Press Releases

Friend: Opportunity To Save Medicaid After DiNapoli Report

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on his colleagues to bring about sweeping Medicaid reform following a report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli exposing millions of dollars in fraud within the program. “We have the...

Assembly Majority Blocks Transparency Measure

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is a sponsor of Assembly Bill 5127, which would require a fiscal impact statement on bills. The measure was voted down by the Assembly Majority on the floor today. “Right now, the fiscal impact...

Friend: Majority Votes Down 2/3 Super Majority To Raise Taxes

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats), a sponsor of Assembly Bill 4665, which would require a 2/3 super majority in both houses to raise state taxes, saw the measure voted down on the floor today by the Assembly Majority. “Raising...

A Tale Of Two Education Bills

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will support Assembly Bill 6777 sponsored by Assembly Education Chair Cathy Nolan should it come to the floor for a vote, but remarked on how the bill differed from the version sponsored by the Assembly...

Friend: Clinton Foundation Scandal Shows Need For More Aggressive Justice System

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is unnerved by the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Friend found the recent New York Times story regarding Russian acquisition of uranium...

Friend: Gov.’s Failed Budget Tactic Shows How He Views Taxpayer Dollars

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is taking offense at the carelessness with which Gov. Andrew Cuomo spends taxpayer money, specifically by hiring the Dechert law firm. The governor hired the firm when challenging the Legislature with...

Friend: Film Tax Credits Don’t Benefit Upstate

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) reacted to the recent Camoin Associates report on the effectiveness of the Film Tax Credits with skepticism on just how much the program benefits upstate. “When you look at the new tax credit,...

Friend Urges School Districts To End ‘Sit And Stare’ Policy

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on school districts in the 124th Assembly District to end the ‘sit and stare’ policy. The ‘sit and stare’ policy is when students who have opted out of the high-stakes Common Core...

Friend Concerned About Eroding Civil Liberties

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is worried about the harassment of conservative activists in other states, and is growing more concerned that such an environment could infiltrate New York. A recent article by the National Review, “Wisconsin’s...

Friend: EPA Wrong To Model National Cap And Trade After Failed RGGI Program

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not emulate the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap and trade program agreed upon by the New England states. The program is a tax that...

Friend: Education Is A State’s Responsibility Whether Sec. Duncan Likes It Or Not

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) responded to comments made by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the federal government’s “obligation” to step in and ensure at least 95% of students take the high-stakes Common Core tests....

Friend: Assembly Majority Continues Common Core Testing Despite Statewide Opt-Out Movement

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats), a sponsor of Assembly Bill 3656, better known as the APPLE Plan, saw the bill defeated during an Assembly Committee on Education meeting. The bill would have put a two-year moratorium on the Common...

Friend: Time To Act On Pension Forfeiture For Convicted Pols

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is urging the Assembly to take up a critical ethics reform bill this week as a report of pension payments to convicted former legislators has gone public. Assembly Bill 4659, which would strip pensions...

Friend: Zimpher Letter On Opt-Out Movement ‘Ridiculous’

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling a letter written by Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York, ridiculous, and a gross misrepresentation of the current education system landscape. “You simply...

New York Funds Defunct ACORN In Hastily-Crafted State Budget

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is going on the offensive regarding highly-questionable spending in the state budget that passed in the early morning hours of April 1. It has been recently discovered that the state allocated nearly...

Friend Sponsors Common Core Parental Refusal Act

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) has signed on as a sponsor of Assembly Bill 6025, better known as the Common Core Parental Refusal Act. The legislation ensures parents are made aware of their right to opt their children out of the...

Friend: Shut Down START-UP NY

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to end his START-UP NY program following the release of a government report citing poor job-creation numbers from the controversial program. The report released this week,...

Friend: Bank Settlement Money Misused For ‘Hunger Games’ Over Less Flashy Reforms

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) views the budget’s squandering of $1.5 billion in bank settlement funds as a missed opportunity to solve some of the longstanding economic issues in New York State. The funds went toward what has...

Friend: NY Last In Economic Outlook Because Albany Isn’t Serious About Reform

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) cites Albany’s lack of desire to cut taxes and eliminate regulations and mandate relief as primary reasons why the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ranked New York last in economic outlook....

Friend: Teachers Are In Danger as Assembly Majority, Gov, and State Ed Fight Over Evaluation Rubric

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is expressing his concerns for teachers as the new teacher evaluations set forth in the budget seem to be in flux. During last week’s debate, the Assembly Majority stressed the autonomy of the state...