Press Releases

O’Mara, Palmesano, Friend Urge Support For ‘Keep Monterey Open!’ Online Petition

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County next year, and now State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big...

Area State Legislators Encourage Local Libraries To Take Advantage Of Grant Opportunity

Elmira, N.Y., August 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are sending an alert to local public libraries and public library systems of a construction...

Friend And Palmesano Call On Public To Sign Senator O’Mara’s Online Petition To Save Elmira Psychiatric Center

Assemblymen Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are joining an effort launched by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to save the Elmira Psychiatric Center (EPC). Last week, the Office of Mental Health (OMH)...

Friend And Palmesano Join Fight To End Corruption With The Public Officers Accountability Act

Assemblymen Christopher Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) have joined with the entirety of the Assembly Minority Conference to combat Albany’s rampant corruption through the newly introduced Assembly bill 7393, also known as...

Friend: Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns Are Not The Answer To State Corruption

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today voiced his disappointment with the passage of the so-called Fair Elections Act, a plan to mandate publicly-funded election campaigns at taxpayer expense, a new added tax burden for everyone in...

Friend: Further Budget Negotiations Still Needed

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R, C, I -Big Flats) acknowledged that, although the Assembly Majority budget proposal contains some improvements over the Governor’s original draft, more work and negotiations are needed before an acceptable budget...

Albany Lacks Transparency Once Again

After yesterday’s prolonged debate on gun control legislation, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R-Big Flats) expressed frustration at the return to Albany’s rushed backroom, late night deals and a lack of transparency in the way the legislature...

Friend: We Must Lower Taxes, Eliminate Unfunded Mandates Placed On New Yorkers

In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today highlighted New York’s need to reduce taxes on the middle class and pass real county and school unfunded mandate relief during...

Assemblyman Friend To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Berkshire, NY

New York State Assemblyman Chris Friend will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, November 29 in Berkshire, Tioga County. “The State Legislature may be in recess, but the fight to get government out of the way of job creators, cut government spending...

Local Public Libraries Awarded State Grants

Albany, N.Y., May 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced today that public libraries throughout Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded...

Friend: Budget Process An Improvement, But More Work Still Needed To Stimulate Growth And Ease Mandates

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) was pleased by the positive turn taken in the successful passage of an early state budget. The late-night deal-making and closed-door sessions so typical of Albany politics were avoided in this year’s transparent...

Majority’s Budget Fails On Major Issues

The one-house budget resolution put forth by the Assembly majority contains several provisions which would enhance the quality of life for our residents and New Yorkers in general. However, their proposal is, in general, a failure on nearly every issue...

Friend And Palmesano Urge Attendance At Sportsmen And Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day

Assemblymen Chris Friend (R – Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R, C, I – Corning) would like to encourage area hunters and outdoorsmen to attend the third annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day, to be held in the Legislative...

Friend Reminds Residents Of Flood Recovery Grant Application Deadline

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R-Big Flats) is urging small business owners, non-profit organizations, farmers and owners of multiple dwellings that sustained direct physical flood-related damage from Tropical Storm Lee to apply for a grant from...

Friend Welcomes $150,000 For Tioga County

Assemblyman Chris Friend (R – Big Flats) is pleased by Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement that New York’s Department of State is issuing another round of grant money to support local communities devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm...

Assemblyman Friend Sponsors Legislation To Help Ease The Pain Of Parents Of Stillborn Children

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R–Big Flats) voted yesterday in favor of his sponsored legislation which would help ease the pain of parents of a stillborn child by allowing for the issuance of a posthumous birth certificate for these children. “One...

Friend: Assembly Passes Legislation To End Burdensome Insurance Mandate, Urges Senate To Follow

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R-Big Flats) this week voted in favor of Assembly bill 5502, which will end the practice of health insurance companies requiring that patients purchase prescribed drugs through a mail-order pharmacy. “This mandate...

Friend Votes Down Costly Medical Liability Measure

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) this week voted against legislation that would increase medical liability insurance costs in New York. Assembly bill 694-A, which enacts the Patient Privacy Protection Act, prohibits the defending party from...

Ethics Bill Is a Small Step Toward True Reform

I voted today in favor of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, which contains the necessary reforms to make government and elected officials more accountable to the people that they represent. Governor Cuomo has touted this bill as important and historic....

Friend Attends Dairy Day Event

Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R- Big Flats) today attended the Assembly Minority’s Dairy Day, joining colleagues and representatives of New York’s dairy industry. Attendees were treated to delicious complimentary samples of milk, cheese, yogurt...