"Legislative Report" from Senator Tom O'Mara (recorded on May 11, 2011)

May 12, 2011

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) examines recent reports of waste and inefficiency in many state agencies and previews some of the top issues expected to dominate the final weeks of this year’s legislative session on his online “Legislative Report” this week.

“The recent reports on waste and mismanagement in many state agencies and across the state bureaucracy are alarming and troubling, to say the least.  We need to pay attention to the findings and take every action that’s needed to put an end to the abuses,” said O’Mara, referring to April 29 articles in the New York  Times and the New York Post on Cuomo administration investigators uncovering what was characterized as “massive waste” across New York’s sprawling bureaucracy.

Also during this week’s report O’Mara:

-- previews some of the issues expected to dominate the final weeks of the 2011 regular legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude on June 20;

-- discusses legislation (S.4646) he’s introduced in the Senate called the “Emergency Services Volunteer Incentive Act” that joins the effort to help localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and EMTs; and

-- highlights legislation he’s sponsoring to prevent fraud and address other abuses and mismanagement within the state’s Medicaid system.  O’Mara’s legislation (S.4614) seeks to encourage more localities to utilize cutting-edge fraud prevention and cost-efficiency technology developed by the Horseheads-based Salient Corporation and notes how successfully it’s already been used in Chemung County.

Prior to being elected to the Senate last fall, O’Mara served three consecutive terms in the state Assembly where he chaired the Assembly Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud.

O’Mara’s 53rd Senate District covers Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield, and Ulysses).