Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Independence Day 2011

My best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration.

And a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

July 4, 2011
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State DEC unveils new report on future of Marcellus Shale

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will unveil later today a new report on the future of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

Read the June 30 DEC news release.

July 1, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 27, 2011

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..."

June 27, 2011
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Legislature gives unanimous, bipartisan approval to legislation to restrict protests at military funerals

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate gave final, unanimous legislative approval last night to legislation co-sponsored by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow the state and local governments to restrict protests at military funerals.

June 17, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on reports of a possible protest at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on reports that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church will conduct a protest in Cohocton on Saturday, June 18, at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder:

June 15, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 13, 2011

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..."

June 13, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 6, 2011

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..."

June 8, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County

Albany, N.Y.—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of 20-year-old, U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, June 4, 2011:

June 6, 2011
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Senate approves anti-bullying legislation

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to put in place a comprehensive legislative package to address the problem of bullying in schools.

June 3, 2011
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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.

May 27, 2011
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The 2011 "Woman of Distinction"

The New York State Senate conducts its 14th annual "Women of Distinction" tribute in Albany on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Senator O'Mara will be honoring a long-time area library director for her contributions and dedication to several of the region's public and school libraries.

May 18, 2011
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O'Mara: share your suggestions for cutting government spending, waste

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) encouraged the region’s local officials, business leaders, educators and any other concerned citizens to respond to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for direct public input on improving the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of state government programs and services.

May 13, 2011
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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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