Steve Hawley https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Steve Hawley https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:47:07 -0500 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Sat, 17 Feb 2024 13:49:00 -0500 Hawley says Hochul's proposed cuts to local roads and bridges 'lacks of understanding of basic economics' https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-says-hochuls-proposed-cuts-to-local-roads-and-bridges-lacks-of-understanding Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, C - Batavia) recently criticized Gov. Hochul’s proposed cuts to local roads and bridges in her 2024-25 Executive Budget proposal. 

Hawley is joined by his Republican colleagues in the Senate and Assembly in his opposition to Hochul’s proposed $60 million cut for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), the state’s main source of funding for repair and maintenance of local roads, bridges, and culverts. 

For local communities, taxpayers, and motorists, CHIPS is essential to maintaining safe road conditions and using tax dollars as efficiently as possible. The group also criticized Hochul for failing to be fair and partial in her priorities for upstate and downstate infrastructure. 

Hawley and his colleagues are calling on the governor to restore the $60 million cut to CHIPS base aid and increase the CHIPS base funding level by $200 million to a total of $798.1 million.

Since 2013, Assemblyman Hawley has worked closely with local transportation advocates on the “Local Roads Are Essential” advocacy campaign. The campaign is sponsored by the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) and the New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways, Inc. (NYSAOTSOH) and brings hundreds of advocates to Albany each year to support local infrastructure. Hawley will also be meeting with local County, Town and Village Highway Superintendents on Friday, Feb 23rd to discuss these proposed cuts. Hawley hopes this initiative will bring meaningful change and provide much-needed funding for local roads and bridges.

“The proposed cuts to funding for local roads and bridges shows a complete lack of understanding of basic economics,” said Hawley. “While the price to pave, maintain and upkeep infrastructure is rising, localities are not given the funding they need year after year. The Majority’s politically driven spending is now burdening upstate communities with less aid for schools and now unreasonable cuts for their roads and bridges all to make an impossible attempt to balance an already bloated budget. Prosperity for New Yorkers begins at the local level. If the governor wants to reverse the trend of record-high outmigration, that starts with taking care of local infrastructure instead of turning a blind eye to the needs of upstate communities.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-says-hochuls-proposed-cuts-to-local-roads-and-bridges-lacks-of-understanding#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-says-hochuls-proposed-cuts-to-local-roads-and-bridges-lacks-of-understanding Feb 17, 2024, 1:49pm Steve Hawley Hawley says Hochul's proposed cuts to local roads and bridges 'lacks of understanding of basic economics' Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, C - Batavia) recently criticized Gov. Hochul’s proposed cuts to local roads and bridges in her 2024-25 Executive Budget proposal.&nbsp;</p><p>Hawley is joined by his Republican colleagues in the Senate and Assembly in his opposition to Hochul’s proposed $60 million cut for the Consolidated</p></blockquote>
Hawley and colleagues urge a delay to assess electric school bus mandates https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-and-colleagues-urge-a-delay-to-assess-electric-school-bus-mandates/638318 Press Release:

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) was joined by his colleagues in the state Senate and Assembly to unveil a proposal to delay the requirement for school districts to purchase all-electric school buses from 2027 to 2045.

 The group also called for a cost-benefit analysis to assess this policy's impact on schools and taxpayers. While the state has set aside roughly $500 million to help with this transition, the cost of these new school buses would come out far higher, with a nearly $20 billion price tag for school districts across the state. 

Rural schools have also raised concerns that these zero-emission buses would not be reliable enough to handle long commutes and challenging weather. Hawley believes this mandate must be pushed back so that school districts can properly address these concerns.

“The Majority in Albany is at it again,” said Hawley. “This zero-emission busing mandate for school districts is unworkable, unreasonable and unattainable. Not only are these new electric buses not reliable enough for rural areas but they also cost triple the price of a standard school bus. This is why the Majority refuses to do any kind of study on the effectiveness of the policy because they know this regulation will not work and come straight out of the pockets of local school property taxpayers. Our children should not be guinea pigs for these extreme climate policies. We need to slow this process down to assess the effectiveness of this policy so we keep our students safe and don’t deprive schools of their much-needed resources.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-and-colleagues-urge-a-delay-to-assess-electric-school-bus-mandates/638318#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-and-colleagues-urge-a-delay-to-assess-electric-school-bus-mandates/638318 Feb 15, 2024, 4:26pm Steve Hawley Hawley and colleagues urge a delay to assess electric school bus mandates Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img class="image-style-large" height="231" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-04/hawleyfileapril2023.jpg?itok=p2Y0T4jB" width="180"> </div> </div> <figcaption>File photo of&nbsp;<br>Steve Hawley.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) was joined by his colleagues in the state Senate and Assembly to unveil a proposal to delay the requirement for school districts to purchase all-electric school buses from 2027 to 2045.</p><p>&nbsp;The group also called for a cost-benefit analysis to assess this policy's</p></blockquote>
Hawley declares Feb. 12-18 as Jell-O Week https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-declares-feb-12-18-as-jell-o-week/638297 Press Release:

