O’Mara launches detailed online survey to encourage local input on Cuomo budget plan

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Sen. Tom O'Mara

State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) has launched a detailed online survey to encourage residents of his 53rd Senate District to share their views and suggestions on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-2012 proposed state budget.

The new online survey can be accessed through O’Mara’s Senate website, www.omara.nysenate.gov. 

On Feb. 1, Cuomo proposed a $132.9-billion state budget calling for a 2.7-percent overall reduction in state spending and a comprehensive realignment and restructuring of many state programs and services.  

The Legislature’s fiscal committees have begun a series of public hearings at the Capitol to examine the details and assess the statewide impact of the Cuomo plan. Closer to home, O’Mara has been meeting with county legislators and other local leaders, educators, health care representatives, not-for-profit organizations, and concerned citizens from across the region.   

He said that the new online survey provides another valuable avenue of local input.

“I want to hear directly from this region’s local leaders and concerned citizens.  This online survey offers another way to encourage and welcome the input we need to carefully and deliberately assess the impact and the overall direction of Governor Cuomo’s plan,” said O’Mara, whose 53rd District includes all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates Counties, and part of Tompkins County (the city of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Ithaca, Newfield, and Ulysses).   

O’Mara’s website also provides access to details on the Cuomo plan, including budget briefing books and other documents.