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March 31, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--focusing this week on the 2011-2012 state budget

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, 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..."

March 28, 2011
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Governor Cuomo and the Legislature announce agreement on the 2011-2012 state budget

Albany, N.Y., March 27—Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature late today announced an agreement on the 2011-2012 New York State budget.

March 27, 2011
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LOCAL VOICES

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed 2011-2012 state budget on February 1st and since then we've done our best to encourage local feedback on the potential impact of the governor's plan.

March 24, 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..."

March 21, 2011
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Senate budget: less spending, no new taxes, broader commitment to economic growth

Albany, N.Y., March 15— The New York State Senate approved today its version of a proposed 2011-2012 state budget and area Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said the cornerstones of the Senate plan will focus on a series of key priorities: no new or increased state taxes or fees, lower state spending, and a greater state emphasis on private-sector economic growth.

“We’re committed to a new state budget that addresses key short-term challenges and begins putting in place the foundation for long-term tax relief, job creation and a business climate that won’t be ranked, like it is today, as America’s worst.  We need to move New York in a new and better direction,” said O’Mara.

March 15, 2011
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Senate unveils annual Women's History Month exhibit, includes tribute to Eileen Collins

Albany, N.Y., March 14—As part of its annual March recognition of Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate is unveiling an exhibit today in the Legislative Office Building in Albany honoring “Women of Distinction” throughout New York’s history in the arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform.

State Senator Tom O’Mara said that the Senate exhibit features a tribute to the career and life of astronaut and Elmira native Eileen M. Collins.  The Senate first included Collins in its historical exhibit in 2007.

VIEW ENTIRE EXHIBIT [Note: Commander Collins is included in the exhibit's "Science & Technology" section, page 64]

March 14, 2011
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O'Mara releases results of online budget survey as Senate and Assembly prepare to release plans

Elmira, N.Y., March 13—“That single answer alone delivers a loud-and-clear local message that the state bureaucracy should be streamlined and made more cost effective for taxpayers,”  State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) said today as he released the results of his online survey on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-2012 proposed state budget showing 97% of the survey’s respondents support proposals to consolidate, restructure and reduce the cost of the state bureaucracy.

Read more in The Evening Tribune.

March 13, 2011
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Local GST BOCES student honored

Albany, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and State Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R-C, Big Flats) congratulated Joseph Barr of Montour Falls, who was among 20 adult education students from across New York State honored on Wednesday, March 9 by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

The organization’s 28th Annual Awards Ceremony and Legislative Forum was on Wednesday in Albany.  Barr, representing the Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, received a “Student of the Year 2011” award from the association.

[In the photo above, from left to right, are: Robin DeLong, GST BOCES Community Education Specialist, Assemblyman Friend, Joseph Barr, and Senator O’Mara.]

March 10, 2011
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to strengthen military voting signed into law

Albany, N.Y., March 9—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law today legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The occasion marks the first piece of legislation that O'Mara has sponsored as a member of the Senate that’s been signed into law.  Prior to his election to the Senate last November, O'Mara served as a state assemblyman for three consecutive terms beginning in 2004.

March 9, 2011
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Senate approves 'Recharge NY' to boost Upstate economy

Albany, N.Y., March 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues today to unanimously approve legislation to comprehensively reform and strengthen New York’s key economic development power initiatives --  the Power for Jobs and Energy Cost Savings Benefits programs – that provide low-cost electricity to businesses and manufacturers locally and statewide.

The legislation creating the new program, which would be called “Recharge NY,” has long been seen by  O’Mara and many other upstate legislators as critical to giving current and prospective manufacturers the long-term certainty and stability needed to attract them and the jobs they create to the upstate region.

March 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'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Redefining the state-local partnership"

March 7, 2011
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Legislature unanimously approves change to strengthen election process for military voters

Albany, N.Y., March 3—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.The Senate unanimously approved O’Mara’s legislation -- the occasion marking the first piece of legislation O'Mara has had approved as a state senator.

March 3, 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..."

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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