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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.

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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...

Friend: Cuomo A Hypocrite Over Travel Quarantine Pass Given to Celebrities

“The news that Cuomo’s Department of Health has given a waiver to the governor’s 14-day travel quarantine rule to the musicians and dancers who will be performing in the upcoming Video Music Awards is ridiculous. It shows just how little...

Friend: U.S. Court of Appeals Decision Important in Protecting the Second Amendment

“I am encouraged by the sensible ruling by the 9th circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that affirms Second Amendment rights. The court’s ruling found the strict limitations placed on gun owners over magazine size by the State of California...

Friend: Forum Testimony Points to Need for Independent Investigation of Nursing Home Tragedy

On Monday, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) participated in a public forum on the handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was held by Friend and his Assembly and Senate Minority colleagues. The legislators held the...

Friend: Bowling Alley Reopening Is A Move in The Right Direction

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is pleased to hear that bowling alleys have been given the okay and guidance as to how to open safely and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The governor announced that bowling alleys will be able to operate...

Friend Condemns AG Tish James’ Politically Charged NRA Lawsuit

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) is slamming NYS Attorney General Leticia James for her politically charged lawsuit against the National Rifle Association (NRA). Her aim is to dismantle one of the leading advocacy groups protecting...

Friend: Governor Needs to Help Schools in Reopening, Not Chastise for State’s Mistakes

On Monday, Aug. 10 the governor said he would block 107 school districts from opening this fall, some of which were in the Southern Tier. However, after the governor’s public shaming of these schools, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big...

There Is Still Work Ahead

These are challenging times and every action taken by the government must be meaningful and well-thought-out to best serve the needs of all New Yorkers.A staggering amount of New York lives have been lost, especially in our nursing homes. New York workers...

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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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