Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

'Common Core comes under attack at Corning forum'

Read more on last night's Common Core public hearing in Corning from:

> the Star-Gazette, "Common Core comes under attack at Corning forum"

> The Leader, "Teachers, parents blast Common Core at Corning hearing"

December 6, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 2, 2013 ~ 'Don't let Cyber Monday spoil the 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..." 

This week, "Don't let 'Cyber Monday' spoil the season"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 2nd Corning Leader] 

December 2, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 58th Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

November 26, 2013
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'Small Business Saturday' ~ Saturday, November 30, 2013 ~ Read more

Read Senator O'Mara's November 25, 2013 column on the importance of "shopping small."

The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce has announced a daylong series of activities and events to celebrate "Small Business Saturday" in and around Schuyler County.  Read more HERE

November 26, 2013
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Do you receive a STAR school property tax break? Have you re-registered to keep receiving your Basic STAR exemption? Read more

A new state law aimed at streamlining the administration of New York State's school property tax relief program, commonly known as STAR, while at the same time helping to prevent fraud within the program, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register in order to continue receiving their benefit.

November 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 25, 2013 ~ 'For the holidays, remember shopping small'

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, "For the holidays, remember shopping small"

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

November 25, 2013
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Remembrances of JFK

Fifty years after, this day will be filled with remembrances of the late President John F. Kennedy.

From the Star-Gazette, "For boomers, JFK's death still ripples"

From The Leader"JFK, 11.22.63"

November 22, 2013
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Area reps: Saturday's rally to support the Elmira Psychiatric Center chance to show strong regional support

Elmira, N.Y., November 20— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are calling on local residents to join them at a public rally to “Save the Elmira Psychiatric Center” on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Elmira.

November 20, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 17, 2013 ~ 'An American tradition'

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, "An American tradition"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 17th Corning Leader] 

November 18, 2013
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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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