Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those in the city of Boston.

From this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

From today's Ithaca Journal: 'Ithaca's runners out of harm's way in Boston Marathon blasts'

April 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 15, 2013 ~ 'Trail of meth keeps growing'

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, "Trail of meth keeps growing"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 15, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 8, 2013 ~ 'Challenge after challenge still ahead'

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, "Challenge after challenge still ahead"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 8, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 8, 2013
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O'Mara on new legislation: No more unfunded state mandates out of Albany

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts.

Specifically the legislation (S.1294/A.4861), which has bipartisan sponsorship in the Legislature and is co-sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning), would ban the imposition of any future state mandates on local governments and school districts that are not accompanied by state funding to localities to pay for delivering the required programs and services.

April 4, 2013
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Local nominations for the Senate's 16th annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute due by this Friday

Elmira, N.Y., April 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara today reminded area residents that nominations are due by this Friday, April 5, 2013, for the Senate's 16th "Women of Distinction" tribute.

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April 2, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 1, 2013 ~ 'No shortage of budget reactions'

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 shortage of budget reactions"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 30, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 1, 2013
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O'Mara criticizes cut to state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities

Albany, N.Y., March 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to more fully roll back his cut to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in the final 2013-14 state budget.

O’Mara said that both the Senate and Assembly had called for rejecting and fully restoring the governor’s proposed $120 million or six-percent, across-the-board reduction to OPWDD – the lead state agency overseeing state assistance to programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

March 27, 2013
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Senate completes action on new state budget early this morning, Assembly to follow on Thursday ~ Find more information and share your own early reaction through Senator O'Mara's latest online poll

Earlier this morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the New York State Senate completed its action on the 2013-14 state budget.

Members of the Assembly are scheduled to return to Albany on Thursday to give final legislative approval to this year's new fiscal plan, which will then be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law -- representing New York's third consecutive on-time budget.

Find more detailed budget information HERE.

Share your own early reaction HERE.

March 27, 2013
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Senate set to act on final pieces of 2013-14 New York State budget ~ Watch Live

The Senate will be in session this evening and into tomorrow morning to enact the final pieces of this year's state budget. 

The Assembly is scheduled to complete action on the budget on Thursday.

Watch the Senate session live.

March 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 18, 2013 ~ 'Economic plan built on slogans or solutions?'

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, "Economic plan built on slogans or solutions?"

 

March 18, 2013
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Twelve-year-old runner from Big Flats wins national championship!

Bryce Derick, 12, a sixth-grader at Horseheads Intermediate school, is now a hometown national champion.

Congratulations Bryce!

Read more in The Leader... 

March 14, 2013
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From the Penn Yan Chronicle-Express: 'O'Mara, Palmesano hear local concerns'

Penn Yan, N.Y., March 14--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) met recently with the Yates County legislators and other county leaders to dicuss a number of critical issues.

Read the Chronicle-Express report on the meeting.

March 14, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara on this morning's WHCU Morning Newswatch with Lee Rayburn discuss the Senate's recently released 'Blueprint for Jobs' plan

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Lee Rayburn on the radio earlier this morning to discuss the Senate's "Blueprint for Jobs" plan with a focus on revitalizing New York State's manufacturing sector and devoting some special attention to our returning servicemen and servicewomen through a Hire-A-Vet tax credit -- each of which O'Mara has been pushing throughout the 2013 legislative session.

March 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of March 11, 2013 ~ 'Grown in New York'

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, "Grown in New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 11, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

 

March 12, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 4, 2013 ~ 'Upstate Unleashed'

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, "Upstate Unleashed"

March 4, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the February 28th rally in Albany against the NY SAFE Act ~ Watch Senator O'Mara addressing the rally's participants

Albany, N.Y., February 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who was one of 18 state senators who voted against the recently enacted NY SAFE Act and spoke at today’s protest rally in Albany, issued the following statement:

“I stand with many citizens and local leaders from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in opposition to the NY SAFE Act.  Equally important, we’re opposed to the shoddy legislative process that produced a law that’s full of failings and shortcomings, and places even more state-imposed burdens on already hard-pressed upstate citizens and localities.

February 28, 2013
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One of New York's largest-ever protest rallies expected in Albany today as NY SAFE Act continues to draw the ire of local officials, citizens statewide

Albany, N.Y., February 28--One of New York's largest-ever protest rallies is expected in Albany today in opposition to the new New York gun control law, the NY SAFE Act

The Act continues to draw the ire of county legislatures, sheriffs, state and local officials, mental health professionals, sportsmen and sportswomen, gun owners and individual citizens throughout the Southern Tier and Fingers Lakes regions, and statewide.

February 28, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 25, 2013 ~ 'Plans for a long-overdue cleanup'

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, "Plans for a long-overdue cleanup"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 25, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

February 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of February 18, 2013 ~ 'A Magnet for New Jobs and Manufacturing'

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 magnet for new jobs and manufacturing"

[see copy of the Senator O'Mara's column in the February 18, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

February 18, 2013
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New York State Police release opt-out form for pistol license holders to keep information private


The New York State Police today released the opt-out form for pistol license holders to keep their information private under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

Click here for a copy of the form and more information.

February 15, 2013
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