Press Releases

Albany Lacks Transparency Once Again

After yesterday’s prolonged debate on gun control legislation, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R-Big Flats) expressed frustration at the return to Albany’s rushed backroom, late night deals and a lack of transparency in the way the legislature does...

Friend: We Must Lower Taxes, Eliminate Unfunded Mandates Placed On New Yorkers

In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today highlighted New York’s need to reduce taxes on the middle class and pass real county and school unfunded mandate relief during the...

Assemblyman Friend To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Berkshire, NY

New York State Assemblyman Chris Friend will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, November 29 in Berkshire, Tioga County. “The State Legislature may be in recess, but the fight to get government out of the way of job creators, cut government spending...

Local Public Libraries Awarded State Grants

Albany, N.Y., May 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced today that public libraries throughout Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded...

Friend: Budget Process An Improvement, But More Work Still Needed To Stimulate Growth And Ease Mandates

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) was pleased by the positive turn taken in the successful passage of an early state budget. The late-night deal-making and closed-door sessions so typical of Albany politics were avoided in this year’s transparent...

Majority’s Budget Fails On Major Issues

The one-house budget resolution put forth by the Assembly majority contains several provisions which would enhance the quality of life for our residents and New Yorkers in general. However, their proposal is, in general, a failure on nearly every issue...

Friend And Palmesano Urge Attendance At Sportsmen And Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day

Assemblymen Chris Friend (R – Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R, C, I – Corning) would like to encourage area hunters and outdoorsmen to attend the third annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, to be held in the Legislative Office...

Friend Reminds Residents Of Flood Recovery Grant Application Deadline

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R-Big Flats) is urging small business owners, non-profit organizations, farmers and owners of multiple dwellings that sustained direct physical flood-related damage from Tropical Storm Lee to apply for a grant from...

Friend Welcomes $150,000 For Tioga County

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R – Big Flats) is pleased by Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement that New York’s Department of State is issuing another round of grant money to support local communities devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee....

Assemblyman Friend Sponsors Legislation To Help Ease The Pain Of Parents Of Stillborn Children

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R–Big Flats) voted yesterday in favor of his sponsored legislation which would help ease the pain of parents of a stillborn child by allowing for the issuance of a posthumous birth certificate for these children. “One...

Friend: Assembly Passes Legislation To End Burdensome Insurance Mandate, Urges Senate To Follow

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R-Big Flats) this week voted in favor of Assembly bill 5502, which will end the practice of health insurance companies requiring that patients purchase prescribed drugs through a mail-order pharmacy. “This mandate is...

Friend Votes Down Costly Medical Liability Measure

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) this week voted against legislation that would increase medical liability insurance costs in New York. Assembly bill 694-A, which enacts the Patient Privacy Protection Act, prohibits the defending party from...

Ethics Bill Is a Small Step Toward True Reform

I voted today in favor of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, which contains the necessary reforms to make government and elected officials more accountable to the people that they represent. Governor Cuomo has touted this bill as important and historic....

Friend Attends Dairy Day Event

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) today attended the Assembly Minority’s Dairy Day, joining colleagues and representatives of New York’s dairy industry. Attendees were treated to delicious complimentary samples of milk, cheese, yogurt and...

Friend Votes Down Job-Killing, Anti-Drilling Legislation

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) yesterday spoke in opposition to legislation that would place a moratorium on issuing any new permits for gas or oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing. The legislation could potentially close 14,000 wells...

Friend: Wine In Grocery Stores Can Be Beneficial To All

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) this week joined state lawmakers at a roundtable discussion about the sale of wine in New York grocery stores. Legislation has been introduced in both the state Senate and Assembly to allow for the sale of...

Web Site Gives Public Opportunity To Suggest Ways To Make Government More Efficient

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) wants New Yorkers to take advantage of the opportunity to submit their ideas on how to streamline government. Governor Cuomo has launched the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission’s web site...

Friend: Wasteful Practices Cost Taxpayers

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) is appalled by recent reports and articles that uncovered a costly, complex, and inefficient bureaucracy in charge of Albany’s $3 billion government operations budget. The state Office of General Services...

Mandate Relief - A Need That’s Not Going Away

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) today reiterated the need for mandate relief for schools and local governments. The issue has recently taken a backseat to property taxes, despite the direct connection between high property taxes and unfunded...

Koch Phone Calls Another ‘Ringing’ Endorsement Of A Broken System

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) is appalled at former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s shameless political attacks against lawmakers who refuse to support Sheldon Silver’s politically-biased redistricting plan. Friend is a co-sponsor of legislation...