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) introduced a resolution yesterday declaring Feb. 12-18, 2024 as Jell-O week in the state of New York. Jell-O was originally created in 1897 by a carpenter from Le Roy named Pearle Wait. Wait experimented with gelatin and came up with the fruit-flavored dessert which his wife, Mary, named Jell-O. 

The Jell-O Company changed ownership several times before leaving Le Roy in 1964. Known as America’s Most Famous Dessert, Jell-O remains a distinguished part of the town’s history. The Jell-O museum, located on East Main Street, still displays the company’s original advertising art, molds, spoons, toys, collectibles, and recipe books. 

Hawley is proud to recognize this dessert’s rich history, which started in Western New York and has contributed to the economic growth and prosperity of communities across New York and throughout the country.

“The founding of the Jell-O Company is a testament to the inspiring ingenuity and innovation that can only be found in Western New York,” said Hawley. “America’s Most Famous Dessert earned its name for its impact across our state and country for creating jobs, economic opportunity, and improving the quality of life for people throughout our nation. From a local treat to an internationally sold product, Jell-O has made its mark across the globe. This week, we recognize our region's hard work and accomplishments in founding one of America’s most beloved deserts.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-declares-feb-12-18-as-jell-o-week/638297#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-declares-feb-12-18-as-jell-o-week/638297 Feb 14, 2024, 7:15am Steve Hawley Hawley declares Feb. 12-18 as Jell-O Week Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img class="image-style-large" height="231" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-04/hawleyfileapril2023.jpg?itok=p2Y0T4jB" width="180"> </div> </div> <figcaption>File photo of<br>Steve Hawley.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) introduced a resolution yesterday declaring Feb. 12-18, 2024 as Jell-O week in the state of New York. Jell-O was originally created in 1897 by a carpenter from Le Roy named Pearle Wait. Wait experimented with gelatin and came up with the fruit-flavored dessert</p></blockquote>
Hawley visits Jackson Primary students for his annual Valentines for Veterans program https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-visits-jackson-primary-students-for-his-annual-valentines-for-veterans-program
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Submitted photo of Assemblyman Steve Hawley with students at Jackson Primary.

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) hosted his annual Valentines for Veterans program. Hawley teamed up with Jackson Primary and Robert Morris School to deliver over 150 handmade valentines from students to the residents at The New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. 

During this time, Hawley spoke to students about the importance of veterans and their service to our nation. Hawley hopes this event will raise awareness of veterans' issues and show the community’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice for our country.

“As a veteran myself, I understand the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country free,” said Hawley. “This is why every year I put on our Valentines for Veterans program to get our community involved in supporting our veterans. I’m thankful to the faculty and students at Jackson Primary and Robert Morris School for partnering with us this year and I hope to continue to put this event on for years to come.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-visits-jackson-primary-students-for-his-annual-valentines-for-veterans-program#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-visits-jackson-primary-students-for-his-annual-valentines-for-veterans-program Feb 12, 2024, 1:45pm Steve Hawley Hawley visits Jackson Primary students for his annual Valentines for Veterans program Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="hawley-at-jackson-primary.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="618" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/hawley-at-jackson-primary.jpg?itok=xm6HUFSS" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Submitted photo of Assemblyman Steve Hawley with students at Jackson Primary.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) hosted his annual Valentines for Veterans program. Hawley teamed up with Jackson Primary and Robert Morris School to deliver over 150 handmade valentines from students to the residents at The New York State Veterans Home at Batavia.&nbsp;</p><p>During this time, Hawley spoke to</p></blockquote>
For National Pizza Day, Hawley delivers pizza to local law enforcement officers https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/for-national-pizza-day-hawley-delivers-pizza-to-local-law-enforcement-officers/638248
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Assemblyman Steve Hawley delivering pizza to Batavia PD.  From left, Officer Austin Davis, Officer Peter Post, Chief Shawn Heubusch, Hawley, and Officer Matt Smith.
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In celebration of National Pizza Day and in a show of support and respect for law enforcement on Friday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley had pizza delivered to several law enforcement agencies in his district, including a personal stop to deliver pizza to the Batavia Police Department.

