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Legislators Update Ontario County Businesses on State Issues

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State Senator Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, described the recent legislative session in Albany as a blur, with 1,700 pieces of legislation passed and 805 bills clearing both houses. Helming shared this at a June 18 event hosted by the Ontario County Chamber of Commerce.

Helming, facing an election challenge in November, was joined by Assemblymembers Jeff Gallahan, R-Manchester, and Marjorie Byrnes, R-Caledonia. They discussed the successes and challenges of the session, touching on healthcare costs, support for small cities, and mental health issues. Helming highlighted efforts to help Finger Lakes businesses, including a bill allowing direct shipment of cider and spirits and funding to protect Canandaigua Lake.

Byrnes, not seeking reelection, mentioned a bill transferring ownership of a sewer and water district to Livingston County, aiming to boost economic development. Gallahan, running unopposed, emphasized the need for infrastructure improvements and better internet access in rural areas, a critical issue highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic.