Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Legislation seeks to encourage conservation education

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate approved today legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to authorize local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) to undertake extensive public information and education programs.

May 10, 2011
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Purple Heart stamp another chance to promote national pride, O'Mara says

Albany, N.Y., May 5—The official unveiling and first-day issuance of the new Purple Heart Forever USA postage stamp takes place today at a ceremony on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is marking the occasion by noting that the effort to designate the stamp began in earnest in the New York State Senate over a decade ago.

May 5, 2011
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Senate acts to strengthen law against texting while driving

Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has approved legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.

May 4, 2011
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A victory for America

It’s a long-awaited, significant victory for America in the war against terrorism.  Most importantly, it’s a  meaningful opportunity for citizens locally and across the nation to honor the bravery, perseverance, service and sacrifice of our nation’s incredible servicemen and servicewomen.  And as we do, our thoughts and prayers, approaching the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, remain with the families of the victims of that terrible day.

May 2, 2011
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O'Mara: keep going with crackdown on government waste

Albany, N.Y., April 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) responded to today’s news reports that the Cuomo administration is uncovering “massive waste” in New York government by urging the administration to keep leading the way on turning the page on the state’s fiscal practices.

April 29, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

April 25, 2011
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Capitol Students

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) was joined at the Capitol recently by two area high school students who were among 30 students from across the state participating in the 11th Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State (LOWV).

[Read more in the Corning Leader, see attached file below]

April 20, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

April 11, 2011
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Senator O'Mara praises volunteer recruitment efforts planned for National Volunteer Week

Albany, N.Y., April 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a number of the region’s volunteer fire departments will hold Open Houses this weekend 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.

April 6, 2011
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New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

 

Albany, N.Y., April 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he’s currently seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame, an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.

April 5, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's column "From the Capitol..." for the week of April 4th

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers agree on, and we've already seen it with the recent adoption of this year's state budget.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

April 4, 2011
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The 2011-2012 New York State budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature announce the enactment of the 2011-2012 New York State budget early this morning.

Read the announcement here, and more details from the state Division of the Budget.

March 31, 2011
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Governor Cuomo and the Legislature announce agreement on the 2011-2012 state budget

Albany, N.Y., March 27—Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature late today announced an agreement on the 2011-2012 New York State budget.

March 27, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

March 21, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

March 18, 2011
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How You Can Help

The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the Japanese people in the wake of this devastating tragedy.  The people of New York have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of crisis.

March 16, 2011
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Senate unveils annual Women's History Month exhibit, includes tribute to Eileen Collins

Albany, N.Y., March 14—As part of its annual March recognition of Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate is unveiling an exhibit today in the Legislative Office Building in Albany honoring “Women of Distinction” throughout New York’s history in the arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform.

State Senator Tom O’Mara said that the Senate exhibit features a tribute to the career and life of astronaut and Elmira native Eileen M. Collins.  The Senate first included Collins in its historical exhibit in 2007.

VIEW ENTIRE EXHIBIT [Note: Commander Collins is included in the exhibit's "Science & Technology" section, page 64]

March 14, 2011
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to strengthen military voting signed into law

Albany, N.Y., March 9—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law today legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The occasion marks the first piece of legislation that O'Mara has sponsored as a member of the Senate that’s been signed into law.  Prior to his election to the Senate last November, O'Mara served as a state assemblyman for three consecutive terms beginning in 2004.

March 9, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Redefining the state-local partnership"

March 7, 2011
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