“From the state troopers to local departments, our police officers are a vital part of our community’s safety,” said Hawley. “Far too often, we take their service for granted, but events like this are a small way to help give back and show our appreciation for their hard work.”

Other departments receiving pizza included:

  • Albion Police Department
  • Batavia Police Department
  • Brockport Police Department
  • Corfu Village Police Department
  • Genesee County Sheriff's Office
  • Holley Police Department
  • Le Roy Police Department
  • Medina Police Department
  • NYSP - Troop A Albion Barracks|
  • NYSP - Troop A Batavia HQ Orleans County Sheriff's Office
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/for-national-pizza-day-hawley-delivers-pizza-to-local-law-enforcement-officers/638248#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/for-national-pizza-day-hawley-delivers-pizza-to-local-law-enforcement-officers/638248 Feb 9, 2024, 5:19pm Steve Hawley For National Pizza Day, Hawley delivers pizza to local law enforcement officers Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="hawley pizza batavia pd" class="image-style-large" height="512" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/hawleypizzabataviapd-2.jpg?itok=NQZ1Mipd" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Assemblyman Steve Hawley delivering pizza to Batavia PD. &nbsp;From left, Officer Austin Davis, Officer Peter Post, Chief Shawn Heubusch, Hawley, and Officer Matt Smith.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>In celebration of National Pizza Day and in a show of support and respect for law enforcement on Friday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley had pizza delivered to several law enforcement agencies in his district, including a personal stop to deliver pizza to the Batavia Police Department.</p><p><span>“From the state troopers</span></p>
Hawley stands against proposed prison closures https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-stands-against-proposed-prison-closures/638148 Press Release:

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) recently joined his colleagues in the Assembly to oppose Gov. Hochul’s proposed plan to close up to five New York state prisons within the next year.

Yesterday, members of the Assembly Republican Conference held a press conference to discuss the dangers this initiative would present for correctional facilities, their staff, and inmate populations. 

Correction officers across the state have been speaking out in recent weeks about the poor working conditions due to understaffing and low pay.

Over the last year, New York’s prison population has grown by roughly 1,400, making these issues all the more apparent. Hawley has multiple prisons within his district including Albion and Orleans Correctional Facility and nearby Attica & Wyoming Correctional Facility.

Hawley is frustrated the governor is moving forward with this proposal and is calling on his colleagues in the Legislature to push back against this policy.

“This decision by the governor is unnecessary and unreasonable,” said Hawley. “Correction officers should not have to worry about being out of a job and unable to provide for their families. Closing prisons like this will only make the current staffing crisis worse and push prospective officers out of the field. Inmates will be crowded into smaller prisons, making it a more dangerous environment for staff members. We’ve already seen numerous officers sustain injuries due to overcrowding and increased violence. I hope the governor will recognize these problems and give our correction officers the tools they need to do their jobs.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-stands-against-proposed-prison-closures/638148#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-stands-against-proposed-prison-closures/638148 Feb 3, 2024, 8:40am Steve Hawley Hawley stands against proposed prison closures Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img class="image-style-large" height="231" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-04/hawleyfileapril2023.jpg?itok=p2Y0T4jB" width="180"> </div> </div> <figcaption>File photo of<br>Steve Hawley.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) recently joined his colleagues in the Assembly to oppose Gov. Hochul’s proposed plan to close up to five New York state prisons within the next year.</p><p>Yesterday, members of the Assembly Republican Conference held a press conference to discuss the dangers this initiative</p></blockquote>
Hawley criticizes cuts in the state budget, releases statement https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-criticizes-cuts-in-the-state-budget-releases-statement/638052 Press Release:

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) attended a press conference yesterday to address the governor’s decision not to “Hold Harmless” school district regarding foundation aid in the state budget. 

Gov. Hochul released her state budget proposal early last week and did not keep her promise to local school districts that they would not see a decrease in their foundation aid funding from the previous year. 

This comes as the state has put more regulations on school districts such as last year’s mandate requiring all school buses to be electric by 2035. Hawley is frustrated that upstate rural and suburban school districts will not receive the funding they need.

