Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

New York's first-ever Tourism Summit on tap in Albany today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosts the state's first-ever Tourism Summit at the Capitol today.

Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

May 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Yahoo! Travel's latest spotlight on the Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., May 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on this week's announcement that Yahoo! Travel has named the Finger Lakes alongside some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions as “Lakeside vacations that have it all”:

“The Finger Lakes region has long been proud of our reputation as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.  This latest reaffirmation by Yahoo! of the quality of the Finger Lakes region’s natural beauty, hospitality, family friendliness, food and wine, and parks and trails is outstanding news.  It shows that our traditions of excellence carry on and contribute to a way of life that’s on par with so many of the world’s great places.”

May 3, 2013
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Congratulations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier!

Elmira, N.Y., May 1—Congratulations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and thank you to all of the area residents who supported the food bank by voting online throughout the month of April in the Walmart Foundation-sponsored “Fighting Hunger Together” contest.

Since April 1st, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been competing with regional food banks across the country in the online voting contest and, today, is one of the Top 40 food banks that will receive a $45,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

May 1, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's statement on a prestigious recognition for Finger Lakes Distilling in Schuyler County

Albany, N.Y., April 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Finger Lakes Distilling, a farm distillery in Burdett (Schuyler County), will be one of 24 New York State distilleries participating in the prestigious Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 17, 2013 in New York City:

April 30, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's weekend interview on WLEA radio in Hornell

Senator O'Mara joined WLEA's Brian O'Neil for a taping of his weekly weekend radio interview, "Connections." 

This show's topics included the NY SAFE Act and an upcoming public hearing Senator O'Mara's holding to examine New York City's system of taxpayer-financed campaigns.  Senator O'Mara chairs the Senate Elections Committee. Listen to the April 27th interview HERE.

April 29, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 29, 2013 ~ 'This and that around NY 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, "This and that around NY government"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 29, 2013 Corning Leader]

April 29, 2013
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April 28, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes announcement that Corning Inc. will expand diesel facility in Steuben County, create jobs

Corning, N.Y., April 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Corning Incorporated will invest $250 million and expand its diesel plant in the town of Erwin: 

April 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 22, 2013 ~ 'What would we do without them?'

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 would we do without them?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 23, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 23, 2013
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O'Mara reminds area residents that 'I Love My Park Day' this Saturday, May 4th offers volunteer opportunities

Elmira, N.Y. May 2 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 2nd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place this Saturday, May 4, 2013 and will include events at two local sites.

The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system.

April 22, 2013
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Many area volunteer fire departments holding open houses as part of 'Recruit NY' on April 27-28 ~ See list of local events planned

Elmira, N.Y., April 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that volunteer fire departments across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will hold Open Houses on the weekend of April 27-28 as part of “Recruit NY,” a statewide initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the state Association of Fire Chiefs and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The event is coordinated by FASNY to coincide with this year's observance of National Volunteer Week from April 21-27.

O'Mara praised the upcoming Recruit NY effort.

April 19, 2013
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'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those in the city of Boston.

From this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

From today's Ithaca Journal: 'Ithaca's runners out of harm's way in Boston Marathon blasts'

April 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 15, 2013 ~ 'Trail of meth keeps growing'

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, "Trail of meth keeps growing"

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

 

April 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 8, 2013 ~ 'Challenge after challenge still ahead'

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, "Challenge after challenge still ahead"

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

 

April 8, 2013
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O'Mara on new legislation: No more unfunded state mandates out of Albany

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts.

Specifically the legislation (S.1294/A.4861), which has bipartisan sponsorship in the Legislature and is co-sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning), would ban the imposition of any future state mandates on local governments and school districts that are not accompanied by state funding to localities to pay for delivering the required programs and services.

April 4, 2013
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Local nominations for the Senate's 16th annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute due by this Friday

Elmira, N.Y., April 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara today reminded area residents that nominations are due by this Friday, April 5, 2013, for the Senate's 16th "Women of Distinction" tribute.

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April 2, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 1, 2013 ~ 'No shortage of budget reactions'

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, "No shortage of budget reactions"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 30, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 1, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes cut to state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities

Albany, N.Y., March 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to more fully roll back his cut to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in the final 2013-14 state budget.

O’Mara said that both the Senate and Assembly had called for rejecting and fully restoring the governor’s proposed $120 million or six-percent, across-the-board reduction to OPWDD – the lead state agency overseeing state assistance to programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

March 27, 2013
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Senate completes action on new state budget early this morning, Assembly to follow on Thursday ~ Find more information and share your own early reaction through Senator O'Mara's latest online poll

Earlier this morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the New York State Senate completed its action on the 2013-14 state budget.

Members of the Assembly are scheduled to return to Albany on Thursday to give final legislative approval to this year's new fiscal plan, which will then be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law -- representing New York's third consecutive on-time budget.

Find more detailed budget information HERE.

Share your own early reaction HERE.

March 27, 2013
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Senate set to act on final pieces of 2013-14 New York State budget ~ Watch Live

The Senate will be in session this evening and into tomorrow morning to enact the final pieces of this year's state budget. 

The Assembly is scheduled to complete action on the budget on Thursday.

Watch the Senate session live.

March 26, 2013
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