Press Releases

Statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk on Massena Man Released After Making Terroristic Threats

“Yesterday, the Massena Police Department arrested Damien Delfosse for making a terroristic threat. Mr. Delfosse made a number of threats to the Department Dispatch and 911, saying that he wanted to kill Massena Police Department officers and ‘watch...

Executive Budget Proposal

“Today, the Governor outlined his Executive Budget Proposal, giving us all an idea of what his priorities are for the coming fiscal year. The Governor has again jammed some policy initiatives into the budget conversation that are unnecessary. He's...

Blankenbush, Walczyk, Local Officials Call for Complete Repeal of “Victims Abuse Act”

Assemblymembers Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) and Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) were joined by county sheriffs, district attorneys and victim advocates calling for a full repeal of the “Victims Abuse Act of 2019” at a press conference...

Statement from Assemblyman Walczyk on the Appointment of Shoshanah Belway to the Committee on Open Government

“I thought I was reading political satire. The Governor kept the appointment of Ms. Shoshanah Bewlay as Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government a secret from not just the public, but also the eleven member Committee on Open Government....

Walczyk Concerned about Budget Gap in Executive’s Proposal

On the heels of the State of the State address and Executive Budget Proposal, Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) is expressing deep concern about the lack of clear vision to rein in spending and close the near $6 billion budget gap that was...

Walczyk Introduces Bill to Create ‘Governor’s Military Council’

State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) has introduced legislation that would bridge the gap between the State government and Federal Military structure in New York. The bill, A.7428, creates the ‘Governor's Military Council’ which...

Walczyk, Ritchie Sponsor Legislation to Combat “Swatting”

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) and Sen. Patty Ritchie announced Friday that they have introduced legislation that aims to curb “swatting” incidents. The legislation (S.6740/A.8657) amends the state’s Penal Law, making a...

Walczyk Launches ‘Bonfire Sessions’

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) has announced the first of his “Bonfire Sessions.” The “Bonfire Sessions” are an informal way to get to know Assemblyman Walczyk better, giving residents an opportunity to share stories...

A Statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk

“The recent news that NYS will be filing a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission is a win for property owners and businesses that lie across the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Holding the International Joint Commission accountable...

A Statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk

"This is just another slap in the face to taxpayers across New York who are already facing stagnant wages and rising costs of living. Individuals who are incarcerated are in prison to pay a debt to society, not give them the chance to increase their personal...

Statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk

"This year we saw a state budget that imposed over $4 billion in new taxes and still grossly overestimated projected revenue. The new license plates that could cost north of $40 a plate and I view this as one more scheme to inequitably tax Upstate. We've...

Walczyk Introduces Bill to Rebuild and Protect Shorelines of Homeowners along Lake and River

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After recording flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River for the second time in three years, Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) has introduced a bill to create a statewide crisis response program to prevent long-term damage from...

Walczyk Bill to Rename Portion of State Route 37 in Honor of Charles “Chuck” Kelly Clears Assembly

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) announced that the Assembly has passed his first bill, which renames a portion of State Route 37 in honor of the late reporter Charles “Chuck” Kelly. Under Assembly Bill A.6560a, the portion of...

Farm Labor Bill Hurts, Not Helps Farmers

“Farming is the lifeblood of so many that live in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, with many farms that have been handed down from one generation to the next. Our farms proudly feed New York and beyond and the local impact of one farm in our...

Ritchie, Barclay & Walczyk Launch Petition Calling For Suspension Of Plan 2014

Following a second major flooding event in three years, State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assembly members Will Barclay and Mark Walczyk are calling on shoreline property owners, small business owners and other stakeholders to sign their petition calling...

Walczyk: Driver’s Licenses for Non-Residents Rife with Issues

A statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) regarding A.3675b, which provides driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants: "This bill is rife with issues. Driving is a privilege in New York State, not a right. This legislation...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Sidestepped for Driver’s Licenses

In a Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 5, the committee voted on legislation that would provide undocumented immigrants with an official New York driver’s license. The bill, A.3675a, authorizes the DMV to issue standard drivers'...

Prison Closures Avoided In the Front Yard of America

Today we received word the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties have been spared closure. Livingston Correctional Facility and Lincoln Correctional Facility are being slated for closure. Walczyk said "Given the number of families that would’ve...

Walczyk Takes a Stand against Domestic Violence

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) has joined his colleagues in a bipartisan effort to cosponsor a package of bills aimed directly at combating domestic violence. As our nation faces a crisis of domestic violence, New York State aims to have...

Walczyk Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Combat Unwarranted Robocalls

Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) has joined his colleagues in both the Assembly and Senate to take a stand against unwarranted robocalls to New York residents. After it was reported that Americans received about 16.3 billion robocalls in...