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➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-04-07T20:20:50+0000

OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT PARTNERS WITH LOCAL LEADERS, CARPENTERS UNION TO DELIVER FREE MEALS TO SENIORS AND VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS

Office of Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor), Woodbury Mayor Tim Egan, local officials, Carpenters Local 279, and the Falkirk Estate & Country Club today started delivery of over 70+ meals to seniors and vulnerable households in need in the Village of Woodbury and across the 99th Assembly District.

Nikki Schmitt represented her husband, Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, on the first day of food delivery as he is currently activated for the COVID-19 mission with the Army National Guard.

Today is the first day that meals will be delivered contactless (left at the front door). They will be delivered twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) during the COVID-19 crisis at no charge to seniors and vulnerable households thanks to the generosity of Falkirk Estate & Country Club.

Special thanks goes to Wayne Corts and his team at Falkirk Estate & Country Club. Thanks to Wayne’s generosity all these meals are fully provided at no charge.

Specific recognition also goes to Carpenters Local 279 who have committed a significant number of volunteers to help deliver these meals for the duration of the program.

Seniors and vulnerable households who are in need during this time can register for this meal assistance online at this link https://forms.gle/99yxiw2roam2QXZS8 or by calling Assemblyman Schmitt’s office at 845-469-6929.

Nikki Schmitt stated, “Today I am privileged to launch our 99th Assembly District COVID-19 meal delivery initiative for my husband Assemblyman Colin Schmitt while he serves on National Guard duty for the COVID-19 mission. We have many seniors and vulnerable households that are in need of a warm meal during this crisis. We are happy to partner with Mayor Egan, Falkirk Estate & Country Club and Carpenters Local 279 to get these meals to those most in need in our community. The Assembly office is fully operational during these difficult times, and this food delivery is just one of Colin’s many programs to help those in need in our district. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of assistance on this or any subject. I want to send a special thanks to Falkirk Estates for the generous donation of meals for this program and Carpenters Local 279 for sending many volunteers to make sure these meals make it to those in need.”

Mayor Tim Egan stated, “I am proud to be here today to start the delivery of over 70+ meals to our seniors and vulnerable families over the next few weeks. I would also like to thank Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, Falkirk Estate & Country Club and Carpenters Local 279 for partnering with me and the village government to help those most in need in our community. I urge any senior or vulnerable household in need to continue to register for this contactless home meal delivery. We will continue to work with our community and partners in government to provide assistance during this ongoing crisis.”

Wayne Corts, owner of Falkirk Estates & Country Club, “Falkirk Estates & Country Club is dedicated to giving back to our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are truly grateful to be in a position to help our seniors and those in need of a warm meal at this time. We are proud to be located in Woodbury and will continue to do everything we can to help local residents.”

Matt Ross, Carpenters Local 279 representative stated, “During this difficult time Carpenters Local 279 is committed to helping those most in need in our community. We were happy to answer the call to assist Assemblyman Schmitt, the Village of Woodbury and Falkirk Estates get these meals delivered to those who need them most. Our wish is that everyone stays healthy and we will overcome this difficult time with unified efforts like this.”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT PARTNERS WITH LOCAL LEADERS, CARPENTERS UNION TO DELIVER FREE MEALS TO SENIORS AND…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 7th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-04-07T20:20:33+0000

Our amazing Assembly District First Lady Nikki Schmitt helping hand off 70+ meals for distribution to local seniors and vulnerable households in need with Carpenters Local 297, the Village of Woodbury with all meals provided by Falkirk Estate and Country Club!

Our amazing Assembly District First Lady Nikki Schmitt helping hand off 70+ meals for distribution to local seniors and vulnerable households in need with Carpenters Local 297, the Village of Woodbury with all meals provided by Falkirk Estate and Country Club!

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 7th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-04-04T10:48:12+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT ACTIVATED TO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD DUTY FOR COVID-19 MISSION

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) a Corporal in the Army National Guard has been activated for the COVID-19 mission. Schmitt will deploy in support of the ongoing fight to combat coronavirus/COVID-19 starting today Saturday, April 4.

Assemblyman Schmitt’s office will continue to be fully operational remotely to provide service and assistance uninterrupted to all residents of the 99th Assembly District.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “As we continue to wage war against coronavirus I have been activated and will deploy in Orange County to support the Army National Guard COVID-19 mission. In this trying time for all in our communities I will do my part as a member of the National Guard to combat this virus.”

Schmitt continued, “I am forever grateful to the brave men and women who have been on the frontlines working to save lives and keep our communities healthy. They are heroes and I will work however long it is necessary to provide assistance to them in my military role. My office will still be fully operational during this time. All services for constituents will continue uninterrupted.”

