STATE SENATE AND O'MARA SUPPORT MEDICAID ABUSE, FRAUD AND WASTE REFORM
The New York State Senate Thursday approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid. Mayors, county executives and other local officials throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, continually point to Medicaid as their most burdensome and costly unfunded state mandate.
NYS SENATE VOTES TO MAKE REVENGE PORN MISDEMEANOR
The state Senate has passed legislation criminalizing “revenge porn.” The bill would establish the crime of non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit images, also known as “revenge porn.” This bill would make it a class A misdemeanor to disseminate photographs that are captured consensually, oftentimes as part of a private relationship which are later disclosed by an individual without the consent of the individual photographed.
LINCOLN GARDENS OPENS
On Friday Governor Cuomo announced the completion of Lincoln Gardens, a $9.3 million housing development for seniors in Hornell.The former Lincoln Elementary School was renovated to be a new residential development with 25 affordable, energy-efficient apartments for seniors aged at least 55 years old. The building has been updated with a new roof and energy efficient windows and doors. Complimenting Southern Tier Soaring, an upstate revitalization initiative to expand the economy and create new opportunities, affordable rents are available to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income.
O'MARA SPONSORS BILL TO COMBAT FOOD WASTE
Friday, State Senator O'Mara announced he is co-sponsoring legislation to cut down on food waste by donating surpluses from the food industry to the community via local food banks and pantries. After partnering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier earlier this year to accomplish the “Farm to Food Bank” tax credit, Senator O’Mara is pushing state legislation (S.6083A/A.8138). The bill establishes a tax credit of up to $5,000 for grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, or catering services that donate surplus or about-to-expire food to local food banks and pantries to benefit the community.
MARKET STREET CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION MONDAY
Corning’s Market Street will close to traffic Monday for about two-weeks to mill and overlay the five-block, high-traffic street. Concerns for construction is the possibility of a hurt economy due to decreasing business during the “peak tourist season”. Some locals foresee a negative impact for tourism when visitors from outside our area see Market Street affected by the dirt, grime, mud, dust and debris brought by the construction of the $1 million summer project. Free parking will be available in the two municipal lots behind the Radisson Inn Corning and R & M Grill to accommodate customers.
GILLIBRAND RISES CONFERENCE USING PROFANITY
State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said “If we are not helping people, we should go the f--- home,” on Friday, resulting in cheers and applause at New York City’s Personal Democracy Forum, a political and tech enthusiast-themed conference. Gillibrand made the statement in frustration with Washington politics adding “And that should be our North Star. That should be our framing principle of what we are doing in public service.” Gillibrand has not been shy about using the F-bomb. She has used it in her 2014 book and in a recent interview with New York magazine. In 2018, she will face re-election for her Senate seat and fights for expanding health care and improving taxes for working families, defiantly challenging Trump on Friday adding, “Has he kept any of his promises?” she asked. “No. F--- no.”