Press Releases

Norris Appointed Assembly Transportation Committee Minority Ranker

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) has been appointed by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C-Pulaski) to lead the Assembly Transportation Committee for the Minority conference. Norris has served as a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee...

Norris: Albany Must Act to Restore Public Safety

“The most basic role of government is to ensure public safety. However, since the passage of the so-called bail reforms in 2019, which I voted against, our state has only become less safe as our judicial system was turned into a revolving door for repeat...

Norris: NY Must Be Made More Affordable

If former Gov. Cuomo felt people were moving out of state because of the weather, why has Gov. Kathy Hochul decided to limit how New Yorkers stay warm during blizzard season by banning gas stoves? This question highlights the fact that the new executive...

Norris Congratulates FASNY President

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Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C-Lockport) presented a New York State Proclamation to commemorate the appointment of Ed Tase as the president of the Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY). Tase is a constituent of the 144th Assembly District...

Norris on 2023 State of the State

“New York’s population loss is a reality and it’s because of high taxes, a high cost of living and diminished quality of life. It’s great that the governor is finally listening to this message – for it’s been going on for far too long, especially...

Norris: Some Good News From Albany

Often, you will hear from me about the struggles and frustrations of the downstate driven majorities’ agenda which is not consistent with upstate values, however, it is important to pause this time of year and point out some of the good legislation...

Norris: A Season Of Thanks Before Us!

I have been working hard to align Albany’s focus with that of Western New York, and that means getting back to basics. In fact, on day one when Gov. Hochul first took office, I sent her a letter with my “Back to Basics” plan and urged her to take...

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...