Press Releases

2021 Legislative Session Hits and Misses

This year’s Legislative Session was one of the most crucial in our state’s modern history. Lawmakers had the opportunity to make decisions at our state Capitol to set New York state on a new course of recovery following the pandemic, a path of...

Norris Announces Aim Task Force Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) is proud to announce that legislation he sponsors (A.6601) to establish the New York State Aid and Incentives for Municipalities Redesign Task Force has been passed in the Assembly. It was previously passed in the...

Commission to End Childhood Drowning Passes Assembly

Watch the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MqWx67orfbcHQ76tEH0shP6KWjMVRtM3/view?usp=sharing ​Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) is pleased to announce the passage of legislation to create the Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning (A.7734). Norris...

Norris: Last Call For Cuomo Chips, At Last

“Finally the state Legislature, dominated by downstate driven majorities, exercised our authority today to reverse some of the Governor’s executive orders, including the one requiring that you have to order food like ‘Cuomo Chips’ with a beer....

Norris: Budget Is Another Example Of What’s Wrong With NYS

Before the COVID-19 crisis, New York had a serious “tax-and-spend” problem. Now, during the pandemic recovery period, is certainly not the time to go on a reckless spending spree that will ultimately further hinder the ability of our citizens to survive...

Norris: Comprehensive Broadband Initiative Included in Budget

“As a sponsor of the original, bipartisan bill known as the Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act that was passed last year, I am very pleased that this measure was included in the final budget agreement at long last. Had the governor signed the...

Norris’ Advocacy Leads to New Investments for Local Roads & Libraries

“Two of the most important resources in our community are our local roads and our libraries, without either our daily society in Western New York simply would not function. Our roads, highways, bridges and culverts not only ensure safe passage to and...

Norris Votes No on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

“Since taking office, I have discussed the legalization of recreational marijuana with school and law enforcement officials, health and medical professionals, and others worried about this topic. I voted against the measure today because the bill does...

Norris Calls for Budget Surpluses to Be Invested in Infrastructure, Broadband

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) renewed calls for state budget surpluses to be spent toward improving infrastructure and improving access to broadband internet service for communities across upstate New York. He said that between the one-shot federal...

Norris Supports Commission to Draft Articles of Impeachment

“As a coequal branch of government, the state Legislature has an obligation to serve as the checks and balances for our other branches of government, particularly in situations exactly as we find ourselves in today with the Cuomo administration’s...

Norris: Invoke Subpoena Powers in Nursing Home Hearings

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown each one of us and our world into uncharted territory. So many things have changed in these unprecedented times, from the ways we do business to how we live our lives, but what hasn’t changed is the love for our families...

Norris Calls For Immediate Vote To Restore Legislative Authority & Remove Governor’S Emergency Powers

“On behalf of the constituents who have been pleading for answers regarding the health and well-being of their loved ones in nursing homes over the past 11 months, I am outraged by the results of the attorney general’s report which confirmed our worst...

NY Needs Food Security, Says Norris

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) joined colleagues from the Assembly Minority Conference this week to launch their newest omnibus package known as the Food Insecurity, Farm Resiliency and Rural Poverty Initiative. The initiative is a direct response...

Budget Should Back Up Economy, Schools Says Norris

After a week of State of the State speeches, New Yorkers need real action to move our state forward. I am ready to work together with the governor and my colleagues to get a fiscally responsible state budget passed. This year’s budget will be unlike...

Norris’ ‘NY Business Emergency Relief Act’ Pushed as Priority in Assembly Minority Plan

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C,I-Lockport) is proud to share that following the launch of his new legislation known as the New York Business Emergency Relief Act, the Assembly Minority Conference announced today it has chosen to include the entirety of...

Norris Says New Yorkers Need Action, Not Talk

Here are the real facts before COVID-19 even existed: New York has led the nation in population loss, with over one million people leaving over the past decade for greener pastures, our debt is second in the nation only to California, and our state budget...

Norris Announces NY Business Emergency Relief Act

With the new year, we welcome new opportunities at our state Capitol to improve our state, and I am already hard at work for our community in encouraging my colleagues in Albany to take action to improve economic conditions for our small businesses. In...

Norris Announces 2021-22 Legislative Appointments

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C -Lockport) has been named chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference, a prestigious leadership position, and reappointed to membership on the powerful Assembly committees on Rules and Ways and Means. These appointments make...

Norris: Wishing You A Happy & Healthy Holiday Season

As lights go up around town and people sit down to write their holiday cards this year, we are reminded of the things that haven’t changed: our many blessings, the simple joys in the changing of the season and the goodness of our fellow human beings....

Norris Announces New Law To Help Firefighter Recruitment

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C,I,Ref-Lockport) would like constituents to be aware of a new law that he helped to enact to benefit firefighters across New York state. The law directs the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, within the Department of Homeland...