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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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Senator O'Mara highlights help for the grape-and-wine industry as part of the Senate's "Grown in New York" plan

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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Senators propose 'Grown in New York' plan to strengthen NY agriculture ~ O'Mara says action needed to keep farmers from being 'taxed, regulated and priced out of business'

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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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 4, 2013 ~ 'Upstate Unleashed'

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, "Upstate Unleashed"

March 4, 2013
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OPPOSING THE NY SAFE ACT

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who was one of 18 state senators who voted against the recently enacted NY SAFE Act, addresses the February 28th opposition rally in Albany – one of the largest-ever rallies of its kind at the capital.

More than 5,000 opponents of the SAFE Act, including many from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, traveled to the Albany to participate in the daylong protest.

Senator O’Mara said:

March 1, 2013
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Senator O'Mara addresses the NY SAFE Act opposition rally in Albany on February 28th

Albany, N.Y., February 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who was one of 18 state senators who voted against the recently enacted NY SAFE Act and spoke at today’s protest rally in Albany, issued the following statement:

“I stand with many citizens and local leaders from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in opposition to the NY SAFE Act.  Equally important, we’re opposed to the shoddy legislative process that produced a law that’s full of failings and shortcomings, and places even more state-imposed burdens on already hard-pressed upstate citizens and localities.

March 1, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the February 28th rally in Albany against the NY SAFE Act ~ Watch Senator O'Mara addressing the rally's participants

Albany, N.Y., February 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who was one of 18 state senators who voted against the recently enacted NY SAFE Act and spoke at today’s protest rally in Albany, issued the following statement:

“I stand with many citizens and local leaders from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in opposition to the NY SAFE Act.  Equally important, we’re opposed to the shoddy legislative process that produced a law that’s full of failings and shortcomings, and places even more state-imposed burdens on already hard-pressed upstate citizens and localities.

February 28, 2013
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One of New York's largest-ever protest rallies expected in Albany today as NY SAFE Act continues to draw the ire of local officials, citizens statewide

Albany, N.Y., February 28--One of New York's largest-ever protest rallies is expected in Albany today in opposition to the new New York gun control law, the NY SAFE Act

The Act continues to draw the ire of county legislatures, sheriffs, state and local officials, mental health professionals, sportsmen and sportswomen, gun owners and individual citizens throughout the Southern Tier and Fingers Lakes regions, and statewide.

February 28, 2013
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Today's legislative budget hearings on mental hygiene and workforce development ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget.

Today's topics: Mental Hygiene (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Workforce Development (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Mental Hygiene" live.

Watch "Workforce Development" live.

 

February 27, 2013
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O'Mara seeking nominations for Senate's 16th Annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute

Elmira, N.Y., February 25—As part of New York State’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is accepting nominations for the Senate's 16th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, April 5, 2013.

February 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 25, 2013 ~ 'Plans for a long-overdue cleanup'

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, "Plans for a long-overdue cleanup"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 25, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

February 25, 2013
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O'Mara critical of Cuomo failure to pull the plug on utility tax as part of budget amendments

Albany, N.Y., February 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee,  today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to take action on his own to reject a five-year extension of a  “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

O’Mara said that he and his Senate Republican colleagues will continue to push for the proposal’s rejection during final state budget negotiations with the Assembly and the governor over the next several weeks.

February 22, 2013
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O'Mara lauds state support for Cornell University's energy efficiency initiatives

Ithaca, February 20--The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced that Cornell University has been awarded $616,000 in state funding to advance energy efficiency projects and studies to support the university's short- and long-term goals to reduce energy consumption and become a climate-neutral campus.

February 20, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of February 18, 2013 ~ 'A Magnet for New Jobs and Manufacturing'

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, "A magnet for new jobs and manufacturing"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the February 18, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

February 18, 2013
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New York State Police release opt-out form for pistol license holders to keep information private


The New York State Police today released the opt-out form for pistol license holders to keep their information private under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

Click here for a copy of the form and more information.

February 15, 2013
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Let's Start Here

It’s time to try something bold for the upstate economy. 

And I believe it starts with a revitalized upstate manufacturing sector.  Manufacturing has always been the economic engine of many upstate communities, and it remains our best hope for revitalization. 

Government can help lead that effort by cutting taxes. 

And we can start with this pro-job, pro-private- sector, pro-manufacturing tax cut.  Read more...

February 15, 2013
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O'Mara reappointed to Rural Resources Commission; in a mostly downstate- and urban-oriented State Legislature, bipartisan group works to keep focus on rural issues, challenges

Albany, N.Y., February 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been reappointed as one of five state senators who will serve on the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

O’Mara’s reappointment to a second consecutive two-year term on the Commission was announced by the Senate leadership this week. 

February 14, 2013
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