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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 15, 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..."

August 16, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of August 8, 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..."

August 9, 2011
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Remembering former New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey

At the Capitol today, many veterans of New York State government are recalling the life and times of former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey, who passed away early yesterday at the age of 92.

Here's just a sampling of stories from the:

August 8, 2011
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O'Mara legislation to reduce costs for local boards of elections becomes law

Albany, N.Y., August 5—Legislation sponsored this year by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to provide cost savings to localities by reducing the time local boards of elections are required to store unopened and unused election ballots, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

August 5, 2011
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O'Mara: Region must 'stand out' in competition for state economic development resources

Elmira, N.Y., July 27—Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unveiling earlier today of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) expressed confidence that a region-wide team of business, community and economic development leaders will help the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions succeed in this new state-level competition for economic development resources.

July 27, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 25, 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..."

July 25, 2011
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Outpouring of support for local Amish community

This week's tragedy in our local Amish community draws an outpouring of support.

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July 22, 2011
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July 21, 2011
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Next up? Jobs, jobs, jobs...

This year began with Governor Andrew Cuomo issuing an economic call to arms. 

The governor's call was soon followed by the approval of a new jobs plan by the State Senate.

July 20, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 18, 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..."

July 18, 2011
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Governor okays legislation to strengthen law against texting while driving

Albany, N.Y., July 13—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on New York's and the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.

July 13, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 11, 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..."

July 11, 2011
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Elmira native Eileen Collins, an American hero, reflects on today's final space shuttle launch.

It's always a welcome occasion for area residents to have the chance to see or hear from Elmira native and American hero Eileen Collins, one of our region's and the nation's most well-known and revered citizens.

July 8, 2011
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Summer Reading

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues have launched a new, online Summer Reading Program.

Among other features, the site includes a recording journal, opportunities to share books with other family members and friends, and a series of popular summer reading lists.

July 6, 2011
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The 2011 session concludes, but legislative work goes on

The start of summer has so far been a season of victory laps for the Cuomo administration.  In the wake of a 2011 legislative session that’s received many positive reviews, the governor and key members of his cabinet have been out and about across New York State touting this year’s achievements.

July 5, 2011
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Independence Day 2011

My best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration.

And a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

July 4, 2011
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State DEC unveils new report on future of Marcellus Shale

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will unveil later today a new report on the future of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

Read the June 30 DEC news release.

July 1, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 27, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

June 27, 2011
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Legislature gives unanimous, bipartisan approval to legislation to restrict protests at military funerals

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate gave final, unanimous legislative approval last night to legislation co-sponsored by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow the state and local governments to restrict protests at military funerals.

June 17, 2011
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