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Coronoavirus Help for Workers

The Federal Government has passed the CARES Act, which extends unemployment benefits. There is help for those who have had their employment interrupted by Covid-19.
The Federal Government has passed the CARES Act, which extends unemployment benefits. There is help for those who have had their employment interrupted by Covid-19.

Blood Banks Need Your Help

Blood Banks Need Your Help

Friend Opposes $212 Billion Budget That Puts Illegal Immigrants Before Struggling Small Businesses

“The budget agreement being passed now has the largest spending this state has ever seen – $212 billion with $5 billion in new taxes despite the significant federal aid New York just received. This budget is irresponsible and doesn’t...

Area State Legislators Renew Call to Reopen Schools

Elmira — State lawmakers from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions today renewed their call for Governor Andrew Cuomo to give the go-ahead to allow all schools to return to full-time, in-person classroom instruction.The move has also...

Friend Calling for Release of $1.3 Billion in Fed Aid Given to NY to Help Renters and Small Rental Property Owners

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is calling on the governor to send a message of necessity to allow the Legislature to approve the appropriation bill which would release $1.3 billion in federal aid passed by Congress in December 2020....

Area State Legislators Get Behind Call from Area School Superintendents to Reopen Schools

State lawmakers from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are getting behind area school superintendents and joining the call for the Cuomo administration to give the go-ahead to allow all schools to return to full-time, in-person classroom...

Area State Legislators Get Behind Call from Area School Superintendents to Reopen Schools - Letter

Friend Calls Governor’s Persistent Restaurant and Bar Curfew Nonsensical

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is disappointed by the governor’s announcement that he plans to keep in place the 11 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars, along with the food requirement with alcoholic drink purchases. These...

Friend: Assembly Majority Still Want to Hike Taxes by $14.6 Billion Despite NY Receiving $24 Billion in Federal Aid

“Assembly Majority can’t seem to help themselves. We just received nearly $24 billion from the federal government in aid and $5.7 billion in increased tax receipts, yet, still, Assembly Majority members want to impose another $14.6 billion...

Friend Rejects Assembly Majority Bill Which Extends Governor’s Special Powers

“Assembly Majority need to come clean – the bill they claim strips the governor of his emergency powers actually extends it for as long as he sees fit. They have been lying to the press, New Yorkers and themselves, taking a victory lap on...
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Chris Friend is fighting for economic recovery for everyone!

Southern Tier Legislators: Start Up High School Sports - Letter

Protect Yourself and Your Identity

Assemblyman Chris Friend Looks Out for Us

Lack Of Protocol Has Forced New York Into Current Gun Regulation Disaster

As each year progresses, we in the New York State Legislature are forced to face many challenging obstacles. For the sake of good government, certain protocols have been enacted to provide time for public input and allow elected officials to offer amendments...

The 3rd Annual Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day

2011 Community Outreach Survey

Cutting Red Tape In The New York Wine Industry

Throughout New York State, we have seen how independent vineyards can deploy traditional techniques to generate a regionally unique agricultural product. Now, we must cut the red tape to allow such a beneficial product to be sold and marketed more widely...

Important School Budget Votes Are Right Around The Corner

It is that time of year when members of the community gather to vote on school budgets. These votes are important as they determine the educational direction of a school and the fiscal responsibilities of a community. I encourage taking an active role...

Nuclear Power Still Safe, Despite Distortions

In light of the tragic events in Japan it seems to me appropriate to consider the safety of nuclear energy in New York State. In doing so, however, we must address not only the fear we all face, but also the facts at hand. In times of crisis and chaos,...
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