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Local lawmakers criticize Albany’s legislative session

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State representatives voiced their disappointment following the end of the 2024 legislative session in Albany. Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano expressed concerns over the state’s direction under Democratic leadership.

O’Mara criticized the session, stating that New York is facing an affordability crisis, rising crime, and economic decline. He emphasized the Senate Republican Conference’s goals of cutting taxes, improving public safety, and revitalizing local economies, which he says were ignored by Democrats.

Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan echoed these sentiments, lamenting the lack of compromise and support for rural communities. Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay added that public safety and affordability were neglected, and Republicans will now focus on addressing these issues in their districts.