Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

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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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 53rd Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

Read more on the history of Thanksgiving, including President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3, 1789 and President Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3, 1863: "From the Archives: Thanksgiving with the Presidents."

November 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 19, 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, “Season of Giving”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 19, 2012 Corning Leader]

November 19, 2012
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Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 17, 2012 and concludes on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Read more details online at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Please keep safety in mind.

The beginning of deer season represents one of the most important economic cycles of the year.  Deer hunting is a mainstay of the regional and statewide recreational economy, by some estimates accounting for $2 billion economic activity and 28,000 jobs statewide.  Steuben County, for example, remains one of the premiere deer hunting destinations in the Northeast. 

November 15, 2012
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'Hundreds fill Corning football stadium for funeral service with full military honors'

Funeral services were held yesterday for Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne -- a fallen American hero killed in action earlier this month and brought home to Steuben County this week.

From the Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Hundreds fill Corning football stadium for funeral service with full military honors'

November 15, 2012
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November 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 12, 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 12, 2012
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Terrible days and nights: After Hurricane Sandy, yesterday's Nor'easter brings more wind, rain, snow and power outages to downstate region

While hundreds of thousands of our fellow New Yorkers were still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, yesterday's Nor'easter battered these communities again with more wind, rain, snow and power outages.

Read more in Long Island's Newsday, and the New York Daily News.

I simply can't say enough about all of the businesses, first responders, relief groups, volunteers and concerned citizens who continue to answer the call from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

November 8, 2012
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Statement from Sen. O'Mara on Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne -- Governor Cuomo directs flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of fallen soldiers

Corning, N.Y., November 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne of Steuben County, who was one of three upstate New York soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, November 3, 2012:

“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne.  Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country admirably and courageously.  I know that I join the residents of Steuben County and our entire region in mourning Ryan’s passing and in expressing our enduring gratitude and respect for his service, and the sacrifice and service of his fellow soldiers.”   

November 7, 2012
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Thank You

In a column at the beginning of this week I wrote, “Election Day will come and go.  Voters locally, statewide and across the nation will head to the polls and cast their ballots – and then it will be time again for public officials everywhere to roll up our sleeves and get back to the business at hand.”

November 7, 2012
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Election Day, November 6, 2012: Please remember to vote

Election Day, November 6, 2012: Please remember to vote.

The future of this Republic is in the hands of the American voter ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

November 6, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 5, 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, "The work begins again"

November 5, 2012
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Local volunteers assisting Hurricane Sandy rescue and recovery efforts

Our admiration, gratitude and pride go out to all of the local volunteers providing Hurricane Sandy emergency assistance, including the Bath Volunteer Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team and local American Red Cross volunteers -- read more on local Red Cross volunteers here.  

November 1, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 29, 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, "A hard line?"

 

October 30, 2012
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Stay updated on the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts


[Our admiration, gratitude and pride go out to all of the local volunteers providing Hurricane Sandy emergency assistance, including the Bath Volunteer Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team and local American Red Cross volunteers.]

From the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo:

Albany, N.Y.--CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY EFFORTS...

October 26, 2012
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O'Mara: New domestic violence law gives police and prosecutors, victims and families important new protections and tools

Albany, N.Y., October 26—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation unanimously approved by the Legislature earlier this year to strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws.

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) strongly supported and voted in favor of the measure (S.7638) when it was approved by the Senate in early June.

October 26, 2012
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