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Senate approves expanded DNA databank, O'Mara co-sponsors 'modern-day crime-fighting tool'

Albany, N.Y., February 1—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) that leading law enforcement agencies across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.

February 1, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 30, 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..."

January 31, 2012
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Key Senate committee approves legislation to begin state takeover of local Medicaid costs

Elmira, N.Y., January 26—A key state Senate committee this week unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to begin a full state takeover of local Medicaid costs.

January 26, 2012
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Last day to vote online -- Hammondsport (Steuben County) tied for the lead in race for 'Coolest Small Town in America 2012' designation -- keep showing your support

Hammondsport, N.Y., January 31—On the final day of voting in Budget Travel magazine’s online competition to decide the “Coolest Small Town in America 2012,” Hammondsport (Steuben County) is tied for the lead.

Early this morning, Hammondsport and Beaufort, North Carolina had each gathered 34.9% of the vote.

January 24, 2012
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O'Mara poll: Is Cuomo budget plan headed in right direction?

Albany, N.Y., January 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) is giving residents of his 53rd Senate District an opportunity to weigh in on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 proposed state budget through a new “quick poll” on his website.

January 23, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 22, 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..."

January 23, 2012
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Watch today's legislative budget hearing live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees -- the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee -- have started a series of joint legislative hearings, 13 in all, on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing will examine the governor's proposals for aid to localities and general government operations.

January 23, 2012
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Friend hold community meeting in Montour Falls tomorrow, Elmira next week

Elmira, N.Y., January 19—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting in Montour Falls tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012.

January 19, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"-- for the week of January 16, 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..."

January 17, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's January 11th interviews on WHCU's "Morning Newswatch" and WLEA's "Newsmakers"

On Wednesday, in interviews with Ithaca's WHCU radio and Hornell's WLEA, Senator O’Mara discussed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent State of the State address and next week’s unveiling of the governor’s proposed 2012-2013 New York State budget.

Listen to WHCU's "Morning Newswatch."

January 12, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 9, 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..."

January 9, 2012
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O'Mara says governor's address sets stage for another productive session, but mandate relief needs more attention

Albany, N.Y., January 4— “We put down the foundation in 2011 for a long-term focus on property tax relief, less state spending and private-sector job growth.  We’ve started remaking and rebuilding state government in fundamental ways.  Now we need to keep building on this foundation of economic growth and fiscal responsibility in 2012,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State message to the Legislature.

January 4, 2012
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Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a safe and successful, meaningful and memorable New Year!

December 31, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 26, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

December 27, 2011
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My very best wishes to all of you throughout this holiday season

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

                            

December 22, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 19, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

December 20, 2011
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Rural Resources Commission unveils second edition of 'Rural Futures'

Albany, N.Y., December 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who earlier this year was appointed to serve as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, bipartisan  Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources, announced today that the commission's second edition of "Rural Futures" is currently available on his Senate website.

December 19, 2011
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Medicaid Redesign Team meeting today in Albany -- watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Cuomo administration's Medicaid Redesign Team meets again today in Albany to report on its recommendations for reforming New York State's system of Medicaid.

Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:00 a.m. (and scheduled to conclude at 4:00 p.m.)

December 13, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Friend holding community meeting in Horseheads later today

Horseheads, N.Y., December 12—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today in the village of Horseheads (Chemung County).

Today’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Horseheads Village Fire Department (134 N. Main Street).

December 12, 2011
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O'Mara: Regional councils will continue to develop plans, compete for jobs and economic development

Elmira, N.Y., December 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C-I, Big Flats) released the following statement after today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $49.4 million and the Finger Lakes region $68.8 million under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Regional Economic Development Council” initiative:

December 8, 2011
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