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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 31, 2014 ~ 'Acting for our wounded heroes'

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 for our wounded heroes"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 30th Corning Leader] 

March 31, 2014
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Senate approves 'Jobs for Heroes' program to assist disabled veterans

Albany, N.Y., March 24—Last year Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature enacted a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans.

Today, the New York State Senate unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) known as the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to build on last year’s tax credit and further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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O'Mara: Survey findings highlight need to address tax and regulatory challenges facing New York's manufacturers

Albany, N.Y., March 24 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said that the findings of a new study commissioned by two of the state’s leading manufacturing advocates – the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) – reveal that while nearly 70% of the state’s manufacturing executives remain optimistic about staying in business in the state, 60% of them also believe that the state’s business climate is headed in the wrong direction.

Nearly half (46%) of the business leaders polled as part of the new study pointed to high taxes as the greatest competitive obstacle they face.

March 24, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 24, 2014 ~ 'Responding to heroin's rise'

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, "Responding to heroin's rise"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 23rd Corning Leader] 

March 24, 2014
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Deadline for submitting a 'Women of Distinction' nomination is Monday, March 24, 2014

Elmira, N.Y., March 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the deadline for submitting a nomination for the Senate's 17th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities is next Monday, March 24, 2014.

March 20, 2014
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News and notes from March 15th O'Mara, Palmesano community meetings

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano held a round of community meetings across their legislative districts last Saturday, March 15th.  

Below are news reports on the meeetings from the:

The Chronicle-Express, "O'Mara, Palmesano: State should take over more costs"

observer-review.com, "State legislators address business, early voting"

March 19, 2014
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'74,000 trout need a lift to a Tier stream'

A pretty amazing place -- and event -- right in our own backyard, and there's an open invitation to volunteer.

At the Bath Fish Hatchery in Steuben County, hundreds of thousands of trout are being readied for transfer into Southern Tier lakes and streams.

March 18, 2014
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O'Mara serving on new Senate task force to examine growing heroin epidemic regionally, statewide

Albany, N.Y., March 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will serve as a member on the Senate Majority Coalition’s new Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The creation of the bipartisan task force was announced in Albany.  It arrives as local police departments, including many across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, continue to point to the alarming rise in the availability and use of heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

March 18, 2014
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O'Mara votes against legislation to provide state taxpayer-financed college tuition assistance to illegal aliens

Albany, N.Y., March 17—The State Senate today voted against legislation known as the “Dream Act” to provide state taxpayer-financed college tuition assistance to illegal aliens. 

Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) voted no on the legislation.

Following today’s vote, he released the following statement:

March 17, 2014
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Legislature's Joint Budget Conference Committee process gets underway today ~ Senator O'Mara named to Transportation, Economic Development conference committees

Now that both houses of the State Legislature -- the Senate, and the Assembly -- have approved their respective one-house budget resolutions, the stage has been set for final negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo on enacting the final 2014-15 state budget by the start of New York’s next fiscal year on April 1. 

The final stages of this year's budget adoption process get underway in earnest today with the convening of the Legislature's joint budget conference committeess.

March 17, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 17, 2014 ~ 'A toast to farming's future'

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, "A toast to farming's future"

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

March 17, 2014
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O'Mara: Senate budget stays focused on tax relief and job creation; rejects closure of Monterey Shock and prohibits use of taxpayer dollars for college for inmates

Albany, N.Y., March 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who served on the Senate’s budget subcommittee on economic development and taxes, said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, approved early this morning, includes job-creating tax cuts and regulatory reforms, while keeping a strict lid on state government spending.

March 14, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 10, 2014 ~ 'Did you hear about Women of Distinction'

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..." 

March 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's statement on the appointment of Cornell University President David Skorton to lead the Smithsonian Institution

Albany, N.Y., March 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on the announcement that Cornell University President David Skorton has been appointed as the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2015:

March 11, 2014
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O'Mara, other local, regional and statewide Second Amendment supporters address March 8th public rally in Horseheads organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen (UPDATED)

Elmira, N.Y., March 7--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss and a host of other area leaders and statewide Second Amendment defenders spoke at a public rally in Horseheads on Saturday, March 8th.

The rally at the Horseheads American Legion Post 442 drew was organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen and drew hundreds of supporters.

March 7, 2014
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O'Mara and Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—A group of nearly 100 state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

Local highway superintendents from every region of the state have  been in Albany this week as part of their “2014  ‘Local Roads Matter’ Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.” 

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara: Let's work to approve 'Compassionate Care Act'

Albany, N.Y., March 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will work with his Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, this session to gain legislative approval of the “Compassionate Care Act” – landmark legislation that would create the most tightly regulated, highly restrictive medical marijuana system in the nation.   

March 4, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 3, 2014 ~ 'March toward a new state budget'

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, "March toward a new state budget"

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

March 4, 2014
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