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Legislative budget hearings conclude today with a look at the Mental Health and Workforce Development segments of the Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees today will conclude its public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

February 276th Topics: Mental Health (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Workforce Development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 27, 2015
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Public Protection is the topic of Thursday's legislative budget hearing ~ Watch Live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude this Friday.

February 26th Topic: Public Protection (beginning at 10:00 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 25, 2015
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O'Mara's legislation targets meth labs

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is continuing to urge the Legislature to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state, and has reintroduced legislation to significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth. 

The Senate has approved O’Mara’s proposal for the past few years, including last year when it was approved with strong bipartisan support by a vote of  55 to 4.    

February 25, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings resume Wednesday ~ Local government officials will make their case in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude on February 27th.

February 25th Topic: Local Government/General Government (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 24, 2015
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'State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano brief Steuben County legislators on upcoming state budget talks

In Bath yesterday, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano met with members of the Steuben County Legislature to discuss the upcoming negotiations over the 2015-2016 state budget.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget"

February 24, 2015
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TAXPAYERS BEWARE

A mid-January report from the state comptroller’s office found that the state Department of Health (DOH) wrongly paid more than 29,000 pharmacy claims, worth nearly $1 million, for thousands of Medicaid recipients already covered by managed care plans.

And just last week, a second comptroller’s report found that the DOH failed to collect an estimated $120 million in available rebates from prescription drug makers.

These are the findings that drive state taxpayers crazy.

February 23, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 23, 2015 ~ 'Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 22nd Corning Leader]

February 23, 2015
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February 20, 2015
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O'Mara will serve as a member on Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases as regional fears continue to rise

Elmira, N.Y., February 18—As regional concerns about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have dramatically increased over the past few years, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will continue to serve as a member of the State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

February 18, 2015
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'Officials: I-86 is key to region's economic future' ~ I-86 Corridor Project gets underway to develop strategic action plan

from the February 13th Elmira Star-Gazette:

"Attracting and retaining businesses along a section of Interstate 86 from the Town of Erwin to the City of Elmira is the objective of an economic blueprint that is now is being created.

The recently formed regional planning team for the I-86 Corridor Project is in the initial stages of developing a strategic action plan intended to result in economic growth in Chemung and Steuben counties."

February 18, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 16, 2015 ~ 'Acting on American heroism'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Acting on American heroism"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 18th Corning Leader]

February 17, 2015
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'Economic Forum speakers say NY needs to get out of way' ~ At Chemung County Chamber event, mood 'upbeat but tempered' on outlook for local economy

From the Star-Gazette:

"The Southern Tier is poised for a major economic comeback in the next five to 10 years, according to speakers at Thursday's annual economic forum in Elmira.  The biggest stumbling block to that recovery is New York state and its tax and economic policies, those same speakers believe."

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February 12, 2015
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O'Mara, colleagues say it's time to end Gap Elimination Adjustment for local school districts

Albany, N.Y., February 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority this week staked out one their key priorities for the new state budget: the complete elimination of the damaging and highly controversial Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has cost school districts locally and statewide billions of dollars in state aid over the past several years.

February 12, 2015
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Higher education under the spotlight at today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Higher Education (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 9, 2015 ~ "Cuomo's 'fix your own pipes' doesn't hold water"

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Fix your own pipes?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 8th Corning Leader]

February 9, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings continue today with a look at Gov. Cuomo's 2015-016 tax proposals, and proposals for economic development ~ Watch Live (Note: The economic development hearing is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.)

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Taxes (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and economic development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 9, 2015
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Recent anti-heroin forum in Dundee drew more than 100 residents ~ See an update on New York State's 'Combat Heroin' public awareness campaign

On January 28th in Dundee, more than 100 residents attended a community forum on the heroin crisis.

Read more about this forum on the observer-review.com, "Heroin forum: 'Cheap, addicting and deadly'"  

February 6, 2015
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Housing is the topic of today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Housing, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 5, 2015
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Human Services is the topic of today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Human Services, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 4, 2015
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