Press Releases

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Rising Gas Prices are not Sustainable

“Everyone is hurting from the rising gas prices. Hardworking North Country residents cannot afford to fill their gas tanks while businesses and farmers are struggling to pay for the fuel to run their businesses. This will have even more impact on...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Welcomes Dr. Roger P. Catania to New York State Board of Regents

“Today, I was honored to join my colleagues in the New York State Assembly in electing Dr. Roger P. Catania to the New York State Board of Regents as the Judicial District 4 representative. I was pleased to continue our discussions about ensuring...

Legislation Sponsored by Jones to Create Commission on Future Lake Placid Winter Olympics Passes State Assembly

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The State Assembly yesterday passed legislation (A9864b/S9319) sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) that would create a commission on hosting the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid with another state municipality. After millions of dollars...

Legislation Sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones to Rename Bridges After Trooper Brian Falb Passes State Assembly

The State Assembly yesterday passed a bill (A8445a/S7504a) sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) to rename the bridges located on Interstate 87 over the Saranac River after Trooper Brian S. Falb. Trooper Falb died of cancer due to injuries...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Joins Local Fire Departments and State Fire Association Leaders to Celebrate the Fair Play Ambulance Cost Recovery Act

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Altona, NY – Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) joined with members of the North Country’s volunteer fire service to celebrate the inclusion of the “Fair Play Ambulance Cost Recovery Act” (A.534-A) in the NY State budget....

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Plattsburgh International Airport Flight to Philadelphia is Good for Business and Travelers

“The flight from Plattsburgh to Philadelphia will be a good replacement for the flight to Washington, D.C. that was cancelled last year. Now North Country travelers will have access to an airport that can connect them to almost anywhere. This flight...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: State Budget Brings Much-Needed Relief to The North Country

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced he helped pass a 2022-23 state budget that invests in several crucial public sectors to provide economic relief for North Country residents including funding for agriculture, education, infrastructure...

Assemblyman Jones Announces Funding for the Franklin Highway Garage

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) announced that he secured $500,000 for the town of Franklin to help with expenses relating to the rebuild of the town highway garage after it was destroyed by a fire in December 2019. Jones announced the funding...

Assemblyman Billy Jones’s Fair Play Ambulance Recovery Act Passed in State Budget

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Yesterday the state legislature passed the Fair Play Ambulance Recovery Act (A534B) as part of the state budget, a bill sponsored by Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) that would allow fire departments to recover costs of providing ambulance services. This...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Statement on Uptick in Violence at Local Correctional Facilities

“The uptick in violence at local correctional facilities is frankly unacceptable and the state must do more to protect the North Country residents who work at these facilities. I worked for twenty years in corrections which is why I was concerned...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Nominates Agri-Mark and Clare and Carl’s to New York State Business Preservation Registry

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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation officially launched the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry to showcase the state’s business that have been in operation for at least 50 years and have contributed...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Joins Colleagues and Advocates to Call for Unemployment Insurance Rate Decrease to Help Small Businesses

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Assemblyman Billy Jones attended a press conference today at the Million Dollar Staircase in Albany hosted by Upstate United to call for unemployment insurance tax rate to be lowered to help small businesses recover. Upstate United is an advocacy group...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Visits Plattsburgh City School District for Agricultural Literacy Week and School Appreciation Tour

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Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) visited the Plattsburgh City School District today in celebration of Agricultural Literacy Week and for his second stop of his District 115 School Appreciation Tour.To kick off the morning, the assemblyman joined...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: North Country Continues to Be the Place to Be for Transportation Manufacturing

The North Country Chamber of Commerce and North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment (NAmTrans) hosted the Québec-New York Transportation Rendezvous and B2B today. This event, in partnership with Aéro Montréal...

Assembly Billy Jones Announces District 115 School Appreciation Tour

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On Thursday, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) visited Saranac Lake Central School to check out their community school program as the first stop of his District 115 School Appreciation Tour. Over the next few months, Jones will be scheduling...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Lifting Testing Requirement to Enter Canada is a Step in the Right Direction

“For months I have joined local business and community leaders to advocate for the testing requirements to be the same on both sides of the border and finally we are taking a step in the right direction. Lifting the testing requirement for vaccinated...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: Statement on Possible Lifting of Border Testing Requirement

“The announcement today that Canada is expected to lift the testing requirements at the border as mentioned in the Press Republican is a positive sign. This is encouraging to many North Country families and businesses who have been negatively impacted...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: State Must Address Rise in Prison Violence

“I worked in corrections for twenty years and understand how dangerous working at a correctional facility can be. The recent spike in prison violence including the most recent incident at Clinton Correctional is unacceptable and the problem is only...

Assemblyman Billy Jones: More Progress Needed at United States-Canada Border

The United States-Canada border partially reopened in August last year after it was closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the partial reopening, residents on both sides of the border still struggle to cross the border due to the...

Assemblyman Billy Jones Calls for Relief at Gasoline Pumps as Prices Rise Sharply

Gas prices have been rising steadily for months but over the past week, gasoline prices have soared to over $4 per gallon across the North Country. This unexpected increase is unaffordable to many North Country families that travel larger distances for...