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Coronoavirus Help for Workers

The Federal Government has passed the CARES Act, which extends unemployment benefits. There is help for those who have had their employment interrupted by Covid-19.

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Friend Calls to Reinstate Public Safety Laws to Protect Victims and Restore Order in State

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) joined his Assembly Minority colleagues and criminal justice officials to call for the reversal of recent pro-criminal laws which have threatened public safety throughout the state. The officials have...

Area Lawmakers, Education Leaders Call on State To Release School Reopening Guidelines

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY), Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assembly Members Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats), Marjorie Byrnes (R,C-Caledonia) and Joseph Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) today joined regional education...

Friend: Time for Gyms, Malls, and Theaters to Open

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on the governor to fully reopen businesses, now. According to federal guidelines, gyms, malls and theaters would have been able to open as early as Phase One, should the metrics warrant it....

O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend Urge Governor to Rescind Proposed Cut to Funding for Persons With Disabilities

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind a proposed $238 million cut to the state Office of Persons with...

Friend: Time for Gyms, Malls, And Theaters to Open

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on the governor to fully reopen businesses, now. According to federal guidelines, gyms, malls and theaters would have been able to open as early as Phase One, should the metrics warrant it....

Southern Tier's State Lawmakers Urge Cuomo to Let Local Leaders Decide on In-Person Graduations

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) continued today to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to let the Southern Tier’s local officials make the decision...

Regional State Lawmakers Welcome NY's Go-Ahead On Local Road and Bridge Work

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today welcomed the announcement earlier this week that the Cuomo administration is giving counties across the region...

Friend: A Man Dies Because Criminal with a Deep Rap Sheet Released Due to Bail Reform

“The so-called bail reforms implemented this year have been abysmal for public safety, leading to the worse outcome – the loss of life. Tyquan Rivera, a man who shot a police officer and was most recently incarcerated for pushing fentanyl, was...

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Lack Of Protocol Has Forced New York Into Current Gun Regulation Disaster

As each year progresses, we in the New York State Legislature are forced to face many challenging obstacles. For the sake of good government, certain protocols have been enacted to provide time for public input and allow elected officials to offer amendments...

The 3rd Annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day

2011 Community Outreach Survey

Cutting Red Tape In The New York Wine Industry

Throughout New York State, we have seen how independent vineyards can deploy traditional techniques to generate a regionally unique agricultural product. Now, we must cut the red tape to allow such a beneficial product to be sold and marketed more widely...

Important School Budget Votes Are Right Around The Corner

It is that time of year when members of the community gather to vote on school budgets. These votes are important as they determine the educational direction of a school and the fiscal responsibilities of a community. I encourage taking an active role...

Nuclear Power Still Safe, Despite Distortions

In light of the tragic events in Japan it seems to me appropriate to consider the safety of nuclear energy in New York State. In doing so, however, we must address not only the fear we all face, but also the facts at hand. In times of crisis and chaos,...

Friend: Governor Cuomo on the Right Track

Governor Cuomo, in his inaugural State of the State Address, mapped an ambitious plan for New York state. The speech brimmed with words of optimism and opportunity, and I am hopeful that this journey will not be impeded by the typical Albany political...

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