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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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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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