Press Releases

Ra's Annual Picnic Honoring Veterans Will Shift to Socially Distanced Takeout Event

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) today announced that his annual ‘Heroes for Heroes’ picnic honoring veterans will offer takeout meals this year in an effort to promote public health and comply with the latest COVID-19 guidance from the...

30th Anniversary of ADA Points Path Forward to More Transportation Accessibility

Earlier this week, our nation recognized the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark bill into law on July 26, 1990. It’s one of the most transformational pieces of legislation...

Ra Blasts Majority Efforts to Stack the Deck in Redistricting Process

“In 2014, New Yorkers went to the polls and approved a referendum that would prevent one party from dominating the redistricting process. It appealed to their sense of fairness. There’s a word for one party drawing district lines without fair-minded...

Discussions About Policing Have Spun Out of Control A Legislative Column by Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square)

Since the tragic killing of George Floyd by disgraced police officers in Minneapolis, Americans are discussing issues regarding race, law enforcement and criminal justice with renewed passion and openness. Many of these discussions have been productive....

On Heels of Administration's Report, Ra Calls for Independent Investigation of Nursing Home Disaster

“The administration’s claim that their March 25 order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients was not a significant factor in the tragedy that unfolded is incredibly hard for me to believe. It underscores why further investigation...

Our Kids Belong in the Classroom This Fall

It’s not unusual for the governor to encounter opposition to one of his policy proposals. However, when he recently questioned the long-term viability and practicality of in-classroom learning in schools across the state, the reaction was swift,...

Ra Honors Winner of 2020 Video Challenge on The Struggles of High School

Recently, Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) held a plaque presentation ceremony at his District Office to honor Jacob Tabari, the winner of his 2020 Video Challenge. This year’s challenge was titled “The Struggles of High School.” Jacob...

After Bombshell Wall Street Journal Report, Ra Says Majority Should Put National Politics Aside, Focus on State Response to Covid-19

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) believes the Assembly Majority should refocus the purpose and scope of upcoming hearings on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “When the Majority repeatedly wants to use state resources...

Miller, Walsh, Ra: Fighting for All

Assemblywoman Melissa “Missy” Miller (R,C,I-Atlantic Beach), Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I-Ballston) and Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) are teaming up to advocate for the safe and responsible reopening of group home visitation...

Ra Honors Local Winner of His Annual Civics Contest

This week, Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) honored Kaitlyn Goldman, the winner of his annual “There Ought to Be a Law” contest. The contest tasks local students with devising a legislative solution to a problem facing our society. Over...

Ra Unveils 'NY First' Bill to Support Small Business Recovery

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) today held a press conference to unveil his legislation creating the “NY First-Shop Local” program.This bill would repurpose existing funds allocated to the Department of Economic Development to create print,...

Assemblyman Ra on Two Busy Days of Session Addressing Covid-19 Health, Economic Crisis

“My colleagues and I returned to Albany to take action on some important legislation. Among the bipartisan bills passed included providing administrative flexibility to our local governments, securing new grant funding for small businesses to purchase...

State Reopening Process Needs an Infusion of Common Sense and Consistency

With all of the neatly-manicured PowerPoint slides populated with very official looking charts and graphs illustrating neat, tidy trendlines, it seems like the state’s reopening process is being handled with a disciplined, dispassionate focus on...

Ra Participates in Virtual Assembly Hearing

Yesterday, the Senate and Assembly conducted its first virtual hearings to examine the federal response to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York state. Representatives from many industries testified regarding their experiences seeking...

It's Time for the Legislature to Get Back to Work

Gov. Cuomo has assumed expansive emergency powers as the state continues to battle the impact of COVID-19, and he hasn’t been shy in using them. He’s spent over $3 billion in taxpayer dollars. He’s chosen which businesses are shuttered...

Ra Outraged by Parole Board’s Decision to Spring Murderer Who Raped His Victim from Prison

“The parole board is continuing its outrageous run of horrible decisions that insult victims’ rights and compromise public safety. Bruce Haims broke into the home of Pamela Sharon, his girlfriend’s best friend. When Pamela refused his advances,...

Ra Wants Bill Gates to Stay Away From New York’s Education System

“This is not the first time Bill Gates has tried to leverage his wealth and fame into a position as a high profile-government education consultant. His track record is terrible. He championed Race to the Top and Common Core, which promoted untested...

Let's Help Our Small Businesses and Their Workers So They're Ready When the Time is Right

The efforts of our essential workers during the last several weeks have been nothing short of heroic. Grocery clerks and pharmacy employees, law enforcement officials and first responders, and especially our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers have...

Ra, Colleagues Beat the State Budget Buzzer to Restore Critical Funding for Veterans

“Heading into the last budget bill last night, millions of dollars in proposed cuts to important veterans counseling and legal services programs had yet to be restored. My colleagues and I didn’t give up. We repeatedly raised the issue during...

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) Statement on the Final Enacted Budget

“At a time when our state and nation are battling an escalating public health emergency and a deepening economic crisis, it’s shameful that Senate and Assembly Majority codified the governor’s outrageous power grabs, settled his political...