Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

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

February 20, 2012
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2012 Black History Month in the State of New York

Read the recently approved New York State Senate Resolution in honor of Black History Month.

View the newly unveiled commemmoration at the state's online "Hall of Governors."

February 16, 2012
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Area law enforcement leaders line up behind move to expand state's DNA databank

Law enforcement leaders from across the region joined New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico in Elmira yesterday to express their strong support for legislation to expand New York's DNA databank.

February 16, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 13, 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..."

February 13, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council invites local input -- public hearings announced, new website

Albany, N.Y., February 8—The state’s Mandate Relief Council announced today that it will hold a series of public hearings across upstate New York, including in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in March, to give local officials and the public an opportunity to provide direct input on an issue that county leaders and others have identified as a top priority in 2012.

February 8, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 6, 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..."

February 6, 2012
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Hammondsport (Steuben County) named co-winner in 'America's Coolest Small Towns 2012' contest

Hammondsport, N.Y., February 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on this morning’s announcement that Hammondsport (Steuben County) and Beaufort, North Carolina will share Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012” designation:

February 1, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 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..."

January 31, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council meeting today -- listen to today's meeting

Governor Cuomo's "Mandate Relief Council," which has been charged with developing a comprehensive set of recommendations for the Legislature's consideration during the 2012 legislative session, meets for the first time in Albany today, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Listen to a live broadcast of today's meeting.

January 25, 2012
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Last day to vote online -- Hammondsport (Steuben County) tied for the lead in race for 'Coolest Small Town in America 2012' designation -- keep showing your support

Hammondsport, N.Y., January 31—On the final day of voting in Budget Travel magazine’s online competition to decide the “Coolest Small Town in America 2012,” Hammondsport (Steuben County) is tied for the lead.

Early this morning, Hammondsport and Beaufort, North Carolina had each gathered 34.9% of the vote.

January 24, 2012
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O'Mara poll: Is Cuomo budget plan headed in right direction?

Albany, N.Y., January 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) is giving residents of his 53rd Senate District an opportunity to weigh in on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 proposed state budget through a new “quick poll” on his website.

January 23, 2012
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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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