Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 30, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Spotlight on Medicaid fraud”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 30th Corning Leader

May 1, 2012
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ReCharge NY economic development power allocations announced for local manufacturers, businesses

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said today that a number of leading businesses and manufacturers from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are among more than 500 organizations statewide being awarded low-cost economic development power allocations under the first round of the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.

RNY, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments, was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year.  O'Mara co-sponsored and strongly supported the program's creation.

April 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 23, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 rural New York blueprint”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 23rd Corning Leader -- and  the 2006 Rural Resources Commission report, "A Vision for Rural New York"]

 

April 23, 2012
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Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to publish Rural Futures -- a periodic roundup of rural happenings, news and trends taking place locally, statewide and across the nation.

We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative.

In a column, I recalled a 2006 Commission report, "A Vision for Rural New York" -- which you can also find attached below.

 

April 20, 2012
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New York Works projects announced for flood control system and dam repair in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., April 17—At the Capitol yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $28 million in investment for 47 “New York Works” flood control system and dam repair projects in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

April 17, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 16, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

April 16, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

April 9, 2012
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Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara on U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni

 

Ithaca, N.Y., April 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni of Tompkins County:

April 5, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 2, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

April 4, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's April 2nd appearance on the WHCU (Ithaca) Morning Newswatch

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Geoff Dunn this morning on the WHCU Morning Newswatch to discuss the just-enacted New York State budget, and to look ahead at the remainder of the 2012 legislative session.

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April 2, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes Tompkins County high school students to the Capitol

CAPITOL STUDENTS--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed two high school students representing Tompkins County to the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

In the photo above, Carolyn Eggleston (r.), an Ithaca High School senior, and Valerie Horn (l.), a freshman at Dryden High School, join Senator O'Mara on the rostrum in the historic Senate chamber.

April 2, 2012
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Senate approves Seneca Lake Scenic Byway

Albany, N.Y., March 28—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway.

March 28, 2012
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New state budget will ensure state DOT regional office in Hornell stays open

Albany, N.Y., March 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the final 2012-2013 New York State budget will keep all 11 of the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regional offices operating, including the Region 6 office in Hornell.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 executive budget proposal, which he released in January, called for reducing the number of DOT regional offices from 11 to 6.

March 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 26, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

March 26, 2012
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Senate-approved legislation targets auto insurance fraud

Albany, N.Y., March 22—The New York State Senate today approved legislation supported by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to combat the epidemic of fraud that plaques New York’s automobile insurance industry, drives up insurance rates for every state motorist and costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion annually.

March 22, 2012
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Local GST BOCES student honored as 'Student of the Year'

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R-Big Flats) congratulated Sabrina Doty of Elmira, who was among 25 adult education students from across New York State honored on Wednesday, March 14 by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

March 19, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 19, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

March 19, 2012
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Legislature gives final ok to DNA databank expansion

Albany, N.Y., March 15—The State Legislature earlier today gave final approval to agreed-upon legislation to expand New York State’s DNA databank, a move that law enforcement leaders locally and across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders first announced the agreement late yesterday.

March 15, 2012
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