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Today's legislative hearings on taxes and economic development 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: Taxes (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Economic Development (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Taxes" live.

Watch "Economic Development" live.

 

February 12, 2013
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O'Mara: Throw the flag on New York City legislator's proposal to ban youth football (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., February 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today threw the flag against a New York City legislator’s proposal to ban youth football in New York State.

This morning’s New York Daily News reports that Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx) has introduced legislation “to prohibit children younger than 11 from playing organized tackle football anywhere in the state.”

O’Mara strongly rejected the idea.

“Talk about being out of bounds,” said O’Mara.  “What we need to ban is knee-jerk legislation.  What’s next?  No more fastballs in Little League?  Enough.”

February 11, 2013
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Today the Legislature examines the higher education proposals in Gov. Cuomo's 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 topic: Higher Education (beginning at 9:30 a.m.)

Watch Live.

 

February 11, 2013
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O'Mara calls for bold action on state's part to boost upstate manufacturing

Elmira, N.Y., February 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has introduced legislation calling for an unprecedented tax cut for manufacturers across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide. 

He billed the measure as one cornerstone of a renewed state commitment to the upstate New York manufacturing sector, a move he believes would help spark broad-based, badly needed private-sector job growth. 

February 10, 2013
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'Wine Spectator discovers the Finger Lakes'

From The Chronicle-Express: "Wine Spectator magazine is featuring the Finger Lakes Wine Region in the Jan. 31-Feb. 28 issue of the glossy periodical with a closer look at some of the latest products of the area."

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February 7, 2013
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Link to Information on NY SAFE Act

New York State has launched its website and hotline for questions concerning the NY SAFE Act.

Click SAFE ACT for more information or call the hotline at 855-529-4867.

Senator O'Mara voted against the legislation when it was acted on by the Senate in January.

February 6, 2013
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Watch Live: Today's legislative hearing on the public protection proposals in 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: Public Protection

Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

WATCH LIVE.

 

February 6, 2013
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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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