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What is the most important issue that Governor Andrew Cuomo needs to focus on in his 2013-14 proposed state budget?:

Economic Development/Job Creation

39% (15 votes)

Mandate Relief

32% (12 votes)

State Spending/Taxes

29% (11 votes)

Emergency Preparedness and Response

0% (0 votes)

Total votes: 38

January 18, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes legislative process, lack of public input on gun control (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted against far-reaching gun control legislation advanced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Senate, 43 to 18, late last night.

The Assembly is scheduled to approve the legislation today and it then goes to the governor to be signed into law. 

O’Mara released the following statement today:

“As a parent and as a public servant, I was as outraged and as saddened as anyone by the recent events in Newtown and Webster. I agree that as a nation we must respond to the societal breakdowns that lead to these unimaginable acts of insanity and evil.

January 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 14, 2013 ~ "Next up? A new state 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, "Next up? A new state budget"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 14, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 14, 2013
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Continuing reaction to Governor Cuomo's State of the State message: Where's the mandate relief?

In today's Buffalo News, the leaders of the Unshackle Upstate, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the New York Conference of Mayors weigh in on the question of unfunded state mandates.

Read their thoughts in, "Where is relief from New York's mandate madness?"

Senator O'Mara shared his own concerns on the issue shortly after the governor's address on Wednesday. Read more...

January 11, 2013
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Opening Act

It's always the opening act in New York State's annual legislative session: the governor delivers a State of the State address that, by design, lays out a broad and commonly ambitious agenda.

Tradition has long held that this kickoff to the session -- the presentation of the governor's vision -- is chock full of ideas but short on specifics on how these ideas will be carried out or paid for.  The true nuts and bolts of the agenda arrive a few weeks later, during the presentation of the executive budget, which Governor Cuomo is scheduled to unveil this year on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  That's where we find the all-important details of specific proposals and the Legislature can then begin to better determine their impact on communities across New York.

January 10, 2013
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Governor Cuomo's State of the State: the day-after reaction

It's always the opening act in New York State's annual legislative session: the governor delivers a State of the State address that, by design, lays out a broad and commonly ambitious agenda.

Tradition has long held that this kickoff to the session -- the presentation of the governor's vision -- is chock full of ideas but short on specifics on how these ideas will be carried out or paid for.  The true nuts and bolts of the agenda arrive a few weeks later, during the presentation of the executive budget, which Governor Cuomo is scheduled to unveil this year on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  That's where we find the all-important details of specific proposals and the Legislature can then begin to better determine their impact on communities across New York.

January 10, 2013
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Watch Senator O'Mara's reaction to Governor Andrew Cuomo's 3rd State of the State Address

Albany, N.Y., January 9— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State message to the Legislature focuses on the “overriding challenges of our time.”

January 9, 2013
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January 9, 2013
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O'Mara: Cuomo agenda stays strong on jobs and taxes, falls short on mandate relief

Albany, N.Y., January 9— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State message to the Legislature focuses on the “overriding challenges of our time.”

January 9, 2013
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Remember: January is 'Financial Aid Awareness Month'

Elmira, N.Y., January 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that January is College Financial Aid Awareness Month in New York State and the Higher Education Service Corporation’s (HESC) campaign, “Start Here, Get There,” is offering a month-long series of events and other tools to help students and families undertake the college aid application process.

January 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 7, 2013 ~ "What do you think?"

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, "What do you think?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 7, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

January 7, 2013
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2013 Economic and Fiscal Survey

Thank you again for taking the time to complete this survey and for your participation in the 2013 legislative session. I appreciate your interest, and I'm grateful for your input. 

January 4, 2013
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Start Here, Get There

January is College Financial Aid Awareness Month in New York State and the Higher Education Service Corporation’s (HESC) “Start Here, Get There” campaign is currently offering events and other tools to help students and families undertake the college aid application process.

It’s one of the most daunting tasks facing college-bound students and their families.  But now’s the time to get started and this month’s ‘Start Here, Get There’ financial aid awareness campaign offers easily accessible and vitally important information and assistance.  It’s a one-stop clearinghouse for the tools that students and families need to complete the process.

Find out more...

January 3, 2013
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The most important issue that Governor Andrew Cuomo needs to focus on in his January 9th State of the State message is:

Economic Development/Job Creation

42% (15 votes)

Mandate Relief

6% (2 votes)

State Spending/Taxes

44% (16 votes)

Emergency Preparedness and Response

8% (3 votes)

Total votes: 36

January 3, 2013
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O'Mara to constituents: Stay in touch throughout the new year

Elmira, N.Y., January 3—To help kick off the new year in New York State government,  which officially begins next Wednesday in Albany with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State message to the Legislature, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2013 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

While last year’s legislative redistricting process, which occurs once every 10 years following the new Census, changed the numerical and geographical configuration of New York’s Senate and Assembly districts statewide beginning on January 1, 2013, the only change for O’Mara’s Senate District is the change from the 53rd to the 58th Senate District. 

January 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 1, 2013 ~ 'Year's End, and Beginning'

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, "Year's End, and Beginning"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 31, 2012 Corning Leader]

January 2, 2013
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Happy New Year

My very best wishes for a safe, successful and meaningful 2013.

December 31, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 17, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

December 27, 2012
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Season's Greetings

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful, and a memorable holiday season.

December 24, 2012
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