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Remembering September 11, 2001

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum have unveiled New York State’s official 9/11 Memorial Flag.  Read more…

Many local observances are scheduled for this weekend’s national observance.

September 7, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Scott

Elmira, N.Y., September 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Scott:

September 6, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of August 29, 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..."

August 29, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 22nd

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..."

August 22, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of August 8, 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..."

August 9, 2011
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Remembering former New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey

At the Capitol today, many veterans of New York State government are recalling the life and times of former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey, who passed away early yesterday at the age of 92.

Here's just a sampling of stories from the:

August 8, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of August 1, 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..."

August 1, 2011
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O'Mara: Region must 'stand out' in competition for state economic development resources

Elmira, N.Y., July 27—Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unveiling earlier today of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) expressed confidence that a region-wide team of business, community and economic development leaders will help the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions succeed in this new state-level competition for economic development resources.

July 27, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 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..."

July 25, 2011
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Outpouring of support for local Amish community

This week's tragedy in our local Amish community draws an outpouring of support.

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July 22, 2011
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Governor okays permanent rifle hunting seasons in area counties

Albany, N.Y., July 22–Legislation sponsored this legislative session by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) to permanently authorize rifle hunting in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 22, 2011
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July 21, 2011
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Next up? Jobs, jobs, jobs...

This year began with Governor Andrew Cuomo issuing an economic call to arms. 

The governor's call was soon followed by the approval of a new jobs plan by the State Senate.

July 20, 2011
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Governor Cuomo signs law to change presidential primary date

Albany, N.Y., July 19—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to move New York’s presidential primary election day from the first Tuesday in February to Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

July 19, 2011
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Governor okays legislation to strengthen law against texting while driving

Albany, N.Y., July 13—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on New York's and the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.

July 13, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano highlight rural legislation

Albany, N.Y., July 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning), each following their first session on the Legislature’s 10-member Commission on Rural Resources, said today that several pieces of the commission’s 2011 agenda were approved by the Senate and Assembly and are expected to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 12, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 11, 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..."

July 11, 2011
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Elmira native Eileen Collins, an American hero, reflects on today's final space shuttle launch.

It's always a welcome occasion for area residents to have the chance to see or hear from Elmira native and American hero Eileen Collins, one of our region's and the nation's most well-known and revered citizens.

July 8, 2011
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