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt is currently serving as a Corporal in the 1569th Transportation Company, New York State Army National Guard. Schmitt has been a member of the Army National Guard for five years and has previously been activated in support of the Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief Mission.

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT ACTIVATED TO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD DUTY FOR COVID-19 MISSIONAssemblyman Colin J. Schmitt…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Saturday, April 4, 2020

April 4th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-04-03T17:53:31+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT DELIVERS FOR 99TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT IN 2020 BUDGET

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor), Ranking Member of the Assembly Local Governments Committee, delivered significant wins for the 99th Assembly District in the final 2020 state budget.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “This year’s budget process was unprecedented and unorthodox as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the daunting pressures and economic uncertainties we are under as a state I put politics aside and worked in bipartisan fashion to deliver a series of critical wins for our district. I focused on representing our Hudson Valley values and priorities every step of the way. The overall budget is far from perfect and in the areas of flawed policy and bad ideas I stood opposed to the Governor and ensured our voice was heard.”

COVID-19 Emergency Funding:

$40 million for services and expenses related to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). Such funds will be used for the purposes including, but not limited to: additional personnel, equipment and supplies, travel costs and trainings. A portion of these funds may be made available as State Aid to Municipalities for services and expenses related to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19).

$25 billion Special Federal Emergency Appropriations Available to recover from natural or man-made disasters including public health emergencies

$4 billion Special Public Health Emergency Appropriation for services and expenses related to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19).

$14.9 Million for Wadsworth Laboratories which is at the forefront testing for COVID-19 in NY.

Schmitt stated, “As we continue to wage war against COVID-19 we need to avail ourselves of all possible resources to defeat this virus and ensure a successful long term recovery. I supported critical COVID-19 emergency funding when we needed it most and will continue to do so.”

Protecting our environment and conserving water and open space:

$500 Million for Clean Water Infrastructure

$300 million for the environmental protection fund, including $1 million more for farmland protection.

$3 Billion “Restore Mother Nature Bond Act” which will be put to the voters this November for final approval which will fund open space acquisition, farm land protection, watershed and water quality priority projects and much more.

$4.2 Million increase in funding for our state parks infrastructure

Jim Delaune, Executive Director of the Orange County Land Trust stated, “I want to thank Assemblyman Colin Schmitt for his leadership in support of critical environmental funding priorities in the 2020 budget. He continues to be a dedicated leader on conservation issues and protecting our land, environment, water and natural resources.”

Local Infrastructure Funding:

$438.1 million for CHIPS consolidated local streets and highway improvement program.

$65 million for extreme winter weather recovery funding for our local roads.

$39.7 million for Marchiselli funding program.

$100 million for BRIDGE NY local bridge projects.

$100 million PAVE NY for local road projects.

Over $6 Billion for a one year DOT capital plan.

$16.5 million in Airport Capital and $100 million for a second round of the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition to support airports like Stewart.

Wayne Kirkpatrick, Blooming Grove Highway Superintendent stated, “Once again Assemblyman Schmitt delivers for our district. Colin always has our back and in this difficult time financially he has ensured our local towns will have the funding necessary to maintain local roads, bridges and critical infrastructure. Thank you Assemblyman Schmitt for being our partner in Albany.”

Local Funding:

Restored $19,000 in funding for the Village of South Blooming Grove and $27,000 in funding for the Village of Woodbury.

Preserved AIM (Aid and Incentives to Municipalities) at last year’s levels which is used to provide critical funding relief for local taxpayers.

Jimmy LoFranco, Mayor of South Blooming Grove stated, “Assemblyman Colin Schmitt is always in our corner. I want to thank him for being our community’s partner on so many critical issues and for fighting to restore our critical local funding. We can always count on Colin to get the job done for us.”

Tim Egan, Mayor of the Village of Woodbury, “Our Assemblyman Colin Schmitt is always standing up for Woodbury. He has yet again delivered critical funding for our community and ensured our voice is properly represented in the State Assembly. Thank you Colin for always just being one phone call away to provide unwavering support especially during this critical time of need for so many.”

Critical Veterans Funding:

$4.1 Million restored for the Joseph P. Dwyer veterans peer mental health counseling program.

$1 Million addition for suicide prevention services for veterans

$250,000 increase for clear path for veterans program

$200,000 restored for helmets-to-hardhats union veteran employment program.

$200,000 for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project.

$50,000 for the Vietnam Veterans of America NYS Council

$100,000 restored for SAGE Veterans Project

$125,000 restored for Department of NY Veterans of Foreign Wars

Paul Oser, National Security Council Member American Legion stated, “Veterans across New York State know we can count on Assemblyman Colin Schmitt to be on our side. Colin is one of us and always ensures we are not forgotten by Albany. Thank you Assemblyman.”

