‘The real work begins’ – Republican Bill Weber sworn in as state senator of 38th District
A new group of state lawmakers are taking their seats in Albany for the new year — including a Republican taking a Rockland County seat.
Surrounded by family, Bill Weber was officially sworn in as a state senator of New York’s 38th District.
The ceremony was held at the Roland County Fire Training Center in Pomona.
Weber unseated Democrat Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, in a rematch of the 2020 race. The seat was one of many across New York that flipped red in November — although Democrats ultimately gained three seats in the state senate.
"Now that the campaign is over, and I’m your state senator, the real work begins,” said Weber, who hails from Montebello.
Weber’s stance on many key issues in New York is on the opposite end of Democratic values — but he says he’s committed to working across the aisle.
"I need to make sure that I do my job and get as much money back to this district and really follow through on the priorities I've put in place,” he says.
Among his priorities is repealing bail reform, fighting the proposed MTA congestion tax and trying to make Rockland more affordable.
"We are one of the highest-taxed counties in the state and the country. People are willing to pay taxes for great schools, great roads, for great services but there is always a breaking point,” says Weber.
The district features many children who attend religious schools. Weber says he will stand strongly for school choice.
Weber’s term runs through the end of 2024.