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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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O'Mara poll: Is Cuomo budget plan headed in right direction?

Albany, N.Y., January 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) is giving residents of his 53rd Senate District an opportunity to weigh in on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 proposed state budget through a new “quick poll” on his website.

January 23, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 22, 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 23, 2012
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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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