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Local public libraries receive state construction grants

Albany, N.Y., May 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced that public libraries  throughout Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded state library construction grants.

The area legislators said that the grants are being awarded through the state’s $14-million Library Construction Grant Program contained in last year’s state budget.

“A public library is a fundamental resource for area families, seniors, and countless other community residents.  We’re hopeful that these grants will help local libraries better afford and address their renovation needs,” the legislators said in a joint statement.

May 8, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of May 7, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Meth, again”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 7th Corning Leader]

May 7, 2012
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Watkins Glen High School selected as one of 5 finalists in nationwide shoe design contest -- Congratulations!

A few days ago, I was glad to help spread the word that art students from Watkins Glen High School were Northeast regional finalists in a nationwide “Custom Culture” shoe design contest sponsored by Vans.

Now I'm truly glad to be able to say that Watkins Glen has been chosen as one of the 5 national finalists and will now go on to compete for the $50,000 Grand Prize.  According to the Vans website: “"These five schools will be flown out to Los Angeles and on May 30th, the grand prize will be awarded to one lucky winner at the Long Beach Museum of Art." 

May 4, 2012
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Watkins Glen High School art students are finalists in a national shoe design contest sponsored by Vans -- we can show our support -- online voting ends on May 3rd

It's just been brought to my attention that art students from Watkins Glen High School are finalists in a national shoe design competition sponsored by Vans.

We can all show our support by voting online -- and please vote now if you can, because voting ends tomorrow, May 3rd.

Find out more and share your vote here. 

May 2, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 30, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Spotlight on Medicaid fraud”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 30th Corning Leader

May 1, 2012
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O'Mara's legislation targets possession, sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine

Albany, N.Y., April 27--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), highlighting the dramatic rise in methamphetamine-related arrests and other incidents across the region over the past year, announced today that he has introduced legislation in the Senate to significantly increase the criminal penalties for possessing, selling or manufacturing the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

April 27, 2012
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ReCharge NY economic development power allocations announced for local manufacturers, businesses

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said today that a number of leading businesses and manufacturers from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are among more than 500 organizations statewide being awarded low-cost economic development power allocations under the first round of the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.

RNY, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments, was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year.  O'Mara co-sponsored and strongly supported the program's creation.

April 26, 2012
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O'Mara sponsors legislation to combat Medicaid fraud, cut waste of taxpayer dollars

Albany, N.Y., April 25—On the same day that a Congressional panel is turning the federal spotlight on Medicaid fraud nationally, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation (S.4614)  in the Senate to reimburse counties for the cost of purchasing locally developed, cutting-edge computer software that could help pinpoint cases of fraud and other abuses within New York’s Medicaid system and potentially save state and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

April 25, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 23, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 rural New York blueprint”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 23rd Corning Leader -- and  the 2006 Rural Resources Commission report, "A Vision for Rural New York"]

 

April 23, 2012
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Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to publish Rural Futures -- a periodic roundup of rural happenings, news and trends taking place locally, statewide and across the nation.

We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative.

In a column, I recalled a 2006 Commission report, "A Vision for Rural New York" -- which you can also find attached below.

 

April 20, 2012
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The New York State Senate 2012 Earth Day Poster celebration: view posters from our 53rd District

Dear Participant:

Thank you for your interest in and contribution to the New York State Senate’s 2012 Earth Day Poster Celebration.

The Senate received hundreds of outstanding posters from across the State of New York, and I’m extremely proud that our 53rd Senatorial District has been so well represented by the work of you and your classmates, and other concerned young people from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. 

April 20, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Room 813 LOB

June 4, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM
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Area legislators sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Albany, N.Y., April 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) announced today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 18, 2012
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Do you believe that the 2012-2013 budget keeps New York State on the right track?

Yes

30% (23 votes)

No

58% (44 votes)

Undecided

12% (9 votes)

Total votes: 76

April 18, 2012
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New York Works projects announced for flood control system and dam repair in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., April 17—At the Capitol yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $28 million in investment for 47 “New York Works” flood control system and dam repair projects in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

April 17, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 16, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

April 16, 2012
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O'Mara: Senate will keep pushing 'New Jobs-NY' plan

Albany, N.Y.--Even with the ambitious and aggressive economic development initiatives included in the new state budget, the Senate Majority has renewed its call for the enactment of a jobs program it proposed earlier this session called "New Jobs-NY."

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues to renew their call for the enactment of the comprehensive economic development program.

April 12, 2012
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2012 Legislature Questionnaire Results

See the attached copy below of the results of the 2012 Legislative Questionnaire.

April 12, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

April 9, 2012
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