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➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-04T15:08:54+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT NAMED 2019 NEW YORK FARM BUREAU CIRCLE OF FRIENDS RECIPIENT

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) is proud to announce that he was recently named as a 2019 New York Farm Bureau Circle of Friends recipient. The award is an indication of the Assemblyman’s support of New York agriculture and farms based on voting records, legislative support, and personal initiatives.

Assemblyman Schmitt established a strong farm friendly legislative record during his first session and has spearheaded several agriculture initiatives during his first year in office.

Launch Agriculture Advisory Council

Assemblyman Schmitt launched an Assembly Agriculture Advisory Council which is chaired by local farmer and Orange County Legislator Paul Ruszkiewicz.

The advisory council is comprised of local farmers from in and around the district who will assist Schmitt in developing legislative and community-based approaches that will help keep our local farms in business.

State Legislative Efforts

Assemblyman Schmitt co-sponsors and supported several pieces of legislation during the 2019 Legislative Session to assist New York’s farmers and grow the agriculture economy including:

A.7680A – relates to growth of industrial hemp
A.8101 – relates to young farmer loan forgiveness
A.8007 – relates to defraying costs of aggregating, processing and transporting agricultural products for producers and processors.
A.6490 – relates to establishing a one-stop farming hotline with the Cornell cooperative extension.
A.8294 – relates to permitting farmers in state and local parks.

Schmitt also vigorously opposed legislation that would cause irreparable harm to NYS farms.

Working with his new Agriculture Advisory Council Schmitt will also identify additional legislation to introduce and co-sponsor that will benefit our family farms and agricultural industries in the 2020 legislative session.

Preserving our Farm Land

Assemblyman Schmitt has been the leader in fighting for farmland preservation in Orange County. Schmitt was at the forefront of Assembly passage of the Orange County Community Preservation Act, A. 7699. The bill would authorize Orange County’s inclusion in the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act and establish a county wide opt-in to utilize community preservation funds. The bill passed the State Assembly overwhelmingly but was not considered for a vote in the State Senate. Assemblyman Schmitt will continue to spearhead efforts to have the Senate pass this bill. This legislation is critical to preserving our local farmland and and the rural character of Orange County.

Assemblyman Schmitt also passed legislation that authorizes Chester to create a community preservation program A.7592. The Governor outrageously vetoed this legislation but Schmitt continues to work with local government partners, conservation groups and farmers on next steps to preserve the rural character and farmland of Chester.

Demanding Federal Action

Assemblyman Schmitt sent a letter to all federal representatives who serve communities within the 99th Assembly District calling on them to adopt the ratified U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which is supported by the NY State Farm Bureau because of the tremendous benefit it will have for our agriculture industry. Congress just ratified the trade agreement in bipartisan fashion.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Agriculture is the largest industry in New York State. The 99th Assembly District in particular is home to many family farms with a strong history in our communities. That is why I am very proud to be named by the New York Farm Bureau as a 2019 “Circle of Friends” recipient. It is an honor to use my position in the Assembly to help lead the fight to save our family farms. I look forward to counting to my advocacy for Hudson Valley farms and agriculture during the 2020 session.”

County Legislator Paul Ruszkiewicz, Chair, Assemblyman Schmitt’s Agriculture Advisory Council stated, “I’d like to congratulate Assemblyman Schmitt on his award from the New York Farm Bureau being named a recipient on the Circle of Friends. I am proud to continue working with Assemblyman Schmitt who has taken a strong interest in the agriculture industry in his district and is a huge supporter of farming. Assemblyman Schmitt’s approach is refreshing to see and much needed. His advocacy on behalf of local farmers and our agriculture industry is a significant benefit for us all.”

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 NAMED 2019 NEW YORK FARM BUREAU CIRCLE OF FRIENDS RECIPIENT Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 4th, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-03T19:58:31+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT STATEMENT ON ICE DETENTION OF STONY POINT CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN HIT AND RUN KILLER

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) released a statement in response to ICE authorities apprehending the Stony Point criminal illegal alien hit and run killer responsible for the death of Rosie Osai on Christmas Eve who was released without bail under New York’s new criminal justice changes.

