Weekly E-News: Sunday, December 19th, 2021

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy
8 min readDec 19, 2021


Please continue to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19 as the Omicron variant spreads across the country. As we continue to prepare for the 2022 legislative session, I hope you find these updates useful.

Take 3–5 minutes and complete my new 2022 Constituent Survey, which can be found below.

As always, read on for community updates from around the 109th District and stay safe!


  • New York State Mask Mandate Began December 13th. Wearing your mask 😷 helps to keep our favorite Capital Region businesses and venues open, while showing respect for those around you. Unless a business has implemented a full-course vaccination requirement, you must wear a mask indoors in New York State. Let’s all do our part.
  • Volunteer Fire Departments in Need of New Recruits. 🚒 Spoke with WRGB CBS 6 News, Albany’s Emma Quinn about the key role that volunteer fire departments play in Upstate’s tightly-knit communities like #Guilderland. We need to incentivize more NYers to step up and join their local VFDs.
  • ‘16- and 17-Year Olds Eligible to Receive Booster Shot. 💉 16- and 17-year olds are now able to receive their booster shots. To schedule an appointment visit: ny.gov/booster | For #Albany County clinic times and to make an appointment, visit: bit.ly/albanycountyclinics



  • ICYMI: I-787 Update from Senator Schumer’s Office. 🚨 Senator Chuck Schumer today highlighted how the new federal #InfrastructureBill allocates $1B for addressing historic inequities in our highway system — like #Albany’s I-787! Support from our federal partners like this is critical if we’re going to reclaim the Hudson River waterfront. We also still need to pass my legislation authorizing an engineering feasibility study on the long-term planning aspects of 787’s lifespan. Thank you, Senator Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for your advocacy on behalf of the Capital Region’s future.
  • ICYMI: Push to Reimagine I-787 Picking Up Steam — Feasibility Study Still Needed. One thing is clear and it’s that 787 is not part of a long-term prosperous future for Albany or the broader Capital Region. With President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg leading on urban highway removal — a 787-free future is finally within reach for our community. Click on the link in this section to read more on this effort, the Albany Riverfront Collaborative, and more. More than two years ago I introduced legislation to commission a feasibility study on reimagining 787, and it remains a top priority of mine as we head into 2022 and these conversations continue to develop.


  • All New Yorkers Now Able to Receive COVID-19 Booster Shot. 💉 All New Yorkers are now eligible to receive their #COVID19 booster shot. Capital Region — get yours today at Crossgates Mall in the old Lord & Taylor store or find a community clinic here: www.bit.ly/albanycountyclinics
  • Applying for Heating Assistance (HEAP) This Winter. 🏠 The winter months are approaching fast, so make sure you take advantage of New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) application window and see if you’re eligible for financial help with heating costs. Apply here now.

PODCAST: The Fahy Files: What Makes the NY Capital Work (Or Not!) — Connecting in a Time of Chaos

  • To highlight some of the individuals in the Capital Region who exemplify what it means to remain connected within our community and cope with the chaos of the past year, I’ve launched a new series of my podcast The Fahy Files, ‘Connecting in a Time of Chaos’.

Listen to our first 6 (3 of these are featured below) episodes from this year so far on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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Assemblymember Patricia Fahy

Member of NYS Assembly - 109th AD, representing Albany, Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. Follows, replies ≠ endorsement.