Press Releases

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on the Resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo

This afternoon Governor Cuomo announced his resignation.This announcement followed a week after the release of the NY Attorney General’s report, which provided clear evidence that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and violated state and...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’S Report

Ithaca, NY – Today, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of a comprehensive report assessing scientific knowledge on climate change. The IPCC describes the report as a “code red for Humanity.”...

Assemblymember Anna Kelles’s Statement on Attorney General James’s Announcement Regarding Her Investigation into Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Governor Cuomo

The Attorney General’s report released today offers abundant evidence that the Governor sexually harassed numerous women and failed to follow his own sexual harassment policy. It is incredibly difficult to read through the Attorney General’s...

Assemblymember Anna Kelles Submits Public Comments to the Department of Environmental Conservation to Protect Cayuga Lake from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS)

Last week, Assemblymember Anna Kelles submitted public comments on the Draft Cayuga Lake Phosphorus TMDL – a Department of Environmental Conservation report that intends to set pollution limits for the lake.  “It was welcome news...

Assemblymember Kelles Holds ‘State of the District’ With Cortland County Legislature

On Thursday, June 24 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm, New York Assemblymember Anna Kelles will meet with members of the Cortland County Legislature to discuss issues that impact Cortland County.Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting.Here is the video...

Assemblymember Kelles Urges Repeal or Delay to the State’s Plan to Carve-Out the Federal 340B Drug Discount Program from Medicaid Managed Care in the State’s Budget

Ithaca, NY — On Friday, Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and 25 colleagues sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker urging the New York State Department of Health to update guidelines...

Assemblymember Kelles Vaccine Update

Assemblymembers Push for the New York State Department of Health to Update Guidelines For K-12 Schools

Ithaca, NY — On Friday, Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and 25 colleagues sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker urging the New York State Department of Health to update guidelines...

Governor's Announcement on Revised Nursing Home Visitation Guidance

Dear Community,I hope this finds you all safe and in good health. Many of you and your loved ones have been suffering because you have not been able to visit your family and friends in nursing homes. Residents of these facilities have been...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

Yesterday, throughout the nation we collectively held our breath for a jury in Minneapolis to hand down their verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin. The country and the world witnessed a history-making decision to hold a police officer...

Assemblywoman Anna Kelles, Tompkins County Electeds, and Allies to Call for $3.5B Excluded Workers Fund in NYS Budget

ITHACA -- As New York State lawmakers close in on a budget for the coming year, a host of Tompkins County electeds including Assemblywoman Anna Kelles will hold a press conference this afternoon to champion for the inclusion in the final state budget...

Assemblymember Kelles: Risk to State Offices Shuts Down District Office

Ithaca, NY — Our office has been notified of risk to all State offices.The Governor and the New York Assembly and New York State Senate leadership are collectively adding extra law enforcement protections for the State government for the safety...

Kelles Announces Federal Aid to Municipalities

Ithaca, NY — Assemblymember Dr. Anna R. Kelles announced today that projected allocations to municipal governments under the American Rescue Plan of 2021, which President Joe Biden is soon expected to sign, have been released by the New York State...

Assemblymember Kelles: Announcing the Opening of the Cortland District Office

Cortland, NY — Assemblymember Kelles is pleased to announce the opening of the Cortland District Office on April 1, 2021.The office will be located in the newly refurbished Hopkins Block at 83 Main Street, Cortland. The Assemblymember and staff...

Assemblymember Anna Kelles Statement on the Accusations of Sexual Harassment by Governor Cuomo

It is deeply painful to read the stories of Charlotte Bennett and Lindsay Boylan, the two women who have courageously shared credible accounts of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew Cuomo. We must follow through with an independent investigation into...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement On ‘Walking While Trans’ Bill

I support the New York Legislature’s recent actions to pass A.3355, commonly known as the “Walking While Trans bill.”The piece of legislation would repeal the Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution law, Penal Law Section 240.37, which...

Assemblymember Kelles Stands in Solidarity with the Virus Has No Nationality Campaign.

Across the nation we are witnessing hate crimes against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Tompkins and Cortland Counties are not exempt from this hurtful intimation and brutality. As members of this community, we want all constituents to feel safe...

Assemblymember Kelles Statement on NY AG’s Nursing Home Report

Ithaca, NY — I am alarmed by the Attorney General’s report that the actual number of deaths related to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes far exceeds what has been reported by state health officials and Governor Cuomo’s Administration.Equally...

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Series with Assemblywoman Anna Kelles

Kelles Is Sworn In To The New York Assembly

Ithaca, NY — Assemblymember Anna Kelles was sworn-in on January 6, 2021 to the New York State Assembly, where she and her newly elected colleagues took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of New York.“I am...