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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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Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara on U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni

 

Ithaca, N.Y., April 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni of Tompkins County:

April 5, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 2, 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 4, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's April 2nd appearance on the WHCU (Ithaca) Morning Newswatch

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Geoff Dunn this morning on the WHCU Morning Newswatch to discuss the just-enacted New York State budget, and to look ahead at the remainder of the 2012 legislative session.

Listen here...

April 2, 2012
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Year Two

It’s important that the past two years have produced on-time state budgets and actions that put the brakes on runaway spending and higher taxes, and that signal a future of spending control, tax relief and private-sector job growth.

April 2, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes Tompkins County high school students to the Capitol

CAPITOL STUDENTS--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed two high school students representing Tompkins County to the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

In the photo above, Carolyn Eggleston (r.), an Ithaca High School senior, and Valerie Horn (l.), a freshman at Dryden High School, join Senator O'Mara on the rostrum in the historic Senate chamber.

April 2, 2012
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Does the new state budget keep New York on the right track?

Yes

64% (16 votes)

No

36% (9 votes)

Total votes: 25

March 30, 2012
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The 2012-2013 New York State Budget

The 2012-2013 New York State budget was enacted on Friday, March 30, 2012.While the annual budget adoption marks the most signficant action of each and every legislative session, the regular session of the 2012 Legislature is scheduled to continue until the end of June -- meaning that many other issues are on tap for debate and discussion.But the new budget represents the biggest news at the moment.  You can find more analyses and additional details on the final 2012-2013 New York State budget from:-- the New York State Division of the Budget-- the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

March 30, 2012
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O'Mara: state budget includes funding to combat threat to Finger Lakes environment and economy

[April 2, 2012 Update: Listen here to Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane on WHCU radio]

March 28, 2012
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Senate approves Seneca Lake Scenic Byway

Albany, N.Y., March 28—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway.

March 28, 2012
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New state budget will ensure state DOT regional office in Hornell stays open

Albany, N.Y., March 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the final 2012-2013 New York State budget will keep all 11 of the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regional offices operating, including the Region 6 office in Hornell.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 executive budget proposal, which he released in January, called for reducing the number of DOT regional offices from 11 to 6.

March 26, 2012
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Legislature reaches key budget agreement on funding for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the Legislature’s joint budget conference committee on transportation has reached a key agreement that will maintain New York’s commitment to funding for local roads and bridges in the 2012-2013 state budget.

The CHIPS program provides the bulk of state aid to localities for the maintenance and improvement of local roads and bridges.

March 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 26, 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..."

March 26, 2012
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONLINE SUBMISSION

Dear Respondent:

Thank you for taking the time to share your opposition to an effort by the state Assembly leadership to link the approval of this year's final New York state budget to the enactment of a controversial "microstamping" requirement on sportsmen and other lawful gun owners.

Please know that I appreciate your input and participation, and I'll do my best to keep you updated.

Sincerely,

NYS Senator Thomas F. O'Mara53rd District

March 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara Asks Gun Owners To Help "Stamp Out Microstamping"

The New York State Assembly is once again proposing to require "microstamping" for all firearms owners in the state. But this year, they're trying a different tact, and are attempting to include "microstamping" in the state budget.

I agree with Senator Tom O'Mara that microstamping is an unnecessary infringement of the privacy and rights of law-abiding gun owners, and efforts to include it in the state budget amount to a sneak attack on local sportsmen and sportswomen, and all law-abiding gun owners. It also jeopardizes the fullest and fairest discussion over state aid for our schools, relief for our property taxpayers, and private-sector jobs for our workers.

March 26, 2012
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Senate-approved legislation targets auto insurance fraud

Albany, N.Y., March 22—The New York State Senate today approved legislation supported by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to combat the epidemic of fraud that plaques New York’s automobile insurance industry, drives up insurance rates for every state motorist and costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion annually.

March 22, 2012
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Senate unveils historical "Women of Distinction" exhibit -- including tribute to Tompkins County, Civil War-era nurse

Albany, N.Y., March 21—The State Senate has unveiled its annual tribute to “Women of Distinction” from throughout New York State’s history in Albany today as part of the ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month.

March 21, 2012
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