Assemblyman Billy Jones was elected to the Assembly in 2016 to represent the 115th District, comprised of Clinton and Franklin counties, as well as several towns in St. Lawrence County.
After graduating high school, Assemblyman Jones ran his family’s dairy farm and has worked as a correction officer with the New York State Department of Corrections from 1996 to 2016. He served as mayor of Chateaugay from 2009 to 2013 and as a Franklin County legislator starting from 2010 to 2016, becoming chairman in 2013. During his tenure, Billy successfully reformed ethics laws to make government more transparent.
Assemblyman Jones is active with various organizations throughout the North Country, including the Chateaugay Rotary Club and is a board member of the United Way of the Adirondack Region. He was a member of the North Country Economic Development Council, where he supported numerous projects that helped local businesses grow the region’s economy. Assemblyman Jones remains very engaged with issues facing the Canada-U.S. border and was named the honorary Co-Chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition, and the Co-Chair Council of State Government East’s Canada-U.S. Committee. Most recently, Assemblyman Jones was named the Chair of the Task Force on New York-Canada Relations.
In the Assembly, he is a member of several committees including Aging, Agriculture, Economic Development, Small Business, Tourism and Veterans’ Affairs. Assemblyman Jones is also the Chair for the subcommittee on Agriculture Economic Development and Farmland Protection.
During his tenure as an Assemblyman he has introduced and passed multiple pieces of legislation that benefit the North Country. In fact, he passed the most legislation of any freshman Assemblyman in his first year in office. This past legislative session, Assemblyman Jones was able to author and pass the EMS Cost Recovery Act, a game-changing piece of legislation that has been impeded for over a decade. He and his colleagues worked hard to relieve the financial pressures of rising inflation and gas prices, suspending state gas taxes until the end of the year. He also eliminated the tax on diapers, accelerated middle-class income tax cuts, and delivered new property tax rebate checks to homeowners. Assemblyman Jones continues to help small businesses by ensuring businessowners have the resources they need to thrive in the North Country. Assemblyman Jones is dedicated to continuing to reach across party lines to solve the issues that matter most to the North Country. He has also secured millions of dollars in state funding for programs like Older Adults Technology, Inc.(OATS), North Country Chamber of Commerce, Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, and North Country Veterans Association. These programs help seniors, businesses, our farmers, and our veterans with any issues they may face on a daily basis. Most recently, Assemblyman Jones helped secure over one million dollars for the Plattsburgh YMCA, benefiting youths and families in the area. He continues to prioritize fighting inflation and having affordable, reliable, and accessible broadband internet and cell phone coverage throughout the North Country. He also strives to find ways to help small businesses and farmers succeed while simultaneously finding ways to relieve tax burdens on the hardworking men and women of the North Country. He will continue to support our educators to ensure they have the resources they need to help our children thrive and make sure our veterans, who have bravely served our country, receive the benefits they have earned.
Above all, Assemblyman Billy Jones is the proud father of a daughter, Ella Liberty Jones, born on July 4th.
Let’s further strengthen our communities, together. With your help and support, anything is possible. Please consider making a contribution to the D. Billy Jones campaign today.