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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

This week,  "Click here for the future"

February 28, 2011
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Governor Cuomo's "Medicaid Redesign Team" Approves Short-Term Recommendations

Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Medicaid Redesign Team" approved a series of reform recommendations late yesterday.

Review the details of the recommendations.

February 25, 2011
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Senate approves legislation clearing way for emergency responses

Albany, N.Y., February 15—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their personal vehicles and to use the AEDs to respond to emergencies during their off-duty hours.

Current state law doesn’t allow off-duty EMTs to possess and use the life-saving devices unless they’re specifically licensed as a public access defibrillator provider – a time-consuming and state-imposed expense that O’Mara said doesn’t make any sense. 

February 16, 2011
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O'Mara applauds local broadband expansion initiative (updated, February 15th)

Elmira, N.Y., February 14—The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) announced today the beginning of a $12.2-million broadband development project that will construct an optical fiber broadband network across Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties and expand regional access to high-speed Internet services.

[see attached copy below of today's story in the Corning Leader ]

February 14, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.

February 14, 2011
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Legislature reaches first agreement on state budget, will hold public negotiating sessions

Albany, N.Y., February 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed a legislative agreement that will ensure the 2011-2012 state budget adoption process includes the use of joint, bipartisan Senate-Assembly budget conference committees.

February 11, 2011
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Senator O'Mara meets with area youth reps

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C,Big Flats) met in Albany on Tuesday with representatives of the Chemung County Youth Bureau and the Horseheads Youth Bureau.

The area representatives visited the Capitol as part of a gathering of youth development leaders from across New York State. 

February 8, 2011
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Legislature's fiscal committees unveil early look at Governor Cuomo's budget

The Senate and Assembly have released their respective fiscal reviews of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2011-2012 state budget. 

Click here for the Senate Finance Committee analysis.

February 8, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'M

February 7, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's online poll: Is Cuomo budget plan headed in right direction?

Albany, N.Y.—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 2011-2012 proposed state budget through a new online poll. 

February 4, 2011
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First Step? Start Doing Away With Nation's Highest Property Tax Burden

Albany, N.Y., January 31—The New York State Senate has approved legislation that would allow New York to join 43 other states that have put a cap on school and local government property tax increases.

[Watch Senator O'Mara's remarks in support of the measure during debate in the Senate Chamber]

February 1, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'M

January 31, 2011
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Steuben County League of Women Voters Seeks Student Applicants

Albany, N.Y., January 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that the Steuben County League of Women Voters is currently accepting applications from area high school students interested in participating in the 11th  Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State.

January 26, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's Online Poll: Is Senate on right track with new jobs plan?

Albany, N.Y., January 25—The State Senate has kicked off the 2011 legislative session with the approval of a new job creation and tax relief strategy being called the “Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act.”

January 25, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

January 24, 2011
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Senator O'Mara comments on the Senate's new Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y., January 19—The New York State Senate approved a legislative package today that will be co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C,Big Flats) calling for a new, comprehensive job creation, spending control, and tax incentive strategy as a way to help New York climb out of its current economic crisis.

January 19, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It’s going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that’s one thing most Albany observers already agree on.   The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O’Mara  will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.&

January 18, 2011
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