Press Releases

DeStefano Calls On the MTA to Scale Back Fare Raise

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Today, Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I,Ref- Medford) joined Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, Senator Monica Martinez, Assemblyman Dough Smith and Suffolk County officials Rudy Sundermann and Bob Martinez...

Apply Today For the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators Scholarship

Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I,Ref-Medford) is encouraging all high school seniors and current college students to apply for the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators annual academic and athletic scholarships. Each scholarship is...

DeStefano Attends Albany Press Conference Outlining Budget Priorities

Today, Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I,Ref-Medford) attended a press conference outlining the Assembly Minority Conference’s budget priorities in the back of the chamber in the New York State Capitol. Hosted by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M....

DeStefano: Amazon Breaks Gov. Cuomo’s Heart

“Gov. Cuomo’s $3 billion handout wasn’t enough to entice Amazon to open shop in Long Island City. His actions have proven that this deal was not created with the taxpayers in mind, but only to benefit his self-serving agenda. There are...

DeStefano Fights to Restore Disability Funding

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Today, Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I, Ref- Medford) joined Assemblywoman Missy Miller (R,C,I-Atlantic Beach), Angela’s House Founder Bob Policastro, Disability Rights Advocate Douglas King, and members of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance...

DeStefano Calls On Governor to Restore Aim Funding

“Gov. Cuomo outlined a massive $179 billion state budget this year with proposals that will spend money on everything but our local towns and villages. His proposed Assistance and Initiatives for Municipalities (AIM) budget cuts would cut $59 million...

Destefano Opposes Single-Payer Health Care

“For years, health care has been at the forefront in national politics, but today the debate hit home as members of the Assembly Majority pushed for single-payer health care in New York state. This could be disastrous for taxpayers as it could raise...

DeStefano: Legislature ‘Misses Mark’ On Gun Control

“The bills brought to the floor today were a failed attempt at a solution regarding the nation’s gun debate. Today’s legislation focused heavily on the legal gun owners in New York. It did not address the individuals carrying illegal handguns....

DeStefano Demands Increased Infrastructure Funding

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Today, Assemblyman Joe DeStefano (R,C,I,Ref-Medford), joined by fellow members of the Assembly Minority Conference, attended a press conference held by the Assembly Minority Task Force on Critical Infrastructure and Transportation. The press conference...

DeStefano Questions Legislature’s Priorities after Passage of Dream Act

“Today, after much debate, the New York State Assembly voted and passed the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded tuition assistance to illegal immigrants. For the law-abiding residents of New York, this is another irresponsible way...

DeStefano Reacts to Gov. Cuomo’s State Of The State Address

“Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address failed to mention one of the most important solutions that New York so greatly needs—ethics reform. It seems that he’s more concerned with what the federal government is or isn’t doing...

DeStefano Confident Bi-Partisanship Will Yield Progress for State Assembly In 2019

Editor’s note: https://youtu.be/lXJzTpXEthM to view Assemblyman Joe DeStefano’s interview. “During my 23 years as fire commissioner of the Medford Fire District and as a proud union member, I’ve come to know people from all walks...

DeStefano Sworn in to State Assembly

Assemblyman Joseph DeStefano (R, C, I, Ref- Medford) sworn in to state Assembly
Today, Assemblyman Joseph DeStefano (R,C, I, Ref-Medford) was sworn-in as a new member of the New York State Assembly. DeStefano will represent the 3rd Assembly District, which includes parts of Suffolk County, including Medford and Mastic Beach. The...