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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 8, 2013 ~ 'Challenge after challenge still ahead'

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, "Challenge after challenge still ahead"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 8, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 8, 2013
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O'Mara: Submit a nomination for the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he’s accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame” -- an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.

April 5, 2013
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O'Mara on new legislation: No more unfunded state mandates out of Albany

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts.

Specifically the legislation (S.1294/A.4861), which has bipartisan sponsorship in the Legislature and is co-sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning), would ban the imposition of any future state mandates on local governments and school districts that are not accompanied by state funding to localities to pay for delivering the required programs and services.

April 4, 2013
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Hire-a-Vet

One of the highlights of the new state budget is the creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses throughout New York to hire returning veterans.

That’s a move that I've strongly supported and co-sponsored over the past year.

It’s an investment in the future of returning veterans and so it’s a true highlight of this year’s state budget.

It’s a tough economy all around, but the impact has been especially hard on veterans returning home during this recession to a weak private-sector economy.  Returning servicemen and servicewomen have had a hard time finding work and that’s particularly true for wounded veterans. 

April 3, 2013
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Local nominations for the Senate's 16th annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute due by this Friday

Elmira, N.Y., April 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara today reminded area residents that nominations are due by this Friday, April 5, 2013, for the Senate's 16th "Women of Distinction" tribute.

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April 2, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 1, 2013 ~ 'No shortage of budget reactions'

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, "No shortage of budget reactions"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 30, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 1, 2013
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O'Mara salutes Hire-a-Vet tax credit in new state budget

Albany, N.Y., March 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today said that one of the highlights of the new state budget is the creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses throughout New York to hire returning veterans.

That’s a move O’Mara’s strongly supported and co-sponsored over the past year.

March 28, 2013
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O'Mara on state budget: spending control and future tax breaks, but not enough overall

Albany, N.Y., March 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today welcomed the ongoing state spending restraint – for the third consecutive year state spending growth will remain below two percent – and the establishment of future tax breaks in the state’s final 2013-14 state budget.

The Senate finished approving the state’s new fiscal plan early this morning, and the Assembly is expected to follow suit and give the budget final legislative approval on Thursday.  It will then be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, representing the third year in a row the state budget's been enacted on time.

March 27, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes cut to state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities

Albany, N.Y., March 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to more fully roll back his cut to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in the final 2013-14 state budget.

O’Mara said that both the Senate and Assembly had called for rejecting and fully restoring the governor’s proposed $120 million or six-percent, across-the-board reduction to OPWDD – the lead state agency overseeing state assistance to programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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Senate completes action on new state budget early this morning, Assembly to follow on Thursday ~ Find more information and share your own early reaction through Senator O'Mara's latest online poll

Earlier this morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the New York State Senate completed its action on the 2013-14 state budget.

Members of the Assembly are scheduled to return to Albany on Thursday to give final legislative approval to this year's new fiscal plan, which will then be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law -- representing New York's third consecutive on-time budget.

Find more detailed budget information HERE.

Share your own early reaction HERE.

March 27, 2013
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Senate set to act on final pieces of 2013-14 New York State budget ~ Watch Live

The Senate will be in session this evening and into tomorrow morning to enact the final pieces of this year's state budget. 

The Assembly is scheduled to complete action on the budget on Thursday.

Watch the Senate session live.

March 26, 2013
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Counties, towns and villages to see significant boost in state support for local roads, bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) said today that area counties will see significant increases in state support for local roads and bridges under the 2013-14 New York State budget being enacted this week.

A breakdown of county figures as a result of this year’s state-level increase of $75 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) was released by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders earlier today at the Capitol [to see the full breakdown for counties, towns and villages, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/CHIPS-Funding-Breakdown.pdf.]

March 25, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano applaud budget agreement to boost CHIPS funding for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 21—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), who in early March joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges, applauded today’s announcement that the final 2013-14 state budget will include a $75 million increase in funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

CHIPS provides the bulk of state aid to counties and towns for the maintenance and improvement of local roads and bridges. 

March 21, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 18, 2013 ~ 'Economic plan built on slogans or solutions?'

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, "Economic plan built on slogans or solutions?"

 

March 18, 2013
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Twelve-year-old runner from Big Flats wins national championship!

Bryce Derick, 12, a sixth-grader at Horseheads Intermediate school, is now a hometown national champion.

Congratulations Bryce!

Read more in The Leader... 

March 14, 2013
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From the Penn Yan Chronicle-Express: 'O'Mara, Palmesano hear local concerns'

Penn Yan, N.Y., March 14--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) met recently with the Yates County legislators and other county leaders to dicuss a number of critical issues.

Read the Chronicle-Express report on the meeting.

March 14, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara on this morning's WHCU Morning Newswatch with Lee Rayburn discuss the Senate's recently released 'Blueprint for Jobs' plan

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Lee Rayburn on the radio earlier this morning to discuss the Senate's "Blueprint for Jobs" plan with a focus on revitalizing New York State's manufacturing sector and devoting some special attention to our returning servicemen and servicewomen through a Hire-A-Vet tax credit -- each of which O'Mara has been pushing throughout the 2013 legislative session.

March 13, 2013
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Local GST BOCES student honored

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C-Big Flats) congratulated Amanda Martone of Elmira Heights, who was among the adult education students from across New York State honored on Wednesday, March 6th by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

The NYACCE is the professional organization representing adult education professionals statewide.  As part of the organization’s 30th Annual Student of the Year Awards and Legislative Event in Albany, Martone, representing the Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, received a “Student of the Year 2013” award.

March 12, 2013
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