Tracey Lantheir, Commander New Windsor American Legion Post 1796 stated, “Assemblyman Colin Schmitt is one of us. He takes care of all veterans. He is a leading voice for us in government and we are beyond grateful that he has delivered for veterans of our state once again.”

School Funding: In these trying economic times Assemblyman Schmitt opposed any cuts to our local school funding and ensured foundation aid would be frozen at last years levels.

Medicaid Inspector General: $50 Million for medicaid audit and fraud prevention program.

Assemblyman Schmitt stated, “My strong support was also put behind an amendment to the budget bills to pass the Small Business Emergency Recovery Act which I co-sponsor. This amendment among other things would have allocated $890 million in funding relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Bipartisan support was obtained for the amendment but it was eventually voted down by the majority. I am greatly disappointed but glad my $890 relief fund made it the floor for a vote and gained statewide bipartisan support. I will continue to push this and additional relief measures.”

Criminal Justice Changes Modification:

Assemblyman Schmitt stated, “Since day one I have been advocating for a full repeal of the dangerous criminal justice changes that eliminated cash bail for many offenses and made our state and communities less safe. Working in unison with victims, police chiefs, the Sheriff, District Attorney and concerned citizens I fought back against the scourge inflicted on our communities by these dangerous criminal justice changes. The budget did make some modifications to these changes. Quite frankly these changes did not go far enough and did not solve the problem. It was a step in the right direction, but not a full cure to ensure our safety. I believe after we make it through the COVID-19 crisis we must revisit these dangerous changes again. The new modifications do include provisions of a standalone bill I introduced following an incident that occurred in New Windsor involving a level three sex offender entering a fenced in nursery school playground. The change would making failure to register as a sex offender or endangering the welfare of a child where the defendant is registered as a level three sex offender, bail eligible. This is critically important and I am glad that a portion of my legislation made it into this series of modifications.”

Schmitt continued, “These modifications also failed to address New York State being the only state to not allow a judge to use their discretion to ascertain a criminal’s dangerousness in terms of potential bail. Until this piece is resolved I fear we will continue to see major issues.”

Opposed Green Light Law Expansion:

I vigorously opposed the green light expansion that would make it a felony for NYS law enforcement to share DMV data with federal officers investigating human trafficking, drug cartels, counterfeiting and more.

This peak behind the curtain of the budget process as the Governor claimed this language was approved by Homeland Security. It was not. You can view my questioning here. https://www.facebook.com/NYforSchmitt/videos/261231468214514/?__xts__[0]=68.ARD9vFbe-SKsqleTMiMhBsqRlMIIQtyojiskwpwGXgQ3L7yt6TRKaCvGouVJ-fT11LU2jrFt13djAzHuHK__LkCzQlqYhCfqrkiOJLN5o_ypN1WBuz7Ulib5r7X6yhgldZ1Zio7N180rkm7BR3YhGvFK0TFf6YEqMdBMkheeMSG4PgmGnrCIgpBtxovl-HhHn_JNbEdT5TcAcUfbLV5Dex00TM09xHZEdKMnGk9D-9C6UZfpyK9hWtvMe5X2E4LbHs_Htd9XpjKzKKs4dLDOh8DAoa9nIHWE1QKUZ7br0HIENUt1xW3Nrdz-7c13DM5llK8s-yu9Z4iVTjJ3YQV1P0msas_ihfGFKMkh3A&__tn__=-R

Opposed New York State Bridge Authority Merger Shenanigans:

I also vigorously opposed budget language that immediately expires all current board members terms of the NYS Bridge Authority who opposed the executives proposal to merge the Bridge Authority and Thruway Authority. The language also required the two authorities to enter into a coordination agreement. I was the only legislator to debate this part of the budget and oppose this hidden merger. This is a power grab by the executive to achieve a merge by any other name.

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT DELIVERS FOR 99TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT IN 2020 BUDGET Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Friday, April 3, 2020

April 3rd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-04-03T08:02:41+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT STATEMENT ON 2020 BUDGET

Albany, NY — (04/04/2020) Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) issued the following statement regarding the final 2020 state budget:

“During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis our state government has adopted a weighty budget through an unorthodox process. Each and every day through this budget process I have been laser focused on representing our Hudson Valley values and working in bipartisan fashion to deliver real results for all residents of our district. There are some strong wins for our district in this budget that I was happy to deliver including local funding, infrastructure funding, land and water conservation funding, critical COVID-19 response funding and restored veterans mental health funding. Yet, there were also pieces that required significant push-back and opposition. We have difficult days ahead, but with a budget in place we can move forward with renewed focus on the essential services of New York State dedicated to ending the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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April 3rd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-04-02T23:06:16+0000

During budget debate this evening Assemblyman Schmitt questioned the green light expansion that would make it a felony for NYS law enforcement to share DMV data with federal officers investigating human trafficking, drug cartels, counterfeiting and more.