“Gov. Hochul is at it again,” said Hawley. “It’s ridiculous our schools should have to take a back seat while the governor continues to hinder them with less funding and more regulations. The governor should remember her promise to ensure foundation aid for local school districts would not decrease and give them the resources they need. I cannot and will not vote for any state budget that does not put the education of our children first.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-criticizes-cuts-in-the-state-budget-releases-statement/638052#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-criticizes-cuts-in-the-state-budget-releases-statement/638052 Jan 26, 2024, 10:56am Steve Hawley Hawley criticizes cuts in the state budget, releases statement Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-right"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img class="image-style-large" height="231" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2023-04/hawleyfileapril2023.jpg?itok=p2Y0T4jB" width="180"> </div> </div> <figcaption>File photo of<br>Steve Hawley.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) attended a press conference yesterday to address the governor’s decision not to “Hold Harmless” school district regarding foundation aid in the state budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Gov. Hochul released her state budget proposal early last week and did not keep her promise to local school districts</p></blockquote>
Hawley expresses concerns over Hochul and the Majority's budget https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-expresses-concerns-over-hochul-and-the-majoritys-budget/637969 A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia).

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“It’s that time of the year again. The Majority in Albany is once again desperately trying to clean up its mess by spending money we don’t have on projects we don’t need. Lowering the amount our public schools will receive to help teachers and students rebuild after COVID and giving over $2 billion to try to solve the self-inflicted migrant crisis are just more examples of downstate interests trumping the needs of Western New Yorkers. This administration needs to be more fiscally responsible. Families across our state have to create reasonable budgets and live within their means. It’s about time Gov. Hochul and the Majority did the same.”

Assemblyman Steve Hawley represents the 139th Assembly District, which includes Genesee and Orleans Counties and parts of Monroe, and Erie counties. For more information, please visit his official website

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-expresses-concerns-over-hochul-and-the-majoritys-budget/637969#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-expresses-concerns-over-hochul-and-the-majoritys-budget/637969 Jan 18, 2024, 4:30pm Steve Hawley Hawley expresses concerns over Hochul and the Majority's budget Press Release <p>A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia).</p><p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>“It’s that time of the year again. The Majority in Albany is once again desperately trying to clean up its mess by spending money we don’t have on projects we don’t need. Lowering the amount our public schools will receive to</p></blockquote>
Hawley issues message that Hochul is 'in lockstep with radical majority' https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-issues-message-that-hochul-is-in-lockstep-with-radical-majority/637848 A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) on the State of the State Address.

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“Gov. Hochul has once again shown she is in lockstep with the radical majority in Albany. As if giving criminals a free pass and taking control away from local governments wasn’t enough, this administration seems hellbent on chipping away at Western New York’s way of life by doing nothing to lower the cost of living and allowing migrants to flood into upstate communities. Time and time again we have been let down and left out by big-city politicians. It’s time for our leadership to step away from these radical policies and start working for everyday New Yorkers.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-issues-message-that-hochul-is-in-lockstep-with-radical-majority/637848#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-issues-message-that-hochul-is-in-lockstep-with-radical-majority/637848 Jan 10, 2024, 3:47pm Steve Hawley Hawley issues message that Hochul is 'in lockstep with radical majority' Press Release <p>A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) on the State of the State Address.</p><p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>“Gov. Hochul has once again shown she is in lockstep with the radical majority in Albany. As if giving criminals a free pass and taking control away from local governments wasn’t enough, this administration</p></blockquote>
Hawley says 2024 to be 'one of the most consequential years' https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-says-2024-to-be-one-of-the-most-consequential-years/637782 Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) on the Beginning of Session “2024 is shaping up to be one of the most consequential years in our state’s long history. Throughout my time in the Assembly, I’ve fought every day to protect Western New York’s way of life from downstate special interests. During this year’s session, I’m committed to continuing to push for common sense policies that bring down costs, increase public safety, and lower taxes.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-says-2024-to-be-one-of-the-most-consequential-years/637782#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-says-2024-to-be-one-of-the-most-consequential-years/637782 Jan 4, 2024, 6:34pm Steve Hawley Hawley says 2024 to be 'one of the most consequential years' Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) on the Beginning of Session “2024 is shaping up to be one of the most consequential years in our state’s long history. Throughout my time in the Assembly, I’ve fought every day to protect Western New York’s way of life from</p></blockquote>