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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 22, 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..."

January 23, 2012
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Watch today's legislative budget hearing live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees -- the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee -- have started a series of joint legislative hearings, 13 in all, on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing will examine the governor's proposals for aid to localities and general government operations.

January 23, 2012
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O'Mara says Cuomo budget plan targets key mandate relief priority, but doesn't go far enough

Albany, N.Y., January 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today welcomed  Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 state budget for proposing additional steps toward eliminating the local share of Medicaid costs.  But O’Mara plans to keep pushing for this year’s final budget to do even more to eliminate the local costs associated with the state’s $53-billion-plus Medicaid program.

January 17, 2012
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Governor Cuomo releases proposed 2012-2013 state budget -- learn more and follow this year's budget adoption process

[March 12, 2012 UPDATE: The Senate today acted on its formal 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, spelling out proposed revisions to the 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal and setting the stage for final negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly on a new state budget.  Click here for details on the Senate Budget Resolution]

 

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

January 17, 2012
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance

For more information on how New York State is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance website.

January 16, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's January 11th interviews on WHCU's "Morning Newswatch" and WLEA's "Newsmakers"

On Wednesday, in interviews with Ithaca's WHCU radio and Hornell's WLEA, Senator O’Mara discussed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent State of the State address and next week’s unveiling of the governor’s proposed 2012-2013 New York State budget.

Listen to WHCU's "Morning Newswatch."

January 12, 2012
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2012 Community Meetings

Join Senator O’Mara at one of his upcoming community meetings to address the concerns and challenges important to you and your community.

These meetings are informal and open to the public.  They’re aimed at giving local residents an opportunity to directly share their concerns, opinions and suggestions for better government.

January 10, 2012
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Visit the new online Hall of Governors

For more than 100 years, our state's history has been shaped in this building, and many great leaders have walked these hallways as they worked for the people of New York.

January 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 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..."

January 9, 2012
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O'Mara says governor's address sets stage for another productive session, but mandate relief needs more attention

Albany, N.Y., January 4— “We put down the foundation in 2011 for a long-term focus on property tax relief, less state spending and private-sector job growth.  We’ve started remaking and rebuilding state government in fundamental ways.  Now we need to keep building on this foundation of economic growth and fiscal responsibility in 2012,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State message to the Legislature.

January 4, 2012
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2012 legislative session begins Wednesday

The 2012 legislative session begins this Wednesday, January 4th, when Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his second State of the State message to the Legislature.

Here’s one look ahead…

January 2, 2012
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Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a safe and successful, meaningful and memorable New Year!

December 31, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 26, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

December 27, 2011
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My very best wishes to all of you throughout this holiday season

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful, and a memorable holiday season.

                            

December 22, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 19, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

December 20, 2011
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Medicaid Redesign Team meeting today in Albany -- watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Cuomo administration's Medicaid Redesign Team meets again today in Albany to report on its recommendations for reforming New York State's system of Medicaid.

Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:00 a.m. (and scheduled to conclude at 4:00 p.m.)

December 13, 2011
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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 1941 -- with editorial reflections 

from the New York Times

December 7, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 5, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

December 5, 2011
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DEC extends public comment period on the future of the Marcellus Shale

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced yesterday that the comment period for the public to weigh in on the future of the Marcellus Shale until January 11, 2012.

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December 1, 2011
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