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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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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 27, 2014 ~ 'Give and take on many topics'

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, "Give and take on many topics"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 27th Corning Leader] 

January 27, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees begin public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch live now

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

Today's topic: Local government/General Government, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

January 27, 2014
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Statement to constituents from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara ~ on Governor Cuomo's January 17th comments on "The Capitol Pressroom" radio show

Governor Cuomo’s recent comments have proven extremely divisive and inflammatory. I’ve heard from many constituents who believe these statements reveal an intolerance toward the strong beliefs and principles they hold together with thousands upon thousands of “conservative” New Yorkers – many citizens, in fact, I’m proud to represent and work alongside to seek a better future for our children and grandchildren in Upstate New York where many of us were born, raised and still live our lives and try to raise our own families with the same sense of traditions and values. 

January 24, 2014
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O'Mara on Cuomo budget: good on spending control, tax cuts, upstate manufacturing and revisiting Common Core, but disappointed no change on future of Monterey Shock

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today highlighted key parts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-2015 state budget, including proposals to keep state government spending in check for the fourth consecutive year and launch an aggressive tax-cutting program aimed at creating upstate manufacturing  jobs. 

January 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 20, 2014 ~ 'Regulations keep upstate economy going nowhere'

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, "Regulations keep upstate economy going nowhere"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 21st Corning Leader] 

January 21, 2014
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CareFirst receives proceeds from last fall's Electronics Recycling Event

Elmira, N.Y., January 16—CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care) announced today that an Electronics Recycling Day held in Horseheads last October by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, has delivered more than $500 to help support the organization’s programs and services.

"A donation of this magnitude will make a significant impact on the quality of life for the local patients we are so honored to serve," says Mary Mosteller-Arnold, Development Coordinator for CareFirst. 

January 16, 2014
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O'Mara joins effort to enact 'Jobs for Heroes' to assist disabled vets, build on last year's Hire-a-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 15— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined a growing legislative effort this year to enact the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

January 15, 2014
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O'Mara joins call for massive effort to eliminate government red tape stifling job growth, says overregulation keeps upstate economy 'going nowhere'

Albany, N.Y., January 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today joined his colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to release a comprehensive regulatory reform report that they hope will help set the stage for one of New York’s largest-ever regulatory reform efforts this year.

The Senate report identifies more than 2,000 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses and manufacturers, large and small, at a competitive disadvantage.  

January 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 13, 2014 ~ 'More thoughts on Monterey, Common Core'

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, "More thoughts on Monterey, Common Core"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 13th Corning Leader] 

January 13, 2014
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