“I commend U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on today’s news that they have detained criminal illegal alien, Jorge Flores-Villalbla.

Flores-Villalbla was released without bail under New York State’s dangerous new criminal justice changes after confessing to the killing of Rosie Osai, young mother of three on Christmas Eve in Stony Point, NY.

Flores-Villalbla’s outrageous release without bail under these new changes endangered the entire community and showed how egregious these changes are. It has now been confirmed that Flores-Villalbla was previously deported from the United States.

Thanks to federal intervention, Rosie’s family will receive the justice they deserve, the justice that was denied by New York State. We must immediately repeal these criminal justice changes to ensure the safety of all residents of New York.”

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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January 3rd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-03T00:54:20+0000

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January 2nd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-02T23:25:44+0000

News12 downplays the seriousness of homicide, drug dealing on school grounds, promoting an obscene act by a child and many more horrific crimes impacted by criminal justice changes with their spin in this story but it is still critical to get the news out on my repeal efforts. http://westchester.news12.com/story/41513811/assemblyman-seeks-to-repeal-law-abolishing-cash-bail-for-nonviolent-defendants

News12 downplays the seriousness of homicide, drug dealing on school grounds, promoting an obscene act by a child and…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2nd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-02T21:12:26+0000

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Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2nd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-02T15:00:36+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT PRESENTS NYS PROCLAMATION TO THE SOUTH BLOOMING FIRE DISTRICT AND INDEPENDENCE FIRE COMPANY

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) recently presented the South Blooming Grove Fire District and Independence Fire Company with an official New York State Assembly Proclamation in honor of their outstanding service to the community.

The South Blooming Grove Fire District and Independence Fire Company was formed in 1975 and has been protecting the Village of South Blooming Grove for over 40 years. Assemblyman Schmitt joined members during their weekly drill night on December 23rd, 2019 to present the proclamation and thank the volunteer members for their service.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “I am pleased to honor and recognize the volunteer members of the South Blooming Grove Fire District and Independence Fire Company with an official NYS Assembly Proclamation. Their service to our community is invaluable and I thank each and every member for their commitment to protecting South Blooming Grove residents and for service to our Assembly District. The members are always ready to lend a hand to any project and continually show their dedication extends well beyond answering emergency calls for the community and takes in many facets of service to others.”

Ray Phillips, Asst. Chief, South Blooming Grove Fire District and Independence Fire Company stated, “We are honored to receive recognition from our Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt. The Blooming Grove Fire District and Independence Fire Company was created to better serve and protect the residents of the Village of South Blooming Grove. After 40 years of service to our village with pride and joy, we have grown to a department known for its experience and expertise. I am proud of all of my members for their hard work and commitment. Assemblyman Schmitt has always been a strong supporter of our work and we are so appreciative of his acknowledgement to our service. Thank you!”

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 PRESENTS NYS PROCLAMATION TO THE SOUTH BLOOMING FIRE DISTRICT AND INDEPENDENCE FIRE COMPANY…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, January 2, 2020

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➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2020-01-02T13:09:27+0000

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January 2nd, 2020|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2019-12-31T20:26:50+0000

Sign the petition now: Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt is leading the fight to stop the NYS criminal justice changes that include eliminating cash bail for people charged with serious crimes, including assault, drug dealing and homicide.

Assemblyman Schmitt voted against this law when it was first brought up for a vote and is now introducing legislation to fully REPEAL these dangerous changes.

In the Hudson Valley, we have already seen the consequences of the elimination of cash bail. Please sign Assemblyman Schmitt’s petition to repeal this state law and invalidate any actions taken under it prior to the repeal being passed.

Sign the petition now: Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt is leading the fight to stop the NYS criminal justice changes that…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

December 31st, 2019|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2019-12-31T14:32:44+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO REPEAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE CHANGES

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has announced that he is introducing legislation that will fully repeal all NYS criminal justice changes and invalidate any actions already commenced under the new dangerous standards prior to the repeal being passed. Schmitt has been leading opposition to these dangerous changes and was one of the only Hudson Valley legislators to vote no to the original legislation.

