Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

O'Mara to constituents: Stay in touch throughout the new year

Elmira, N.Y., January 3—To help kick off the new year in New York State government,  which officially begins next Wednesday in Albany with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State message to the Legislature, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2013 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

While last year’s legislative redistricting process, which occurs once every 10 years following the new Census, changed the numerical and geographical configuration of New York’s Senate and Assembly districts statewide beginning on January 1, 2013, the only change for O’Mara’s Senate District is the change from the 53rd to the 58th Senate District. 

January 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 1, 2013 ~ 'Year's End, and Beginning'

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, "Year's End, and Beginning"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 31, 2012 Corning Leader]

January 2, 2013
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Happy New Year

My very best wishes for a safe, successful and meaningful 2013.

December 31, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 17, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

December 27, 2012
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Season's Greetings

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful, and a memorable holiday season.

December 24, 2012
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Southern Tier, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils recognized for 'best plans'

Albany, N.Y., December 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) applauded today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $91.1 million and the Finger Lakes region $96.2 million under the second round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.

O’Mara noted that the Southern Tier and Fingers Lakes each were recognized as a “Best Plan Awardee” in this year’s competition.

December 19, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 17, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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, "Agriculture in the new year"

[see copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 20th Corning Leader]

 

December 18, 2012
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Our hearts, and our prayers, are with you...

Our hearts, and our prayers, are with you…

December 16, 2012
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Elmira, N.Y., December 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

“On behalf of all of the residents of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, our thoughts and deepest expressions of sympathy go out to the people of Connecticut on this heartbreaking day.  It’s senseless and terrible, and our most heartfelt prayers will remain with the victims, the families and the entire community of Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

 

December 14, 2012
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Department of Environmental Conservation opens new public comment period on revised Marcellus Shale regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program -- including the latest public comment period opening today and continuing through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013.

Find more information, including how to submit comments on the revised regulations, HERE.

Read more in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

December 12, 2012
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State announces more than 74,000 job openings posted on Jobs Express website

From the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Jobs Express, a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, currently has more than 74,000 job openings available.

The site has helped more than 59,000 individuals find work since its October 2011 launch. As extended unemployment benefits expire for thousands of New Yorkers this month, the Governor urges long-term unemployed, now more than ever, to apply for these jobs.

December 11, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 10, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

December 10, 2012
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Seasons greetings throughout the Finger Lakes region this weekend

There's more than a stocking full of holiday events in villages across the Finger Lakes region this weekend.

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And don't forget the 2012 Winter Festival continues through Sunday in downtown Ithaca, including the Chowder Cup on Saturday.

Enjoy!

December 7, 2012
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Remembering Pearl Harbor ~ December 7, 1941

Remembering Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 1941 -- with reflections

from the Elmira Star-Gazette

 and the Associated Press.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 901 at 113 Keefe St. on Elmira’s Southside will hold an observance event at 11 a.m. today to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. The public is welcome.

 

 

December 7, 2012
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Governor Cuomo visits the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (UPDATED, December 6th)

In Binghamton today, Governor Andrew Cuomo met with members of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

Watch a portion of today's event here.

Read more here.

[UPDATE, December 6: Some kind -- and hopeful -- words for the Southern Tier from Governor Cuomo]

December 5, 2012
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'Christmas came early for one local veteran' -- watch and read more here

A great gathering yesterday in Erin in support of a local wounded veteran, Army Sgt. Robert Costley.

From WENY-TV: "Christmas came early for one local veteran."  Watch the full WENY newcast here.

Watch more on WETM-TV.

And read more in today's Corning Leader.

December 3, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 3, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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, "Post-Sandy New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 3, 2012 Corning Leader]

December 3, 2012
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From the November 28th Ithaca Journal: 'Montour Falls making a comeback'

From the November 28th Ithaca Journal:  "Once the seat of government for Schuyler County, Montour Falls, a village of 1,750 people, is making a dramatic commercial and tourism comeback, recalling its glory days as the hub of canal- and railroad-based commerce for the entire area."

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November 28, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 25, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

November 25, 2012
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