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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.

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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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Southern Tier, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils recognized for 'best plans'

Albany, N.Y., December 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) applauded today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $91.1 million and the Finger Lakes region $96.2 million under the second round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.

O’Mara noted that the Southern Tier and Fingers Lakes each were recognized as a “Best Plan Awardee” in this year’s competition.

December 19, 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..."

This week, "Agriculture in the new year"

[see copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 20th Corning Leader]

 

December 18, 2012
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Our hearts, and our prayers, are with you...

Our hearts, and our prayers, are with you…

December 16, 2012
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Elmira, N.Y., December 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

“On behalf of all of the residents of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, our thoughts and deepest expressions of sympathy go out to the people of Connecticut on this heartbreaking day.  It’s senseless and terrible, and our most heartfelt prayers will remain with the victims, the families and the entire community of Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

 

December 14, 2012
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Jobs Express

Since it was launched in October 2011, New York State's "Jobs Express" website has helped more than 59,000 citizens find work through its extensive online postings.

Jobs Express currently has more than 74,000 job openings available at more than 4,600 employers across New York -- including employers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region.

It's worth a look.

 

 

December 14, 2012
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Department of Environmental Conservation opens new public comment period on revised Marcellus Shale regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program -- including the latest public comment period opening today and continuing through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013.

Find more information, including how to submit comments on the revised regulations, HERE.

Read more in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

December 12, 2012
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