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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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Governor Cuomo's State of the State: the day-after reaction

It's always the opening act in New York State's annual legislative session: the governor delivers a State of the State address that, by design, lays out a broad and commonly ambitious agenda.

Tradition has long held that this kickoff to the session -- the presentation of the governor's vision -- is chock full of ideas but short on specifics on how these ideas will be carried out or paid for.  The true nuts and bolts of the agenda arrive a few weeks later, during the presentation of the executive budget, which Governor Cuomo is scheduled to unveil this year on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  That's where we find the all-important details of specific proposals and the Legislature can then begin to better determine their impact on communities across New York.

January 10, 2013
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O'Mara: Cuomo agenda stays strong on jobs and taxes, falls short on mandate relief

Albany, N.Y., January 9— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State message to the Legislature focuses on the “overriding challenges of our time.”

January 9, 2013
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Remember: January is 'Financial Aid Awareness Month'

Elmira, N.Y., January 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that January is College Financial Aid Awareness Month in New York State and the Higher Education Service Corporation’s (HESC) campaign, “Start Here, Get There,” is offering a month-long series of events and other tools to help students and families undertake the college aid application process.

January 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of January 7, 2013 ~ "What do you think?"

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 do you think?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 7, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

January 7, 2013
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O'Mara to constituents: Stay in touch throughout the new year

Elmira, N.Y., January 3—To help kick off the new year in New York State government,  which officially begins next Wednesday in Albany with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State message to the Legislature, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2013 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

While last year’s legislative redistricting process, which occurs once every 10 years following the new Census, changed the numerical and geographical configuration of New York’s Senate and Assembly districts statewide beginning on January 1, 2013, the only change for O’Mara’s Senate District is the change from the 53rd to the 58th Senate District. 

January 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 1, 2013 ~ 'Year's End, and Beginning'

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, "Year's End, and Beginning"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 31, 2012 Corning Leader]

January 2, 2013
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Happy New Year

My very best wishes for a safe, successful and meaningful 2013.

December 31, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 17, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

December 27, 2012
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Season's Greetings

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful, and a memorable holiday season.

December 24, 2012
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Our hearts, and our prayers, are with you...

Our hearts, and our prayers, are with you…

December 16, 2012
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Elmira, N.Y., December 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

“On behalf of all of the residents of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, our thoughts and deepest expressions of sympathy go out to the people of Connecticut on this heartbreaking day.  It’s senseless and terrible, and our most heartfelt prayers will remain with the victims, the families and the entire community of Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

 

December 14, 2012
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Department of Environmental Conservation opens new public comment period on revised Marcellus Shale regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program -- including the latest public comment period opening today and continuing through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013.

Find more information, including how to submit comments on the revised regulations, HERE.

Read more in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

December 12, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 10, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

December 10, 2012
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Seasons greetings throughout the Finger Lakes region this weekend

There's more than a stocking full of holiday events in villages across the Finger Lakes region this weekend.

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And don't forget the 2012 Winter Festival continues through Sunday in downtown Ithaca, including the Chowder Cup on Saturday.

Enjoy!

December 7, 2012
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Remembering Pearl Harbor ~ December 7, 1941

Remembering Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 1941 -- with reflections

from the Elmira Star-Gazette

 and the Associated Press.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 901 at 113 Keefe St. on Elmira’s Southside will hold an observance event at 11 a.m. today to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. The public is welcome.

 

 

December 7, 2012
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Governor Cuomo visits the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (UPDATED, December 6th)

In Binghamton today, Governor Andrew Cuomo met with members of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

Watch a portion of today's event here.

Read more here.

[UPDATE, December 6: Some kind -- and hopeful -- words for the Southern Tier from Governor Cuomo]

December 5, 2012
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'Christmas came early for one local veteran' -- watch and read more here

A great gathering yesterday in Erin in support of a local wounded veteran, Army Sgt. Robert Costley.

From WENY-TV: "Christmas came early for one local veteran."  Watch the full WENY newcast here.

Watch more on WETM-TV.

And read more in today's Corning Leader.

December 3, 2012
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