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State Officials Weigh In On New State Budget

Assemblyman Will Barclay said, The lack of transparency in this budget process was nearly incomparable. Bills were brought to lawmakers just hours before we were required to vote. Assemblyman Bob Oaks added, The state budget was finally adopted … after being negotiated behind closed doors and requiring a “message of necessity” from the governor to waive the ability of legislators and the public to take the normal three days to study and critically review the budget before it came up for a vote. Senator Patty Ritchie said, Just a few short months ago, we set out to craft a spending plan that strengthens the middle class, grows our economy and improves educational opportunities for students. Today, I’m proud to say we succeeded in achieving those goals, approving a new state budget that will help to build a better future for all New Yorkers.

County To Further Scrutinize Options For Health Care Programs

A resolution to initiate a request for proposals to explore alternatives for home health care in the county was sent back to the committee level at this month’s legislature meeting. Legislators have several questions about how this will impact the county’s employees and budget. New York State is no longer providing state aid reimbursements to counties for their Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) and Long Term Care (LTC) programs.

State Testing Dates Force Change In Spring Break

Late last week, I received notice from the New York State Education Department that the English Language Arts state testing in grades 3-8 would be occurring during what was scheduled as the 2012 spring recess of most Central New York school districts including our own.

Second Half Rally Not Enough In State Lady Lacrosse Semifinal

Captains Hayley Lukaczyk and Brittany Kearns hold state semifinal plaque

An outstanding second half of play couldn’t make up for the halftime deficit as the Oswego High School girls’ lacrosse team finished the season losing to Brighton 15-9. Oswego, playing at SUNY Cortland, saw its season come to an end in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B Championship semifinal.

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