Legislators on the lake

Assemblyman Will Barclay, above left, and State Sen. Tom O’Mara during a fishing trip this weekend on Lake Ontario.

MEXICO POINT — When Tom O’Mara and Will Barclay  usually get together, it’s to decide whether to fish or cut bait on Albany legislation.

On Saturday, O’Mara, a New York State Senator Representing the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, joined Barclay, R-Pulaski, out of Mexico Point for a fishing expedition that shines yet another spotlight on state officials’ efforts to promote tourism on Lake Ontario.

The two Republicans caught five King Salmon in under three hours, O’Mara reported.

“What a magnificent fishery!” O’Mara said on social media.

Barclay similarly deemed it a “productive morning.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James made a surprise visit to Oswego for a fishing trip and tour. Pall-Times reporters captured Cuomo and James in action pulling King Salmon from the lake with the help of a local charter captain.

At a press conference following the angling, Cuomo announced that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would suspending fishing licensing through Labor Day in an effort to bolster tourism and recreational activities throughout the region hit hard by historic flooding yet again in 2019.

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