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Legislative budget hearings conclude today with a look at the Mental Health and Workforce Development segments of the Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees today will conclude its public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

February 276th Topics: Mental Health (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Workforce Development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 27, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings resume Wednesday ~ Local government officials will make their case in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude on February 27th.

February 25th Topic: Local Government/General Government (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 24, 2015
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'State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano brief Steuben County legislators on upcoming state budget talks

In Bath yesterday, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano met with members of the Steuben County Legislature to discuss the upcoming negotiations over the 2015-2016 state budget.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget"

February 24, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 23, 2015 ~ 'Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers'

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, "Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 22nd Corning Leader]

February 23, 2015
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February 20, 2015
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'Officials: I-86 is key to region's economic future' ~ I-86 Corridor Project gets underway to develop strategic action plan

from the February 13th Elmira Star-Gazette:

"Attracting and retaining businesses along a section of Interstate 86 from the Town of Erwin to the City of Elmira is the objective of an economic blueprint that is now is being created.

The recently formed regional planning team for the I-86 Corridor Project is in the initial stages of developing a strategic action plan intended to result in economic growth in Chemung and Steuben counties."

February 18, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 16, 2015 ~ 'Acting on American heroism'

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, "Acting on American heroism"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 18th Corning Leader]

February 17, 2015
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'Economic Forum speakers say NY needs to get out of way' ~ At Chemung County Chamber event, mood 'upbeat but tempered' on outlook for local economy

From the Star-Gazette:

"The Southern Tier is poised for a major economic comeback in the next five to 10 years, according to speakers at Thursday's annual economic forum in Elmira.  The biggest stumbling block to that recovery is New York state and its tax and economic policies, those same speakers believe."

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February 12, 2015
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Higher education under the spotlight at today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Higher Education (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 9, 2015 ~ "Cuomo's 'fix your own pipes' doesn't hold water"

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, "Fix your own pipes?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 8th Corning Leader]

February 9, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings continue today with a look at Gov. Cuomo's 2015-016 tax proposals, and proposals for economic development ~ Watch Live (Note: The economic development hearing is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.)

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Taxes (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and economic development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 9, 2015
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Recent anti-heroin forum in Dundee drew more than 100 residents ~ See an update on New York State's 'Combat Heroin' public awareness campaign

On January 28th in Dundee, more than 100 residents attended a community forum on the heroin crisis.

Read more about this forum on the observer-review.com, "Heroin forum: 'Cheap, addicting and deadly'"  

February 6, 2015
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Housing is the topic of today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Housing, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 5, 2015
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Human Services is the topic of today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Human Services, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 4, 2015
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Today, February 3, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of historic Eileen Collins space shuttle mission

Today, February 3, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of the historic space shuttle mission of Eileen M. Collins, a native of Elmira. 

On February 3, 1995, Eileen Collins became the first American woman to pilot a space shuttle, the Discovery.

Read more from WETM-TV, "20 Year Anniversary of Collins' Shuttle Mission"

February 3, 2015
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Today's legislative hearing on Gov. Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed state budget focuses on elementary and secondary education ~ Watch live now

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Elementary and secondary education 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 3, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 2, 2015 ~ 'Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

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, "Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 1st Corning Leader]

February 2, 2015
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Legislative hearings on Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget continue today ~ Medicaid & Health being examined today ~ Watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Medicaid/Health.

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 2, 2015
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'Dundee names Miller firefighter of the year'

from the observer-review.com:

DUNDEE--Past Dundee fire chief Ray Miller was named the department's Firefighter of the Year during their annual awards banquet Friday, Jan. 23. More than 80 people attended the banquet, which took place inside the Dundee Fire Hall. Miller was recognized for his 60 years of active service in the department. 

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January 30, 2015
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