Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and concludes on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

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

Please keep safety in mind.

November 14, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 11, 2013 ~ 'Our obligation and our opportunity'

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, "Our obligation and our opportunity"

November 12, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 28, 2013 ~ 'Proposal One: casino gaming'

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, "Proposal One: casino gaming"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 29th Corning Leader]

October 30, 2013
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Stay Safe this Halloween ~ See These Tips from the New York State American Red Cross

My very best wishes for a fun-filled -- and safe -- Halloween.

I'm happy to share the Halloween Safety Tips attached below courtesy of the New York State American Red Cross.

October 29, 2013
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State Senate holding hearing today on future of Elmira Psychiatric Center, statewide mental health system ~ Watch live, and read more

The New York State Senate will hold a final hearing in Elmira today on the impact of the state Office of Mental Health "Regional Centers of Excellence" to consolidate and reorganize the New York's mental health system.

Under the OMH plan, inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center would be eliminated and the facility's overall role diminished.

Senator O'Mara continues to join other local leaders, Elmira PC employees, patients, family members and concerned citizens in opposition to the Cuomo administration plan.

October 28, 2013
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Supporters hold 'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' in Elmira, continue to urge Cuomo administration to change course

Elmira, N.Y.-- More than 200 supporters of keeping open the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility turned out on Saturday for a "Saving Monterey Shock Rally" at the National Soaring Museum.

In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey facility in Schuyler County next year.

October 28, 2013
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Governor approves key plank of Senate's 'Grown in New York' plan for farmers: property tax relief

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to place a two-percent cap on annual agricultural land assessment increases and deliver long-awaited and badly needed property tax relief to state farmers, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The signing was announced Tuesday at the Capitol.

October 23, 2013
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O'Mara: State should immediately waive fee for veteran designation on driver licenses

Albany, N.Y., October 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take immediate steps to direct the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to waive a state fee for veterans who want a newly created Veterans ID placed on their state driver license before the expiration date of their current license.

O'Mara said that if the governor won’t or can’t do it on his own, he’ll work with his Senate and Assembly colleagues to enact legislation waiving the fee.

October 22, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 21, 2013 ~ 'CLICK HERE still not available to all'

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, "CLICK HERE still not available to all"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 22nd Corning Leader]

October 22, 2013
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O'Mara applauds signing of new law to encourage growth of farm cideries

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored this year by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to take steps to encourage the expansion of New York’s growing hard cider industry has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

O'Mara applauded the signing, which was announced earlier today at the Capitol.

October 18, 2013
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'Wear Purple Day' on October 16th highlights state's annual 'Shine the Light' campaign to prevent domestic violence ~ Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. holding awareness walk in downtown Penn Yan on Saturday, October 19th

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is conducting New York's annual "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" public awareness campaign, including today's "Wear Purple Day."

Find out more from the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Read Senator O'Mara's weekly column for the week of October 14, 2013, "No More".

October 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 14, 2013 ~ 'No More'

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 More"

October 15, 2013
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Roadside farm stands can add wine sales under new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara

below from The Chronicle-Express.com:

YATES COUNTY  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new law allowing locally produced wine to be sold at roadside farm markets as part of the state’s effort to better market and promote New York wine.

Read more, 'Farm stands can add wine sales'

The legislation (S.267/A.1512, Chapter 355 of the Laws of 2013).

October 11, 2013
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Local manufacturers deliver strong message: New York State overtaxed, overregulated and too expensive (UPDATED, October 10, 2013)

Corning, N.Y., October 9— On the same day that the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation called New York State’s business tax climate the worst in the nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and members of the State Senate Majority Coalition held a public hearing at Corning Community College and heard the same message from local and statewide business leaders and economic development officials: New York State is overtaxed, overregulated and too costly. 

October 9, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend on hand to help welcome final stretch of U.S. Route 15, future I-99

below from the Corning Leader:

Lindley, N.Y., October 8--After 10 years and more than $230 million in construction, detours and orange barrels, a white ribbon of concrete highway now carves its way through the northern hills of Pennsylvania on its way to the Southern Tier.  The final stretch of new roadway, northbound on Route 15 from Lawrenceville, Pa., to Presho, is now open, completing an 80-mile segment of interstate-grade, four-lane divided highway from Interstate 180 in Williamsport, Pa., to Interstate 86 in Corning...READ MORE

October 9, 2013
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Breaking News: Corning named America's most fun small town

Congratulations to Corning upon being named Rand McNally's 'Most Fun Small Town in America.' 

Read more online in the Star-Gazette, 'Corning named America's most fun small town'

October 8, 2013
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'Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to be prepared for severe storms during Tornado Watch'

GOVERNOR CUOMO URGES NEW YORKERS TO BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE STORMS DURING TORNADO WATCH 

October 7, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 7, 2013 ~ 'The politics of cutting taxes'

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 cutting taxes"

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

October 7, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano, Reed honor local World War II veteran and the memorial he helped create

State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Congressman Tom Reed welcomed the opportunity recently to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Steuben County Veterans Memorial in Bath, and to honor the area veteran whose efforts were instrumental to the memorial's construction: World War II Veteran Warren Thompson.

Read more, "Steuben County Veterans Memorial turns 25" 

October 4, 2013
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O'Mara applauds new law restoring funding for the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities: 'We never gave up'

Albany, N.Y., September 30—Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to restore a $90-million cut in funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that was included in this year’s state budget earlier this year, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The governor announced the signing over the weekend.

September 30, 2013
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