Press Releases

Blankenbush Asks DEC Commissioner to Utilize Conservation Fund

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today sent a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens asking him to consider utilizing the Conservation Fund for fisheries and wildlife projects. The Fund currently has a surplus of...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Invites Community Organizations and Schools to Use His Display Window

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, who recently moved his district office to West Carthage, invites community organizations and schools to take advantage of an empty display window in his office. “The 122nd Assembly District is full of people, organizations...

DEC Should Invest Conservation Fund Surplus

With the weather finally warming up, many sportsmen are anxious to get out on our state’s many waterways to fish. However, due to budget cutbacks at the Department of Conservation (DEC), fishermen may find that the fish population is not has abundant...

Blankenbush: DEC’s Extension Of Wood Boiler Deadline Helpful, But New Regs Need Revisiting

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C-Black River) today said that while he is pleased with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) decision to extend the deadline for dealers to sell non-certified outdoor wood boilers, he believes the regulations...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Participates in Snirt Run

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush got his hands, or at least his boots, a little dirty on Saturday during the Snirt Run on Tug Hill. (Snow + dirt = Snirt). The annual event, held in early April as a kickoff to the ATV season, draws thousands of people from...

Blankenbush: Koch’s New York Uprising Shortsighted On Redistricting Reform

“I am appalled that someone as respected as Mayor Ed Koch would resort to making inflammatory robo-dialed calls suggesting that lawmakers such as myself are ‘Enemies of Reform’ for not rubber-stamping Governor Cuomo’s redistricting...

Blankenbush Pushes For Immediate Action On Property Tax Cap

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C-Black River) today asked for immediate action to pass a two percent or less property tax cap by attaching it to rent subsidy legislation, which highly favors wealthy New York City residents. The state Senate already had...

“Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner”

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush toured the Tri-Town Meat Packing Plant in Brasher Falls today, where he spoke with owner Tom Liberty about government regulations that burden the business and industry, including state environmental and labor regulations, in...

Blankenbush Votes For Budget – Closing Deficit, Boosting Economy With Private-Sector Job Growth Programs, Ag Restorations

“After last year’s budget debacle, new and seasoned legislators came together to work out a sensible and on-time budget that closed the $10 billion deficit without raising taxes on already overburdened New York families and small businesses,...

Blankenbush Fought For Tug Hill, Albany Restores Funding

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C-Black River) today announced that the joint Budget Conference Committee agreed to restore Tug Hill Commission funding. Throughout the process, the assemblyman had vigorously advocated on behalf of the Commission to Governor...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Helps Kick-Off Maple Weekend

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush attended a tree-tapping ceremony on Sunday, March 20 at Swiss-er Sweet Maple Farm in Castorland, owned by Jason and Barbara Zehr. The event helped kick-off New York State Maple Weekend, a statewide event showcasing New York's...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Announces District Office Open House and Mobile Offices

Assemblyman Blankenbush today announced he will be holding an open house at his new district office in West Carthage on Monday, April 25, from 4-6 pm. The office is located at 15 Bridge St. In addition, the assemblyman is holding “mobile”...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Likes Senate Budget; Votes No On Assembly Budget; Cites Assembly’s Tax Increases

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today voted no on the assembly’s budget proposal, stating that he favors the state senate’s budget proposal more. The assembly’s budget imposes two new taxes and excludes funding for the Tug Hill Commission,...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Opposes Millionaire’s Tax; Calls It A Tax On Business

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today voiced his opposition to the proposed extension of the “millionaire’s tax”, in addition to proposals changing the income brackets. “The millionaire’s tax is simply a tax on business, whether...

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush Welcomes Home 1st Brigade

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today offered his gratitude for the service of the members of the 10th Mountain Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, who begin arriving home this afternoon after 11 months serving in Afghanistan. “I’d like to offer...

Blankenbush Calls Regents Board Process A Sham

“Today’s session to elect members to the 17-member State Education Board of Regents serves as a prime example of what’s wrong with Albany, and I refuse to rubber-stamp candidates I know nothing about. The board members are, essentially,...

Blankenbush Supporting Fairer, Less Partisan Redistricting

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C-Black River), keeping his pledge to Mayor Ed Koch that earned him the title of “Hero of Reform” from New York Uprising and the voters of his district, is sponsoring legislation with Assembly Minority Leader Brian...

Assemblyman Blankenbush Moving District Office To West Carthage

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush announced today that he is moving his district office to West Carthage in Jefferson County. Since taking office on January 1st, the Assemblyman’s office has been located in Gouverneur in the same space previously occupied...

School Aid Cuts Must Be Fair

In recent weeks, much of my legislative work has dealt with Governor Cuomo’s proposed bold and drastic cuts to all sectors of state government. Many of these cuts are necessary and go a long way in reforming and restructuring how Albany operates....

Blankenbush Sends Letter to Cuomo Urging Restoration of Ag Funding

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging the governor to reconsider the drastic cuts to the agriculture budget. Included in the executive budget proposal is just $1.2 million that 18 agriculture organizations and...