VIDEO: Senator O’Mara Tells the D.E.C. They’re Delaying Too Many Projects

January 29, 2016
ALBANY, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, Big Flats) a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, joined many of his Senate and Assembly colleagues on the Legislature’s fiscal committees at a joint, public hearing to examine Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposals for environmental conservation, agriculture and energy.

O’Mara continued to raise concerns over DEC staffing levels and the impact on the agency’s decision-making processes, which O’Mara criticized as being too slow and drawn out on many critical issues and projects.
“I remain deeply concerned about the DEC’s decision making process that too often in recent years has appeared to be unnecessarily and unfairly drawn out and delayed, which is bad for industry and business in how long these things get dragged out, and it’s bad for the communities.”
“I will be fighting to restore state funding for our critical agricultural programs. In the important weeks ahead it’s now up to the Legislature, in these and other ways, to closely examine the governor’s plans for agriculture and rural New York to determine and reestablish some of these choices and priorities,” said O’Mara.