Press Releases

Brabenec Once Again Calls for Greater Judicial Discretion in Place of Bail Reform Policy

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Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is again pushing for the Legislature to amend the state’sbail reform laws, following over three years of rising crime rates and horror stories from across New York. At a press conference today conducted in partnership...

Another Step Towards a Transparent Albany

I was first elected in a special election in 2014 when my predecessor, Annie Rabbitt, became the Orange County clerk. For my first two years in the Assembly, one of my biggest policy initiatives was a push for further transparency in state government....

Brabenec Celebrates Assembly Committee Meetings Finally Being Televised

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is cheering on the implementation of Assembly committee meetings finally being presented with video. The initiative was pushed in the Assembly Chamber during the 2016 session by Assembly Minority and was passed...

The Problem with Gov. Hochul’s State of The State

For the first time in three years, a governor of New York addressed both houses of the state Legislature when presenting their State of the State. It was a good sign that after years of pandemic precautions, things in the state government were starting...

Brabenec: The Albany Swamp Still Stinks

“The Albany swamp stills stinks, it seems. The governor presented her State of the State address with plans for the next calendar year, which included more egregious spending, more New York City favoritism and more promises for safety and security....

Brabenec Applauds Extension of Port Jervis Occupancy Tax Policy

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I- Deerpark) is pleased to announce Assembly Bill 9892, which will allow the city of Port Jervis to continue its occupancy tax policy through 2025, was signed into law by Gov. Hochul last week. The previous law, which was...

Brabenec Joins Call to Fund Local Roads, Bridges, and Culverts

“Outside New York City, the vast majority of our roads are owned, operated and maintained by local governments and municipalities. The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) is absolutely essential to repairing and maintaining...

Brabenec: Majority Members Continue To Throw Billions At Problems They Created

“Gov. Hochul’s budget address today was yet another example of the absurdity that is the Majority’s fiscal policy. Last year, I voiced concern with what was the largest state budget in history at $212 billion. This year’s executive budget proposal...

Brabenec: Bail Reform and Radical Policy Have To Go

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) joined members of the Assembly and Senate Minority Conferences today to call for a public safety plan to address the concerning increase in crime throughout New York state.Brabenec and state Minority lawmakers...

Hochul Fails To Deliver On Promises For The State

“Thus far, Gov. Hochul has grossly over-promised and under-delivered as our state executive. As this legislative session begins, we have to address the issues facing New Yorkers head on. That means working together to hold the governor accountable and...

Brabenec Hopes Hochul Breaks the Mold; Serves the People

“Congratulations to Kathy Hochul for becoming the 57th governor of New York and the first woman to ever hold the position. I sincerely hope she decides to break the running tradition of previous executives and serves the people of New York honorably.”...

Cuomo’s Resignation

“Today’s resignation by Gov. Cuomo marks the first step in the healing process for the stressful and chaotic period his time in office has been to New Yorkers everywhere,” said Brabenec. “This announcement came as a surprise, but I am glad Cuomo...

Cuomo’s Victims Deserve Justice. He Must Go Now

“We've known for years that Gov. Cuomo was a cruel and abusive man. The Attorney General's investigation has brought that fact to light like never before. The 179 people interviewed and over 74,000 pieces of evidence examined by investigators proved...

Brabenec and Martucci Deliver Legislative Win for the Town of Warwick

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I- Deerpark) and Sen. Mike Martucci (R,C,I-Hudson Valley) are celebrating the passage of landmark legislation to extend the Town of Warwick’s Community Preservation Fund for an additional 25 years, until 2050. (A.5324)...

Brabenec Joins Call to End the Confusion, Unmask New York School Children

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I- Deerpark) joined members of the Assembly Minority Conference today on the lawn of the state Capitol to announce a bill that would put an end to the mask requirement for minors under 18 years of age with no COVID-19 symptoms....

Brabenec Calls for Removal of State Emergency Declaration

“The data clearly shows that the time for a state of emergency has passed. COVID numbers across the board are under control, with the Mid-Hudson maintaining a 0.5% positivity rate. New Yorkers are ready to get back to normal and it is safe to do so....

Brabenec Co-Sponsors Legislation to Establish Clinical Staffing Committees in Hospitals

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) is proud to co-sponsor a bill (A.108B) requiring healthcare facilities to establish a clinical staffing committee to ensure safety standards for health care services. This bill seeks to address the needs of individual...

Brabenec Lambasts Majority’s Continuous Extension of Eviction Moratorium

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C-Deerpark) criticized bill A.07175-A, which extends the moratorium of the eviction of delinquent tenants who have not paid rent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Brabenec and others in the Assembly Minority recognize the...

Brabenec Celebrates Step In The Right Direction On Restaurant Restrictions; Committed To Continuing The Fight

Assembly Karl Brabenec (R,C,I- Deerpark) was pleased to see steps were made by New York state officials today to roll back several of the operational restrictions on bars and restaurants. Both the state Legislature and governor took action, repealing...

Assembly Majority Move to Give Violent Felons the Ability to Vote

Today, the state Assembly voted on legislation that gives convicted felons the ability to vote. (S.830-B). With this bill, any convict released on probation or parole would be legally able to register to vote, irrespective of the crime they were convicted...