Press Releases

Assemblymember McMahon Urges Federal Lawmakers to Fund Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) is advocating for federal funds for behavioral health care and substance use disorders.In a letter to U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Assemblymember McMahon and Assemblymember...

Historic Session Yields Progress for our Community

This year’s legislative session has been unlike any other due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although our work in Albany was interrupted, the Assembly convened for a rare summer session over four days last month to address a large volume of bills.Among...

Senator Kennedy and Assemblymember McMahon Call for Insurance Discount for Emergency Vehicle Drivers

Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) have introduced legislation calling for insurance providers to allow discounts to drivers who have been trained to operate an emergency vehicle.First responders who...

Building Trust Between the Police & the Community

As we have recently seen, the tragic and avoidable death of George Floyd brought to the national consciousness a renewed sense of anger and frustration at the many instances in which people of color have been subjected to unnecessary, and sometimes deadly,...

Assemblymember McMahon and Amherst Deputy Supervisor Berger to Deliver Hand Sanitizer, Masks to Reopening Businesses

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) and Town of Amherst Deputy Supervisor Jacqui Berger will be delivering hand sanitizer and face masks to businesses in the Village of Williamsville.Assemblymember McMahon and Deputy Supervisor Berger will...

Assemblymember McMahon: Assembly's COVID-19 Package Looks Out for Schools, Libraries and Volunteers

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced she helped pass a package of bills to provide further support to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the first remote session of the New York State Assembly in history. The package supports...

Assemblymember McMahon: New School Meal Legislation Will Help Support Local Farmers

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) introduced legislation that would provide much-needed financial help to local farmers by amending the New York school lunch reimbursement program to allow food used for breakfast programs to count towards...

Senator Brooks and Assemblymember McMahon Call for Increasing Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers

Senator John E. Brooks (D-Seaford) and Assemblymember Karen M. McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) have introduced legislation calling for increases in disability benefits for volunteer fire and ambulance workers across the state.New York State law provides...

Assemblymember McMahon: Bail Reform Revisions Will Help Protect Western New York families

“In last year’s budget, the Assembly passed sweeping bail reforms aimed at promoting fairness and transparency in our justice system, which took effect in January. While these reforms were put in place to ensure everyone is treated equally under...

Assemblymember McMahon Urges President Trump to Compel Production of Medical Supplies

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) is urging President Donald Trump to invoke the full extent of his authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA).In a letter sent to the President today, Assemblymember McMahon pressed that...

Assemblymember McMahon Letter to President Trump in Regards the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA)

Western New York Legislators Pass Legislation to Eliminate ‘Gay Panic’ and ‘Trans Panic’ Defenses

Assemblymembers Pat Burke (D-Buffalo), Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton), Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo) and Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced passage of legislation to ban the use of the so-called “gay panic” defense. The legislation prevents...

Assemblymember McMahon’s Legislation Helps Amherst Move Forward with Central Park at Westwood

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that she authored legislation that takes the first step toward making the future Amherst Central Park a reality (A.8340). “The Amherst community has long envisioned transforming the Westwood...

Assemblymember McMahon’s Legislation Strengthens Equal Pay Laws, Combats Discrimination

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced she introduced and passed legislation to help ensure that all New Yorkers receive equal pay for equal work (A.8093). The measure would prohibit differentials in pay based on factors including...

Assemblymember McMahon Passes Legislation to Support Snyder Fire Department

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that a bill she sponsored to help the Snyder Fire Department recruit new volunteers and support current volunteers has passed the Assembly (A.7432-A). The bill passed the Senate earlier this...

Assemblymember McMahon: Assembly Earth Day Package Protects Our Families and Our Planet

In honor of Earth Day, which was April 22, Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that she helped pass a series of bills to protect Western New York’s water supply and air quality, as well as limit our families’ exposure...

Assemblymember McMahon Honored Local Women at 2019 Women of Distinction Awards

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that she honored seven local trailblazing women at her first Women of Distinction Awards ceremony last Thursday at the Audubon Library. The event recognized these Western New York women for...

Assemblymember McMahon: State Budget Invests in Western New York Schools

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that she helped pass the 2019-20 state budget, which invests in Western New York schools and includes an increase of $1 billion in state education aid over last year’s budget.​ ...

Assemblymember McMahon: Assembly’s Well-Rounded Budget Funds Vital Community Services, Education Programs

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that she helped pass the Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget proposal, which includes critical support for local school districts and municipalities and direct care professionals. “Even...

Assemblymember McMahon: Free Tax Help is Available

As the April 15 deadline to file state and federal income taxes nears, Assemblymember Karen McMahon (D-Amherst/Pendleton) announced that resources are available to help Western New Yorkers throughout the process.“Tax season can be confusing and stressful...