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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:

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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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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of June 18, 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, “Facts tell the story of I-STOP"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 18, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

June 18, 2012
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Senator O'Mara renews call for 'New Jobs-NY' after new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Study points to positive signs for New York turnaround

Albany, N.Y., June 16 —In the wake of a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranking New York as a top 10 state for “growth, productivity and livability,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) called upon the leadership of the State Assembly to approve legislation O’Mara co-sponsors to put in place a comprehensive economic development program called “New Jobs-NY.”

New Jobs-NY (S.7448) was recently approved by the Senate with strong, bipartisan support.

June 15, 2012
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O'Mara applauds agreement to bolster craft brewing industry, says action will create jobs and strengthen regional agriculture and tourism

Albany, N.Y., June 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) applauded today’s agreement between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and both houses of the Legislature to implement regulatory reforms and tax incentives to encourage the expansion of New York State's growing craft beer industry.

The measure has now been approved by the Senate.  It must be approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor before becoming law.

June 14, 2012
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Flag Day 2012

I'll be joining the Corning Elks Lodge #1071 for a Flag Day ceremony this evening.

Read more on the history of Flag Day...

June 14, 2012
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Legislature holds 2nd Annual 'Animal Advocacy Day' to raise awareness of animal cruelty issues

Albany, N.Y., June 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined many of his legislative colleagues at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 13th for the Legislature’s 2nd Annual “New York State Animal Advocacy Day” to raise awareness of animal cruelty issues and the need to strengthen New York’s animal protection laws.

June 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara says approved legislation gives police, prosecutors new tools to combat domestic violence

Albany, N.Y., June 12—The Legislature moved quickly today to approve a legislative agreement announced yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to significantly strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws.

Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted in favor of the legislation in the Senate (S7638), which was later approved by the Assembly and now goes to Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 12, 2012
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Senator O'Mara supports Legislature's approval of legislation to combat prescription drug abuse

Albany, N.Y., June 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted in favor of legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly late yesterday to make New York a national leader in combating prescription drug abuse.

The legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 12, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of June 11, 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, “New security for New York"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 12, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

June 11, 2012
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State Legislature okays designation of Seneca Lake Scenic Byway

Albany, N.Y., June 5—New York State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) to announce that the Legislature has given final approval to legislation they sponsor to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway.

The Senate approved the legislation in late March.  It was given final legislative approval late yesterday by the Assembly, where it was also cosponsored by Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats).

June 5, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of June 4, 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, “New York economy a mixed bag”

 

June 4, 2012
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

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

There are many ceremonies, parades, and other observances taking place across the region to honor our veterans, past and present -- and to pay tribute to the brave men and women protecting and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms at this very moment.

See the links below for a listing of many of them from the:

Elmira Star-Gazette

observer-review.com

May 25, 2012
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Senate approves 'New Jobs-NY'

Albany, N.Y., May 30 —The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact a comprehensive economic development program called “New Jobs-NY.”

The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 57 to 1.

May 23, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's May 22nd interview with Lee Rayburn on WHCU's Morning Newswatch

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Lee Rayburn on today's Morning Newswatch to discuss current state issues including proposals to increase the minimum wage, improve New York's business climate, and New York State government under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Listen here...

May 22, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of May 21, 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, “College affordability plan”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 21st Corning Leader]

 

May 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara honors Watkins Glen woman as one of Senate's 2012 'Women of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y., May 15—In Albany Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues paid tribute to Virginia Houseknecht of Watkins Glen, a long-time Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and leader in Schuyler County, and founder of the Southern Tier Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, as a 2012 “Woman of Distinction.”

May 15, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of May 14, 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, “Righting terrible wrongs”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 14th Corning Leader]

May 14, 2012
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Yates County senior volunteers

Albany, N.Y., May 8—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats)  welcomed John Moeller of Penn Yan and William “Bill” Wormuth, Sr. of Penn Yan to the State Capitol today as part of a Senior Citizens’ Day 2012 event in Albany sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

According to the state Office for the Aging, Senior Citizens' Day is celebrated in New York in conjunction with events across the nation during May to observe Older American's Month. Today’s event seeks to acknowledge the significant contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities. This year's event theme was "Honoring Those Who Help Others and Empower Their Communities."

May 9, 2012
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