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2014-2015 New York State Budget ~ Get The Facts & Follow This Year's Budget Adoption Process

[UPDATE, March 17, 2014: Legislature begins Joint Budget Conference Committee process, read and watch more HERE]

January 22, 2014
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today highlighted key parts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-2015 state budget, including proposals to keep state government spending in check for the fourth consecutive year and launch an aggressive tax-cutting program aimed at creating upstate manufacturing  jobs. 

January 21, 2014
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O'Mara on Cuomo budget: good on spending control, tax cuts, upstate manufacturing and revisiting Common Core, but disappointed no change on future of Monterey Shock

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today highlighted key parts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-2015 state budget, including proposals to keep state government spending in check for the fourth consecutive year and launch an aggressive tax-cutting program aimed at creating upstate manufacturing  jobs. 

January 21, 2014
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January 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 20, 2014 ~ 'Regulations keep upstate economy going nowhere'

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, "Regulations keep upstate economy going nowhere"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 21st Corning Leader] 

January 21, 2014
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2014 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 web site.

January 20, 2014
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CareFirst receives proceeds from last fall's Electronics Recycling Event

Elmira, N.Y., January 16—CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care) announced today that an Electronics Recycling Day held in Horseheads last October by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, has delivered more than $500 to help support the organization’s programs and services.

"A donation of this magnitude will make a significant impact on the quality of life for the local patients we are so honored to serve," says Mary Mosteller-Arnold, Development Coordinator for CareFirst. 

January 16, 2014
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O'Mara joins effort to enact 'Jobs for Heroes' to assist disabled vets, build on last year's Hire-a-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 15— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined a growing legislative effort this year to enact the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

January 15, 2014
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O'Mara joins call for massive effort to eliminate government red tape stifling job growth, says overregulation keeps upstate economy 'going nowhere'

Albany, N.Y., January 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today joined his colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to release a comprehensive regulatory reform report that they hope will help set the stage for one of New York’s largest-ever regulatory reform efforts this year.

The Senate report identifies more than 2,000 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses and manufacturers, large and small, at a competitive disadvantage.  

January 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 13, 2014 ~ 'More thoughts on Monterey, Common Core'

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, "More thoughts on Monterey, Common Core"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 13th Corning Leader] 

January 13, 2014
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Governor Cuomo delivered his views on the state of the state, now it's your turn ~ see Senator O'Mara's '2014 Community, Jobs and Economy Survey'

Albany, N.Y., January 9—With a new session of the State Legislature underway following Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State message yesterday, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he has launched an online “2014 Community, Jobs and Economy Survey” that invites area residents to share their own views on many of the key economic, fiscal and other challenges facing the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and all of New York State this year. 

January 9, 2014
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's fourth State of the State address

Albany, N.Y., January 8— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fourth State of the State message to the Legislature earns high marks for its focus on the future of upstate manufacturing.

January 8, 2014
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O'Mara gives Cuomo speech high marks for focus on upstate manufacturing, job creation

Albany, N.Y., January 8— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fourth State of the State message to the Legislature earns high marks for its focus on the future of upstate manufacturing.

January 8, 2014
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Does Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fourth State of the State message put New York government on the right track in 2014?

Yes

19% (22 votes)

No

62% (71 votes)

Undecided

19% (22 votes)

Total votes: 115

January 8, 2014
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Governor Cuomo delivers his fourth State of the State message today ~ Watch it live beginning at 1:30 p.m. ~ find Senator O'Mara's reaction

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his fourth State of the State message to a joint session of the Senate and Assembly in Albany later today.

You can watch the address live, beginning at 1:30 p.m., HERE.

And stop back here later today for Senator O'Mara's reaction to the governor's speech.

January 8, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's emphasis on upstate manufacturing as centerpiece of 2014 tax cuts

Albany, N.Y., January 6— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), who over the past several years has sponsored legislation and singled out the need for tax cuts to spark upstate manufacturing, today applauded Governor Cuomo’s emphasis on making tax relief for upstate manufacturing a top priority in 2014. 

January 6, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 6, 2014 ~ 'Beginning the new year, legislatively'

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, "Beginning the new year, legislatively"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 6th Corning Leader] 

January 6, 2014
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'Tips for staying safe, warm in frigid Twin Tiers'

From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, "Tips for staying safe, warm in frigid Twin Tiers"  

From the New York State Office of Emergency Management, "Winter Safety Tips"

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "Winter Storms & Extreme Cold"

January 3, 2014
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At the beginning of 2014, are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions?

Optimistic

27% (21 votes)

Pessimistic

62% (48 votes)

Undecided

10% (8 votes)

Total votes: 77

January 2, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 30, 2013 ~ 'What's your opinion?'

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, "What's your opinion?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 29th Corning Leader] 

January 2, 2014
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