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Take part, pitch in

Americans are known for volunteering.  In fact we’re coming off a week when the nation observed National Volunteer Week in tribute to all of the many millions of citizens throughout our communities, of every age and from all walks of life, who make such a difference with their willingness to devote time, energy and sacrifice to the lives and needs of others. 

It’s a recognition, however, that shouldn’t – and fortunately doesn’t – end after just one week.

April 14, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 14, 2014 ~ 'Taking part, and pitching in'

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, "Taking part, and pitching in"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 14th Corning Leader] 

April 14, 2014
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Local municipalities see boost in state support for local roads, bridges

Elmira, N.Y., April 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) said today that area counties, cities, towns and villages will receive increases in state funding for local roads and bridges under the recently enacted 2014-15 New York State budget. 

April 11, 2014
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Area state legislators continue to sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Elmira, N.Y., April 10—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week this week,  State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 10, 2014
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Thank you!

Thank you to all of the thousands of volunteers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  

What a difference you make to the quality of our communities, and in so many individual lives. 

April 8, 2014
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The 2014-2015 New York State Budget

Read Senator O'Mara's reactions to the 2014-15 New York State budget here, here, here and here.

April 8, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 7, 2014 ~ 'Rarely a perfect budget season'

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..." 

April 7, 2014
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Sen. O'Mara highlights the importance of agriculture and manufacturing in the new state budget

Albany, N.Y., March 31--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) highlights the importance of the tax relief and other actions being taken in the 2014-15 New York State budget to strengthen agriculture and manufacturing in New York State.

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March 31, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano say new state budget continues last year's increased state support for local roads and bridges, provides additional help for winter-damaged roads

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) said today that area counties will see increases in state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding under the 2014-15 New York State budget being enacted today. 

March 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara recognized for leadership on state support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 31--On the floor of the New York State Senate earlier today, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) praised his colleague, Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), for O'Mara's leadership on state support for local roads and bridges.

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March 31, 2014
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Does the final 2014-15 state budget keep New York moving in the right direction?

Yes

26% (10 votes)

No

74% (29 votes)

Total votes: 39

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend continue to criticize Cuomo administration decision to close Monterey Shock

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for refusing to renegotiate his administration’s plan to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility later this year.

The final 2014-15 state budget agreed upon by Cuomo and legislative leaders, and being acted on today by both the Senate and Assembly, does not contain funding to keep Monterey open. 

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara says new state budget includes beginnings of Senate's 'Young Farmers NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today that the 2014-15 state budget will include key provisions of a comprehensive “Young Farmers NY” program he and his Senate colleagues unveiled earlier this year.

The “Young Farmers NY” strategy, which O’Mara co-sponsors, combines financial and educational initiatives and incentives aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara on budget highs (and lows): Important tax cuts and beginning of 'Young Farmers NY' strategy, but falling short on mandate relief and saving Monterey

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that highlights of the final 2014-15 New York State budget include key tax cuts for upstate manufacturers and keeping state spending growth under two percent for the fourth consecutive year.

O’Mara also praised the budget for including key provisions of a “Young Farmers NY” strategy he  co-sponsors in the Senate that was unveiled earlier this year.

March 31, 2014
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Senate, Assembly begin enacting the 2014-2015 New York State budget -- watch the Senate debates live

Albany, N.Y., March 31--Throughout the day today, the State Senate and Assembly will be debating and voting on the separate pieces of legislation that, together, will constitute the 2014-2015 New York State budget.

The Senate convened today's session shortly after Noon.

You can watch today's session live at http://www.nysenate.gov/live_today

March 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 31, 2014 ~ 'Acting for our wounded heroes'

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 for our wounded heroes"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 30th Corning Leader] 

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara reminds area residents: Sign up now for emergency preparedness training program at Cornell University on Saturday, March 29th

Albany, N.Y., March 25-State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” will be held at Cornell University on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete an online registration prior to the event.  According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 25, 2014
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Senate approves 'Jobs for Heroes' program to assist disabled veterans

Albany, N.Y., March 24—Last year Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature enacted a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans.

Today, the New York State Senate unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) known as the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to build on last year’s tax credit and further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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Senator O'Mara joins state manufacturing leaders to call for tax and regulatory reform

Albany, N.Y., March 24 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said that the findings of a new study commissioned by two of the state’s leading manufacturing advocates – the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) – reveal that while nearly 70% of the state’s manufacturing executives remain optimistic about staying in business in the state, 60% of them also believe that the state’s business climate is headed in the wrong direction.

Nearly half (46%) of the business leaders polled as part of the new study pointed to high taxes as the greatest competitive obstacle they face.

March 24, 2014
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O'Mara: Survey findings highlight need to address tax and regulatory challenges facing New York's manufacturers

Albany, N.Y., March 24 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said that the findings of a new study commissioned by two of the state’s leading manufacturing advocates – the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) – reveal that while nearly 70% of the state’s manufacturing executives remain optimistic about staying in business in the state, 60% of them also believe that the state’s business climate is headed in the wrong direction.

Nearly half (46%) of the business leaders polled as part of the new study pointed to high taxes as the greatest competitive obstacle they face.

March 24, 2014
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