Press Releases

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...

Friend: Bill Promised To Help Minority And Women-Owned Businesses Does So At The Expense Of Small Rural Municipalities And Taxpayers

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) unfortunately had to vote no on a piece of legislation which would help Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) because the bill failed to include a correction to the requirement that local...

Friend Stands With Family Farmers Against Devastating Downstate Assembly Bill

“Our agricultural communities are built by small family farms, and the Assembly Majority has been attacking them, their way of life and their ability to prosper by forcing progressive policies onto their farms. Of the 35,000 farms in New York, 98...

Friend: The Assembly Majority Weakens Security And Safety By Giving Illegal Immigrants Driver’s Licenses

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) voted against the dangerous, so-called Green Light Bill, which gives illegal immigrants New York State driver’s licenses. According to several Siena Polls over the past few months, a majority of New...

Friend: Incentivizing Illegal Immigrants With Driver’s Licenses Hurts New York

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is troubled by a concerted effort from Assembly Majority who are moving a bill through the Committee on Transportation to give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses and permits. Assembly Speaker Carl...

Friend: An Investigation Needed To See Why Medicaid Is Illegally Paying $63,000 for Sexual Dysfunction Drugs

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling for an investigation into the Medicaid program which was discovered to have been paying more than $63,000 on erectile dysfunction (ED) and sexual dysfunction drugs, which is a prohibited by both...

Friend Says the Assembly Majority’s Removing Tipped Wages Is Bad for Car Wash Workers

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is concerned with the Assembly Majority’s latest fight to end tipped wages in favor of an hourly minimum wage, this time for car wash workers (A.6346-C). Tipped-wage workers are already, by law, all...

Friend: Downstate Politicians Coddle Criminals With Proposed $10 Minimum Wage For Cons

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) opposes a bill which was approved by the Assembly Majority on the Committee on Corrections to advance a floor vote which would give inmates a $10 daily minimum wage and would allow for an automatic cost...

Friend: Assembly Majority Protects Law-Breaking Illegal Immigrants over the Law and Safety Of New Yorkers

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) vehemently opposes efforts by Assembly Majority to move forward legislation which would bar law enforcement from carrying out arrests of illegal immigrants in the New York State Unified Court System. The...

Friend Supports Legislation Helping New Yorkers With Disabilities

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I -Big Flats) today voted for legislation which would support New Yorkers with disabilities. Today, advocates and legislators celebrate what is known as Disability Day in the Capitol which is meant to bring awareness...

Friend Opposes Majority Efforts To Erode New York’s Double Jeopardy Protections

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I,Reg- Big Flats) today voted against the Assembly Majority efforts to eliminate New York’s double jeopardy protections which were adopted to shield citizens from excessive harassment and prosecution from the government....

Friend Rejects Majority Legislation Allowing For The Release of an Individual’s State Tax Returns To U.S. Congress

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I,Reg- Big Flats) today voted against legislation which would allow for the release of an individual’s state tax returns if requested by the chairpersons of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Senate...

Friend Stands With Crime Victims Calling For The Passage Of Ramona’s Law

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I,Ref-Big Flats) is calling for the passage of Ramona’s Law (A.6663), legislation which would extend the maximum time allowed between parole hearings from two years to five for those who committed significantly...

Friend Decries Efforts by The Assembly Majority to Prohibit Employers from Conducting Criminal Background Checks

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is opposing efforts by the Assembly Majority to move a bill which would prohibit employers from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants without first making a job offer (A.3972). Friend...