Weekly E-News: Sunday, January 16, 2022

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy
9 min readJan 16, 2022

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we reflect on his legacy of equality, justice, and dignity for all Americans — regardless of their creed, race, or background. This week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited the Port of Albany, which will host the nation’s first Offshore Wind Turbine Manufacturing Tower thanks to investments from New York State and the federal government, and session continued at the State Capitol.

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!


  • 2022 is the Year to Pass 30x30 in New York State. 📣 2022 will be the year we pass 30x30 in New York State. Environmentalists and climate justice advocates all agree — we have no time to waste when it comes to the climate crisis. 86 of my colleagues cosponsor this commonsense legislation — let’s get it done.



  • ICYMI: State of the State: Highlights and Full Statement. Please read my full statement on Governor Kathy Hochul’s first State of the State address below:
  • “New Yorkers’ collective resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic continues after what’s been another tough year. With vaccination rates continuing to rise and New York State’s economy starting to rebound, there is cause for cautious optimism in our future. Governor Kathy Hochul’s first State of the State address was powerful in two significant ways; it was the first delivered by a female Governor in a glass ceiling-breaking moment, and it laid out a vision to help New York State’s families, small businesses, and workers rebuild–and I applaud her bold proposals.
  • I particularly welcome the Governor’s announcements on key policy areas I’ve continued to champion; including investing in a new world-class campus for Wadsworth Labs in Albany, property tax cuts, making alcohol-to-go for bars and restaurants permanent, a $1B fund for small business recovery and assistance, fully funding the Foundation Aid formula, and to creating 100,000 new affordable housing units for New Yorkers and their families. Historic investments in our healthcare system and critical workforce will ensure that we respond more aggressively to the COVID-19 pandemic and expand access to care for all New Yorkers.
  • A commitment to aggressively combatting gun violence in New York is needed and welcomed, and I look forward to partnering with Governor Hochul on expanded community-based solutions to do so.
  • As we look for innovative and bold ways to combat the climate crisis and transition to a renewable energy grid and green economy, I welcome the multitude of approaches announced by the Governor. A commitment to $1 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure and adoption, electrification of school buses and the state fleet by 2035, $500M for offshore wind investment that will help grow hundreds of good-paying jobs at the Port of Albany locally, increased Environmental Bond Act of $4 billion, and more will ensure that New York State leads not just the nation on real and tangible climate action. Additionally, while not in today’s statement, we will still seek state funding to reimagine I-787 and reclaim the downtown Albany waterfront by working with the Governor to get it done.
  • Although daunting, the challenges we face present unique opportunities New York must seize in this year to ensure a comprehensive, just, and effective recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working with Governor Hochul to move New York State forward and build a more prosperous future for all New Yorkers.”
  • ICYMI: Announcing the 2022 Climate Action Agenda (CAA). ⬇ 📢 It’s time to Look Up. The climate crisis is here — and it’s not waiting. Neither can we. This week I’ve introduced the Climate Action Agenda, a package of bills aimed at re-centering our priorities when it comes to combatting climate change. We must be aggressive and bold in our thinking. Read more here or click on the image below: bit.ly/2022caa


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.