Assemblyman announces reelection bid

Jan. 24—Assemblyman Brian Maher, R-101st District, has announced he is running for reelection.

"It has been an honor representing the 101st Assembly District this past year," Maher said in a media release. "Being able to advocate for more than 130,000 New Yorkers from different counties and regions has been a rewarding experience and I have learned so much about communities I have been recently introduced to. My team and I are excited at the prospect of continuing to advocate for those we represent for many years to come."

In the Assembly, Maher serves as the ranking minority member of the Committee on Social Services and also serves as a member of the standing committees on Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Children and Families, Economic Development and Consumer Protection and Affairs.

"When I was given my committee assignments, my first action was to get to know the members I would be working with, regardless of their political party," Maher said. "There are plenty of bills that I disagree with, but I found out quickly that there are opportunities to work with the other side of the aisle on issues that matter. During my first legislative session I was proud to co-sponsor legislation with Democrats that I knew would have a positive impact on those I represent and New Yorkers everywhere."

Maher "co-sponsored and advocated for bipartisan legislation that provided free healthy meals for school districts throughout New York State," the release said.

He also co-sponsored and advocated for legislation that would ensure biomarker testing was available to more cancer patients throughout New York. The legislation, also sponsored by a Democrat, "will allow those with certain private insurance and Medicaid to be covered for biomarker testing, allowing cancer patients and their doctors the tools they need to put together the best plan of care in their effort to beat cancer," the release said.

Both bills were passed by the Assembly and the Senate and were signed into law by the governor.

"Our team plans to focus our 2024 legislative session and a potential second term on addressing issues that significantly impact our local communities," Maher said. "Finding career paths for our youth, fighting the addiction epidemic, supporting law enforcement, veterans and first responders and exposing the hard truth that human trafficking is taking place every day right under our noses are just some of the issues we plan to tackle. While I will always advocate against bad bills and fight to protect our second amendment rights and promote life, I will always debate respectfully and find common ground where I can. That is what the people I represent, and all New Yorkers, expect and deserve."

The 101st District includes the towns of Edmeston, Pittsfield, Morris, Laurens and Otego in Otsego County and the towns of Franklin, Hamden and Andes in Delaware County.