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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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O'Mara reacts to Cuomo's proposed budget: Priority No. 1 is to stay focused on Upstate economy, job creation, tax and mandate relief

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, 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.

On the economic and fiscal reform front, several of the governor’s key proposals are in step with O’Mara’s own overriding priority: Upstate economic growth and community development. 

January 22, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 21, 2013 ~ '2013 Session: Notes from Week One'

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, "2013 Session: Notes from Week One"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 21, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 22, 2013
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New York State Remembers the Life and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information on how New York State is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance website.

January 18, 2013
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New online poll: What should be Gov. Cuomo's focus in next week's state budget proposal?

Albany, N.Y., January 18—As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo prepares to unveil his 2013-14 state budget proposal at the Capitol next Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) is giving residents of his 58th Senate District an opportunity to weigh in on this year’s budget priorities.

Cuomo’s budget presentation is set for Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in Albany.  He’s expected to continue the economic and fiscal reform agenda that has defined state government over the past two years and produced no new or higher state taxes or fees, decreased year-to-year state spending, and started to streamline and overhaul the state bureaucracy.

January 18, 2013
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What is the most important issue that Governor Andrew Cuomo needs to focus on in his 2013-14 proposed state budget?:

Economic Development/Job Creation

39% (15 votes)

Mandate Relief

32% (12 votes)

State Spending/Taxes

29% (11 votes)

Emergency Preparedness and Response

0% (0 votes)

Total votes: 38

January 18, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes legislative process, lack of public input on gun control (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted against far-reaching gun control legislation advanced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Senate, 43 to 18, late last night.

The Assembly is scheduled to approve the legislation today and it then goes to the governor to be signed into law. 

O’Mara released the following statement today:

“As a parent and as a public servant, I was as outraged and as saddened as anyone by the recent events in Newtown and Webster. I agree that as a nation we must respond to the societal breakdowns that lead to these unimaginable acts of insanity and evil.

January 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 14, 2013 ~ "Next up? A new state budget"

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, "Next up? A new state budget"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 14, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 14, 2013
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Continuing reaction to Governor Cuomo's State of the State message: Where's the mandate relief?

In today's Buffalo News, the leaders of the Unshackle Upstate, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the New York Conference of Mayors weigh in on the question of unfunded state mandates.

Read their thoughts in, "Where is relief from New York's mandate madness?"

Senator O'Mara shared his own concerns on the issue shortly after the governor's address on Wednesday. Read more...

January 11, 2013
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Opening Act

It's always the opening act in New York State's annual legislative session: the governor delivers a State of the State address that, by design, lays out a broad and commonly ambitious agenda.

Tradition has long held that this kickoff to the session -- the presentation of the governor's vision -- is chock full of ideas but short on specifics on how these ideas will be carried out or paid for.  The true nuts and bolts of the agenda arrive a few weeks later, during the presentation of the executive budget, which Governor Cuomo is scheduled to unveil this year on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  That's where we find the all-important details of specific proposals and the Legislature can then begin to better determine their impact on communities across New York.

January 10, 2013
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Governor Cuomo's State of the State: the day-after reaction

It's always the opening act in New York State's annual legislative session: the governor delivers a State of the State address that, by design, lays out a broad and commonly ambitious agenda.

Tradition has long held that this kickoff to the session -- the presentation of the governor's vision -- is chock full of ideas but short on specifics on how these ideas will be carried out or paid for.  The true nuts and bolts of the agenda arrive a few weeks later, during the presentation of the executive budget, which Governor Cuomo is scheduled to unveil this year on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  That's where we find the all-important details of specific proposals and the Legislature can then begin to better determine their impact on communities across New York.

January 10, 2013
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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.

Find out more...

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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