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O'Mara: Throw the flag on New York City legislator's proposal to ban youth football (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., February 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today threw the flag against a New York City legislator’s proposal to ban youth football in New York State.

This morning’s New York Daily News reports that Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx) has introduced legislation “to prohibit children younger than 11 from playing organized tackle football anywhere in the state.”

O’Mara strongly rejected the idea.

“Talk about being out of bounds,” said O’Mara.  “What we need to ban is knee-jerk legislation.  What’s next?  No more fastballs in Little League?  Enough.”

February 11, 2013
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Today the Legislature examines the higher education proposals in Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

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

Watch Live.

 

February 11, 2013
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O'Mara calls for bold action on state's part to boost upstate manufacturing

Elmira, N.Y., February 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has introduced legislation calling for an unprecedented tax cut for manufacturers across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide. 

He billed the measure as one cornerstone of a renewed state commitment to the upstate New York manufacturing sector, a move he believes would help spark broad-based, badly needed private-sector job growth. 

February 10, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues to Cuomo: You said no new taxes, so pull the plug on this proposal

Albany, N.Y., February 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, is joining his Senate Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a five-year extension of a “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

February 5, 2013
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Today's legislative hearings on housing and human services proposals in Gov. Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topics: Housing (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Human Services (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Housing" live.

Watch "Human Services" live.

February 5, 2013
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Watch Live: Joint legislative hearing on the 'environmental conservation' portion of Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topic: Environmental Conservation.

Watch live.

February 4, 2013
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O'Mara supporting renewed push for 'Hire-a-Vet' tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today said that he will seek to co-sponsor and strongly support legislation in the Senate to provide a tax credit to state businesses that hire veterans returning home from military service.

O’Mara highlighted federal Bureau of Labor statistics from 2012 showing that unemployment reached a staggering 20 percent for veterans under the age of 30 who have recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Moreover, statistics show that a significant number of recently returned veterans report service-connected disabilities.

January 31, 2013
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O'Mara issues reminder: New York State seeking correction officer candidates

Albany, N.Y., January 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is currently undertaking a statewide correction officer recruitment effort.

A state Civil Service examination to fill new positions has been scheduled for April 13, 2013.  Those interested in taking the exam must file an application by Monday, February 25, 2013.

January 30, 2013
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Sen. O'Mara encourages local input on '2013 Economic and Fiscal Survey'; Legislature continues public budget hearings today, watch today's hearing on education live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., January 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a new member of the Senate Finance Committee which this week began a series of public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013-14 proposed state budget, has launched an online “2013 Economic & Fiscal Survey” that invites area residents to share their views on several of the key economic and fiscal challenges facing New York this year.

The second-term state senator said the new online survey offers an opportunity for local constituents to share their own views and suggestions on this year’s state budget. 

January 29, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 28, 2013 ~ 'Staying the Course for Upstate'

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, "Staying the Course for Upstate"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 28, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 28, 2013
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O'Mara will continue to chair Senate Elections Committee, named to new post on powerful Senate Finance Committee

Albany, N.Y., January 25—Beginning his second term in the New York State Senate, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been reappointed chairman of the Senate Elections Committee and, for the first time, will serve as a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

The appointments were announced late yesterday by Senate leaders in Albany.

January 25, 2013
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'Open Budget is a first step in Open New York'

From the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

Albany, N.Y., January 22--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of OpenBudget.ny.gov, a new website that provides unprecedented access and transparency to New York's budget. Open Budget's easy-to-use tools, charts, and information are available to the public today in coordination with the Governor's Executive Budget address.

Open Budget is a first step in Open New York, an initiative outlined in the Governor's 2013 State of the State address, which will use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement.

January 23, 2013
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Last Day To Vote ~ Let's Show Our Support for Watkins Glen as 'America's Coolest Small Town 2013' ~ Vote Now!

Dear Finger Lakes supporters:

Last year at this time, many of you might remember that I asked for your help in making one of our great Finger Lakes towns, Hammondsport, Budget Travel magazine’s “America's Coolest Small Town 2012.”

Thanks to your response and the response of thousands of others across our region, Hammondsport was victorious last year and has greatly enjoyed and benefitted from its one-year reign as America’s Coolest Small Town.  It was a great honor for the Hammondsport community, and it was a great opportunity to keep national and worldwide attention focused on the Finger Lakes region.

Now we have the chance to express our pride once again.  This year, we have another opportunity to keep the Finger Lakes region on the map!

January 23, 2013
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O'Mara reacts to Cuomo's proposed budget: Priority No. 1 is to stay focused on Upstate economy, job creation, tax and mandate relief

Albany, N.Y., January 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 state budget calls for no new state taxes, holds the line on state spending for the third year in a row, continues to streamline the state bureaucracy and takes some additional steps to get local governments out from under the burden of unfunded state mandates.

On the economic and fiscal reform front, several of the governor’s key proposals are in step with O’Mara’s own overriding priority: Upstate economic growth and community development. 

January 22, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 21, 2013 ~ '2013 Session: Notes from Week One'

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, "2013 Session: Notes from Week One"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 21, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 22, 2013
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New York State Remembers the Life and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 18, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes legislative process, lack of public input on gun control (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted against far-reaching gun control legislation advanced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Senate, 43 to 18, late last night.

The Assembly is scheduled to approve the legislation today and it then goes to the governor to be signed into law. 

O’Mara released the following statement today:

“As a parent and as a public servant, I was as outraged and as saddened as anyone by the recent events in Newtown and Webster. I agree that as a nation we must respond to the societal breakdowns that lead to these unimaginable acts of insanity and evil.

January 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 14, 2013 ~ "Next up? A new state 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, "Next up? A new state budget"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the January 14, 2013 Corning Leader]

January 14, 2013
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Continuing reaction to Governor Cuomo's State of the State message: Where's the mandate relief?

In today's Buffalo News, the leaders of the Unshackle Upstate, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the New York Conference of Mayors weigh in on the question of unfunded state mandates.

Read their thoughts in, "Where is relief from New York's mandate madness?"

Senator O'Mara shared his own concerns on the issue shortly after the governor's address on Wednesday. Read more...

January 11, 2013
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