This peak behind the curtain of the bugdet process as the Governor claimed this language was approved by Homeland Security. It was not.

Assemblyman Schmitt opposes GREEN LIGHT law expansion

During budget debate this evening Assemblyman Schmitt questioned the green light expansion that would make it a felony for NYS law enforcement to share DMV data with federal officers investigating human trafficking, drug cartels, counterfeiting and more. This peak behind the curtain of the bugdet process as the Governor claimed this language was approved by Homeland Security. It was not.

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, April 2, 2020

April 2nd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-03-12T23:18:30+0000

SCHMITT STATEMENT ON MILESTONE STATE SUPREME COURT DECISION

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt(R,C,I-New Windsor) is the lead legislative plaintiff on the Conservative Party of New York’s lawsuit against the NYS campaign finance commission and its findings.

The commission was created to circumvent the state legislatures constitutional authority by creating and changing laws outside of the legislative process by un-elected and unaccountable political appointees.

The commission created a taxpayer funded campaign framework and changed election law to eliminate minor parties.

Today the State Supreme Court ruled on one of the cases challenging the commission.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Today the State Supreme Court invalidated the unconstitutional campaign finance commission and its findings. Working with the Conservative Party I took the fight against the commission to the courts. We have successfully blocked taxpayer funded campaigns and preserved the right for all New Yorkers to register as members of and vote for candidates on minor parties lines most closely aligned with their beliefs. This ruling also shows commissions cannot be created to circumvent the legislature and constitutional legislative process. This ruling not only saves over $200 million in taxpayer money from being spent on political campaigns but preserves every citizens political organizing rights.”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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March 12th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-03-12T18:06:43+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENT IN ORANGE COUNTY

Washingtonville, NY — (03/12/20) Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) provided the following update on the Coronavirus outbreak:

“As of this morning there is a confirmed Orange County resident with Coronavirus. This individual is currently hospitalized and isolated. I have been in touch with Orange County Executive Neuhaus and Orange County Department of Health as we continue to fight this outbreak.

The health, safety and well-being of my constituents continues to be my main priority during this crisis. On a daily basis I have been in contact with the Governor’s office and local leaders and I have been in contact with the US Department of Homeland Security and White House. I will maintain my efforts around the clock for our district with partners at every level of government until this virus is defeated.

Members of the public should take the necessary steps to prevent further spread of this disease by washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding large crowds, and staying home if you are sick.

For additional information, or if you are experiencing symptoms, you can call the New York State Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or the Orange County Health Nursing Hotline at 845-291-2330.

For non-emergency assistance and questions constituents can, as always, reach out to my office at schmittc@nyassembly.gov or 845-469-6929. I will continue to keep my constituents as up to date as possible during this time.”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENT IN ORANGE COUNTYWashingtonville, NY — (03/12/20) Assemblyman…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, March 12, 2020

March 12th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-03-10T11:29:19+0000

It’s an election year. I am thankful for the support of the community against political nonsense. More will certainly come but we will not back down to these tactics| Letter: I cannot let hysterical attack against Assemblyman Schmitt stand http://www.chroniclenewspaper.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/i-cannot-let-hysterical-attack-against-assemblyman-schmitt-stand-XK950725

http://www.chroniclenewspaper.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/i-cannot-let-hysterical-attack-against-assemblyman-schmitt-stand-XK950725

March 10th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-03-09T11:26:00+0000

Thank you. I will keep serving as our Hudson Valley voice| Letter:Join me in supporting Assemblyman Schmitt against the Cuomo run opposition http://www.thephoto-news.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/join-me-in-supporting-assemblyman-schmitt-against-the-cuomo-run-opposition-EK950699

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March 9th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-03-08T13:35:29+0000

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March 8th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-03-07T11:46:48+0000

County Executive Steve Neuhaus and I have been working to keep our communities safe during the coronavirus outbreak. I will continue to be your dedicated state partner on this issue Steve Neuhaus.

Working together we will overcome this outbreak and end it.

County Executive Steve Neuhaus and I have been working to keep our communities safe during the coronavirus outbreak. I will continue to be your dedicated state partner on this issue Steve Neuhaus.Working together we will overcome this outbreak and end it.

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Saturday, March 7, 2020

March 7th, 2020|

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