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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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...
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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,...

Friend: Governor Cuomo on the Right Track

Governor Cuomo, in his inaugural State of the State Address, mapped an ambitious plan for New York state. The speech brimmed with words of optimism and opportunity, and I am hopeful that this journey will not be impeded by the typical Albany political...
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