is a big win for parents and kids with disabilities in New York State. This follows...

Ellis Hospital Emergency Room First to Become a Certified Autism Center™

Schenectady, NY – The Emergency Room at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY, is the first in the nation to earn the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards...

Assemblyman Santabarbara Announces Opening of First Sensory-Friendly Emergency Room in New York State

Assemblyman Santabarbara, Chair of the Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, announced the opening of a sensory-friendly emergency room that seeks to improve the medical diagnosis and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum...

Santabarbara in a Letter to Governor: With Summer Day Camps Opened, Unfair to Keep Summer Programs from Kids with Disabilities Closed

In a letter to the Governor, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Chair of the Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is calling for the flexibility needed to serve the educational needs of students with disabilities during this crisis....