Press Releases

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Jon Rivera Announce $2.5 Million in Funding for West Side Organizations

Buffalo – Speaker Carl Heastie today, on his annual statewide tour, joined Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera to announce $1.5 million in funding for the Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute of Western New York, as well as $1 million for the Belle Center...

Assemblymembers Jon Rivera and Catalina Cruz Recognize Critically Needed $50 Million in Funding for Nourish New York Program

Buffalo – Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera was joined today by Assemblymember Catalina Cruz at West Side Community Services in Buffalo to announce that through the efforts of the New York State Assembly Majority, the 2022-23 state budget will allocate...

NYS Legislature’s WNY Delegation Denounces Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Will Fundamentally Reshape American Life

Buffalo – Today, Members of the New York State Legislature’s Western New York Delegation gathered outside of the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo to denounce the string of recent Supreme Court decisions that encapsulate...

Assemblymember Rivera and Sen. Ryan Recognize Crucial Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Direct Support Professionals

Hamburg – Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera, State Sen. Sean Ryan, Hamburg Town Supervisor Randy Hoak and representatives from both People Inc. and Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY today recognized a critical and well-deserved cost-of-living...

Assemblymember Rivera: Bill Reflecting Name Change Helps Restore Dignity to Indigenous Communities

Assemblymember Jon Rivera announced legislation he sponsored (A08518) which matches the local name change of “Squaw Island” in Buffalo to “Unity Island" at the state level. The Buffalo Common Council renamed the island in 2015 to remove...

State Lawmakers Highlight Historic Investment in Western New York Schools

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Today, May 6, 2022, New York State Senator Sean Ryan, Assemblymember Jon Rivera and Assemblymember Bill Conrad gathered at Hamburg High School to highlight the historic $31 billion investment in New York’s schools included...

Assemblymembers Rivera and Conrad, and Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes, Celebrate the North Park Theatre as a NYS Historic Business

Buffalo – Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera was joined today by Assemblyman Bill Conrad and Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes to announce that Buffalo’s historic North Park Theatre at 1428 Hertel Avenue has been accepted into the New York...

Assemblymember Rivera and Supervisor Hoak Join Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for Spring Sweep

Buffalo – Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera joined Hamburg Town Supervisor Randy Hoak for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s Spring Sweep event at Woodlawn Beach, the largest single-day cleanup across Western New York, on Earth Day Weekend. Simultaneously,...

Assemblymember Rivera and Sen. Kennedy Announce Passage of Geothermal Tax Credit Bill

BUFFALO – Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera and State Sen. Tim Kennedy joined the homeowners of 601 West Ferry St. to announce the passage of Bill A07493/S3864, which grants a tax credit for the purchase and installation of geothermal heat pump systems...

NYS Legislators Announce Historic, Essential Increase In SUNY, CUNY Aid and Elimination of the ‘Tap Gap’

BUFFALO – Assemblymembers Jon D. Rivera and Bill Conrad, State Sen. Sean Ryan, and representatives from United University Professions joined officials at SUNY Buffalo State College today to announce an historic $500 million in SUNY and CUNY operating...

Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera and Senator Sean Ryan Invite You to Join Us for the Annual Woodlawn Beach Clean Up Day on April 23rd

Assemblymember Rivera Issues Statement on Passage of 2022-23 State Budget

ALBANY – The Senate and Assembly majorities have worked hard to pass a 2022-23 state budget that provides economic and middle-class tax relief, funding for workforce development programs and invests in our health care and education systems. I also...

Senator Sean Ryan, Assemblymember Jon Rivera Announce State Budget Doubles Funding for Refugee Resettlement Agencies

Albany – Today, April 9, 2022, New York State Senator Sean Ryan and Assemblymember Jon Rivera announced that the state budget for FY 2022-2023 delivers a record $6 million in funding for refugee resettlement agencies through the New York State Enhanced...

Assemblymember Rivera Announces $50,000 in Sam Grant Funding Acquired for the Hamburg Skatepark Project

Hamburg – New York State Assemblymember Jonathan D. Rivera announced, as part of the NYS Assembly’s State and Municipal (SAM) grant allocations, that the Hamburg Skatepark Project will receive $50,000 in grant funding. The concept for a new...

Assemblymember Rivera Comments on Gov. Hochul’s State of the State Address

Buffalo – “I’ve witnessed countless State of the State addresses through the years. Yesterday’s struck me as being different in a meaningful way. There were no frills or theatrics. There were no dramatic accompaniments. It was...

Assemblymembers Rivera and Davila, and Speaker Heastie Announce $3.8 Million in Funding for Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute of WNY

Buffalo – Today, Sept. 21, 2021, Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera was joined at the corner of Niagara and Hudson streets by NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila (District 53), several other elected officials, as well as Project...

Assemblymember Rivera and Senator Ryan Join WNYRAC Agencies for Welcome Week 2021

Buffalo – Today, Sept. 16, 2021, New York State Senator Sean Ryan and Assemblymember Jon Rivera gathered at the International Institute of Buffalo to provide an update on refugee resettlement progress and to announce the area’s participation...

Assemblymember Rivera Announces Funding Acquired for Several Projects Within Hamburg, Blasdell

HAMBURG – New York State Assemblymember Jonathan D. Rivera announced, as part of the NYS Assembly’s Budget Initiatives process in which state grants are provided in support of services that benefit local communities, that a litany of funding...

Assemblymember Rivera Announces $32,000 in Funding Acquired for the Belle Center

Buffalo – New York State Assemblymember Jonathan D. Rivera announced, as part of the NYS Assembly’s Budget Initiatives process in which state grants are provided in support of services that benefit local communities, that $32,000 in state...

Congressman Higgins & Assemblyman Rivera Mark Canada Day With Joint Push to Reopen the Border Between the United States & Canada

The week including Canada Day, July 1, and Independence Day, July 4, typically tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for cross-border travel between the United States and Canada. However, this year the border remains closed to non-essential...