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Senator O'Mara, colleagues urge Governor Cuomo to pull the plug on proposed utility tax extension

Albany, N.Y., February 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, is joining his Senate Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a five-year extension of a “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

February 5, 2013
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Pull the Plug on New Taxes

Here's my take on one piece of Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget:

February 5, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues to Cuomo: You said no new taxes, so pull the plug on this proposal

Albany, N.Y., February 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, is joining his Senate Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a five-year extension of a “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

February 5, 2013
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Today's legislative hearings on housing and human services proposals in Gov. Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topics: Housing (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Human Services (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Housing" live.

Watch "Human Services" live.

February 5, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of February 4, 2013 ~ "Two for two on time, now one early?"

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, "Two for two on time, now one early?"

[see copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 5th Corning Leader]

 

February 4, 2013
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Watch Live: Joint legislative hearing on the 'environmental conservation' portion of Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topic: Environmental Conservation.

Watch live.

February 4, 2013
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O'Mara supporting renewed push for 'Hire-a-Vet' tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today said that he will seek to co-sponsor and strongly support legislation in the Senate to provide a tax credit to state businesses that hire veterans returning home from military service.

O’Mara highlighted federal Bureau of Labor statistics from 2012 showing that unemployment reached a staggering 20 percent for veterans under the age of 30 who have recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Moreover, statistics show that a significant number of recently returned veterans report service-connected disabilities.

January 31, 2013
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Today's legislative budget hearing focuses on transportation proposals in Gov. Cuomo's state budget plan ~ Watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2014 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing focuses on transportation.  Watch live, beginning at 10:00 a.m., HERE.

January 31, 2013
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O'Mara issues reminder: New York State seeking correction officer candidates

Albany, N.Y., January 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is currently undertaking a statewide correction officer recruitment effort.

A state Civil Service examination to fill new positions has been scheduled for April 13, 2013.  Those interested in taking the exam must file an application by Monday, February 25, 2013.

January 30, 2013
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Joint legislative hearing on the health and Medicaid portion of Gov. Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

Watch today's joint, public legislative budget hearing on the health and Medicaid portion of Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget HERE.

January 30, 2013
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Sen. O'Mara encourages local input on '2013 Economic and Fiscal Survey'; Legislature continues public budget hearings today, watch today's hearing on education live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., January 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a new member of the Senate Finance Committee which this week began a series of public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013-14 proposed state budget, has launched an online “2013 Economic & Fiscal Survey” that invites area residents to share their views on several of the key economic and fiscal challenges facing New York this year.

The second-term state senator said the new online survey offers an opportunity for local constituents to share their own views and suggestions on this year’s state budget. 

January 29, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 28, 2013 ~ 'Staying the Course for Upstate'

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, "Staying the Course for Upstate"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 28, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 28, 2013
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Legislature begins public hearings on Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget: Watch live

The Legislature's fiscal committees begin a series of public hearings this morning on Goveror Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget.

Watch live HERE.

January 28, 2013
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O'Mara will continue to chair Senate Elections Committee, named to new post on powerful Senate Finance Committee

Albany, N.Y., January 25—Beginning his second term in the New York State Senate, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been reappointed chairman of the Senate Elections Committee and, for the first time, will serve as a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

The appointments were announced late yesterday by Senate leaders in Albany.

January 25, 2013
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The 3rd Cuomo Budget

"New York government needs to stay focused, more than anything else, on taking step after step after step toward long-term fiscal discipline, private-sector economic growth and eliminating the crushing burdens of mandates, regulations and taxes.  Let’s get this job done. 

"What concerns me above all else – because it deeply concerns the communities and citizens I represent – is what this governor wants to do to help Upstate keep our employers and the jobs they create for our workers, attract new economic opportunities, strengthen our communities and provide the tax, mandate and regulatory relief that’s so desperately needed throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. 

January 24, 2013
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'Open Budget is a first step in Open New York'

From the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

Albany, N.Y., January 22--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of OpenBudget.ny.gov, a new website that provides unprecedented access and transparency to New York's budget. Open Budget's easy-to-use tools, charts, and information are available to the public today in coordination with the Governor's Executive Budget address.

Open Budget is a first step in Open New York, an initiative outlined in the Governor's 2013 State of the State address, which will use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement.

January 23, 2013
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Last Day To Vote ~ Let's Show Our Support for Watkins Glen as 'America's Coolest Small Town 2013' ~ Vote Now!

Dear Finger Lakes supporters:

Last year at this time, many of you might remember that I asked for your help in making one of our great Finger Lakes towns, Hammondsport, Budget Travel magazine’s “America's Coolest Small Town 2012.”

Thanks to your response and the response of thousands of others across our region, Hammondsport was victorious last year and has greatly enjoyed and benefitted from its one-year reign as America’s Coolest Small Town.  It was a great honor for the Hammondsport community, and it was a great opportunity to keep national and worldwide attention focused on the Finger Lakes region.

Now we have the chance to express our pride once again.  This year, we have another opportunity to keep the Finger Lakes region on the map!

January 23, 2013
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 state budget proposal

Albany, N.Y., January 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 state budget calls for no new state taxes or borrowing, holds the line on state spending for the third year in a row, continues to streamline the state bureaucracy and takes some additional steps to get local governments out from under the burden of unfunded state mandates.

January 22, 2013
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