Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

State Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway' in honor of fallen local soldier

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of  State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.” 

June 19, 2013
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O'Mara: Senate gives final OK to legislation restoring funding for people with developmental disabilities

Albany, N.Y., June 18—The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to 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. 

June 18, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 17, 2014 ~ 'A week of victories & close finishes'

 

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, "A week of victories & close finishes"

[see the attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 17th Corning Leader]

 

 

June 18, 2013
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O'Mara. community help celebrate longest continuously owned family farm in New York State

 

On Saturday in the town of Howard, Steuben County, Senator O'Mara joined members of the community to help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Howard Flats Farm -- the longest continuously owned family farm in New York State.

The dairy farm is currently operated by Phil and Juanita Bennett -- the fifth generation of the Bennett family to stay in farming, with the next generation ready to take over.

"This is a part of American history, a tradition that started 200 years ago with the Bennett family and now working on its sixth generation," O'Mara said at Saturday's community celebration.

June 17, 2013
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On Flag Day, O'Mara will pay tribute to local WWII veteran at ceremony this afternoon

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14--On Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will hold a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall (261 Steuben Street, Painted Post) to induct Steuben County native and Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.  

June 14, 2013
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Congratulations to this year's 'Top Drawer 24' honorees!

 

Some of this region's finest young student-athlete-citizens were honored at last night's 8th Annual "Top Drawer 24" ceremony at the Watkins Glen State Park Pavilion.

Congratulations, and good luck.  Your futures are bright!

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[photo above by Don Romeo, from The Odessa File of Schuyler County]

June 7, 2013
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NYS gets tougher on texting-while-driving (Updated)

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers, effective immediately, and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers.

Additionally, the governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban.  According to the governor's office, it will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer.

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June 5, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of June 3, 2013 ~ 'Tax-Free NY, kind of'

 

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, "Tax-Free NY, kind of"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 3, 2013 Corning Leader]

June 3, 2013
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O'Mara, Chemung County Sheriff welcome Eiger, the county's new K-9 officer

 

Senator O'Mara welcomed the opportunity to help welcome "Eiger," Chemung County's new K-9 officer, to his new home at the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.   

"We're proud to have Eiger here," the senator said of the 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd, who was certified last week with his handler Deputy David Padgett as a narcotics and tracking team.

Read and watch more, "Chemung Sheriff shows off new K-9 officer"

May 28, 2013
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'Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Citizens from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions participated in numerous Memorial Day observances.

To read more, see the links below from the:

Corning Leader, "Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Elmira Star-Gazette, "Neighbors: Woodlawn Cemetery memorial in Elmira brings home significance of holiday"

May 28, 2013
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Memorial Day 2013

On this Memorial Day, a straightforward and heartfelt thank you to all of our veterans -- past and present.

I share some additional thoughts in this week's column, "It is altogether fitting and proper"

Read the column here: http://www.odessafile.com/government-OMara119th

May 27, 2013
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

 

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

    ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

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:

May 22, 2013
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Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest ~ May 23-26, 2013

Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest -- a celebration of the Crystal City's glassmaking heritage -- takes place this year beginning on Thursday, May 23rd and running through Sunday, May 26th.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Corning's GlassFest opens Thursday" 

May 21, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 20, 2013 ~ 'The work of freedom'

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 work of freedom"

May 20, 2013
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Canadian quake felt across the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes ~ No early reports of damage

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake in Ontario, Canada has been felt across upstate New York, according to many reports, including from residents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Read more locally below:

"Canadian quake felt in Wellsville, Hornell"

"Finger Lakes Shakes from Canadian Earthquake"

"Canada earthquake causes rumbling in New York State" 

May 17, 2013
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Congratulations to this year's Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees

Congratulations to the 2013 Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees and, on behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our very best wishes to all of you for what promise to be bright and successful futures.

Read more, "Jack Lisi Youth Awards honor eight"

[photo above by Eric Wensel]

May 17, 2013
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'N.Y. wineries collect nearly 200 medals at Tasters Guild competition'

The ongoing growth and quality of New York's wine and grape industry is one of the state's great success stories.

That success story added another chapter this week.

Read more, "N.Y. wineries collect nearly 200 medals at Tasters Guild competition" 

May 16, 2013
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From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, 'NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday'

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, is the deadline for New York State pistol owners to file the opt-out form to keep their information private.

Read more in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday"

More information HERE.

May 14, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano on Hornell's WLEA radio

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano of Corning were guests last weekend on Brian O'Neil's weekly show "Connections" on WLEA radio in Hornell.

The area lawmakers discussed several topics including the push underway in Albany -- which they strongly oppose -- to implement a statewide system of taxpayer-financed political campaigns, and a potentially major shift underway in rural transportation.

Listen to the Saturday, May 11, 2013 edition of "Connections."

May 13, 2013
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