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This week the Legislature’s fiscal committees commence joint, public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015-16 proposed state budget. These extensive, often daylong hearings will continue throughout February. 

That means we’re going to keep learning more and more about the governor’s plan for New York’s future, short and long term, as the hearings highlight additional information and dissect detail after detail.

January 26, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 26, 2015 ~ 'All eyes (should) turn to the budget'

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, "All eyes (should) turn to the budget"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 25th Corning Leader]

January 26, 2015
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O'Mara named new chairman of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, will also serve as a member on nine additional committees including Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation

Albany, N.Y., January 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), beginning his third term representing New York’s 58th Senate District, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

The appointment was announced today at the Capitol by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos.  Since 2011, O’Mara has headed the Senate Elections Committee.

January 22, 2015
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's new state budget plan

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs."  Read more...  

January 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's new state budget plan

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.”  

O’Mara said, “I’ll keep on saying it: New York government needs to stay focused, more than anything else, on taking action after action after action on Upstate manufacturing job growth and eliminating the crushing burdens of mandates, regulations and taxes.  It begins and ends with addressing these priorities. The governor’s blueprint is not aggressive enough on these priorities, and it’s not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.

January 21, 2015
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O'Mara on Cuomo budget: Not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.”  

January 21, 2015
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Governor Cuomo delivers State of the State, unveils 2015-16 state budget proposal at the Capitol today ~ Watch live beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State message to the Legislature today and, at the same time, unveils his proposed 2015-2016 state budget.

Watch the Governor's presentation live, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at http://www.ny.gov/

Afterwards, you can read more and find detailed budget information on the State Division of the Budget website: http://www.ny.gov/agencies/division-budget 

January 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 19, 2015 ~ "Take the 'new' out of New York"

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..."

January 19, 2015
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Cuomo pits Upstate regions against each other in competition for economic development aid ~ O'Mara, others say much more needs to be done to turn around Upstate

In Rochester yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced an Upstate economic development competition that will pit seven Upstate regions against each other.  Under the governor's plan, three regions will ultimately share $1.5 billion in state assistance.

Senator O'Mara and other local and statewide leaders expressed some reservations in response to the Cuomo plan and pointed to the need to do much more to turn around the Upstate economy.

January 16, 2015
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New York State Remembers the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information on how New York State is paying tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance website.

 

January 15, 2015
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O'Mara continues to co-sponsor legislation to repeal NY SAFE Act ~ On two-year anniversary of bill's signing, local opposition remains strong

Elmira, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today announced that he is continuing to co-sponsor legislation in the Senate to repeal the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago today, on January 15, 2013.

O’Mara was one of 18 state senators who voted against the SAFE Act two years ago.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "Sen. O'Mara pushes for SAFE Act repeal"

January 15, 2015
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'Cuomo's support sought for completion of I-86 project' ~ O'Mara says completion of Interstate 86 is a critical step for the Southern Tier economy

"We need to do all and everything we can to put ourselves on the map and to encourage and foster economic growth and the job creation that comes with that," Senator O'Mara recently told the Star-Gazette. "The extension of I-86 to its completion, as was originally proposed, is important."

Read the full article, 'Cuomo's support sought for completion of I-86 project' 

January 15, 2015
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'Talk of moving fire academy concerns local lawmakers' ~ Senator O'Mara, others remain concerned about Cuomo administration's plans for the Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls

Throughout last year's budget negotiations, Senator O'Mara questioned the Cuomo administration on its plans for the future of the Frederick L. Warder Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls -- and expressed his strong belief, and the belief of many area officials, that the state should not relocate the Academy.

Read an update on this issue in the January 10th Corning Leader, "Talk of moving fire academy concerns local lawmakers"

January 13, 2015
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From the Ithaca Journal, 'Script readied for lakefront silent movie museum' ~ Senator O'Mara visits proposed Wharton Studio Museum to celebrate Ithaca's place in the history of silent movies in America

Ithaca, N.Y., January 12--Last Friday, State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) visited the proposed site of the Wharton Studio Museum in Stewart Park.

"I appreciated this opportunity to see firsthand yet another of Ithaca's ongoing contributions to cultural and historical celebration and preservation regionally, statewide and nationally," said O'Mara. "The proposed Wharton Studio Museum is an exciting endeavor to secure Ithaca's place in the history of silent movies and the American film industry overall. It's going to strengthen local tourism and establish a unique attraction for local residents and visitors alike."

January 12, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 12, 2015 ~ 'Overregulation keeps Upstate economy a downer'

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, "Overregulation keeps Upstate economy a downer"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 15th Corning Leader]

January 12, 2015
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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day ~ Friday, January 9, 2015 ~ Thank you for your service

Today, January 9, 2015, has been designated National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by the Fraternal Order of Police and other organizations across the nation.

Read more from WENY-TV, "National Law Enforcement Day"

Thank you for your service.

January 9, 2015
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Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss honors former, longtime Chemung County legislator for outstanding public service

Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss honored former, longtime Chemung County legislator Sidney Graubard of Horseheads for more than three decades of outstanding public service.

In the photo (courtesy of the Star-Gazette) above, from left to right, are: Sheriff Moss, Sidney Graubard, and Chemung County Undersheriff Bill Schrom.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "Former county lawmaker honored for service"

January 9, 2015
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January 7, 2015
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New Laws Take Effect in 2015

The arrival of the New Year meant that a number of new laws took effect in New York State on January 1st.  

New laws include:

January 7, 2015
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