Thomas F. O'Mara's Blog entries

New Jobs NY

It’s undeniable that the past year in New York government has already achieved overdue and significant economic and fiscal reforms.

But we can’t stop now.

March 8, 2012
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Expand the DNA databank?

There's a key criminal justice debate currently underway throughout New York State.

February 29, 2012
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Made in America (but especially New York)

Late last year I read a headline in the New York Times that asked, “Does America Need Manufacturing?”  For anyone who  grew up anywhere in the Southern Tier during the region’s manufacturing heyday – whose fathers and grandfathers made a decent living in those factories -- the answer to that question is heartfelt and immediate: you better believe it.

February 7, 2012
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Round Two

Governor Cuomo has unveiled his second proposed state budget.  In year two, he's seeking to continue last year's momentum for restoring New York's economic strength and fiscal soundness.

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January 18, 2012
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2012 Session: Round Two?

The 2012 legislative session gets underway this Wednesday.  Here's looking ahead to a new year that picks up where we left off in 2011 -- especially with an ongoing commitment to actions speaking louder than words.

  

January 3, 2012
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How can we get New York back to work?

One of the cornerstones of this year's state budget was the creation of 10 regional Economic Development Councils that have been working over the past several months to develop locally based, short- and long-term strategies for economic growth and job creation.

The 10 regional proposals, including plans for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, have now been finalized and submitted.

November 15, 2011
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Government Efficiency

As the demands and responsibilities placed on government become greater and greater, the need for efficiency in programs and services calls for equal attention.

So I’m looking forward to the renewed state Senate effort in the year ahead to uncover waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout the state bureaucracy.

September 20, 2011
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Time to stand out

Here we go. And the timing couldn’t be better, arriving as it does on the heels of:

-- reports of more local job losses and rising unemployment rates; and

July 29, 2011
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Finish, Then Start Again

The start of summer has so far been a season of victory laps for the Cuomo administration.  In the wake of a 2011 legislative session that’s received many positive reviews, the governor and key members of his cabinet have been out and about across New York State touting this year’s achievements.

July 13, 2011
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Wine in grocery stores?

Should New York State allow wine to be sold in grocery stores?

That's been debated in the Legislature for a long time, and I weighed in on the issue today.

May 23, 2011
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Share It

The newly created Spending and Government Efficiency Commission, or SAGE Commission, is inviting public input on ways to cut government waste and smarten up about state spending.

We should take every advantage of the opportunity.

May 13, 2011
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(Right)sizing It Up

The 2011-2012 state budget undeniably took some important steps in the direction of getting spending under control as the first step toward a more economically and fiscally strong New York.

Now what?  I say keep going.

May 2, 2011
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New York's not all big cities

The joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources has long been noted as a voice of rural New York within the state Legislature.

That's important at a time when New York government has become increasingly dominated by urban-oriented, mostly downstate legislative leaders.    

April 13, 2011
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LOCAL VOICES

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed 2011-2012 state budget on February 1st and since then we've done our best to encourage local feedback on the potential impact of the governor's plan.

March 24, 2011
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Budget Feedback

For everyone interested, I've posted the results of my recent online survey on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-2012 New York State budget.

File: 
Read the results of Senator O'Mara's 2011-2012 budget survey

March 18, 2011
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Upstate Decline

News reports this morning are telling us again that Upstate New York continues to lose population. Why?

Here's what one analyst said, "The basic connection is a strong economy and healthy job growth keeps residents..."

So it's a good time to remember that the Senate kicked off the 2011 legislative session with the approval of what we're calling the "Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act." It's aimed at jump-starting the upstate economy.

March 8, 2011
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Budget Alert

From the start, Medicaid reform has been targeted as one of the key battlegrounds of the 2011-2012 state budget.

The latest: Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Medicaid Redesign Team" approved a series of reform recommendations late yesterday.

February 25, 2011
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February 15, 2011
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Progress

There's a long way to go in the 2011-2012 state budget adoption process, but there was an important step in the right direction this week when legislative leaders announced an agreement to utilize what's called the "conference committee process" to help us reach a final budget agreement before April 1st.

February 11, 2011
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A Closer Look

Now that Governor Cuomo has released his 2011-2012 proposed New York State budget, attention turns to the Legislature's efforts to carefully and deliberately examine the details of the plan and assess its impact on local communities.

February 8, 2011
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