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Today, February 3, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of historic Eileen Collins space shuttle mission

Today, February 3, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of the historic space shuttle mission of Eileen M. Collins, a native of Elmira. 

On February 3, 1995, Eileen Collins became the first American woman to pilot a space shuttle, the Discovery.

Read more from WETM-TV, "20 Year Anniversary of Collins' Shuttle Mission"

February 3, 2015
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Today's legislative hearing on Gov. Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed state budget focuses on elementary and secondary education ~ Watch live now

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: Elementary and secondary education 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 3, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 2, 2015 ~ 'Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

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, "Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 1st Corning Leader]

February 2, 2015
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Legislative hearings on Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget continue today ~ Medicaid & Health being examined today ~ Watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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: Medicaid/Health.

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 2, 2015
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'Dundee names Miller firefighter of the year'

from the observer-review.com:

DUNDEE--Past Dundee fire chief Ray Miller was named the department's Firefighter of the Year during their annual awards banquet Friday, Jan. 23. More than 80 people attended the banquet, which took place inside the Dundee Fire Hall. Miller was recognized for his 60 years of active service in the department. 

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January 30, 2015
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Legislative hearings on Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget continue today ~ Transportation budget examined today ~ Watch live here

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: Transportation.

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

January 29, 2015
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Senator O'Mara questions state DEC Commissioner Martens at today's legislative budget hearing

Albany, N.Y., January 28-At today's legislative budget hearing in Albany, Senator O'Mara questioned New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens on Governor Cuomo's budget proposals for environmental conservation.

O'Mara expressed some frustration over the DEC's decision making process.

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January 28, 2015
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Senator O'Mara questions NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball on Gov. Cuomo's proposals for Southern Tier farmers

Albany, N.Y., January 28--At a legislative budget hearing in Albany today, Senator O'Mara questioned state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to create a $30-million farmland preservation fund for the Southern Tier.

O'Mara believes the proposal pays "short shrift" to regional farmers.

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January 28, 2015
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O'Mara questions Cuomo budget proposals for environmental conservation, Southern Tier agriculture

Albany, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today joined many of his Senate and Assembly colleagues at a joint, public hearing to examine Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposals for environmental conservation, agriculture and energy.

January 28, 2015
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Senator O'Mara statement on the retirement of Tom Weidemann, Executive Director of Elmira's Clemens Center

Elmira, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) issued the following statement today on the announcement that Thomas Weidemann, Executive Director of the Clemens Center in Elmira, will be retiring at the end of 2015:

January 28, 2015
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O'Mara welcomes DEC decision to lift decades-long ban on development of LNG for transportation, but says delayed decision arrives too late for one Southern Tier manufacturer (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., January 28— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, welcomed today’s action by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt regulations authorizing the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities for transportation purposes.

January 28, 2015
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Legislature's fiscal committees begin public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget on Wednesday ~ Environmental Conservation examined today ~ Watch live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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

The hearings get underway on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Enivronmental Conservation

Watch Wednesday's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

January 27, 2015
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January 28, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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2015-2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET INFORMATION

By clicking on the "Get The Facts" link below, you can review a wide array of documents related to the 2015-2016 New York State budget, including briefing books and specific budget bills.

As always, your views and input on the newly adopted state budget plan are critical. Your opinions and suggestions are always appreciated.  Click on the link below and fill out the informational form to "Let Your Voice Be Heard."

Finally, you can visit this webpage on a regular basis to learn more about the budget and to stay updated on new developments.

January 27, 2015
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2015-2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

By clicking on the "Get The Facts" link below, you can review a wide array of documents related to Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, including briefing books and specific budget bills.

January 27, 2015
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LISTENING IN

This week the Legislature’s fiscal committees commence joint, public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015-16 proposed state budget. These extensive, often daylong hearings will continue throughout February. 

That means we’re going to keep learning more and more about the governor’s plan for New York’s future, short and long term, as the hearings highlight additional information and dissect detail after detail.

January 26, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 26, 2015 ~ 'All eyes (should) turn to the budget'

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, "All eyes (should) turn to the budget"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 25th Corning Leader]

January 26, 2015
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O'Mara named new chairman of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, will also serve as a member on nine additional committees including Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation

Albany, N.Y., January 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), beginning his third term representing New York’s 58th Senate District, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

The appointment was announced today at the Capitol by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos.  Since 2011, O’Mara has headed the Senate Elections Committee.

January 22, 2015
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's new state budget plan

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs."  Read more...  

January 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's new state budget plan

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.”  

O’Mara said, “I’ll keep on saying it: New York government needs to stay focused, more than anything else, on taking action after action after action on Upstate manufacturing job growth and eliminating the crushing burdens of mandates, regulations and taxes.  It begins and ends with addressing these priorities. The governor’s blueprint is not aggressive enough on these priorities, and it’s not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.

January 21, 2015
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