Press Releases

Area Legislators Meet With Young Advocates for a Tobacco-Free New York

This week, Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Joe Errigo (R,C,I,Ref-Conesus) Joe Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) and Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) met with local young people from the advocacy group Reality Check, an organization dedicated to promoting...

Area State Legislators Help Honor Local Senior Volunteers At State Capitol Tribute To Service

Albany, N.Y. - New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) will help welcome senior citizen volunteers from Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties to the...

O’Mara, Palmesano, Friend Issue Statement In Support Of Correction Officers At ECF

Elmira, N.Y., May 9—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) threw their support behind the correction officers at the Elmira Correctional Facility (ECF) who...

Assemblymen Palmesano, Friend Join Local Families, Mental Health Experts To Discuss Protecting The Rights Of People With Developmental Disabilities At Task Force Forum

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) hosted a forum this evening in Corning focused on supporting the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. Invitees included people with developmental...

Assembly Minority Protects Rights Of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C. continues to generate concerns from family members, caregivers, community organizations and individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the transition process into more integrated...

Friend: Assembly Should Go Much Further On Ethics Reform

“The resolution before the Assembly yesterday was almost a year in the making, but it didn’t include a majority of the Assembly Majority’s own recommendations. I am thankful the Assembly has taken two of the Minority’s recommendations to publish votes...

Friend: Assembly Should Go Much Further On Ethics Reform

“The resolution before the Assembly yesterday was almost a year in the making, but it didn’t include a majority of the Assembly Majority’s own recommendations. I am thankful the Assembly has taken two of the Minority’s recommendations to publish votes...

Area State Lawmakers Will Join Area Farm Bureaus To Voice Concerns About $15 Minimum Wage

Albany, N.Y. —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) will join local New York Farm Bureau representatives from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions...

Friend: Overspending And Over Taxation Mar Assembly Budget

“What we saw today was how New York City does business every day. Instead of cutting spending we watched New York City liberals call for an increase of $5.6 billion in taxes. We watched them call for free college for illegal immigrants. We watched them...

Friend Calls For Increased Transparency In Budget

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) urged his colleagues this morning to pass a new bill designed to increase transparency in the budgeting process. The new bill focuses on lump sum pots throughout the budget which hold roughly $2.4 billion,...

Friend: Water Contamination Issues Show Need For Infrastructure/Transparency

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling for increased transparency and the infrastructure needed to provide the people of New York with clean drinking water. With issues in Hoosick Falls, Ithaca city schools, Binghamton city schools,...

SolarCity Failing Before It’s Even Finished

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is pointing to a recent string of layoffs at SolarCity as a sign the business, largely propped up by Gov. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion, is already failing. Several of the Buffalo Billion contracts have been...

Friend: Governor Must Get Serious About Medicaid Reform

“The governor’s proposal regarding Medicaid reform at the local level simply does not go far enough to alleviate the strain felt by our counties. The state currently has all the funds it needs to assume the entire cost of Medicaid. To continue to string...

Friend & Assembly Minority See Ethics Reform Measures Defeated

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) took part in a press conference alongside his Assembly Minority colleagues stressing the necessity for ethics reform in the legislature. The conference proposed 17 measures, including term limits for...

Friend & Minority Conference Launch Education Reform Agenda

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today joined his Assembly Minority colleagues to announce their new education reform initiative, The Next Step. “What we’re doing today is revamping our education platform to tackle the issues with...

Priorities For A New Legislative Session

As we begin a new legislative session, one that will assuredly be incredibly busy and cover a variety of statewide matters, I wanted to share what I’m hoping to accomplish this year. As Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Committee on Local Government,...

Friend: Albany Must Limit Session, Cut Pay To Curtail Corruption

Following the conviction in federal court by another disgraced former legislative leader, it has never been more apparent that ethics reform must be a top priority for Albany this year. No longer can our government operate under the lingering cloud of...

URI Funds Not Enough to Revive Southern Tier

“The Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) will not solve the larger issues of the Southern Tier community. It won't pave roads or rebuild bridges. Those issues don't get the red carpet glitz and glamour that the Upstate ‘Hunger Games’ commands. We...

Friend: Governor Irresponsible to Call for Indian Point Closure

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) slammed the Cuomo Administration’s desire to close the Indian Point Nuclear Facility as irresponsible because the plan lacks a replacement for that power source. “Our state pays some of the highest...

Friend: Gov. and D.C. Delegation Must Reject Syrian Refugees

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on New York’s Congressional Delegation and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject the placement of Syrian refugees in the state. At least nine states...