Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 30, 2015 ~ 'Developing a workforce, and some new thinking'

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, "Developing a workforce, and some new thinking"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 29th Corning Leader]

March 30, 2015
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Breaking News: St. James Mercy Hospital receives critical transition funding ~ Listen to Sen. O'Mara's reaction on AM 1480 WLEA

below from the March 27th Hornell Evening Tribune:

HORNELL — St. James Mercy Hospital has been awarded $7.5 million under the Health Facility Restructuring Loan (HFRL) program.

The interest-free loan, which is jointly administered by the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY) and the New York State Department of Health, will allow the hospital to continue providing services after March. St. James Mercy Hospital has been relying on funding under the Interim Access assurance Fund (IAAF) since July 1, 2014.

March 27, 2015
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Trout and salmon season opens Wednesday, April 1 ~ A few reminders and other information for anglers

Trout and salmon fishing season opens on Wednedsay, April 1st.

For reminders and other information on fishing forecasts and conditions, licenses, regulations, stocking, access, and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, click HERE.

Here's to a great season for all angler

March 27, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 23, 2015 ~ 'Rainbow trout, maple syrup and the EPF'

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, "Rainbow trout, maple syrup and the EPF"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 22nd Corning Leader]

March 23, 2015
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Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest hosts a New York Maple Weekend event this weekend, March 21 and 22 ~ Find out more

The Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest in the town of Cayuta will host a New York Maple Weekend event this Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd.

Read more HERE.

And in the Star-Gazette, "Sap ready to run at Arnot Forest"

For additional information on upcoming New York Maple Weekend events, visit www.nysmaple.com.

 

March 20, 2015
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O'Mara and Palmesano: Keep voting for Watkins Glen State Park ~ 'America's Best State Park' online competition ends on Monday, March 30th ~ Vote Here

Watkins Glen, N.Y.—With USA Today’s  online competition to decide “America’s Best State Park” set to end on Monday, March 30th, Watkins Glen State Park in  Schuyler County is currently running in 3rd Place out of 20 nationwide finalists for the 2015 designation.

March 20, 2015
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Yes, spring will arrive: read more from the Corning Leader & Elmira Star-Gazette, 'Here come the trout'

You wouldn't know it by looking outside, but Friday is the official first day of Spring.

On Monday, along Catharine Creek between Montour Falls and Millport, the signs of a new season were promising.

Read more in the Corning Leader, "DEC biologist: Trout fishing looking good for opening day"

March 17, 2015
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Erin go Bragh ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My very best wishes to all of you on this greatest of days, St. Patrick's Day.

                 -- NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

March 16, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 16, 2015 ~ 'An upside-down view on local roads'

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, "An upside-down view on local roads"

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

March 16, 2015
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Senate unveils historical Women's History Month exhibit ~ Elmira native and astronaut Eileen M. Collins honored along with Tompkins County native and Civil War nurse Susan E. Hall ~ View the exhibit online

Albany, N.Y., March 12—As part of its annual March recognition of Women’s History Month, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats)and his Senate colleagues have unveiled an exhibit in the Legislative Office Building in Albany honoring “Women of Distinction” throughout New York State’s history in the arts, sciences, government, military, labor, education, and social reform.

March 12, 2015
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O'Mara addresses environmental groups in Albany ~ highlights conservation legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt ~ 'Responsible government, balanced decisions'

Albany, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, yesterday addressed the representatives of more than 100 environmental, conservation, recreational and community organizations who were at the Capitol to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to include a stronger state commitment to conservation funding in the new state budget.

March 10, 2015
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Let's make Watkins Glen State Park the 'Best State Park in America' ~ Vote now in USA Today's 2015 Reader's Choice Award Contest ~ Help put the Finger Lakes region on the national map once again!

Watkins Glen State Park has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the USA Today 2015 Reader's Choice Award contest for the Best State Park in the United States.

This year's finalists have been chosen from among 6,000 state parks across America.

The online voting contest is running until Monday, March 30, 2015.

You can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device that you have.

March 9, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 9, 2015 ~ 'Keeping it Grown in New York'

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, "Keeping it 'Grown in New York'"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 8th Corning Leader]

March 9, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 2, 2015 ~ 'Heroin and meth still in the news'

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, "Heroin and meth still in the news"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 1st Corning Leader]

March 2, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings conclude today with a look at the Mental Health and Workforce Development segments of the Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees today will conclude its public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

February 276th Topics: Mental Health (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Workforce Development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 27, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings resume Wednesday ~ Local government officials will make their case in Albany ~ Watch Live

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

The hearings will conclude on February 27th.

February 25th Topic: Local Government/General Government (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 24, 2015
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'State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano brief Steuben County legislators on upcoming state budget talks

In Bath yesterday, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano met with members of the Steuben County Legislature to discuss the upcoming negotiations over the 2015-2016 state budget.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "State officials: Cuomo not easy to work with on budget"

February 24, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 23, 2015 ~ 'Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers'

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, "Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 22nd Corning Leader]

February 23, 2015
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February 20, 2015
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