Press Releases

Friend: FBI Investigation into Cuomo Welcome News to Grieving New Yorkers

“It is a sad day that it even got to this point, but the announced FBI probe into the Cuomo administration is welcome news to many concerned and grieving New Yorkers. The loss of 15,000 lives in our nursing homes is an utter tragedy, made worse by the...

Friend Calls for Federal Investigation into Nursing Home Death Cover-Up

“I would like to say that I am surprised the Cuomo administration had been actively covering up nursing home deaths but, quite frankly, the public and diligent reporters knew all along. Attorney General James found that the numbers were not adding up...

Friend Encourages Majority to Join in Push for Bipartisan Investigation into Nursing Home Deaths

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) applauds the efforts of his Assembly Minority colleagues on the committees on Aging, Health and Oversight, Analysis and Investigation who recently issued letters and a petition to fellow committee members...

Friend Encourages Majority to Join in Push for Bipartisan Investigation into Nursing Home Deaths - Letter

Friend Calling for Broader Guidance for Performing Arts Venues to Help Upstate Artists and Communities Recover

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on the Cuomo administration to provide guidance so established arts venues may safely reopen to hold live performances. The Assemblyman supports the push to reengage the arts; however, he...

Friend: Cuomo’s Oppressive Unfounded Restrictions on Businesses Should All Be Lifted

“I applaud Judge Timothy Walker’s ruling to temporarily lift the 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants. However, the ruling only applies to restaurants in Erie and Monroe counties. It is time this rule and others be lifted statewide. We have seen the governor...

What the New Rental Laws Mean for Southern Tier and Finger Lakes

The pandemic response made profound changes to our economy and the earnings of families. Along with our colleagues at the federal and state level, we have been looking at a number of ways to provide relief or remove stumbling blocks to our recovery. Together,...

Friend: AG’s Report Confirms Heartbreaking Truth About NYS Nursing Homes During Pandemic

“Attorney General James’ investigation confirms a fear many of us held - that COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes were far greater in number than what was being reported by the governor and the DOH. This makes an altogether heartbreaking tragedy all...

Friend Supports Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Negative Impacts Caused By Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Claims

Today, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) voted in favor of A.2001-A, a bill which will not hold it against businesses for unemployment insurance claims made throughout the duration of the pandemic. “I am pleased to vote for this measure...

Friend Urges Governor to Abandon Oppressive Zoned Lockdown Policy

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flatts) is calling, yet again, for the governor to abandon the oppressive zoned lockdown policy which has had Chemung County designated as Orange Zone for 12 weeks. The state, in particular the state Department...

Southern Tier Legislators: Start Up High School Sports

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblymen Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give the go-ahead to high school sports seasons. In a joint statement, O’Mara, Friend...

Friend Reappointed as Ranking Minority Member on Economic Development and Appointed to Newly Formed Committee on Science and Technology

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Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) has been reappointed to his position as ranking Minority member on the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry. Additionally, the assemblyman has been appointed...

Friend Calling on Governor for Clear Recovery Plan for Small Businesses

“Recovery from the pandemic has been frustratingly stalled in the Southern Tier. First, our local small businesses were shut down by the governor’s statewide lockdown when cases were almost nonexistent in this region, then certain types of businesses...

Area State Legislators Call on Cuomo To Veto Legislation

A group of state lawmakers representing the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto legislation that, if enacted, would significantly expand New York’s regulatory process governing stream-related...

Friend: Different Tactics Need To Be Taken In Managing Southern Tier COVID-19 Cases

“We have seen a growing number of experts oppose shutdowns in dealing with COVID-19, including the World Health Organization, which points to the disproportionate negative impact on the poor. We know the devastating effects the shutdowns have had on...

Friend: Cuomo Could Have Learned A Few Lessons In Leadership From Pennsylvania

“The governor just can’t help himself in releasing ‘Leadership Lessons,’ an all too early look-back and victory lap at his response to COVID-19, when we are seeing another wave. Our state has unnecessarily endured many deaths from his too-late...

Friend Urges Farmers to Testify at Upcoming Virtual Wage Board Hearings

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is urging farmers to participate in the upcoming virtual Farm Laborers Wage Board hearings on Wednesday, August 26; Thursday, August 27; and Monday, August 31. Those wishing to testify live may register...

Friend: Cuomo A Hypocrite Over Travel Quarantine Pass Given to Celebrities

“The news that Cuomo’s Department of Health has given a waiver to the governor’s 14-day travel quarantine rule to the musicians and dancers who will be performing in the upcoming Video Music Awards is ridiculous. It shows just how little...

Friend: U.S. Court of Appeals Decision Important in Protecting the Second Amendment

“I am encouraged by the sensible ruling by the 9th circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that affirms Second Amendment rights. The court’s ruling found the strict limitations placed on gun owners over magazine size by the State of California...

Friend: Forum Testimony Points to Need for Independent Investigation of Nursing Home Tragedy

On Monday, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) participated in a public forum on the handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was held by Friend and his Assembly and Senate Minority colleagues. The legislators held the...