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Yates County fire, EMS volunteers honored

Yates County Emergency Services recently honored many of the local volunteers who contribute thousands of hours of service to communities across  the county.  In fact, they paid tribute to a total of 710 volunteers who gave 8,484 hours of training and service.

Congratulations -- and thank you -- to all of this year's honorees and special award recipients.

Read more in The Chronicle-Express, "Yates County Fire, EMS volunteers honored for training and service"

April 17, 2014
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ELMIRA AARP CHAPTER 276 ~ CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!

Elmira, N.Y., April 16--Earlier today at the Elmira Holiday Inn-Riverview, State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) helped celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Elmira Chapter 276 of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

The senator presented the group with a Legislative Resolution he sponsored in the Senate to mark the milestone, which was unanimously adopted by the full Senate on February 4, 2014.

April 16, 2014
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3rd Annual 'I Love My Park Day' on May 3rd (Updated)

Elmira, N.Y., May 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 3rd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at state parks and historic sites across New York, including events at several local sites. 

The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system.

April 16, 2014
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Local municipalities see boost in state support for local roads, bridges

Elmira, N.Y., April 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) said today that area counties, cities, towns and villages will receive increases in state funding for local roads and bridges under the recently enacted 2014-15 New York State budget. 

April 11, 2014
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Area state legislators continue to sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Elmira, N.Y., April 10—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week this week,  State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 10, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 7, 2014 ~ 'Rarely a perfect budget season'

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..." 

April 7, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend continue to criticize Cuomo administration decision to close Monterey Shock

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for refusing to renegotiate his administration’s plan to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility later this year.

The final 2014-15 state budget agreed upon by Cuomo and legislative leaders, and being acted on today by both the Senate and Assembly, does not contain funding to keep Monterey open. 

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara says new state budget includes beginnings of Senate's 'Young Farmers NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today that the 2014-15 state budget will include key provisions of a comprehensive “Young Farmers NY” program he and his Senate colleagues unveiled earlier this year.

The “Young Farmers NY” strategy, which O’Mara co-sponsors, combines financial and educational initiatives and incentives aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara on budget highs (and lows): Important tax cuts and beginning of 'Young Farmers NY' strategy, but falling short on mandate relief and saving Monterey

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that highlights of the final 2014-15 New York State budget include key tax cuts for upstate manufacturers and keeping state spending growth under two percent for the fourth consecutive year.

O’Mara also praised the budget for including key provisions of a “Young Farmers NY” strategy he  co-sponsors in the Senate that was unveiled earlier this year.

March 31, 2014
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Senate, Assembly begin enacting the 2014-2015 New York State budget -- watch the Senate debates live

Albany, N.Y., March 31--Throughout the day today, the State Senate and Assembly will be debating and voting on the separate pieces of legislation that, together, will constitute the 2014-2015 New York State budget.

The Senate convened today's session shortly after Noon.

You can watch today's session live at http://www.nysenate.gov/live_today

March 31, 2014
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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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