Thomas F. O'Mara

Top News

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 17, 2014 ~ 'A week of victories & close finishes'

 

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 week of victories & close finishes"

[see the attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 17th Corning Leader]

 

 

June 18, 2013
Read more...

O'Mara. community help celebrate longest continuously owned family farm in New York State

 

On Saturday in the town of Howard, Steuben County, Senator O'Mara joined members of the community to help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Howard Flats Farm -- the longest continuously owned family farm in New York State.

The dairy farm is currently operated by Phil and Juanita Bennett -- the fifth generation of the Bennett family to stay in farming, with the next generation ready to take over.

"This is a part of American history, a tradition that started 200 years ago with the Bennett family and now working on its sixth generation," O'Mara said at Saturday's community celebration.

June 17, 2013
Read more...

At Flag Day ceremony, O'Mara pays tribute to Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and WWII veteran

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14—To coincide with this year’s celebration of Flag Day across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today held a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall to formally induct Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

June 14, 2013
Read more...

O'Mara: Reports signal agreement on funding restoration for people with disabilities

Albany, N.Y., June 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released a statement on today’s news reports that the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo are working toward an agreement before the end of the legislative session next week to restore a $90-million cut in funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that was included in this year’s state budget.

June 13, 2013
Read more...

Senate approves anti-meth legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, targets meth labs

Albany, N.Y., June 13—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enhance the ability of local police and district attorneys to track and prosecute violations of restrictions on over-the-counter sales of cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

June 13, 2013
Read more...

O'Mara, colleagues move to end unfunded state mandates as part of comprehensive reform effort

Albany, N.Y., June 10--The State Senate today kicked off a comprehensive effort announced late last week to reform state rules, regulations and mandates by approving a series of relief measures including legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts.

The O’Mara-sponsored legislation was approved by the Senate by a vote of 51 to 9.

June 10, 2013
Read more...

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 10, 2013 ~ 'Are you getting the message?'

 

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, "Are you getting the message?"

June 10, 2013
Read more...

Congratulations to this year's 'Top Drawer 24' honorees!

 

Some of this region's finest young student-athlete-citizens were honored at last night's 8th Annual "Top Drawer 24" ceremony at the Watkins Glen State Park Pavilion.

Congratulations, and good luck.  Your futures are bright!

Read more...

[photo above by Don Romeo, from The Odessa File of Schuyler County]

June 7, 2013
Read more...

Just in time for summer, the long-awaited return of swimming at Stony Brook State Park!

 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced that the stream-fed swimming pool at Stony Brook State Park in Steuben County will reopen for the season on June 22. The pool has been closed since the end of the 2009 season due to water quality and clarity issues and budget constraints.

June 6, 2013
Read more...

NYS gets tougher on texting-while-driving (Updated)

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers, effective immediately, and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers.

Additionally, the governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban.  According to the governor's office, it will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer.

Read more... 

June 5, 2013
Read more...

Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of June 3, 2013 ~ 'Tax-Free NY, kind of'

 

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, "Tax-Free NY, kind of"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 3, 2013 Corning Leader]

June 3, 2013
Read more...

Senate approves 'Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund' ~ O'Mara co-sponsors legislation, calling it a 'wise investment in the future of upstate dairy farms'

 

Albany, N.Y., May 29—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

The legislation (S.1081/A.4021) passed the Senate by a vote of 60 to 1.

The proposed new loan fund, which would be administered by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), would provide state grants and low-interest loans to help dairy farmers undertake energy efficiency projects and purchase cutting-edge energy technologies.

May 30, 2013
Read more...

O'Mara, Chemung County Sheriff welcome Eiger, the county's new K-9 officer

 

Senator O'Mara welcomed the opportunity to help welcome "Eiger," Chemung County's new K-9 officer, to his new home at the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.   

"We're proud to have Eiger here," the senator said of the 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd, who was certified last week with his handler Deputy David Padgett as a narcotics and tracking team.

Read and watch more, "Chemung Sheriff shows off new K-9 officer"

May 28, 2013
Read more...

'Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Citizens from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions participated in numerous Memorial Day observances.

To read more, see the links below from the:

Corning Leader, "Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Elmira Star-Gazette, "Neighbors: Woodlawn Cemetery memorial in Elmira brings home significance of holiday"

May 28, 2013
Read more...

Memorial Day 2013

On this Memorial Day, a straightforward and heartfelt thank you to all of our veterans -- past and present.

I share some additional thoughts in this week's column, "It is altogether fitting and proper"

Read the column here: http://www.odessafile.com/government-OMara119th

May 27, 2013
Read more...

Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

 

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

    ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

There are many ceremonies, parades, and other observances taking place across the region to honor our veterans, past and present -- and to pay tribute to the brave men and women protecting and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms at this very moment.

See the links below for a listing of many of them:

May 22, 2013
Read more...

Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest ~ May 23-26, 2013

Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest -- a celebration of the Crystal City's glassmaking heritage -- takes place this year beginning on Thursday, May 23rd and running through Sunday, May 26th.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Corning's GlassFest opens Thursday" 

May 21, 2013
Read more...

Congratulations to this year's Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees

Congratulations to the 2013 Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees and, on behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our very best wishes to all of you for what promise to be bright and successful futures.

Read more, "Jack Lisi Youth Awards honor eight"

[photo above by Eric Wensel]

May 17, 2013
Read more...

From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, 'NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday'

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, is the deadline for New York State pistol owners to file the opt-out form to keep their information private.

Read more in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday"

More information HERE.

May 14, 2013
Read more...