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Senator O'Mara statement on the retirement of Tom Weidemann, Executive Director of Elmira's Clemens Center

Elmira, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) issued the following statement today on the announcement that Thomas Weidemann, Executive Director of the Clemens Center in Elmira, will be retiring at the end of 2015:

January 28, 2015
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O'Mara welcomes DEC decision to lift decades-long ban on development of LNG for transportation

Albany, N.Y., January 28— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, welcomed today’s action by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt regulations authorizing the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities for transportation purposes.

January 28, 2015
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Legislature's fiscal committees begin public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget on Wednesday ~ Environmental Conservation examined today ~ Watch live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees begin a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings get underway on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Enivronmental Conservation

Watch Wednesday's hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

January 27, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 26, 2015 ~ 'All eyes (should) turn to the 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, "All eyes (should) turn to the budget"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 25th Corning Leader]

January 26, 2015
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O'Mara named new chairman of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, will also serve as a member on nine additional committees including Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation

Albany, N.Y., January 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), beginning his third term representing New York’s 58th Senate District, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

The appointment was announced today at the Capitol by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos.  Since 2011, O’Mara has headed the Senate Elections Committee.

January 22, 2015
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O'Mara on Cuomo budget: Not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.”  

January 21, 2015
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Governor Cuomo delivers State of the State, unveils 2015-16 state budget proposal at the Capitol today ~ Watch live beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State message to the Legislature today and, at the same time, unveils his proposed 2015-2016 state budget.

Watch the Governor's presentation live, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at http://www.ny.gov/

Afterwards, you can read more and find detailed budget information on the State Division of the Budget website: http://www.ny.gov/agencies/division-budget 

January 21, 2015
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Cuomo pits Upstate regions against each other in competition for economic development aid ~ O'Mara, others say much more needs to be done to turn around Upstate

In Rochester yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced an Upstate economic development competition that will pit seven Upstate regions against each other.  Under the governor's plan, three regions will ultimately share $1.5 billion in state assistance.

Senator O'Mara and other local and statewide leaders expressed some reservations in response to the Cuomo plan and pointed to the need to do much more to turn around the Upstate economy.

January 16, 2015
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New York State Remembers the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information on how New York State is paying tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance website.

 

January 15, 2015
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O'Mara continues to co-sponsor legislation to repeal NY SAFE Act ~ On two-year anniversary of bill's signing, local opposition remains strong

Elmira, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today announced that he is continuing to co-sponsor legislation in the Senate to repeal the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago today, on January 15, 2013.

O’Mara was one of 18 state senators who voted against the SAFE Act two years ago.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "Sen. O'Mara pushes for SAFE Act repeal"

January 15, 2015
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'Cuomo's support sought for completion of I-86 project' ~ O'Mara says completion of Interstate 86 is a critical step for the Southern Tier economy

"We need to do all and everything we can to put ourselves on the map and to encourage and foster economic growth and the job creation that comes with that," Senator O'Mara recently told the Star-Gazette. "The extension of I-86 to its completion, as was originally proposed, is important."

Read the full article, 'Cuomo's support sought for completion of I-86 project' 

January 15, 2015
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From the Ithaca Journal, 'Script readied for lakefront silent movie museum' ~ Senator O'Mara visits proposed Wharton Studio Museum to celebrate Ithaca's place in the history of silent movies in America

Ithaca, N.Y., January 12--Last Friday, State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) visited the proposed site of the Wharton Studio Museum in Stewart Park.

"I appreciated this opportunity to see firsthand yet another of Ithaca's ongoing contributions to cultural and historical celebration and preservation regionally, statewide and nationally," said O'Mara. "The proposed Wharton Studio Museum is an exciting endeavor to secure Ithaca's place in the history of silent movies and the American film industry overall. It's going to strengthen local tourism and establish a unique attraction for local residents and visitors alike."

January 12, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 12, 2015 ~ 'Overregulation keeps Upstate economy a downer'

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, "Overregulation keeps Upstate economy a downer"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 15th Corning Leader]

January 12, 2015
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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day ~ Friday, January 9, 2015 ~ Thank you for your service

Today, January 9, 2015, has been designated National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by the Fraternal Order of Police and other organizations across the nation.

Read more from WENY-TV, "National Law Enforcement Day"

Thank you for your service.

January 9, 2015
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Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss honors former, longtime Chemung County legislator for outstanding public service

Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss honored former, longtime Chemung County legislator Sidney Graubard of Horseheads for more than three decades of outstanding public service.

In the photo (courtesy of the Star-Gazette) above, from left to right, are: Sheriff Moss, Sidney Graubard, and Chemung County Undersheriff Bill Schrom.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "Former county lawmaker honored for service"

January 9, 2015
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January 7, 2015
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O'Mara will continue Senate offices in Elmira, Bath and Albany in 2015

Elmira, N.Y., January 6—To help kick off the new year in New York State government, which officially begins tomorrow at the Capitol, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2015 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

O’Mara is beginning his third consecutive, two-year term representing the state’s 58th Senate District encompassing all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).  

January 6, 2015
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Funeral services being held in Manhattan this morning for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

Former, three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo will be laid to rest today. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family.

Funeral services are being held, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan.

A livestream of today's funeral will be available here.

January 6, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 5, 2015 ~ 'Taking a closer look at police safety'

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, "Public safety in the new year"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 4th Corning Leader]

January 5, 2015
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Our thoughts and prayers on the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Cuomo and the Cuomo family on the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo at the age of 82. 

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January 1, 2015
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