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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 12, 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..."

November 12, 2012
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Veterans Day 2012 ~ Sunday, November 11 ~ 'We will always remember. We will always be proud.'

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

It will be observed at a time when the world's stage remains embroiled in uncertainty and instability.  It truly is a momentous and dangerous time in world history and our annual tribute to veterans takes on greater and greater meaning.

Former President Ronald Reagan, standing tall on the coast of France on June 6, 1984, offered these words to commemorate the 40th anniversary of D-Day, "We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."

November 9, 2012
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Statement from Sen. O'Mara on Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne -- Governor Cuomo directs flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of fallen soldiers

Corning, N.Y., November 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne of Steuben County, who was one of three upstate New York soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, November 3, 2012:

“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne.  Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country admirably and courageously.  I know that I join the residents of Steuben County and our entire region in mourning Ryan’s passing and in expressing our enduring gratitude and respect for his service, and the sacrifice and service of his fellow soldiers.”   

November 7, 2012
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Thank You

In a column at the beginning of this week I wrote, “Election Day will come and go.  Voters locally, statewide and across the nation will head to the polls and cast their ballots – and then it will be time again for public officials everywhere to roll up our sleeves and get back to the business at hand.”

November 7, 2012
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Local volunteers assisting Hurricane Sandy rescue and recovery efforts

Our admiration, gratitude and pride go out to all of the local volunteers providing Hurricane Sandy emergency assistance, including the Bath Volunteer Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team and local American Red Cross volunteers -- read more on local Red Cross volunteers here.  

November 1, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 29, 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..."

This week, "A hard line?"

 

October 30, 2012
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Stay updated on the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts


[Our admiration, gratitude and pride go out to all of the local volunteers providing Hurricane Sandy emergency assistance, including the Bath Volunteer Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team and local American Red Cross volunteers.]

From the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo:

Albany, N.Y.--CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY EFFORTS...

October 26, 2012
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O'Mara: New domestic violence law gives police and prosecutors, victims and families important new protections and tools

Albany, N.Y., October 26—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation unanimously approved by the Legislature earlier this year to strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws.

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) strongly supported and voted in favor of the measure (S.7638) when it was approved by the Senate in early June.

October 26, 2012
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Watch the first-ever "New York State Wine, Beer & Spirits Summit" (and read more on the results of the October 24th meeting, including a new tourism campaign and regulatory reforms)

In Albany on Wednesday, October 24th, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the first-ever "New York State Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit" to bring together administration officials, state legislators, regional leaders, and industry representatives to discuss ideas on how to grow these respective industries, strengthen New York agriculture overall and create jobs.

Watch a replay of the Summit here...

Read more on what the Summit has already produced...

October 24, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 22, 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..."

This week, "Latest NY 'summit' on tap"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 22, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 22, 2012
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New York Works to fund improvements at Robert H. Treman State Park

Ithaca, N.Y., October 18--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate the playground area at Robert Treman State Park. The park improvements are funded with $125,000 from the New York Works initiative.“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in state parks across New York,” said Cuomo.

October 18, 2012
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Hundreds of area residents travel to Albany yesterday to voice support for natural gas development across the Southern Tier

Albany, N.Y., October 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) helped welcome members of the Steuben County Landowners Coalition, representatives of numerous other Southern Tier and statewide organizations and coalitions, and local leaders to Albany yesterday.

Hundreds of area residents traveled to the Capitol to voice their support for natural gas development across the Southern Tier.

Read and watch more about yesterday’s rally in this morning’s Star-Gazette.

October 16, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 15, 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..."

This week, "An economic roller coaster"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 15, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 15, 2012
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Corning Award for Excellence

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently applauded The Business Council of New York State’s selection of Kirk P. Gregg, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Corning Incorporated, as recipient of the 2012 Corning Award for Excellence.

“Kirk Gregg represents the very best of the Corning Incorporated mission – commitment to community, an unparalleled dedication to excellence and quality, and a fundamental mission to keep our state and our nation at the cutting edge of the 21st century economy,” said O’Mara.  “The Business Council couldn’t have chosen a better representative of all that the Corning Award for Excellence is meant to honor.”

October 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 8, 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..."

This week, "Three decades of tracking rural New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 8, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 8, 2012
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Senator O'Mara, father visit Schuyler County cheese maker -- help promote NYS cheese industry and highlight local Open Houses scheduled for Columbus Day weekend

Odessa, N.Y., October 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his father, John, visited Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County in late August to sample a few locally made cheeses and help bring attention to an important sector of New York State’s agricultural industry.

October 3, 2012
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Read the Fall 2012 edition of 'Rural Futures'

Albany, N.Y., October 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who serves as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, 10-member bipartisan  Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, said today that the commission's Fall 2012 edition of Rural Futures is "a valuable resource for local officials and concerned citizens looking to stay updated on the commission’s work and other state and national rural affairs initiatives." 

October 3, 2012
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Reminder: DEC authorizes youth deer hunting season over Columbus Day weekend

A reminder from the state Department of Environmental Conservation:

Albany, N.Y.--The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that junior hunters ages 14-15 will be able to hunt deer during a special youth firearms deer season over Columbus Day Weekend this year, October 6 through October 8, 2012.

"Implementation of this youth deer hunt is a hallmark moment for New York hunters and represents continued efforts of DEC to engage more young people in nature and outdoor recreation," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

Read more HERE.

October 2, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 1, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, "An abundance of fall tourism"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the October 1, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 1, 2012
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