Press Releases

Palmesano Slams Commissioner Zucker For Not Appearing at Upstate Nursing Home Virtual Hearing

“The actions of Commissioner Zucker, or lack thereof, are once again unfortunate and unacceptable. Last week, he was not prepared to testify and answer questions. His lack of transparency and choosing to leave early without answering all the questions...

Regional Lawmakers Urge Cuomo Administration to Exempt Workers from Pennsylvania, Other Neighboring States

Elmira, N.Y. — A group of Southern Tier and Western New York lawmakers are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide an exemption for workers who live in Pennsylvania but work in New York from potentially being included in the governor’s COVID-19...

Palmesano Responds to Commissioner Zucker's Limited, Evasive Testimony at Hearing on Covid-19 Crisis in Nursing Homes

“It is unfortunate and completely unacceptable that the commissioner of health, who is responsible for what happens in our nursing homes and hospitals, chose to cut short his time before the Legislature during yesterday’s hearing. This action...

O'Mara, Friend and Palmesano Call on Cuomo to Stop Delaying Payments to Nonprofit Organizations

Elmira, N.Y. — After hearing reports from regional and statewide nonprofit agencies and organizations that New York State is delaying state contracts and payments, Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats)...

Assembly Minority: NY Majority Attempting To Reverse Public Referendum in Favor of Self-Preservation

The New York State Assembly Minority Conference today criticized their Majority colleagues for their decision to cast aside a public referendum and eliminate any shred of equal representation on the Independent Redistricting Commission. In 2014,...

Palmesano Responds to Governor's New Regulations Targeting Restaurants, Bars, Wineries and Breweries

The governor announced new, burdensome regulations banning bars, restaurants, wineries and breweries from serving alcohol to patrons who do not order food and are not being served food.Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) is outraged.“This...

Palmesano Joins Assembly Minority Conference to Pledge Support to Law Enforcement Amid Escalating Violence During Press Conference This Morning

“As shootings and violent crime rates continue to skyrocket in cities across the state, I am proud to join our Assembly Republican Conference to pledge our support to the brave law enforcement officials who protect our families and our communities...

Area Lawmakers, Education Leaders Call on State to Release School Reopening Guidelines

Horseheads, N.Y., — U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY), Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (R,C-Caledonia) and Assemblyman...

Palmesano Calls for Schools to Re-Open in September

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY), NYS Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), NYS Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), NYS Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and NYS Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (R,C-Caledonia) will join regional...

O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend Urge Governor to Rescind Proposed Cut to Funding for Persons With Disabilities

Elmira, N.Y. — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind a proposed $238 million cut to the state Office...

Southern Tier’s State Lawmakers Urge Cuomo to Let Local Leaders Decide on In-Person Graduations

Elmira, N.Y., — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) continued today to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to let the Southern Tier’s local officials...

Regional State Lawmakers Welcome NY's Go-Ahead On Local Road and Bridge Work

Elmira, N.Y. —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today welcomed the announcement earlier this week that the Cuomo administration is giving counties...

Assembly Minority Urges Governor to Get Local Road, Bridge & Highway Projects Back Up and Running

The Assembly Minority Conference recently wrote to Gov. Cuomo, urging him to allow repair and construction activities on local roads and bridges to resume. Getting local crews up and running would address mounting infrastructure issues, help stimulate...

Palmesano Writes Letter to Governor Urging Him to Allow In-Person High School Graduations

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I -Corning) today sent a letter to the governor petitioning him to allow high school seniors across the state to experience the culmination of their high school careers- graduation. Palmesano also signed on to a letter...

Phil Palmesano Named Assembly Minority Conference Appointee to Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay today announced that Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) has been named as the Minority Conference’s representative on the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (LATFOR).Every...

Palmesano Incensed by the Governor Holding Up Phase II Economic Reopening

“The governor continues to move the goal posts and arbitrarily change his own rules on reopening our economy – and it’s New Yorkers who suffer for his misguided, unilateral decisions. Delaying tomorrow’s Phase II reopening for no credible...

Regional State Lawmakers Call on Cuomo Administration to Release Funding for Local Road and Bridge Work

Elmira, N.Y., May 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) are calling on the Cuomo administration to give counties across the region the go-ahead...

Governor Reimagining Education Would Be a Nightmare for Our Kids

“During a press conference this week, the governor expressed skepticism about students returning to the classroom and wondered aloud whether it was a viable long-term option. He announced that he has tasked Bill Gates with “reimagining”...

Palmesano and Assembly Minority Conference Call for Federal and State Assistance to Support Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Workers

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and his Assembly Minority colleagues are calling for federal assistance to reimburse local governments for needed PPE purchased for volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) workers and volunteer firefighters.They’re...

Palmesano, Assembly Minority Conference Write Governor, Legislative Leaders Seeking Critical State Assistance for Family Farms

Yesterday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and his Assembly Minority colleagues sent a letter to the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders seeking much-needed state relief for the state’s agricultural industry. Farmers across the state...