Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

See the Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures

Albany, N.Y., July 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who serves as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, 10-member bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, today announced the online availability of the commission's Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures.

July 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 15, 2013 ~ 'Right direction, wrong decision'

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, "Right direction, wrong decision"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 15, 2013 Corning Leader]

July 15, 2013
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Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 12-14, 2013 ~ Find out more

One of the summer's highlights, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins on Friday, July 12th and runs through Sunday, July 14th.

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July 11, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on today's announcement of the closing of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Updated, July 11)

 

Elmira, N.Y., July 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by the Cuomo administration that it will close the Elmira Psychiatric Center, resulting in the potential loss of 250 local jobs, under a state Office of Mental Health (OMH) reorganization plan:

July 10, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 8, 2013 ~ 'Restoring a fundamental responsibility'

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, "Restoring a fundamental responsibility"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 8, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

July 8, 2013
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Independence Day 2013

My best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration.

Here's a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

Visit the state's 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

July 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 1, 2013 ~ 'A clear-eyed path to prevention'

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 clear-eyed path to prevention"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 1, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

July 1, 2013
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4th Annual Military & Veterans Appreciation Event at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, June 30, 2013

The 4th Annual Military & Veterans Appreciation Event will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Watkins Glen International in conjunction with this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.  Find out more...

Listen to event organizer Dawn Smith recently on Finger Lakes Radio.

 

June 27, 2013
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June 29 and 30 are free fishing days in New York State

From the observer-review.com, "June 29 and 30 are free fishing days in New York State"

For more information, including a listing of free fishing events statewide, visit the state Department of Environmental Conservation

June 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 24, 2013 ~ 'Grown in New York taking root'

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, "Grown in New York taking root"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 25, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

June 24, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues move to combat welfare abuses

Albany, N.Y., June 21—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” to prohibit public assistance recipients from using their cash assistance benefit to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, and to combat other abuses of the public welfare system.

June 21, 2013
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State Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway' in honor of fallen local soldier

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of  State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.” 

June 19, 2013
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O'Mara: Senate gives final OK to legislation restoring funding for people with developmental disabilities

Albany, N.Y., June 18—The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) 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 18, 2013
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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
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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
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On Flag Day, O'Mara will pay tribute to local WWII veteran at ceremony this afternoon

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14--On Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will hold a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall (261 Steuben Street, Painted Post) to induct Steuben County native and Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.  

June 14, 2013
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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!

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

June 7, 2013
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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.

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June 5, 2013
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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
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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
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