Press Releases

Blankenbush Testifies at LATFOR Hearing

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush testified Tuesday at the New York State Legislative Taskforce on Redistricting and Reapportionment (LATFOR) hearing, making the case to keep the 23rd Congressional District intact. The assemblyman represents four of the 11...

Assembly Passes Resolution Marking June as Dairy Month

The New York State Assembly passed a resolution today, sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, marking June as Dairy Month. The assemblyman is the ranking minority member on the Assembly Agriculture Committee. “I am committed to supporting...

Blankenbush Keeps Taxpayers Priority Amid Session Shuffle

“We’ve had some wonderful successes during the 2011 legislative session and, in my first year in the state Assembly, I am proud to have helped pass an on-time budget that closed a $10 billion budget deficit while protecting funding for agricultural...

Assemblyman Blankenbush to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Gouverneur

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush will hold mobile office hours in Gouverneur on Monday, June 27 from 5 pm - 6:30 pm at the Gouverneur Village Hall, 33 Clinton St. The assemblyman has pledged to hold mobile office hours once a month in towns throughout...

Blankenbush Fighting For Mandate, Property Taxpayer Relief

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C-Black River) today held a press conference with his assembly colleagues to push for mandate relief. Blankenbush is sponsoring a mandate relief bill designed to help combat rising costs faced by local governments and school...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Consolidate Three Town Courts in Lewis County

(Albany) - Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush and Senator Joseph Griffo today announced that a measure they both sponsored passed the Assembly today. The bill will authorize the towns of Harrisburg, Montague and Pinckney in Lewis County to elect a single town...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Announces Free Fishing Weekend in New York State

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today announced that the New York state annual free fishing weekend will take place June 25 and 26. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), each year the last full weekend in June is...

Blankenbush Passes Ethics Bill

“Following years of public disappointment in our elected officials, it’s now time we move forward in a positive light on how we can address the myriad of ethical issues that have plagued state government. Today’s bill helps us start addressing...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Sponsors Summer Reading Challenge

Assemblyman Blankenbush today announced that he is sponsoring a Summer Reading Challenge for elementary students in the 122nd Assembly District. The assemblyman’s Summer Reading Challenge is held in cooperation with the New York State Library’s...

Unemployment/ Domestic Migration Remains High: New York Needs Jobs, Albany Needs to Be More Business Friendly

During Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech in January, the governor declared New York state “Open for Business.” However, jobs continue to be scarce in our state. Locally, unemployment remains high, especially in St. Lawrence and...

Assembly Majority Continues Assault On Second Amendment Right

The state Assembly on Tuesday passed a far-reaching bill that would, if enacted, have troubling implications for law-abiding gun owners and manufacturers in New York state. The gun bill, A.1157, requires new pistols sold in New York to be equipped with...

Blankenbush: Property Tax Cap Close To Becoming Reality, Mandate Relief Still Needed

“I am optimistic and happy to see that the legislature and Albany are moving forward with a two percent or less property tax cap bill. Struggling homeowners and seniors need property tax relief now. At first glance, this tax cap legislation does...

Remembering Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Defense of Our Freedom

On May 30, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day-- a holiday that is more than just the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day gives us a chance to pause and reflect upon those American principles and values that make the United States worth fighting...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Joins Senator Ritchie In Expressing Concern Over DOH Regs On Municipal Rec Programs

Assemblyman Blankenbush Announces Construction Funding for Local Libraries

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today announced that four libraries in the 122nd Assembly District have been awarded state funding for public library construction projects. The $14 million in capital funds for public library construction was appropriated...

Blankenbush: McGrath’s Playing Politics

“Mr. McGrath recently launched a partisan press release that quite mistakenly distorts facts on a Jefferson County legislative home rule request to maintain their long-standing sales tax policy. “The legislation, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman...

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month, and it seems fitting that on the first day of this month, our military heroes took down America’s public enemy number one: Osama Bin Laden. As a veteran, I have firsthand experience with the sacrifices our...

Assemblyman Blankenbush to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Oswego County

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush will hold mobile office hours in Sandy Creek on Thursday, May 26 at 5 pm at the Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Dr. “I am looking forward to meeting some of my constituents in the southern end of the 122nd Assembly...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Sponsoring Legislation to Ease Pain at the Pump

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today announced that he is sponsoring legislation that would suspend taxes on gasoline and other motor fuels on certain holiday weekends in 2011. The bill, A. 7297, and referred to as the “Summer Gas Tax Holiday”,...

Blankenbush To Troops: Thank You!

“I cannot express enough my deep sense of pride in our military servicemen and women, our intelligence community, and President Obama and former President Bush for their leadership and brave acts that led to the demise of an evil terrorist, Osama...