Press Releases

Smullen Voices Strong Opposition to Publicly-Financed Campaigns

On Wednesday, September 18, the Public Campaign Financing Commission held a public hearing in Albany to discuss the possibility of implementing a controversial and potentially unconstitutional practice of public financing for campaigns in New York. Assemblyman...

Smullen Joins Commission on Rural Resources to Make Progress on Access to Rural Broadband

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Continuing his commitment to focus on important economic development issues, Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) today participated in a joint Senate and Assembly Hearing on the status of rural broadband service in New York state. Smullen issued...

A Statement from Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco)

“The decriminalization of marijuana in New York is just the latest example of the newly-minted legislature’s penchant for ignoring federal law in the name of criminal justice reform. By taking half-steps to legalizing marijuana, we put local...

Smullen Announces Construction Grants For Public Libraries

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref –Meco) today announced that five libraries in Fulton, Herkimer, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties have been allocated $231,598 in state aid for library construction funds. The funds were allocated from a $34 million...

Farm Labor Bill Sponsors Don’t Understand the Impacts of Their Legislation

“This legislation is devastating to farmers across our state. New York City politicians who have no farms in their districts are pushing this bill without holding any hearings upstate or in any communities reliant on farms. Without any input from...

Local Officials Echo Concerns about Green Light Bill

Local county clerks from Fulton and Herkimer counties today joined Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) in raising serious concerns about the New York State Assembly’s approval of a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain official...

Undocumented Immigrants Can Sidestep the Law, Obtain Legal U.S. Documents

On Wednesday, June 5, the Assembly Transportation Committee voted in favor of a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain official driver’s licenses in New York. The bill, A.3675a, allows the DMV to issue standard driver’s licenses...

Smullen Joins Colleagues in Introducing ‘Ramona’s Law’

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Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) joined his colleagues on Tuesday, May 21, to introduce legislation that would extend the parole period from two to five years, known as “Ramona’s Law.” Ramona Bante-Fahy, for whom the legislation...

Smullen Joins Colleagues to Stand Up For Volunteer Firefighters

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Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) joined his colleagues on Monday, May 20, to announce a bill that ensures our volunteer firefighters are treated properly. The bill, A.7655, would provide a state income tax exemption for active volunteer firefighters...

Smullen Applauds Century Linen & Uniform Grant

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) today praised the Public Authorities Control Board’s approval of a $1.2 million capital project for Century Linen & Uniform in Fulton County that is a critical component of the company’s plans to purchase...

Another Cloudy Economic Forecast for New York

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) today pointed to the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) Rich States, Poor States report as further evidence of the need to control taxes and spending in New York. The report ranks New York's economic...

Gold Star Families to Receive Benefits They Deserve

​“I am proud to see New York take this appropriate step to give back to real American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. With the benefit of overwhelming support from veterans’ groups, families and even the President of the...

Smullen Circulating Petition for Gold Star Families

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) has joined his colleagues in launching a petition to support further action on Assembly Bill A.2991 that would provide tuition assistance for families of service members who have lost their lives on active duty....

Governor Now Supports Bill To Assist Families of Fallen Soldiers

After A.2991 was voted down in the Higher Education Committee by the Assembly Majority, Gov. Cuomo said in a statement that he would support the bill and sign it into law this session. Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco), a co-sponsor of the legislation...

Assembly Majority Blocks Bill To Assist Families of Fallen Soldiers

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) is co-sponsoring legislation to provide tuition assistance to family members who have lost loved ones in combat, and is dismayed that Assembly Majority rejected this proposal earlier today in committee. A.2991...

Students See Success in Newly-Enacted Budget

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) is pleased to announce important education reforms and relief in the 2019-20 state budget, including a provision that enables SUNY and CUNY schools and community colleges to offer reduced tuition and fees for...

New York’s Budget: More Taxes, More Spending

An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal titled When Taxing the Rich Isn’t Enough highlights how the recently-adopted $175.5 billion state budget “spares no taxpayer.” With the Majority now in total control of state government,...

Smullen: Direct-Care Workers Deserve Proper Funding

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) joins legislative leaders and Direct Care advocates at the State Capitol on March 25, 2019
Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) joined his colleagues and direct-care advocates to urge the Governor to include the proper funds for direct-care workers in the final state budget. Smullen and his fellow legislators are fighting to ensure direct-care...

Keep The American Legion Funds In The Final Budget: A Simple Request That Goes a Long Way

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) joined by Assemblyman Mark Walczyk and members of the American Legion at their annual Legislative Breakfast
As the American Legion celebrates its 100th anniversary, Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) joined his colleagues in sending a letter to the governor and legislative leaders urging them to renew the $150,000 used to finance the Boys State program....

Smullen Commends the Restoration of Funds For Local Programs in Assembly Budget Bill

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) is pleased to announce that his calls to restore funding to libraries and municipalities were heard. As the ranking member of the Libraries and Education Technology Committee, Colonel Smullen has worked consistently...