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Watch today's legislative budget hearing live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees -- the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee -- have started a series of joint legislative hearings, 13 in all, on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing will examine the governor's proposals for aid to localities and general government operations.

January 23, 2012
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Friend hold community meeting in Montour Falls tomorrow, Elmira next week

Elmira, N.Y., January 19—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting in Montour Falls tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012.

January 19, 2012
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Round Two

Governor Cuomo has unveiled his second proposed state budget.  In year two, he's seeking to continue last year's momentum for restoring New York's economic strength and fiscal soundness.

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January 18, 2012
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January 18, 2012
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Marcellus Shale Update

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program.--including the current public comment period, from December 12, 2012 through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013, on the revised draft regulations.

View Senator O'Mara's January 11, 2012 letter to the DEC attached below.

File: 
SGEISLetter.pdf

January 18, 2012
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget

Albany, N.Y., January 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today welcomed  Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 state budget for proposing additional steps toward eliminating the local share of Medicaid costs.  But O’Mara plans to keep pushing for this year’s final budget to do even more to eliminate the local costs associated with the state’s $53-billion-plus Medicaid program.

January 17, 2012
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O'Mara says Cuomo budget plan targets key mandate relief priority, but doesn't go far enough

Albany, N.Y., January 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today welcomed  Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 state budget for proposing additional steps toward eliminating the local share of Medicaid costs.  But O’Mara plans to keep pushing for this year’s final budget to do even more to eliminate the local costs associated with the state’s $53-billion-plus Medicaid program.

January 17, 2012
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Governor Cuomo releases proposed 2012-2013 state budget -- learn more and follow this year's budget adoption process

[March 12, 2012 UPDATE: The Senate today acted on its formal 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, spelling out proposed revisions to the 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal and setting the stage for final negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly on a new state budget.  Click here for details on the Senate Budget Resolution]

 

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

January 17, 2012
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance

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 16, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's January 11th interviews on WHCU's "Morning Newswatch" and WLEA's "Newsmakers"

On Wednesday, in interviews with Ithaca's WHCU radio and Hornell's WLEA, Senator O’Mara discussed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent State of the State address and next week’s unveiling of the governor’s proposed 2012-2013 New York State budget.

Listen to WHCU's "Morning Newswatch."

January 12, 2012
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2012 Community Meetings

Join Senator O’Mara at one of his upcoming community meetings to address the concerns and challenges important to you and your community.

These meetings are informal and open to the public.  They’re aimed at giving local residents an opportunity to directly share their concerns, opinions and suggestions for better government.

January 10, 2012
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Visit the new online Hall of Governors

For more than 100 years, our state's history has been shaped in this building, and many great leaders have walked these hallways as they worked for the people of New York.

January 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 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..."

January 9, 2012
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With new legislative session underway, Senator O'Mara welcomes constituent contact

Elmira, N.Y., January 6—To help kick off the new year in New York State government,  which officially got underway Wednesday in Albany with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State message, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2012 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

January 6, 2012
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's second State of the State address

Albany, N.Y., January 4— “We put down the foundation in 2011 for a long-term focus on property tax relief, less state spending and private-sector job growth.  We’ve started remaking and rebuilding state government in fundamental ways.  Now we need to keep building on this foundation of economic growth and fiscal responsibility in 2012,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State message to the Legislature.

January 4, 2012
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January 4, 2012
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O'Mara says governor's address sets stage for another productive session, but mandate relief needs more attention

Albany, N.Y., January 4— “We put down the foundation in 2011 for a long-term focus on property tax relief, less state spending and private-sector job growth.  We’ve started remaking and rebuilding state government in fundamental ways.  Now we need to keep building on this foundation of economic growth and fiscal responsibility in 2012,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State message to the Legislature.

January 4, 2012
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O'Mara: Do you agree state should begin Medicaid takeover in 2012?

Albany, N.Y., January 3—On the eve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State Message to the Legislature tomorrow, the official kickoff to the 2102 legislative session, state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is giving area residents an opportunity to weigh in on one of this year’s key debates: whether New York should begin a plan to take over the local cost of Medicaid and alleviate counties of their single-largest state-mandated expense.

January 3, 2012
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January 3, 2012
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