The new criminal justice changes are set to go into full effect on New Year’s Day but have already started to be implemented across the state.

These changes have already allowed a confessed killer to walk free after a fatal hit-and-run accident on Christmas Eve that left a young mother of three dead in Stony Point. Assemblyman Schmitt held a ‘Justice for Rosie’ rally demanding repeal of these changes along with the victims family. Rosie Osai was killed by an illegal alien operating a vehicle without a license who fled the scene. The killer confessed to the crimes but was released without bail and is freely roaming our community able to drive again illegally at any time.

These dangerous changes are not just limited to the elimination of cash bail for serious crimes but include countless provisions of grave concern. The changes include granting a criminal defendant access to a crime victims home, providing a criminal defendant with the names and contact information of all potential witnesses including first responders and requiring law enforcement be able to have a case ready for trial within 15 days after an incident occurs regardless of how heinous the crime committed may be.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “To protect our families and communities we must fully repeal the dangerous criminal justice changes now. My legislation would do just that along with invalidating any actions already commenced under these new dangerous standards prior to the repeal being passed.”

Schmitt continued, “Prior to full implementation occurring we already see grave negative impacts. Sadly, in the days and weeks to come I suspect more senseless tragedies will occur as the safety and security of our communities and state are threatened by these outrageous criminal justice changes.”

“The demand for repeal must be heard loud and clear by the Governor and Democratic legislative majorities who rammed these changes through. I will not relent in my efforts to keep all residents safe.”

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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December 31st, 2019|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2019-12-30T10:25:23+0000

MidHudsonNews: In wake of hit-and-run killing of Stony Point woman, community calls for Albany to suspend new criminal justice reforms https://midhudsonnews.com/2019/12/30/in-wake-of-hit-and-run-killing-of-stony-point-woman-community-calls-for-albany-to-suspend-new-criminal-justice-reforms/

December 30th, 2019|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2019-12-29T21:00:53+0000

Lohud: Stony Point remembers hit-and-run victim with ‘heart of gold’: Officials blame Albany’s new bail law https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/stony-point/2019/12/29/stony-point-mourns-loss-hit-and-run-victim-maria-rosie-osai/2769097001/

https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/stony-point/2019/12/29/stony-point-mourns-loss-hit-and-run-victim-maria-rosie-osai/2769097001/

December 29th, 2019|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2019-12-29T19:11:55+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT HOSTS ‘JUSTICE FOR ROSIE’ RALLY WITH VICTIMS FAMILY FROM STONY POINT ILLEGAL ALIEN HIT-AND-RUN DEADLY ACCIDENT TO DEMAND REPEAL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE CHANGES

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor), Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan and Rockland County Executive Ed Day along with family members of Rosie Osai who was tragically killed on Christmas Eve held a press conference rally today Sunday, December 29th at the site of the incident to demand justice for Rosie and a full repeal of the outrageous criminal justice changes that allowed Rosie’s confessed killer to walk free with no bail.

Jorge Flores-Villabla, an illegal alien, unlicensed to drive a car, struck and killed Rosie on Christmas Eve and then fled the scene. Flores-Villabla confessed to killing Rosie, yet due to new state criminal justice changes he has been released without bail and is freely roaming our community, able to drive illegally again at any moment.

Assemblyman Schmitt, Supervisor Monaghan and County Executive Day stood with distraught family, friends and neighbors of the victim, including her dog Ginger, and other local elected officials to demand Albany to immediately suspend the new criminal justice reforms. Rosie’s family spoke about her playful spirit, contagious smile and giving heart. They all agreed that her killer should not have been released with no bail calling it “unconstitutional.”

