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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend reject Cuomo's proposal for free college for inmates, renew call to keep open Monterey Shock (UPDATED, Feb. 19th)

Elmira, N.Y., February 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide a free college education to state prisoners and again urged the Cuomo administration to reverse its decision to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County later this year.

February 18, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 17, 2014 ~ 'Truly a time to focus 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, "Truly a time to focus on American heroism"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 16th Corning Leader] 

February 18, 2014
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'High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca Town Hall' ~ Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Nojay meet with constituents later today at the Wayland Town Hall

Ithaca, N.Y. February 13—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) met with Tompkins County residents late yesterday at a community meeting at the Franziska Racker Centers, where the state's high tax burden and the widely criticized implementation of the new Common Core educational standards highlighted the evening's discussion.

Read more from WHCU radio, "High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca Town Hall" 

February 13, 2014
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O'Mara holding community meetings in Steuben, Tompkins counties this week

Elmira, N.Y., February 11—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today reminded area residents that he will hold community meetings later this week on:

> Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca (3226 Wilkins Road).  The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; and

> Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Wayland Town Hall (17 North Main Street) beginning at 5:30 p.m.  O'Mara will be joined by state Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Lakeview).

February 11, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's topics: Mental hygiene & workforce development

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topics for Tuesday, February 11th: Mental Hygiene, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Workforce Development, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 10, 2014 ~ 'Medicaid still not a bargain 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 still not a bargain for taxpayers"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 10th Corning Leader] 

 

February 10, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's Topics: Taxes & Economic Development

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topics for Monday, February 10th: Taxes, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Economic Development, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2014
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'National Wear Red Day' raises awareness of heart disease in women ~ Find out more here

For more than a decade, thanks to the efforts of the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women Campaign," the first Friday in February (which this year is today, February 7, 2014) has been designated "National Wear Red Day" to raise awareness and promote education over the fact that heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women.

Since 2003, National Wear Red Day has united millions to support efforts that have saved lives and improved the health of thousands upon thousands of women across America. 

February 7, 2014
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State Senate moving forward on creating 'Jobs for Heroes' ~ O'Mara co-sponsors legislation to assist disabled vets, build on last year's Hire-A-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., February 6— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, the State Senate is moving forward with legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to enact the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

February 7, 2014
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Senate approves 'Public Assistance Integrity Act' to prohibit abuses of public assistance benefits

Albany, N.Y., February 4—The State Senate today approved, with strong bipartisan support, legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact what’s called the “Public Assistance Integrity Act.”  The act would prohibit public assistance recipients from using their state-administered electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, or to use their EBT cards to make withdrawals from ATMs at liquor stores, casinos or adult entertainment facilities such as strip clubs.

February 4, 2014
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O'Mara says new Medicaid fraud recovery report highlights effectiveness of Salient data-mining technology; believes even more abuse, fraud and waste can be uncovered

Albany, N.Y., February 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that today's report from the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) that New York recouped more than $851 million in Medicaid fraud recoveries in 2013 is good news, and it highlights the effectiveness of data-mining fraud prevention software like that developed by the Horseheads-based Salient Management Company.

February 4, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's topics: Housing, and Human Services

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topics for Tuesday, February 4th: Housing, beginning at 9:30 a.m. & Human Services, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 4, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 3, 2014 ~ 'Great to be back in the Top 3'

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, "Great to be back in the Top 3"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 3rd Corning Leader] 

 

February 3, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Today's Topic: Health/Medicaid ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. topic for Monday, February 3rd: Health/Medicaid, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 3, 2014
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O'Mara: Senate moving forward with 'Public Assistance Integrity Act' to protect taxpayers from abuse of welfare benefits

Albany, N.Y., January 31—The State Senate is moving forward with legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to prohibit public assistance recipients from using their state-funded electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, or to use their EBT cards to make withdrawals from ATMs at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.

January 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's statement on the New York State dairy industry's move back into the nation's Top 3

Elmira, N.Y., January 30—State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Legislature’s joint, bipartisan Commission on Rural Resources, released the following statement on the announcement that New York State’s dairy industry is once again the third-largest producer of milk in the nation:

January 30, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings today on Governor Cuomo's 2014-2015 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live beginning at 10 a.m. ~ Today's Topic: Transportation

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topic for Thursday, January 30th: Transportation, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

January 29, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano holding a community meeting later today at the Erwin Town Hall

Corning, N.Y., January 30—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) today reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today at the Erwin Town Hall (310 Town Center Road, Painted Post).

Today's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.  

January 28, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live ~ Today's topic: Environmental Conservation

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topic for Wednesday, January 29th: Environmental Conservation, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

January 28, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topic for Tuesday, January 28th: Elementary and Secondary Education, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

 

January 27, 2014
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