Press Releases

Assembly Must Follow Senate’s Lead, Pass WEA

Today, I joined my colleagues in the Assembly Minority in calling on Speaker Silver and the Assembly Majority to have an up-or-down vote on the eight individual women’s equality measures passed by the Senate yesterday. These eight vital reforms should...

Friend: Shameful Majority Re-Elects Scandal-Plagued Silver

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I –Big Flats) today condemned the Assembly Majority’s re-election of Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver has recently come under federal investigation for his outside earnings and has a past marred in scandal. “The...

New Laws Will Help Fight Against Heroin And Drug Abuse In New York State

“In recent years, New York State has experienced a frightening increase in opioid use in both its street and prescription forms. Heroin, in particular, is emerging as a public health concern in every community. Recent legislative laws such as I-STOP and...

End of Session Brings Missed Opportunity For Monterey Shock

“Monterey Shock is the prime example of what correction facilities are supposed to be. It has a greater than 80 percent graduation rate and only a seven percent recidivism rate. The inmates are provided with an opportunity for drug counseling; a high...

Friend Calls On Majority To Pass Women’s Equality Bills Separately

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on the Assembly Majority to stop playing politics with the Women's Equality Agenda. The Senate is supporting New York women by voting on the merits of each point individually, and currently,...

Friend: Calling On Majority To Bring Ethics Legislation To A Vote

New York politics is famous for public corruption, and this isn’t something to be proud of. With another legislative session about to end, there have been few attempts to fix the rampant corruption in the state. Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big...

Area State Legislators Sponsor Legislation To Encourage Emergency Services Volunteers

Elmira, N.Y., April 9—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week this week, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to...

Area State Reps Criticize Cuomo Administration: Closing Monterey Wrong Decision

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for refusing to renegotiate his administration’s plan to close...

Friend: Rushed Almost-On-Time Budget Misses Mark

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that while he is pleased to see the governor and legislature come to an agreement and pass the 2014-15 State Budget, the secretive, closed-door meetings and lack of relief for upstate taxpayers...

Assemblyman Friend, Congressman Reed To Hold Office Hours In Waverly

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold local office hours on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waverly Village Hall, 32 Ithaca Street. Friend’s staff will be available to discuss any state-related...

Area State Reps Reject Cuomo’s ‘Free College For Prisoners’ Proposal, Again Call For Saving Monterey

Elmira, N.Y., February 18— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide a free college education to state prisoners...

Assemblyman Chris Friend's Local Office Hours in Waverly

Assemblymembers Palmesano, Friend To Host Common Core Standards Forum In Corning

Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will join education leaders at a forum on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Corning East High School Cafeteria in Corning. Participants will include...

Assemblyman Friend To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Waverly

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold a town hall meeting at the Waverly Village Hall on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and discuss their concerns with the assemblyman. “I hope that local...

O’Mara, Palmesano, Friend Urge Support For ‘Keep Monterey Open!’ Online Petition

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County next year, and now State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats),...

Area State Legislators Encourage Local Libraries To Take Advantage Of Grant Opportunity

Elmira, N.Y., August 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are sending an alert to local public libraries and public library systems of a construction grant...

Friend And Palmesano Call On Public To Sign Senator O’Mara’s Online Petition To Save Elmira Psychiatric Center

Assemblymen Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are joining an effort launched by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to save the Elmira Psychiatric Center (EPC). Last week, the Office of Mental Health (OMH)...

Friend And Palmesano Join Fight To End Corruption With The Public Officers Accountability Act

Assemblymen Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) have joined with the entirety of the Assembly Minority Conference to combat Albany’s rampant corruption through the newly introduced Assembly bill 7393, also known as...

Friend: Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns Are Not The Answer To State Corruption

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today voiced his disappointment with the passage of the so-called Fair Elections Act, a plan to mandate publicly-funded election campaigns at taxpayer expense, a new added tax burden for everyone in...

Friend: Further Budget Negotiations Still Needed

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R, C, I -Big Flats) acknowledged that, although the Assembly Majority budget proposal contains some improvements over the Governor’s original draft, more work and negotiations are needed before an acceptable budget...