Press Releases

Norris Calls on State Labor Commissioner to Reject Plan to Reduce Farm Workweek

Agriculture remains our number one industry in New York State. Our land and small family farms produce an abundant yield of crops and products, and we are very fortunate here to have such access to them. A few weeks ago, the Farm Laborers Wage Board...

Norris Blasts Farm Labor Wage Board Decision

“With New Yorkers already struggling to afford groceries and gas with the rising costs of inflation, it is unfathomable that non-elected bureaucrats at the Farm Labor Wage Board are going to make it harder and more expensive to feed a family in our...

Norris Announces New Inflation Protection Plan

It seems no matter how hard we work these days, the cost of daily essentials is having an impact on everyone’s quality of life. Inflation is forcing tough choices. Though we’ve heard leaders in Washington or Albany talk, we need action to make the...

Norris Works To Keep Our Community Safe And Announces Upcoming Events

School is out and summer is here! Congratulations to all our graduates on a remarkable job well done! Whether you are heading into the workforce, military or college bound there are great things ahead for you. Work hard, serve others, and be committed...

Norris Kicks Off 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

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Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) kicked off his annual Summer Reading Challenge this week by reading to third-grade students from Mr. Eberhart’s and Mrs. Xapsos’ classes at the George M. Southard Elementary School in Lockport. The assemblyman...

Norris Congratulates Students For Poster Contest Awards

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Assemblyman Mike Norris visited Lockport and Barker High schools last week, to recognize and award two students for their posters, which were submitted for the Assemblyman’s Second Annual Memorial Day Poster Contest.  The contest was open to all students,...

Norris Announces New Boating Safety Course

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) is partnering with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office to announce a new Boating Safety Course available to the public. This week is National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27), and Norris has sponsored annual boating...

Norris Protects Us By Protecting Our Firefighters

Our volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) not only risk their lives to protect our homes, property, and well-being, but they also sacrifice time with their own families and friends, forgo time that could be spent on hobbies or fixing...

Norris on 2022-23 State Budget

“New Yorkers had high hopes for this budget process as outlined by our new governor, Kathy Hochul. However, this process, just like so many others dominated by one-party rule, was crafted in secrecy with no transparency, opportunity for public input...

Norris’ Blood Drive Exceeds Expectations

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) would like to thank the community for coming out to support the recent blood drive he sponsored with the American Red Cross at the Lockport Family YMCA during this time of severe national blood shortage. The drive...

Norris Calls For $500 Million Veterans Investment

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Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) joined colleagues from the Assembly Minority Conference today to call on the state to increase its investment for veterans’ services by enacting their $500 million “Invest in Vets” platform. The plan would...

Norris Renews Plan to Address State Gasoline Tax

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) is co-sponsoring new legislation that will suspend the state’s tax on motor fuels. Norris has been a longtime supporter of alleviating the tax burden on essentials like gasoline with legislation like the Inflation...

Norris Rallies For Increase In Local Infrastructure Funding

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) joined lawmakers today to rally for an increase in state budgetary funds going to programs that support local infrastructure, including the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Program (CHIPS), Extreme Winter Recovery...

Norris Helps Read Across America

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Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) joined the national Read Across America movement today by reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham to Mrs. Dockery’s 1st grade class at the Roy B. Kelly Elementary School in Lockport. This week also commemorates...

Norris’ Workforce Development Task Force Shares Its Findings

After years of taking a hard look at workforce development in New York state and how that landscape has changed in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, I am pleased to share that the task force I convened on this topic has now put out its report. Our...

Norris Announces Workforce Development Task Force Findings

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) announced a comprehensive report from his Assembly Minority Task Force on Learning for Work, a multi-year, inclusive study that took a deep dive into workforce training in New York state. Norris was a major driver...

Norris Says Inflation Relief Act Should Be Part Of Budget

“There is so much more our state can be doing to help people deal with the rising cost of inflation, and that’s why I was proud to join Leader Barclay and my colleagues today to call for action on our Inflation Relief and Consumer Assistance Plan....

Norris Calls For Full Repeal Of Bail Reform

“The fact is that since these so-called bail reforms were enacted by the downstate-driven majorities, crimes have significantly gone up all across our state. Many of these crimes are happening by repeat offenders who should have been held on bail in...

Norris On 2022 State Of The State

“It was truly refreshing that a Western New Yorker addressed the Legislature as governor for the first time in over a century. I was pleased to see Gov. Hochul call for term limits for statewide elected officials and changes to the state ethics board....

Norris Calls on Gov. to Sign Swimming Bill into Law

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) has written to Gov. Kathy Hochul encouraging her to sign bipartisan legislation (A.7734) into law. The bill would create a temporary commission to examine why childhood drownings are so prevalent in New York state,...