Press Releases

New York’s Rent Relief Program Is Failing, Billions Have Yet to Be Distributed

Tenants and landlords throughout New York state have been among some of the most negatively impacted due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to provide financial relief has been obvious for quite some time, which is why our Conference...

Gun Violence Emergency Declaration an Executive Diversion from Bad Policy

Earlier this week, Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order declaring gun violence a “disaster emergency,” representing a “first-in-the-nation” strategy to combat crime. This forced, contrived approach to solving a problem was largely...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“On the issue of Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence disaster emergency, there is very little difference between New York’s status as ‘first in the nation’ and ‘worst in the nation.’ The governor’s decision to issue...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“The decision by the Port Authority to delay construction of the new warehouse is appropriate and welcome news in the community. I’m pleased that public response seems to have made a difference. Hopefully, a collaborative resolution can be...

Honoring America This Fourth of July

There are many elements that bond us together as Americans: our democratic ideals, our love of freedom, the value we place on hard work, ingenuity and fighting for what we believe in. The Fourth of July is a day when we can reflect on those things and...

Barclay Honors Area High School Students with Community Service Leadership Award

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) today announced that 14 area high school students were awarded the newly-created 2021 Leader Barclay Community Service Youth Recognition Award. The award seeks to recognize and honor outstanding high...

Education & Prevention Critical Components in the Fight against Disease

Summertime in New York is full of opportunities to experience the natural resources across our state. There is no shortage of lakes, rivers, wooded hiking trails and campgrounds to enjoy, but it is extremely important we utilize these amenities safely....

Barclay to Host Free Electronics Recycling Event with Sunnking, Novelis, Assemblyman Manktelow and Mayor Barlow

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) will host a free electronics recycling event on June 26 in Oswego from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.He invites anyone in the community to register and come to the event.The event is being hosted in partnership...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“Today’s announcement that the declared state of emergency for New York will not be extended is welcome news for all New Yorkers. Weeks ago, the Assembly Minority Conference called for an end to Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order. Unfortunately,...

Hit the Books with the Summer Reading Challenge

I am pleased to announce the launch of my annual New York State Assembly Summer Reading Challenge in partnership with the Oswego Bookmobile. This year’s challenge encourages kids in the 120th Assembly District to read for at least 15 minutes a day...

Barclay: ‘Blessings In A Backpack’ Drive a Huge Success

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Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) announced today that his district office collected more than $500 worth of food from local businesses and residents to assist the Fulton and Oswego County chapters of “Blessings n A Backpack”....

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“Lifting restrictions after more than 15 months of emergency declarations and arbitrary mandates is overdue, welcome news.Through the efforts and sacrifice of New Yorkers and courageous frontline workers, the COVID positivity and hospitalization...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on the End of the 2021 Legislative Session

“In the early hours while most New Yorkers slept, the Legislature wrapped up the 2021 Legislative Session. While there were a few notable pieces of legislation passed that will help everyday New Yorkers recover from COVID-19’s economic devastation,...

Restore Order: We Must Make New York’s Streets Safe Again

The recent spike in crime has impacted every corner of New York state. From New York City to Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and their surrounding communities, violent crime has risen steadily for more than a year. Reports are both alarming and heartbreaking....

Memorial Day Is a Day of Reflection, Remembrance

Memorial Day is one of our nation’s most cherished holidays. It is a time to remember the countless brave men and women who have sacrificed everything so we can remain prosperous, safe and free. This weekend, we honor those sacrifices and reflect...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

"Memorial Day was first established in Waterloo, New York to honor fallen soldiers and over the years has become one of America’s most cherished traditions, recognizing the bravery of U.S. veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.The governor’s...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on Rental & Small Business Assistance for New Yorkers

“As Minority members in the Legislature have called on for months, New York has finally established a program designed to assist the renters, housing providers and small-business owners who have faced severe financial losses during the COVID-19...

Barclay to Collect Food Items for ‘Blessings in a Backpack’

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) today announced he will collect food items needed for “Blessings In A Backpack,” partnering with their Fulton and Oswego County chapters through Friday, June 11. Throughout...

National Safe Boating Week Begins Saturday, May 22

The warm weather brings with it many great recreational opportunities. With New York’s abundance of incredible waterways, summer boating season is one we can all look forward to enjoying. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 22 kicks off the Safe Boating Council’s...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on Gov. Cuomo Profiting From Book Deal

“Today we learned that Andrew Cuomo’s book deal was worth more than $5 million – yet another fact he hid from the public until finally forced to reveal it through tax disclosures. His decision to publish a self-promotional book...