Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 16, 2014 ~ 'The politics of heroin?'

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 politics of heroin?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 15th Corning Leader] 

June 16, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's call to step up efforts to combat heroin, urges Assembly to follow Senate's lead on anti-heroin legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara  (R,C-Big Flats) today welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for increased state and local efforts to combat the growing heroin crisis locally and statewide, and took the opportunity to urge state Assembly leaders to act quickly on a package of anti-heroin legislation O’Mara co-sponsors that the Senate approved on Monday. 

June 12, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 9, 2014 ~ 'Can we keep these farms going?'

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, "Can we keep these farms going?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 8th Corning Leader] 

June 9, 2014
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National Spelling Bee co-champ Sriram Hathwar appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live ~ Watch it Here

Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

Watch it here...

June 6, 2014
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Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion

"On this D-Day Anniversary, thank you to all of the veterans of World War II for your service, and your sacrifice."

~ New York State Senator Tom O'Mara

 

Read more from the New York State Senate here... 

June 5, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 2, 2014 ~ 'Getting serious about heroin'

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, "Getting serious about heroin"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 1st Corning Leader] 

June 2, 2014
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On behalf of the 58th Senate District, our condolences to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner, who so clearly and proudly represented the highest ideals, principles and values of the New York State Police.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "State Trooper remembered as a man who put safety first"

May 30, 2014
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Congratulations to 14-year-old Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post (r.), this year's National Spelling Bee co-champion!

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, congratulations to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, co-champion of the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee!ead more in:

The Leader, "'A dream come true': Hathwar wins National Spelling Bee"

Star-Gazette, "Painted Post lad finishes Spelling Bee as co-champion"

May 30, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues on Senate Task Force on Heroin issue report, legislative recommendations to address heroin crisis (Updated, May 29th)

[Update, May 29, 2014: Read and watch more in The Leader and on WENY-TV] 

Albany, N.Y., May 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to issue a report and unveil a set of legislative recommendations in response to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

May 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 26, 2014 ~ 'In memory of our veterans'

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, "In memory of our veterans"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 25th Corning Leader] 

May 27, 2014
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. 

   ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2014
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WFLR to broadcast tonight's flood victim assistance meeting from Penn Yan Middle School, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

WFLR 96.9 / 101.9 FM and 1570 AM will broadcast tonight's informational meeting from the Penn Yan Middle School auditorium regarding last week's flooding and recovery efforts in Yates County.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. 

For more information and to listen online, click HERE...

May 19, 2014
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State of Emergency declared in Yates County (Updated: May 19th informational meeting scheduled; 'Donations & Volunteers'; and a new 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide')

[UPDATE, May 19: WFLR will broadcast tonight's informational meeting live beginning at 7, find out more and listen HERE]

[UPDATE, May 19: Informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m., read more HERE]

[UPDATE, May 16: The Institute for Human Services, Inc. has released a 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide']

May 14, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 12, 2014 ~ 'Raising a glass to success'

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, "Raising a glass to success"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 11th Corning Leader] 

May 12, 2014
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 4, 2014 ~ 'No hiding from twin drug plagues'

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 hiding from twin drug plagues"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 4th Corning Leader] 

May 5, 2014
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Listen to Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblyman Bill Nojay on WLEA radio in Hornell

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano appeared together on WLEA radio's "Top Story with Brian O'Neil" on Saturday, April 26th to discuss a number of current topics, including New York State's ongoing efforts to cut taxes and improve the state's overall economic climate for farmers, manufacturers, small business owners and others.

Listen to Saturday's interview HERE...

The O'Mara-Palmesano segment is followed by an interview with Assemblyman Bill Nojay.

April 29, 2014
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Happy Easter!

My sincerest best wishes to all of you for a meaningful Easter weekend in the company of your families, friends and neighbors.

April 17, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 7, 2014 ~ 'Rarely a perfect budget season'

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..." 

April 7, 2014
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Senate, Assembly begin enacting the 2014-2015 New York State budget -- watch the Senate debates live

Albany, N.Y., March 31--Throughout the day today, the State Senate and Assembly will be debating and voting on the separate pieces of legislation that, together, will constitute the 2014-2015 New York State budget.

The Senate convened today's session shortly after Noon.

You can watch today's session live at http://www.nysenate.gov/live_today

March 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 31, 2014 ~ 'Acting for our wounded heroes'

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, "Acting for our wounded heroes"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 30th Corning Leader] 

March 31, 2014
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