Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

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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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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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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Legislature's joint budget conference committees meet again today ~ Watch Live

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 continue today with the reconvening of the Legislature's joint budget conference committees.

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 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 to welcome local Monterey Shock supporters at Albany protest rally today

Elmira, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara will meet local Monterey Shock supporters traveling by bus from the Southern Tier to Albany today for a Capitol rally to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shut down several correctional facilities this year, including the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.

March 10, 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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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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'Heroin addiction spikes in region' ~ Read more and find out where to get assistance

[UPDATE, March 17: Senator O'Mara joins new Senate Task Force on Heroin Addiction, read more HERE]

On this page throughout the past year, we've been steadily highlighting the resurgence of meth and the rise of heroin across the region. 

February 25, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column ~ for the week of February 23, 2014 ~ 'What are the early returns showing?'

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, "What are the early returns showing?"

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

February 24, 2014
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'Deputy Devin' joins Steuben County Sheriff's Office in memory of one of our fallen local heroes

Welcome to Deputy Devin, the newest member of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, and thank you to the Sgt. Devin A. Snyder Memorial Foundation for such a generous, meaningful and important addition to law enforcement and public safety across our communities.  

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The Leader, "New K-9 welcomed at Steuben Sheriff's Department"

February 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 17, 2014 ~ 'Truly a time to focus on American heroism'

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, "Truly a time to focus on American heroism"

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

February 18, 2014
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'High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca Town Hall' ~ Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Nojay meet with constituents later today at the Wayland Town Hall

Ithaca, N.Y. February 13—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) met with Tompkins County residents late yesterday at a community meeting at the Franziska Racker Centers, where the state's high tax burden and the widely criticized implementation of the new Common Core educational standards highlighted the evening's discussion.

Read more from WHCU radio, "High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca Town Hall" 

February 13, 2014
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O'Mara holding community meetings in Steuben, Tompkins counties this week

Elmira, N.Y., February 11—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today reminded area residents that he will hold community meetings later this week on:

> Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca (3226 Wilkins Road).  The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; and

> Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Wayland Town Hall (17 North Main Street) beginning at 5:30 p.m.  O'Mara will be joined by state Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Lakeview).

February 11, 2014
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