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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 9, 2013 ~ 'Letting your voices be heard'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Letting your voices be heard"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 9th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 10, 2013
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'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' draws supporters to Watkins Glen

A "Saving Monterey Shock Rally!" drew supporters of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility to Watkins Glen yesterday to protest a Cuomo administration plan to close the facility by next year.

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WETM-TV, "Rally calls for Schuyler Co. prison facility to stay open"

Finger Lakes Radio, "Rally held Monday to keep Monterey Shock open"

September 10, 2013
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Community gathers to honor fallen local soldier at dedication of 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway'

Dundee, N.Y., September 8—Earlier this year, in June, the New York State Legislature approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Specialist Christopher J. Scott, a Dundee High School graduate, who was killed on September 3, 2011 while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

September 8, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend urge support for 'Keep Monterey Open!' online petition ~ 'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' set for September 9th in Watkins Glen

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County next year, and now State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and State Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) are encouraging area residents to sign an online “Keep Monterey Open!” petition that’s been launched to help rally public support and convince the administration to keep the Monterey facility open.

September 5, 2013
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Senate continues tax reform hearings in Syracuse today, O'Mara says goal is bipartisan legislative tax-cutting agenda

 

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Investigations and Governmental Operations, today joined his committee colleagues in Syracuse to hear from regional business and economic development leaders on how New York’s tax policies can be reformed to reduce the state’s overall tax burden and encourage private-sector job growth.

The Senate hearings are aimed at developing a comprehensive tax reform agenda that O’Mara and his colleagues will make a priority during the 2014 legislative session. 

September 5, 2013
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State Senate's public hearings on tax reform get underway in Albany today ~ Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., September 3--The New York State Senate committees on Finance, and Investigations and Government Operations, kicks off a series of five statewide public hearings throughout September and October to hear testimony from regional and statewide business leaders on how state tax policies can be reformed to promote private-sector job growth.

September 4, 2013
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Reminder: Deadline for applying for next State Police civil service exam is September 8th

The deadline for applying for the next state civil service exam to become a New York State Trooper- which won't be offered again for at least another four years -- is Sunday, September 8, 2013.  The test will take place at several locations statewide in October.

To find out more and apply online, visit www.troopers.ny.gov.

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September 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 2, 2013 ~ 'Cut red tape, create jobs'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Cut red tape, create jobs"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 2nd Corning Leader, attached below]

September 3, 2013
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KEEP MONTEREY OPEN!

[UPDATE, MARCH 31: O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend criticize new budget for failing to save Monterey, vow to continue fight, read more HERE]

[UPDATE, MARCH 14: Senate approves budget resolution that says no to Cuomo closure plan, read more HERE

August 29, 2013
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Local, state and federal leaders rallying support for the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility

The effort's underway to save the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County which, it was recently announced by the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been targeted for closure next year. 

Senator O'Mara has expressed his strong opposition to the proposed closing.

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August 28, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 26, 2013 ~ 'Drug-free futures'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Drug-free futures"

August 26, 2013
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2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs), now available

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the 2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) became available for purchase beginning Monday, August 12, 2013 at any of the DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. Sporting licenses can also be ordered by telephone or online. The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning October 1, 2013. 

August 14, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's tour of the Finger Lakes (UPDATED, August 14th)

Elmira, N.Y., August 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s visit to the Finger Lakes region today to showcase the state’s wine and grape industry and other tourism-related assets and strengths:

August 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 12, 2013 ~ 'It's going to take newfound teamwork'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "It's going to take newfound teamwork"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 12, 2013 Corning Leader]

August 12, 2013
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Volunteers being sought for local river projects on Saturday

The calls are going out for volunteers this Saturday, August 10th, to assist projects along a few local rivers.

In Cohocton, members of local Trout Unlimited Chapters and other volunteers will clear away vegetation from around the 800 trees that were planted along the Cohocton River in May as part of the Cohocton Watershed Shade Enhancement Project.  Read more HERE...

August 7, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 5, 2013 ~ 'The cost of downsizing'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "The cost of downsizing"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 5, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

August 5, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes hiring of 'new bureaucracy' at state Department of Corrections

 

Albany, N.Y., August 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) criticized the Cuomo administration for hiring nearly two dozen new “assistant deputy superintendents” within the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) at the same time that the administration has announced plans to shut down another four upstate correctional facilities, including the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.   

August 1, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues honor Hornell's Zack Bacon, one of region's outstanding high school athletes

Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Bill Nojay and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano took the opportunity last Saturday (July 27) in Hornell, on the main court of the Gus Macker Tournament, to honor Zach Bacon, one of the region's outstanding high school athletes.

A recent graduate of Hornell High School who'll be attending and playing football at Alfred University this fall, as a high school senior Bacon was a two-time state champion in football and wrestling -- the first such two-time champion in Hornell's history.

July 31, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 29, 2013 ~ 'An abundance of tourism, thankfully'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "An abundance of tourism, thankfully"

July 30, 2013
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