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Senator O'Mara meets with area Youth Bureau reps

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C,Big Flats) recently met in Albany with representatives of the Horseheads Youth Bureau.

The area representatives visited the Capitol as part of a gathering of youth development leaders from across New York State.

February 16, 2012
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2012 Black History Month in the State of New York

Read the recently approved New York State Senate Resolution in honor of Black History Month.

View the newly unveiled commemmoration at the state's online "Hall of Governors."

February 16, 2012
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Area law enforcement leaders line up behind move to expand state's DNA databank

Law enforcement leaders from across the region joined New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico in Elmira yesterday to express their strong support for legislation to expand New York's DNA databank.

February 16, 2012
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Area state lawmakers issue reminder on Local Efficiency Grant Program

Albany, N.Y., February 15—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and area Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded the region’s local officials today that the deadline for submitting applications for the state’s 2011-2012 Local Efficiency Grant Program is March 21, 2012.

February 15, 2012
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The Stanley Cup

THE STANLEY CUP--The National Hockey League's (NHL) Stanley Cup recently made a stop at the State Capitol in Albany.  Last year's NHL champion Boston Bruins are owned by Buffalo, New York native Jeremy Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs is also the CEO of Delware North Companies, a  Buffalo-based fod services company.

February 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 13, 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..."

February 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara meeting with community residents in Ithaca on Thursday

Ithaca, N.Y., —New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats)  reminded area residents that he will hold a community meeting in Ithaca on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Thursday’s meeting in Ithaca is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Kendal at Ithaca Auditorium (2230 N. Triphammer Road).

February 8, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council invites local input -- public hearings announced, new website

Albany, N.Y., February 8—The state’s Mandate Relief Council announced today that it will hold a series of public hearings across upstate New York, including in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in March, to give local officials and the public an opportunity to provide direct input on an issue that county leaders and others have identified as a top priority in 2012.

February 8, 2012
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Made in America (but especially New York)

Late last year I read a headline in the New York Times that asked, “Does America Need Manufacturing?”  For anyone who  grew up anywhere in the Southern Tier during the region’s manufacturing heyday – whose fathers and grandfathers made a decent living in those factories -- the answer to that question is heartfelt and immediate: you better believe it.

February 7, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 6, 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..."

February 6, 2012
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Hammondsport (Steuben County) named co-winner in 'America's Coolest Small Towns 2012' contest

Hammondsport, N.Y., February 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on this morning’s announcement that Hammondsport (Steuben County) and Beaufort, North Carolina will share Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012” designation:

February 1, 2012
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Senate approves expanded DNA databank, O'Mara co-sponsors 'modern-day crime-fighting tool'

Albany, N.Y., February 1—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) that leading law enforcement agencies across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.

February 1, 2012
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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide j

January 31, 2012
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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide j

January 31, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 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..."

January 31, 2012
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Key Senate committee approves legislation to begin state takeover of local Medicaid costs

Elmira, N.Y., January 26—A key state Senate committee this week unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to begin a full state takeover of local Medicaid costs.

January 26, 2012
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Yates County Chapter of SCOPE recognizes Senator O'Mara as Second Amendment supporter

Penn Yan, N.Y., January 26—The Yates County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) recently recognized State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) as its “2011 Politician of the Year.”

January 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Friend will meet with constituents later today at Elmira College

Elmira, N.Y., January 25—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that they will hold a community meeting in Elmira on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Thursday’s meeting in Elmira is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall.

January 25, 2012
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Mandate Relief Council meeting today -- listen to today's meeting

Governor Cuomo's "Mandate Relief Council," which has been charged with developing a comprehensive set of recommendations for the Legislature's consideration during the 2012 legislative session, meets for the first time in Albany today, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Listen to a live broadcast of today's meeting.

January 25, 2012
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Last day to vote online -- Hammondsport (Steuben County) tied for the lead in race for 'Coolest Small Town in America 2012' designation -- keep showing your support

Hammondsport, N.Y., January 31—On the final day of voting in Budget Travel magazine’s online competition to decide the “Coolest Small Town in America 2012,” Hammondsport (Steuben County) is tied for the lead.

Early this morning, Hammondsport and Beaufort, North Carolina had each gathered 34.9% of the vote.

January 24, 2012
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