Press Releases

Appreciating Our Firefighters As We End Fire Safety Week

Our firefighters deserve the utmost recognition for their selfless dedication to protecting our homes and loved ones from harm. While so many of us seek to avoid danger at all costs, these heroic men and women stand up and run into the fire.When the bell...

20 Years Later- Reflecting On 9/11

Twenty years isn’t a very long time. Not for the children who lost parents in Manhattan and Kandahar and over Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Not for the paramedics and cops and firefighters who will remember it like yesterday for the rest of their...

A New Approach Requires Collaboration and Enhanced Local Decision Making

“I’m appreciative of Gov. Hochul’s desire to establish a significantly different tone and operation than the previous administration. In particular, she recently stated she would combat COVID-19 with a more collaborative approach instead...

A Chance for a Fresh Start

“This is a historic day. I’m sending congratulations and best wishes to Gov. Hochul. I’m hopeful for a return to bipartisanship and good government that delivers for all New Yorkers,” said Ra.

Local Veterans Keep Ra’s Annual Appreciation Picnic Special

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Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) recently held his annual “Heroes For Heroes” veterans appreciation picnic at VFW Post 2718 in Franklin Square. With the help of volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 93, Ra and his staff were able to serve over...

Ra Calls for Special Session to Impeach Governor after Release of Damning AG Report

“The findings of the attorney general’s report confirm what so many of us already knew- this governor isn’t fit to lead. Majority and Minority lawmakers must to come together and take a definitive, bipartisan stand against sexual harassment...

Ra Cheers Admin Reversal on Masks in Summer School

“The administration has finally decided to follow the science, follow the data and listen to parents, educators and my Minority colleagues in the Legislature- they’re no longer requiring masks in summer school. I want to thank all of the parents...

We Already Have the Answer to Stopping Gun Violence - the Police

“Today, the governor announced his plan to combat our state’s surging gun violence epidemic. It’s insulting. He thinks the answer is new state bureaucracy. He’s imposing new mandates on law enforcement. He’s spending $60...

Ra Applauds Signing of Bill Ensuring Opioid Settlement Dollars Fund Treatment, Recovery Efforts

“Pharmaceutical companies that played a sinister role in fueling the opioid crisis are being held accountable. I was pleased to support legislation requiring hundreds of millions of settlement dollars coming to the state be spent on treatment and...

Ra Thanks Community For Generous Support Of Food Drive

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) is pleased to announce that his annual Breakfast Food Drive was a success. Ra and his partners from Hillside Public Library, Notre Dame School, New Hyde Park Road School and St. Anne’s School collected over...

Ra Honors Outstanding Students, Crowns Champion of Popular Civics Contest

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Last week Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) honored the semifinalists and winner of his annual civics competition, “There Ought To Be A Law,” at a ceremony in Mineola Memorial Park. Over 175 members of our community attended.Students from...

Albany’s Priorities Aren’t New Yorkers’ Priorities

“On their way out of Albany this week, Assembly Majority lawmakers reminded middle-class New Yorkers how little they have in common with them. Most New Yorkers are deeply concerned about public safety. Assembly Majority members did nothing to address...

Ra Joins Minority Colleagues At Press Conference Unveiling Legislation To Ban Mask Mandates For Kids This Summer

“The confusion our parents, education officials and students endured this weekend can’t happen again. This can be really simple. No more masks for kids in educational settings. Our 7-day positivity rate is 0.5%. Nearly 70% of our adult population...

End the State of Emergency

Restaurants and bars humming. Concerts singing. 12,000 people rocking The Barn for Islanders playoff hockey. We’re asking the Majority members to join us in repealing a state of emergency declaration that only exists because the administration has...

Ra Pleased To Deliver Bipartisan Win To North Shore Ratepayers

“Today in the Assembly, we finally put North Shore ratepayers on the path to public water. It’s going to provide meaningful financial relief. Because this measure already passed the Senate, it’s heading to the governor’s desk....

Ra Honors the Winners of His Annual Video Challenge

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Recently, Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) presented certificates to the winners of his 2021 Video Challenge.Ms. Bruno’s students at H. Frank Carey High School created an immersive, insightful video. This year’s prompt was “Influencers...

Assemblyman Ra Responds To Disgusting Attacks In Times Square

“Anti-Semitism has no place here. Hatred and violence have no place here. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Jewish New Yorkers across the state. We support you. The scenes from Times Square are chilling and must not be tolerated.”

Ra Honors Students from The Wheatley School Highlighted in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search

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Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) recently congratulated some talented students from the Wheatley School on their impressive achievement of being recognized as scholars in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search.Lucy Zha is a finalist. Victor Li,...

Ra Says Bill Establishing Framework for Public Water Authority a Positive Step, More Work to Be Done

“While this legislation represents a good first step toward authorizing a municipal takeover of New York American Water operations, there’s much more work to do to protect ratepayers on Long Island. We need to work quickly to relieve utility...

Ra Congratulates Franklin Square Honoree at Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony

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Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony to mark the accomplishments of David Velez of Franklin Square. At the ceremony, David was designated as an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.“David...