Press Releases

Friend: Taxpayers Left Holding The Bill After Lopez/Silver Settlement

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R,C,I – Big Flats) has renewed his insistency on adopting ethics reforms following the news that over $500,000 in taxpayer funds will be paid to the Assembly staffers sexually harassed by former Assemblyman Vito Lopez....

Friend: Speaker Heastie A Chance To Start Over On Ethics

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I – Big Flats), who had been a vocal critic of former Speaker Sheldon Silver, is calling on his Assembly colleagues to not squander this opportunity to reform the Chamber. “This is the first change in...

Friend: Silver Exits After Majority & Preet Bharara Force His Hand

The initial pressure members of the Majority have faced in regard to removing Speaker Silver has finally taken hold. As Speaker, Silver fostered a dangerous environment for the women of New York. His former Chief of Staff, Michael Boxley, was arrested...

Political Winners And Losers – Not What America Was Founded On

I would like to thank Gov. Cuomo for his continued attention to the economic distress of Upstate New York. Unfortunately, the joint State of the State and Budget Address was just the same failed strategy of politically picking winners and losers. The...

Friend: Silver Lands In Court, Must Resign

Speaker Sheldon Silver has used his position to benefit himself, his political allies, and chosen colleagues. I applaud U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for his work to make our government more ethical. This speaker can no longer serve on the people’s behalf....

Friend: Transparency Issues Dog Controversial START-UP NY

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I – Big Flats) is condemning the state’s decision to push back a mandatory report on Gov. Cuomo’s controversial START-UP NY Program. A report was due on December 31, 2014, but has been rescheduled to April 1, 2015,...

Assembly Must Follow Senate’s Lead, Pass WEA

Today, I joined my colleagues in the Assembly Minority in calling on Speaker Silver and the Assembly Majority to have an up-or-down vote on the eight individual women’s equality measures passed by the Senate yesterday. These eight vital reforms should...

Friend: Shameful Majority Re-Elects Scandal-Plagued Silver

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I –Big Flats) today condemned the Assembly Majority’s re-election of Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver has recently come under federal investigation for his outside earnings and has a past marred in scandal. “The...

New Laws Will Help Fight Against Heroin And Drug Abuse In New York State

“In recent years, New York State has experienced a frightening increase in opioid use in both its street and prescription forms. Heroin, in particular, is emerging as a public health concern in every community. Recent legislative laws such as I-STOP...

End of Session Brings Missed Opportunity For Monterey Shock

“Monterey Shock is the prime example of what correction facilities are supposed to be. It has a greater than 80 percent graduation rate and only a seven percent recidivism rate. The inmates are provided with an opportunity for drug counseling; a high...

Friend Calls On Majority To Pass Women’s Equality Bills Separately

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on the Assembly Majority to stop playing politics with the Women's Equality Agenda. The Senate is supporting New York women by voting on the merits of each point individually, and currently,...

Friend: Calling On Majority To Bring Ethics Legislation To A Vote

New York politics is famous for public corruption, and this isn’t something to be proud of. With another legislative session about to end, there have been few attempts to fix the rampant corruption in the state. Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend...

Area State Legislators Sponsor Legislation To Encourage Emergency Services Volunteers

Elmira, N.Y., April 9—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week this week, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing...

Area State Reps Criticize Cuomo Administration: Closing Monterey Wrong Decision

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for refusing to renegotiate his administration’s plan to...

Friend: Rushed Almost-On-Time Budget Misses Mark

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that while he is pleased to see the governor and legislature come to an agreement and pass the 2014-15 State Budget, the secretive, closed-door meetings and lack of relief for upstate taxpayers...

Assemblyman Friend, Congressman Reed To Hold Office Hours In Waverly

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold local office hours on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waverly Village Hall, 32 Ithaca Street. Friend’s staff will be available to discuss any state-related...

Area State Reps Reject Cuomo’s ‘Free College For Prisoners’ Proposal, Again Call For Saving Monterey

Elmira, N.Y., February 18— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide a free college education to state prisoners...

Assemblyman Chris Friend's Local Office Hours in Waverly

Assemblymembers Palmesano, Friend To Host Common Core Standards Forum In Corning

Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will join education leaders at a forum on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Corning East High School Cafeteria in Corning. Participants will include...

Assemblyman Friend To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Waverly

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold a town hall meeting at the Waverly Village Hall on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and discuss their concerns with the assemblyman. “I hope that local...