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New York 'Open for Business' plans finalized: read the 10 blueprints for a region-by-region revitalization of the New York economy, and watch live presentations beginning on November 28th

One of the cornerstones of this year's New York State budget was the creation of 10 Regional Economic Development Councils that have been working over the past several months to develop locally based, short- and long-term strategies for economic growth and job creation.

November 15, 2011
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State funding will assist expansion projects for two Hornell-based industries

Hornell, N.Y., November 14—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) announced today that the city of Hornell will receive $600,000 in state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development funding to assist the expansion of two local industries.

November 15, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano will hold community meeting later today in Hornellsville

Hornell, N.Y., November 14—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today in Hornellsville (Steuben County).

Today's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hornellsville Town Hall (4 Park Avenue).

November 14, 2011
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A Veterans Day message from Senator O'Mara

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day 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 many shades of meaning.

November 10, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 31, 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..."

October 31, 2011
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'First no eye tests, now no road tests?' Senator O'Mara opposes DMV plan to close Steuben County road test sites

Bath, N.Y., October 27—In a strongly worded letter today to state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) urged the commissioner to scrap a plan to reduce the number of drivers’ road tests locations in Steuben County from three to one.

October 27, 2011
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More state leaders taking notice of Salient's ability to transform the Medicaid system

I’ve taken opportunity after opportunity over the past few years to promote the potential of powerful, cutting-edge data-mining software developed by the Horseheads-based Salient Corporation to transform the efficiency and effectiveness of New York State’s system of Medicaid – including s

October 26, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 24, 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..."

October 25, 2011
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Local woman receives nation's second-highest civilian honor -- watch White House ceremony, read statement from Senator O'Mara

Elmira, N.Y., October 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s awarding of the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, the Presidential Citizens Medal, to Camilla “Milly” Bloomquist of Yates County:

October 24, 2011
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Senator O'Mara named 'Eco-Star' by New York League of Conservation Voters

This week the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) named eight state lawmakers, including Senator O'Mara, as 2011 "Eco-Stars" for their "efforts to make New York State stronger, healthier and greener." 

October 19, 2011
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Read the New York Times on Finger Lakes wines

The New York Times recently ran a series of illuminating articles on the Finger Lakes wine industry.  See:

"Deep Lakes, Icy Climate, Great Wine" [October 11, 2011]

October 17, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 17, 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..."

October 17, 2011
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Senator O'Mara named to Farm Bureau 'Circle of Friends'

Albany, N.Y., October 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named as a member of the 2011 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture. 

October 14, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 10, 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..."

October 12, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano holding community meeting in Jasper (Steuben County) later today

Jasper, N.Y., October 11—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting in Jasper (Steuben County) later today.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Jasper Town Hall.

October 11, 2011
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O'Mara to Governor: Time is Now for Medicaid Takeover

Elmira, N.Y., October 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) strongly criticized today Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statements earlier this week that New York State can’t afford to take over the local cost of Medicaid and alleviate counties of their single-largest state-mandated expense.

October 8, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 3, 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..."

October 3, 2011
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Trio of area lawmakers opposes DMV move to eliminate eye tests

Elmira, N.Y., September 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today joined a chorus of opposition to a potential policy change by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that would do away with required eye tests as part of New York’s driver’s license renewal process.

September 30, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 25, 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..."

September 29, 2011
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