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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 10, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

October 12, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano holding community meeting in Jasper (Steuben County) later today

Jasper, N.Y., October 11—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting in Jasper (Steuben County) later today.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Jasper Town Hall.

October 11, 2011
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O'Mara to Governor: Time is Now for Medicaid Takeover

Elmira, N.Y., October 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) strongly criticized today Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statements earlier this week that New York State can’t afford to take over the local cost of Medicaid and alleviate counties of their single-largest state-mandated expense.

October 8, 2011
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2011 Community Meetings -- see this week's schedule

Senaor O'Mara is joining with the region's representatives in the New York State Assembly -- Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) -- for a series of community meetings throughout the area in the coming weeks. 

Meetings have already been held in Bath, Corning, and Wayland.

October 3, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 3, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

October 3, 2011
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Trio of area lawmakers opposes DMV move to eliminate eye tests

Elmira, N.Y., September 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today joined a chorus of opposition to a potential policy change by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that would do away with required eye tests as part of New York’s driver’s license renewal process.

September 30, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 25, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

September 29, 2011
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O'Mara says 'Open for Business' conference signals economic focus for 2012 session

Albany, N.Y., September 28—After participating in the “NY Open for Business” conference convened at the capital yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a conference highlighted by a major economic development announcement by the governor and a keynote address by former President Bill Clinton, area State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) called the conference “an important agenda setter for a 2012 legislative session that many of us hope will be focused like never before on building a stronger state economy and a better business climate.”

September 28, 2011
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O'Mara, Palmesano will hold community meeting in Wayland later today

Wayland, N.Y., Wednesday, September 28--New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today in Wayland (Steuben County) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Wayland Town Hall (110 North Main Street).

September 28, 2011
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O'Mara joins panel on manufacturing at today's 'NY Open for Business' conference at the Capitol

Albany, N.Y., September 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will participate on a panel examining the future of manufacturing in New York State at today’s statewide “NY Open for Business” conference being convened in Albany by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

September 26, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 18, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

September 23, 2011
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Government Efficiency

As the demands and responsibilities placed on government become greater and greater, the need for efficiency in programs and services calls for equal attention.

So I’m looking forward to the renewed state Senate effort in the year ahead to uncover waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout the state bureaucracy.

September 20, 2011
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O'Mara will lead Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency (listen to Senator O'Mara's September 21st interview on Ithaca's WHCU radio)

Albany, N.Y.—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will chair the state Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency and lead renewed efforts to uncover waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout the state bureaucracy.

September 20, 2011
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O'Mara and Palmesano hold community meeting later today in Corning

Corning, N.Y., September 22—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents today that they will hold a community meeting later today at Corning City Hall.

September 19, 2011
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Community meetings scheduled next week in Bath, Corning

Bath, N.Y.—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) will hold a series of community meetings across the region in the coming weeks, beginning next week with public forums in Bath and Corning.

September 15, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 12, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.

September 13, 2011
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Remembering U.S. Army SPC Christopher J. Scott

My thoughts and prayers -- and the thoughts and prayers of this entire region -- are with the family and loved ones of U.S. Army SPC Christopher J. Scott, whose funeral service, with Full Military Honors, will be held on Wednesday, September 14th, in Dundee.

September 13, 2011
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"New York Remembers" exhibits in Elmira and Ithaca will remain open to the public until the end of September

With this past weekend's 9/11 memorial observances fresh in our minds, just a reminder that "New York Remembers" exhibits in Elmira and Ithaca will remain in town and open to the public until the end of September.

September 12, 2011
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Remembering September 11, 2001 -- Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara, 53rd District

Throughout this weekend, 10 years after September 11, 2001, Americans of all ages have gathered, in the words of former President George W.

September 10, 2011
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