Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 4, 2013 ~ 'Upstate Unleashed'

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, "Upstate Unleashed"

March 4, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the February 28th rally in Albany against the NY SAFE Act ~ Watch Senator O'Mara addressing the rally's participants

Albany, N.Y., February 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who was one of 18 state senators who voted against the recently enacted NY SAFE Act and spoke at today’s protest rally in Albany, issued the following statement:

“I stand with many citizens and local leaders from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in opposition to the NY SAFE Act.  Equally important, we’re opposed to the shoddy legislative process that produced a law that’s full of failings and shortcomings, and places even more state-imposed burdens on already hard-pressed upstate citizens and localities.

February 28, 2013
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One of New York's largest-ever protest rallies expected in Albany today as NY SAFE Act continues to draw the ire of local officials, citizens statewide

Albany, N.Y., February 28--One of New York's largest-ever protest rallies is expected in Albany today in opposition to the new New York gun control law, the NY SAFE Act

The Act continues to draw the ire of county legislatures, sheriffs, state and local officials, mental health professionals, sportsmen and sportswomen, gun owners and individual citizens throughout the Southern Tier and Fingers Lakes regions, and statewide.

February 28, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 25, 2013 ~ 'Plans for a long-overdue cleanup'

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, "Plans for a long-overdue cleanup"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 25, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

February 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of February 18, 2013 ~ 'A Magnet for New Jobs and Manufacturing'

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, "A magnet for new jobs and manufacturing"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the February 18, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

February 18, 2013
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New York State Police release opt-out form for pistol license holders to keep information private


The New York State Police today released the opt-out form for pistol license holders to keep their information private under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

Click here for a copy of the form and more information.

February 15, 2013
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Today's legislative hearings on taxes and economic development in Gov. Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topics: Taxes (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Economic Development (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Taxes" live.

Watch "Economic Development" live.

 

February 12, 2013
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Today the Legislature examines the higher education proposals in Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

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

Watch Live.

 

February 11, 2013
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'Wine Spectator discovers the Finger Lakes'

From The Chronicle-Express: "Wine Spectator magazine is featuring the Finger Lakes Wine Region in the Jan. 31-Feb. 28 issue of the glossy periodical with a closer look at some of the latest products of the area."

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February 7, 2013
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Link to Information on NY SAFE Act

New York State has launched its website and hotline for questions concerning the NY SAFE Act.

Click SAFE ACT for more information or call the hotline at 855-529-4867.

Senator O'Mara voted against the legislation when it was acted on by the Senate in January.

February 6, 2013
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Watch Live: Today's legislative hearing on the public protection proposals in Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topic: Public Protection

Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

WATCH LIVE.

 

February 6, 2013
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Today's legislative hearings on housing and human services proposals in Gov. Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topics: Housing (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Human Services (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Housing" live.

Watch "Human Services" live.

February 5, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of February 4, 2013 ~ "Two for two on time, now one early?"

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, "Two for two on time, now one early?"

[see copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 5th Corning Leader]

 

February 4, 2013
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Watch Live: Joint legislative hearing on the 'environmental conservation' portion of Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topic: Environmental Conservation.

Watch live.

February 4, 2013
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Today's legislative budget hearing focuses on transportation proposals in Gov. Cuomo's state budget plan ~ Watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2014 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing focuses on transportation.  Watch live, beginning at 10:00 a.m., HERE.

January 31, 2013
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Joint legislative hearing on the health and Medicaid portion of Gov. Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

Watch today's joint, public legislative budget hearing on the health and Medicaid portion of Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget HERE.

January 30, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 28, 2013 ~ 'Staying the Course for Upstate'

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, "Staying the Course for Upstate"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 28, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 28, 2013
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Legislature begins public hearings on Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget: Watch live

The Legislature's fiscal committees begin a series of public hearings this morning on Goveror Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget.

Watch live HERE.

January 28, 2013
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'Open Budget is a first step in Open New York'

From the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

Albany, N.Y., January 22--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of OpenBudget.ny.gov, a new website that provides unprecedented access and transparency to New York's budget. Open Budget's easy-to-use tools, charts, and information are available to the public today in coordination with the Governor's Executive Budget address.

Open Budget is a first step in Open New York, an initiative outlined in the Governor's 2013 State of the State address, which will use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement.

January 23, 2013
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