Issues We Face Together

Making government work for the people

Joe Chenelly is committed to represent you in the NYS Assembly with a common sense approach, always putting you above party or personal interests.

This page is built to outline Joe's vision, approach and positions. Joe is the only candidate for the 135th District seat to publish issue positions online.

Joe chose to put these in writing so you know for whom you are voting and so you know you can hold him accountable. That will make him a better lawmaker and representative for you.

If you have questions not answered below, or you'd like Joe to consider something, please email him directly at

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Highest Tax Burden in the Nation

As Inflation continues to soar, now is the time to lower the tax burden

Soaring prices are impacting every aspect of our daily lives. Our state must take meaningful action to ease the extremely heavy tax burden carried by so many in the 135th District - the highest tax rates in the United States.

Joe called for the suspension of state fuel taxes long before the Assembly finally decided to take action. But relief cannot end there. Western New Yorkers need and deserve broad tax cuts, made possible by reduced and wiser spending by our state government. 

Under one-party rule, New York State spends wildly, not at all being a responsible steward of tax payers' money.

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Tough on Criminals

Restore Public Safety

Over the past two years in Albany, the one party controlling all three branch of our state government has focused on granting more rights to criminals than providing justice for victims. Joe will put the innocent and victims first with the top goal of preventing victims, not creating more.

From eliminating cash bail in most instances to placing unreasonable discovery laws on district attorneys, an environment has been created that reversed decades of low violent crimes.

Often touted as having the “Strongest in the Nation Gun Laws,” 19 cities across NYS have a dramatic increase in gun crimes and victims.

Joe is your tough on crime candidate, by being tough on criminals. We cannot trust those who broke our criminal justice system to fix it now that everyone sees their policies and inaction were wrong.

Joe Chenelly is calling on Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governor Kathy Hochul to bring lawmakers back to Albany for another "extraordinary session" to take the following needed actions:

1️⃣ Grant judges authority to once again use discretion in determining whether bail is appropriate, considering a defendant's dangerousness to the community in deciding whether to set bail.

Our lawmakers should see that as common sense, but NYS is now the only state that doesn't allow dangerousness to be considered. That alone is worthy of another "extraordinary session."

2️⃣ Take all gun crimes off the no-bail list. Instead of going after legal gunowners, we need to get a lot tougher on illegal gun users.

3️⃣ Take all hate crimes off the no-bail list.

4️⃣ Require unanimous vote by at least three parole commissioners before early release may be granted.

5️⃣ Make firing into a crowd a Class B violent felony.

6️⃣ Allow sentencing for habitual violent criminals to include life in prison.

But our state officials refuse. The incumbent in the 135th Assembly District won't speak up.

Traffic Jam

Zoning Authority Must Remain Local

A win by the incumbent will be considered a mandate to do away with single-family zoning

Joe will fight relentlessly to stop NYS Democrats' efforts to steal control of local zoning away from every village, town, and city in the state.

The one party controlling all three branches of state government in Albany badly want to end neighborhoods that are only for single-family homes, and they are getting close. Your neighbor could turn their house into an apartment building or put up another entire house on the same property as a multi-unit rental with no minimum lot size requirement and no impact studies.

Should NYS Democrats get their way, conversions of single-family homes into multi-unit buildings would be allowed to occur without local approval -- without impact studies, such as whether public utilities, water, sewer, roads, public safety, and schools are able to handle in the influx in population.

The incumbent will not tell you where she stands. Joe firmly stands against this terrible power grab.

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Improving Your Roads

NYS fails at one of its most basic responsibilities

Nobody spends more than the State of New York, but Albany won't spend it on one of its most basic duties: maintaining the roads.

In every town, the very worst roads are state roads. Town leaders beg the State to maintain them, but NYS takes forever to move.

As State Assemblyman, Joe will demand the State Government attends to its fundamental duties first, including maintaining the roads - both in its operations and budget.

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Your Pro Term Limits Candidate

Joe will self-impose limit

Large majorities of New Yorkers, from the full political spectrum and all walks of life, support the creation of term limits for the Assembly, State Senate, and governor. Yet, incumbents and special interest groups that have bought them, keep term limits from becoming reality.

Corruption runs deep in Albany, as career politicians lose touch with their constituents, becoming self-enriching servants to lobbyists rather than voters.

Joe strongly believes term limits can be a key to curbing political corruption and move our state forward with fresh perspectives and true accountability.

Once elected, Joe will launch a fierce campaign to put a proposition on term limits on the ballot.

And once elected, Joe pledges to self-impose an eight-year limit in the Assembly on himself.

School Bus & Children


Protecting Parental Rights

A father of five public school and SUNY students, Joe is committed to ensuring our public schools return to teaching our children what they truly need to grow and succeed. Albany has seized more control of our schools from our local levels. Joe will fight to re-empower our local boards of education where parents will have a real role in determining what is happening to and around our children.

Landfill Management

NYC's Dumping Grounds

Keeping our air, land & water clean

Albany has allowed WNY to become a prime dumping ground for NYS's waste for far too long. Our health and quality of life matters, too. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ignores our concerns. and our elected representatives in Albany who pledged to address this have not made meaningful impact.

  • Updated July 21, 2022