Governor Cuomo signs Reilly/Lanza legislation to provide grant eligibility to the Sandy Ground Historical Museum

It was announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo had recently signed legislation introduced by Assemblymember Michael Reilly (R-Staten Island) and Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) which would authorize the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to provide financing through grant opportunities to the Sandy Ground Historical Museum.

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on the end of New York’s COVID-19 restrictions

“While it is good to see that Governor Cuomo is finally starting to take his own advice, there is no denying that today’s announcement is several weeks, maybe even several months, too late.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on the end of the 2021 legislative session

“Instead of taking this final opportunity to address the issues affecting everyday New Yorkers, millions of whom are still struggling to recover from the devastating impact that the COVID-19 Pandemic had on their way of life, Albany Democrats focused on enacting an agenda largely aimed at the further degradation of our state’s criminal justice system.“

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly in response to recent remarks made by Mayor de Blasio on the COVID-19 vaccination of students in public schools

“As I have stated previously, I believe that it is an individual’s personal choice as to whether they receive the COVID-19 vaccine or not.  The same applies to those under the age of 18, whose parents should have the right to provide consent before inoculation occurs.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on Governor Cuomo’s attempt to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for college students

“I believe that it should be an individual’s choice as to whether they want to receive the vaccine, and, to be clear, I do not support mandating this vaccine when we know so little about the long-term effects it may have on young adults, primarily on young women.”

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Assemblymember Reilly highlights successful effort to secure funding for Drug Recognition Expert training for law enforcement in state budget

During the final hours of state budget debate, it was revealed that Reilly’s advocacy led to additional funds being allocated toward the newly created Office of Cannabis Management, for a total of $46 million.  A portion of these funds will benefit municipalities to help cover the cost of training “Drug Recognition Experts” through their primary law enforcement agency.

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly following the passage of the FY 2021-2022 New York State budget

“As New York continues to deal with implications from the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as the economic crisis that began long before then, there’s arguably no denying that this was one of the most important budgets in our state’s history.  This was a budget that should have focused on New York’s recovery, above all else, while also taking steps to rein in the out-of-control spending that Albany has become so well known for.  Instead, one-party rule produced a budget that was weighed down by partisan policy and leaves little for taxpayers to celebrate.”

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Assemblymembers Reilly & Tannousis introduce legislation to address shortsighted loophole created during rushed effort to legalize marijuana in New York

Reilly and Tannousis believe that the State Legislature’s current proposal fails to deter individuals from driving-while-high, especially those who are under the age of 21.  The MRTA presents many issues, mainly the impact that it will have on traffic safety.  There is a great deal of concern that it will become virtually impossible to hold those who drive under the influence of marijuana criminally responsible, endangering both motorists and pedestrians.

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on the nearly three month long wait for a government-led vaccination site on Staten Island’s South Shore

“I find it disheartening that another month will soon pass with no word from city officials on the status of repeated requests from myself and my local government colleagues for a permanent and dedicated COVID-19 vaccination site on Staten Island’s South Shore.  Despite proposing several potential locations for city officials to scout, they have failed to follow through on their promises made to both me and my colleagues that they would consider them.”

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Reilly announces community partnership with Super Health Pharmacy to provide COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Staten Island’s South Shore

Assemblymember Michael Reilly announced today a community partnership between his office and Super Health Pharmacy, a local pharmacy located in Staten Island’s Pleasant Plains neighborhood, to provide a limited number of appointments for eligible Staten Island residents to receive the two-shot Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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