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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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Hornell native named 'Student of the Year'

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) congratulated Aaron Hutchinson of Hornell, 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, Hutchinson, representing the Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, received a “Student of the Year 2013” award.

March 12, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of March 11, 2013 ~ 'Grown in 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..."

This week, "Grown in New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 11, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

 

March 12, 2013
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Senate GOP's 'Blueprint for Jobs' includes O'Mara's call for manufacturing tax cut, utility tax relief and Hire-a-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., March 8—A comprehensive state Senate Republican plan to jump-start the state economy and create private-sector jobs includes a proposal introduced earlier this year by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to phase-out the corporate franchise tax for manufacturers across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The plan also includes proposals for a utility tax cut and the creation of a Hire-A-Vet tax credit which O'Mara has pushed over the past several weeks.

March 8, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano continue to urge support for a second RenovatingHope project locally ~ Less than one week to go in online voting

Bath, N.Y., March 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today urged area residents to support the veterans assistance organization RenovatingHope by voting daily online in the The Home Depot Foundation’s 2nd annual “Aprons in Action” contest.

In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said: “We are proud to take every opportunity that we possibly can to support our veterans.  We hope that as many area residents as possible will join us in this effort to help RenovatingHope make a life-changing difference for another local hero.”

March 8, 2013
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More CHIPS?

Albany, N.Y., March 6—With final negotiations over the 2013-14 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next two weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today 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.

In the photo, the group of state legislators and local leaders gather on the staircase in The Well of the Legislative Office Building.

March 6, 2013
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Local Roads Matter

Senator O'Mara, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, speaks with local highway superintendents moments after they held a news conference calling for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

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March 6, 2013
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Local Roads Matter

Albany, N.Y., March 6—With final negotiations over the 2013-14 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next two weeks, a group of state legislators, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and I have 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.

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March 6, 2013
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano lead call to boost state support for locals roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 6—With final negotiations over the 2013-14 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next two weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today 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.

Highway superintendents from throughout the state have been in Albany this week as part of their "2013 Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges."

March 6, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano lead call to boost state support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 6—With final negotiations over the 2013-14 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next two weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today 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.

Highway superintendents from throughout the state have been in Albany this week as part of their “2013 Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.”

March 6, 2013
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Grown in New York: Keeping NY's farmers competitive

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 2013
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