Press Releases

Friend: Panasonic’s Pull Out Of NY Highlights Problems With Buffalo Billion

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling for transparency from the governor and Empire State Development (ESD) over the floundering Buffalo Billions project, which faces yet another blow as Panasonic Corp. has announced that it will...

Friend: Veterans Deserve Continued Support From State

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) joined veterans and his Assembly Minority colleagues in calling for the restoration of $6 million in funds for veteran programs. The funding supports a number of programs including the Joseph P. Dwyer...

Friend Calling On NYS to Give DMV Access to Homeland Security Over Public Safety Concerns

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) joined Congressman Tom Reed his Assembly and Senate Republican colleagues to call on the governor to reinstate Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) access for federal agents. Since the enactment of the...

Friend Meets With Binghamton University Liberty Partnership Program Students In The State Capital

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) met with students and counselors from the Binghamton University Liberty Partnership Program. Staff work with 360 high school and middle school students from Binghamton, Susquehanna Valley, Owego Apalachin...

Friend Meets With Advocates From Achieve

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomes constituents and staff from ACHIEVE, a chapter of the Arc of New York. The organization works to support and enhance the lives of those with developmental and other disabilities living in Broome,...

Friend at Economic Development Budget Hearing Points To NY’s Burdensome Regulations Hindering Job Growth

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) at a Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Economic Development this week pointed to overregulation as the key hindrance in job growth throughout the state. The governor, however, continues to spend hundreds...

Public Safety Is At Risk In New York

Since the so-called bail reforms have been enacted in New York state, nearly 100 cases have been reported where serial criminals and violent individuals have been released after committing heinous crimes, or have committed a serious crime after being...

Friend: NY Must Fund Its Corrections, Law Enforcement To Manage Bail Reform Pressures

Following a Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Public Safety, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is again calling on his legislative colleagues to provide additional funding to the corrections system and law enforcement following challenges...

Friend: Legal New Yorkers Face Federal Travel Restrictions Due To the Majority Giving Illegal Immigrants Driver’s Licenses

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is again calling out the Majority for providing illegal immigrants with driver’s licenses. The state has additionally prohibited information about these illegal immigrant drivers to be shared with...

Friend, Byrnes Welcome Student Advocates From Reality Check

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (R,C-Caledonia) welcomed Southern Tier students from Reality Check, an anti-smoking action and education program, while they were visiting the state Capitol. “Empowering...

Friend, Law Enforcement: Repeal Bail Reform Now

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats), law enforcement and his legislative colleagues held a rally in the State Capitol to continue calls for the repeal of bail reform. Last month, Friend and his Assembly colleagues unveiled A.8855, a bill...

Friend Says New Yorkers Are Tired Of Mismanaged Public Funds

“It’s clear that one-party rule hasn’t improved the state’s financial position one bit. New York is facing a $6.1 billion budget deficit and it must work carefully to reduce its spending rather than further burden residents with tax...

Friend Unveils Legislation to Repeal Bail Reform Failure

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and his colleagues today at a press conference unveiled legislation, A.8855, to repeal the bail and pre-trial reform laws which were passed in a partisan manner by Assembly and Senate Majority last year. Joining...

Friend: New York State Must Take Action to Correct Public Safety Crisis

“Here’s the real State of New York: under complete Senate and Assembly Majority control radical leftists enacted reckless bail reforms which have left our communities vulnerable to violent criminals who face no immediate consequences for breaking...

Friend: Assembly Majority is planning to Use Taxpayers to Fix Their $6.1 Billion Budget Gap

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is troubled by the recent report from the Division of Budget which indicates that the state is facing a $6.1 billion deficit in next year’s budget, with about half is due to Medicaid spending. There...

Friend Sponsoring Legislation to Repeal Dangerous So-Called Criminal Justice Reforms

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is joining several of his colleagues in introducing legislation to repeal the Senate and Assembly majorities’ disastrous criminal justice reform laws which have essentially stripped judges of their...

Friend Applauds Transparency Effort from Empire State Development, Permanent Transparency Law Needs to be on Books

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is pleased to hear testimony from Kevin Younis, chief operating officer (COO) of Empire State Development (ESD), outlining the public corporations’ action in creating its Database of Deals during...

Friend: Binghamton University Must Strive To Foster Thoughtful Discourse And Free Speech

“Binghamton University must work to better allow free speech on campus for all of their students, not just those who use intimidation and aggressive badgering to shut down what was a peaceful practice of free speech by conservative students. Encouraging...

Friend: A Troubling New Effort to Reward Criminal Behavior Would Allow Prisoners to Vote

New Senate Majority bill introduced to give voting privileges to prisonersStatement from Assemblyman Christopher R. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats)“With extremist downstate politicians at the helm in New York, they have done everything to remove consequences...

Friend Concerned By The Ethical Loophole Created By Bill Which Would Allow For Childcare To Be Paid With Campaign Funds

“Albany’s culture of corruption is wrought with serious ethical problems. In the past decade, nearly 20 state elected officials have been indicted and convicted. Allowing for personal expenses, including childcare, to be paid for out of campaign...