Press Releases

Walczyk Announces Return Of ‘Bonfire Sessions’

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) is announcing the return of his “Bonfire Sessions.”These listening events are an informal way to discuss issues important to residents of St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, directly with Assemblyman...

Walczyk: Our Correctional Officers Deserve Better

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Assemblyman Mark Walczyk is renewing calls on the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to put practices into place that will better protect correctional officers (COs) in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties, as well as officers...

Walczyk on Cuomo Resignation

“Gov. Cuomo was right about one thing – his resignation is the right thing to do for the people of the state.The circus created by the outgoing Governor has been a distraction from doing the people’s business for far too long. With...

Cheers! Seaway Wine Trail Expansion Bill Becomes Law

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) announced Tuesday that legislation he sponsors (A.4753)to extend the ‘Thousand Islands – Seaway Wine Trail’ has been signed into law.The measure will extend the existing Thousand Islands-Seaway...

Walczyk Helps Improve Prison Safety by Ending Double Bunking

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) is proud to have been a part of a bipartisan effort to end the much-maligned prison safety concern known as double-bunking. The practice had come into use in recent years following the Cuomo administration’s...

Walczyk Says Comptroller Audit of DOL Welcome at Last

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) said he welcomes Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s decision to audit the state Department of Labor (DOL) regarding widespread delays in handing out unemployment insurance and excessive cases of reported fraud...

Walczyk: It’s About Time For Legislature To Take Action

“It’s about time that the state Legislature take action to stop the runaway and limitless power exercised by the governor over the last year. This week’s votes to stop three specific executive orders, while overdue, are a welcome, bipartisan...

Statement from Assemblyman Walczyk: It’s Time to Be a Check on the Executive

It’s clear to just about every New Yorker that the Governor has become a distraction.His office publicly admitted to altering data that shows the real number of deaths in nursing homes that his policy caused.It's been revealed he ignored serious...

Statement from Assemblyman Walczyk: The Legislature Has Changed Nothing

“For weeks, myself and legislators on both sides of the aisle have been calling for a complete repeal of the Governor’s emergency powers. I, like you, was encouraged to read that the Majority leaders had come to an agreement on stripping the...

Walczyk Proposes Ban on Backdoor Borrowing

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) announced Monday that he is partnering on a proposal that would ban the state from the practice of “backdoor borrowing,” a process in which the state continues to add state debt...

Walczyk To Cuomo: Thanks for Listening to Reason

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk applauds the Governor’s recent announcement that the state will release millions of dollars in state funding to St. Lawrence County to help bolster public safety.In 2018, St. Lawrence County was awarded a $6 million...

Walczyk To Cuomo: Thanks for Listening to Reason - Letter

Walczyk Thanks Attorney General for Speaking Truth to Power

“My office has spent the last 11 months focused on helping the people of our state deal with the devastating loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing has caused more devastation than the black hole of unanswered questions, doors slammed shut...

Walczyk To Gov: Glad You Are Listening On Small Business Relief

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) expressed his willingness to work together with the Governor and legislative leaders to move forward with budget proposals that will provide relief to small businesses, an issue that has been a priority for the...

Walczyk Opposes Forced Detention of New Yorkers

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) expressed his concern and opposition to legislation (A.416) that would force the detention of New Yorkers alleged of carrying communicable diseases for up to eight business days, or longer pending a court order....

Walczyk Named Top Minority Member on Higher Education Committee

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk announced Friday that he has been named the Assembly’s Ranking Member on the Higher Education Committee.The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee conducts a thorough review of policy initiatives and...

Walczyk Blasts Assembly Majority for Voting Against Clawing Back Governor’s Unchecked Power

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk is blasting the Assembly Majority for voting against legislative amendments Walczyk and his colleagues proposed that would have halted the Governor’s unrestricted powers and offered additional protections to small...

Walczyk Applauds DOCCS Decision to Halt Inmate Visitation

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk is applauding the decision by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to slam the brakes on inmate visitation starting 3pm, this Thursday, 12/31.Assemblyman Walczyk recently sent a...

Statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk

"I’m going to state an obvious fact: St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties are home to some of the bravest corrections officers you’ll find anywhere.  The Governor’s decision to close the Watertown Correctional Facility is an incredibly...

Walczyk, Ritchie Bill To Eliminate Need For Second City Of Watertown Courtroom Signed Into Law; Measure to Save City Residents More than $3 Million

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk and State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Tuesday that legislation they sponsor that would reduce the amount of Judges in the City of Watertown, which eliminates a $3 million price tag for a new courtroom, has...