Press Releases

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay On The Executive Budget Presentation

“Gov. Hochul offered an executive budget proposal that one might expect in an election year: something for everyone and plenty of cash to dole out, thanks in part to billions in bailouts from Washington, D.C. On its surface, there’s a lot...

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the importance of bringing people together and creating a better world through unity. Today, we pay tribute to that legacy, and Dr. King remains one of the most inspirational and important leaders in our nation’s...

Barclay To Provide Free Covid-19 Rapid Tests At Fulton War Memorial

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) will host a COVID-19 test giveaway on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, 609 W. Broadway in the City of Fulton. Up to two test kits are available per household and supply...

In Albany, Public Safety Must Be A Priority In 2022

The start of 2022 offers us many opportunities to change the way we do things. In New York, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed as we begin the New Year, and at the top of that list are the dangerous criminal justice policies that continue...

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay On Gov. Hochul’s State Of The State Address

“Gov. Hochul’s State of the State Address presented her vision for the coming year, but little for New Yorkers to get excited about. This was a safe speech that hit popular notes. Unfortunately, clear solutions to current problems were few...

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“Today, we begin a new year with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. I am confident that 2022 will be filled with opportunities for growth for our families, friends, neighbors and state. As we continue to manage the realities of COVID-19, it is...

With The Start Of A New Year, Looking Ahead With Optimism To 2022

While we’re closing the final chapter on 2021, and my colleagues and I gear up for a new Legislative Session, I am optimistic for a brighter and better 2022. To say that the last year has been littered with obstacles and unfortunate distractions...

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

“The Christmas season is one of great joy, love and charity. I hope this year is no different, and that you get to spend it surrounded by loved ones. In whatever way you celebrate the holiday, I urge everyone to take a moment to reflect on all the...

Giving Back to Those in Our Community Is a Win-Win This Holiday Season

The holiday season, for many, is a time of celebration and gathering with family and loved ones. For too many, though, it is a time of economic uncertainty, stress and anxiety. As a community, there are plenty of ways we can help alleviate some of those...

Leader Barclay Delivers Donations to Local VA Medical Center

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The donations for the 2nd Annual Stockings for Veterans drive were made possible thanks to many generous individuals, school groups, churches, teams, organizations and elected officials.“It is overwhelming to see the outpouring of items people donated....

Celebrating The Holidays Right Here at Home

During the holiday season, we are fortunate to be able to spend time with family and friends as we celebrate old traditions and make new memories with those closest to our hearts. As most of us know, the holidays are filled with joy, happiness, nostalgia...

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Barclay on Gov. Hochul’s Mask Mandate Announcement

“Despite 80 percent of adults in New York being fully vaccinated, we are once again being force-fed another statewide mandate announced without notice, with little information, from a podium at a press conference. Gov. Hochul is using the same...

Hospital Staffing Shortages Creating Critical Threat to Patients and Providers

Medical facilities across New York are facing massive staffing shortages that have not only jeopardized the available bed space for patients in immediate need, but are now also impacting the number of services offered in hospitals. It is clear that the...

Leader Barclay Welcomes New Vision Intern

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Ms. Pacyon is a senior at Pulaski High School and a participant in student government at New Vision. The internship is coordinated through New Vision’s Participation in Government program. Pictured with Leader Barclay and Ms. Pacyon (right) is New...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on NYC Council’s Decision Granting Noncitizens Voting Rights

“Today’s vote by the NYC Council undermines our elections and diminishes the value of American citizenship. The agenda of Majority lawmakers keeps moving in a more radical, extremist, and dangerous direction. This is just the latest example....

‘Tithe My Shoes’ Collectors Meet to Deliver and Bless Shoes

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 Local leaders and elected officials met recently at Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay’s district office to deliver shoes that were donated to former Central Square Mayor Millard “Mudd” Murphy. Murphy leads the “Tithe...

Drug Injection Sites Are A Public Health Disaster Waiting To Happen

New York state is at a public health and safety crossroads, and yet again current leadership has proven they are unable to discern the right direction. Recently, two decisions handed down from misguided liberals in New York have further put the public...

When We ‘Shop Small’ We Help Our Communities Thrive

New York’s local businesses are the driving force behind the state’s fiscal well-being, and the goods and services they supply are irreplaceable in our daily lives. To maintain the health of local economies, we must continue to support the...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to gather with family and friends and reflect on all of the things we are grateful for. While counting our own blessings, we must also think of those less fortunate within our communities and the numerous ways...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on the Judiciary Committee Impeachment Report

“The Assembly Judiciary Committee’s report on its impeachment investigation confirms what I, and others, have said throughout 2021: Andrew Cuomo abused the power of his office and deserved to be impeached. The details of his misdeeds have...