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “It’s a sad reality that in this season of joy we are mourning the loss of mother’s life while a confessed killer has been released without bail, freely roaming our streets. As I stand here surrounded by Rosie’s family and friends, I am heartbroken and angered. Rosie and her family deserve justice. The Governor and Democrats in the State Legislature have caused this injustice and allowed Rosie’s killer to walk free. The bail reform was created without any input from law enforcement and a tragedy was inevitably going to occur. The time is now to put an immediate freeze on these new criminal justice changes and repeal them before another family and community is suffering as a result of this senseless loss. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with Rosie’s family and friends. I will not yield my efforts in repealing these reforms to bring the justice and peace this family deserves.”

Rockland County Executive Ed Day stated, “Primarily we are gathered here for one reason today, we are here to join together to say in very clear terms that we mourn with Rosie’s family, that we stand united in support of the family during their grieving time of losing a very special lady on Christmas Eve but it will be impossible to ignore the human reality of what we see here today. The word “justice” is something that we should demand at all times. We don’t have justice here. This is not justice when an admitted killer walks out and goes home when a family is still mourning and some family members had not even been notified yet. That is not justice in anyway shape or form. I salute Rosie’s family and friends for being here because what they are doing today is they are saying in a very clear voice that this must stop. We are urging Albany to take action and suspend this law immediately and have time to fix the glaring errors. I call upon the Majority of the Legislature to look here at Rockland County now and understand that this is just the beginning of tragedy. This family is here to make it very clear that they don’t want another family to go through this injustice. When you have a person here illegally, that hit another person and didn’t care to stop or call 9-1-1, that is the definition of a “flight risk.” This man should have never been released but because of these new laws coming out of Albany, this man is free while this family suffers. We are calling on Albany to make sure that justice is returned to the way it is supposed to be. My condolences on behalf of the people of Rockland County.”

Stony Point Town Supervisor Jim Monaghan stated, “As a community we are outraged. We are outraged that a driver without a license struck and killed a mother on Christmas Eve and didn’t even have the decency to stop, to call 911, to call for aide, to help the victim and fled the scene and was further arrested. The driver was released on the same day in compliance with the no bail law. Where are the victim’s rights? This is just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg of what is happening. I commend our Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and our County Executive Ed Day for standing up against these laws that have been enacted up in Albany. Assemblyman Schmitt was one of the first to stand out by voting no to this law. There was no input from police and no consideration as to how this bail reform will affect our communities and citizens. We are here today for Rosie to be her voice as she no longer has one.”

Stony Point Deputy Town Supervisor Tom Basile stated, “As a community we gather here today to be united in prayer for Rosie and Rosie’s family, but we have to send a very clear message to Governor Cuomo and our State Senators that this radical change in the way that we handle our criminal justice is going to make our communities more dangerous and is not justice. It is not justice for Rosie and it is not going to be justice for anyone across New York State who is a victim of one of the three hundred separate offenses that now require automatic release. It is so important that while we honor somebody who truly embodied the beautiful spirit of this holiday season that we do take action as citizens to prevent our communities from becoming more dangerous and prevent these reforms and additional reforms from being enacted. I am proud to stand with Assemblyman Colin Schmitt our town officials and County Executive Ed Day on calling on Senator Skoufis, Senator Carlucci and Governor Cuomo to do something to ensure that not only Rosie gets justice but so does every other crime victim in the state of New York. Something is terribly wrong when criminals have more rights than crime victims in the state of New York. God bless Rosie.”

Sheila Harris, Cousin of Rosie, stated, “Every morning I got up for work Rosie came outside and knocked on my door and told me a story. Christmas morning I waited for that story and it never came. My son and all of the kids that live on our property looked at her as mom rose or auntie rose. My son is four years old and everyday he came home from school she would run to my car just to say hello to him and pick him up and fly him around to hear him laugh. It hurts so badly to know that I won’t hear that anymore. Everyday is a constant reminder that she’s not here anymore and the pain just starts all over again. Just remember when you all walk away today please remember rosie and I hope it brings a smile to your face.”

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 HOSTS ‘JUSTICE FOR ROSIE’ RALLY WITH VICTIMS FAMILY FROM STONY POINT ILLEGAL ALIEN HIT-AND-RUN…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Sunday, December 29, 2019

December 29th, 2019|

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