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'State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano brief Steuben County legislators on upcoming state budget talks

In Bath yesterday, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano met with members of the Steuben County Legislature to discuss the upcoming negotiations over the 2015-2016 state budget.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget"

February 24, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 23, 2015 ~ 'Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 22nd Corning Leader]

February 23, 2015
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February 20, 2015
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O'Mara will serve as a member on Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases as regional fears continue to rise

Elmira, N.Y., February 18—As regional concerns about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have dramatically increased over the past few years, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will continue to serve as a member of the State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

February 18, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 16, 2015 ~ 'Acting on American heroism'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Acting on American heroism"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 18th Corning Leader]

February 17, 2015
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'Economic Forum speakers say NY needs to get out of way' ~ At Chemung County Chamber event, mood 'upbeat but tempered' on outlook for local economy

From the Star-Gazette:

"The Southern Tier is poised for a major economic comeback in the next five to 10 years, according to speakers at Thursday's annual economic forum in Elmira.  The biggest stumbling block to that recovery is New York state and its tax and economic policies, those same speakers believe."

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February 12, 2015
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O'Mara, colleagues say it's time to end Gap Elimination Adjustment for local school districts

Albany, N.Y., February 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority this week staked out one their key priorities for the new state budget: the complete elimination of the damaging and highly controversial Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has cost school districts locally and statewide billions of dollars in state aid over the past several years.

February 12, 2015
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Higher education under the spotlight at today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Higher Education (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 9, 2015 ~ "Cuomo's 'fix your own pipes' doesn't hold water"

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Fix your own pipes?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 8th Corning Leader]

February 9, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings continue today with a look at Gov. Cuomo's 2015-016 tax proposals, and proposals for economic development ~ Watch Live (Note: The economic development hearing is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.)

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Taxes (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and economic development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 9, 2015
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Recent anti-heroin forum in Dundee drew more than 100 residents ~ See an update on New York State's 'Combat Heroin' public awareness campaign

On January 28th in Dundee, more than 100 residents attended a community forum on the heroin crisis.

Read more about this forum on the observer-review.com, "Heroin forum: 'Cheap, addicting and deadly'"  

February 6, 2015
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Housing is the topic of today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Housing, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 5, 2015
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Human Services is the topic of today's legislative budget hearing in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees began a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will continue weekly until the end of February.

Today's Topic: Human Services, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Watch today's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 4, 2015
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Today, February 3, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of historic Eileen Collins space shuttle mission

Today, February 3, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of the historic space shuttle mission of Eileen M. Collins, a native of Elmira. 

On February 3, 1995, Eileen Collins became the first American woman to pilot a space shuttle, the Discovery.

Read more from WETM-TV, "20 Year Anniversary of Collins' Shuttle Mission"

February 3, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 2, 2015 ~ 'Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Marcellus Shale decision still echoing"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 1st Corning Leader]

February 2, 2015
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O'Mara questions Cuomo budget proposals for environmental conservation, Southern Tier agriculture

Albany, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today joined many of his Senate and Assembly colleagues at a joint, public hearing to examine Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposals for environmental conservation, agriculture and energy.

January 28, 2015
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Senator O'Mara statement on the retirement of Tom Weidemann, Executive Director of Elmira's Clemens Center

Elmira, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) issued the following statement today on the announcement that Thomas Weidemann, Executive Director of the Clemens Center in Elmira, will be retiring at the end of 2015:

January 28, 2015
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O'Mara welcomes DEC decision to lift decades-long ban on development of LNG for transportation, but says delayed decision arrives too late for one Southern Tier manufacturer (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., January 28— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, welcomed today’s action by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt regulations authorizing the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities for transportation purposes.

January 28, 2015
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Legislature's fiscal committees begin public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget on Wednesday ~ Environmental Conservation examined today ~ Watch live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees begin a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings get underway on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Enivronmental Conservation

Watch Wednesday's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

January 27, 2015
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