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O'Mara: Senate will keep pushing 'New Jobs-NY' plan

Albany, N.Y.--Even with the ambitious and aggressive economic development initiatives included in the new state budget, the Senate Majority has renewed its call for the enactment of a jobs program it proposed earlier this session called "New Jobs-NY."

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues to renew their call for the enactment of the comprehensive economic development program.

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

April 9, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's April 2nd appearance on the WHCU (Ithaca) Morning Newswatch

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Geoff Dunn this morning on the WHCU Morning Newswatch to discuss the just-enacted New York State budget, and to look ahead at the remainder of the 2012 legislative session.

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April 2, 2012
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O'Mara: state budget includes funding to combat threat to Finger Lakes environment and economy

[April 2, 2012 Update: Listen here to Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane on WHCU radio]

March 28, 2012
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Senate approves Seneca Lake Scenic Byway

Albany, N.Y., March 28—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway.

March 28, 2012
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New state budget will ensure state DOT regional office in Hornell stays open

Albany, N.Y., March 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the final 2012-2013 New York State budget will keep all 11 of the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regional offices operating, including the Region 6 office in Hornell.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 executive budget proposal, which he released in January, called for reducing the number of DOT regional offices from 11 to 6.

March 26, 2012
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Legislature reaches key budget agreement on funding for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the Legislature’s joint budget conference committee on transportation has reached a key agreement that will maintain New York’s commitment to funding for local roads and bridges in the 2012-2013 state budget.

The CHIPS program provides the bulk of state aid to localities for the maintenance and improvement of local roads and bridges.

March 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 26, 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..."

March 26, 2012
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Senate-approved legislation targets auto insurance fraud

Albany, N.Y., March 22—The New York State Senate today approved legislation supported by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to combat the epidemic of fraud that plaques New York’s automobile insurance industry, drives up insurance rates for every state motorist and costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion annually.

March 22, 2012
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Senate unveils historical "Women of Distinction" exhibit -- including tribute to Tompkins County, Civil War-era nurse

Albany, N.Y., March 21—The State Senate has unveiled its annual tribute to “Women of Distinction” from throughout New York State’s history in Albany today as part of the ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month.

March 21, 2012
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Local GST BOCES student honored as 'Student of the Year'

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R-Big Flats) congratulated Sabrina Doty of Elmira, who was among 25 adult education students from across New York State honored on Wednesday, March 14 by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

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

March 19, 2012
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Watkins Glen High School students, teachers meet with Senator O'Mara in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 14—A group of nearly 30 students and teachers representing the Watkins Glen High School “Save Our Schools” movement made the trek to Albany on Wednesday, March 14th as part of a statewide Education Lobby Day.

March 14, 2012
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Legislature convening bipartisan budget conference committee process, O'Mara named to transportation committee

Albany, N.Y., March 13—Following yesterday’s approval of Senate and Assembly budget resolutions, the Legislature is convening today a joint, bipartisan budget conference committee process to begin public negotiations aimed at reaching legislative agreements on key segments of the 2012-2013 state budget.

March 13, 2012
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Senate sets stage for final state budget talks, calls for immediate takeover of growth in local Medicaid costs

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the Senate has approved a proposed state budget that accelerates Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for the state to take over future growth in local Medicaid costs.

March 12, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 12, 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..."

March 12, 2012
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Lawmakers compare notes on state budget: O'Mara and Palmesano meet with Yates County legislators

Penn Yan, N.Y., March 7--As state legislators have spent the past several weeks at the capital poring over the details and assessing the impact of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget, Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has also been meeting back home throughout his 53rd Senate District with concerned citizens, school superintendents, and many other local representatives, including county legislators.

March 7, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 5, 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..."

March 5, 2012
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