Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 13, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Combating invasive species"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 13, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

August 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 6, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 reminder: We know how to carry on"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 6, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

August 13, 2012
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Expansion of state's DNA databank goes into effect

Albany, N.Y., August 2—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the groundbreaking law expanding New York State's DNA databank by requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample is now effective.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that the State Legislature gave final approval to the expansion and it was signed into law by the governor earlier this year.  The expansion of the state's DNA databank is a move that law enforcement leaders locally and across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.

August 2, 2012
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'If you want to help storm recovery'

August 1st UPDATE:

From the Star-Gazette: "If you want to help storm recovery"

July 31st UPDATE:

From the Star-Gazette"Officials assess damage as normalcy returns" 

For additional storm updates, visit chemungcounty.com.

July 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 23, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Growing the economy, outdoors"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 23, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 23, 2012
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Read the latest edition of "Rural Futures"

Albany, N.Y., July 18—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, said today that the commission has recently published its Summer 2012 edition of Rural Futures.

O'Mara said that the commission periodically publishes Rural Futures as an informative roundup of rural affairs in New York and nationally, including updates on legislative efforts and initiatives in rural communities, as well as summaries for rural leaders and officials on grants, publications, useful websites and upcoming events.

The current Summer 2012 issue includes updates on:

July 18, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 16, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 track of rural New York"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 16, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 16, 2012
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"16th Finger Lakes Wine Festival Uncorks Tonight"

This weekend marks the 16th Annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival -- one of the region's outstanding summer events.

Listen on Finger Lakes Radio...

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And visit www.flwinefest.com for all of the details you need...

July 13, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview on WHCU's Morning News Watch

Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview this morning on WHCU radio's Morning News Watch with Lee Rayburn -- including an update on the senator's ongoing efforts to strengthen New York State's anti-meth laws.

Read more on Senator O'Mara's initiatives to prosecute and punish meth crimes as well as raise public awareness of the dangers here, and here.

July 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 great gift"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 9, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 9, 2012
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Independence Day 2012

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 new 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

Some safety reminders, and "How to properly display, fly the American Flag"

July 3, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 2, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Remember: summer goes fast"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 2, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 2, 2012
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O'Mara: Hammondsport's 'Coolest Small Town' celebration this weekend a great kickoff to summer in the Finger Lakes

Hammondsport, N.Y., June 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will join other area officials and community residents at tomorrow’s village-wide celebration of Hammondsport’s  designation as Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town 2012.”

“What a great way to help welcome another season of summer tourism in the Finger Lakes.  It took a fantastic, region-wide show of support to help Hammondsport rise to the top, and it’s a real tribute to one of our great Finger Lakes towns,” said O’Mara. “It helps remind the nation that the Finger Lakes region is alive and well, and still making unique and valuable contributions to America’s culture and economy.”

June 29, 2012
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Second round of Recharge NY power allocations benefit Southern Tier businesses, manufacturers

Albany, N.Y., June 28—State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said today that a number of Southern Tier businesses and manufacturers are among the 161 businesses and other organizations statewide being awarded more than 80 megawatts (MW) of lower-cost economic development power as part of the second round of allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.

June 28, 2012
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Senate approves legislation, co-sponsored by O'Mara, targeting meth makers

Albany, N.Y., June 27—The New York State Senate has approved legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), to restrict sales of over-the-counter cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

O’Mara, noting the dramatic rise in meth-related arrests and other incidents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions over the past year, said that the legislation targets the manufacturing of the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

June 27, 2012
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Area state lawmakers tout repeal of 'Ropes Law'--unfunded state mandate that forces rural, small fire departments to purchase unneeded equipment

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) have voted in favor of legislation, given final legislative approval, to eliminate the state’s one-size-fits-all “Ropes Law” for firefighter safety and allow local fire departments more flexibility to choose equipment that best meets the needs and conditions of their communities.

June 26, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of June 25, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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's next?"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 25, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

June 25, 2012
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Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara on the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s conclusion of the 2012 regular session of the New York State Legislature:

“We’re concluding what’s really been a two-year session cycle that has restored a spirit of cooperation and bipartisan action to Albany.  Most importantly, we’ve started building a stronger foundation for long-term growth throughout the upstate, private-sector economy. That’s the best news for our workers, families and communities.  

“This year’s session has concluded with a series of agreements and actions that address urgent issues like job creation, prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, care for people with special needs, and cyber bullying.

June 21, 2012
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Finger Lakes Wine Country

Featuring more than 9,000 acres of vineyards and 90 wineries, the Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of New York State's top attractions and a mainstay of the Empire State's world renowned wine industry.

Learn more at:

Fingerlakeswinecountry.com

Uncork New York!

And watch this great Finger Lakes Wine Country promotional video.

 

June 20, 2012
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Senate acts quickly to close dangerous loophole in state's child pornography laws

Albany, N.Y., Jnne 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today voted in favor of agreed-upon legislation to prohibit Internet access of child pornography.

In 1996, New York State enacted a law prohibiting the possession of child pornography. However, in a case decided on May 8, 2012, the New York Court of Appeals held that existing state law did not prohibit “accessing and viewing” child pornography on the Internet. The Court specifically invited the Legislature to amend state Penal Law to criminalize accessing child pornography with the intent to view it on the Internet.

June 19, 2012
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