Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 9, 2013 ~ 'Letting your voices be heard'

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, "Letting your voices be heard"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 9th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 10, 2013
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'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' draws supporters to Watkins Glen

A "Saving Monterey Shock Rally!" drew supporters of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility to Watkins Glen yesterday to protest a Cuomo administration plan to close the facility by next year.

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WETM-TV, "Rally calls for Schuyler Co. prison facility to stay open"

Finger Lakes Radio, "Rally held Monday to keep Monterey Shock open"

September 10, 2013
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Community gathers to honor fallen local soldier at dedication of 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway'

Dundee, N.Y., September 8—Earlier this year, in June, the New York State Legislature 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.”

The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Specialist Christopher J. Scott, a Dundee High School graduate, who was killed on September 3, 2011 while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

September 8, 2013
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State Senate's public hearings on tax reform get underway in Albany today ~ Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., September 3--The New York State Senate committees on Finance, and Investigations and Government Operations, kicks off a series of five statewide public hearings throughout September and October to hear testimony from regional and statewide business leaders on how state tax policies can be reformed to promote private-sector job growth.

September 4, 2013
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Reminder: Deadline for applying for next State Police civil service exam is September 8th

The deadline for applying for the next state civil service exam to become a New York State Trooper- which won't be offered again for at least another four years -- is Sunday, September 8, 2013.  The test will take place at several locations statewide in October.

To find out more and apply online, visit www.troopers.ny.gov.

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September 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 2, 2013 ~ 'Cut red tape, create jobs'

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, "Cut red tape, create jobs"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 2nd Corning Leader, attached below]

September 3, 2013
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Labor Day 2013

My very best wishes to all of you and your families, friends and neighbors for an enjoyable, meaningful and safe Labor Day weekend -- and farewell to summer.

Most importantly, thank you to all workers, from every walk of life, across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for your invaluable contributions to our communities.

Read more on the history of America's observance of Labor Day.

August 30, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 19, 2013 ~ 'Agenda 2014: Upstate 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, "Agenda 2014: Upstate manufacturing" [see attached copy below in this week's Corning Leader]

August 30, 2013
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Local, state and federal leaders rallying support for the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility

The effort's underway to save the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County which, it was recently announced by the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been targeted for closure next year. 

Senator O'Mara has expressed his strong opposition to the proposed closing.

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August 28, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 26, 2013 ~ 'Drug-free futures'

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, "Drug-free futures"

August 26, 2013
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NYS Department of Health issues important bulletin for regional, statewide early intervention providers

On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the State Department of Health (DOH) issued an important bulletin for early intervention providers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

According to DOH, state-funded "safety net payments" will be issued to early intervention providers in response to provider concerns about the lack of payment of claims submitted to insurance companies. 

The department's action is in response to a large number of insurance companies' lack of compliance with recently enacted Early Intervention Program reforms.

August 14, 2013
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2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs), now available

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the 2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) became available for purchase beginning Monday, August 12, 2013 at any of the DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. Sporting licenses can also be ordered by telephone or online. The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning October 1, 2013. 

August 14, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's tour of the Finger Lakes (UPDATED, August 14th)

Elmira, N.Y., August 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s visit to the Finger Lakes region today to showcase the state’s wine and grape industry and other tourism-related assets and strengths:

August 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 12, 2013 ~ 'It's going to take newfound teamwork'

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, "It's going to take newfound teamwork"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 12, 2013 Corning Leader]

August 12, 2013
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Volunteers being sought for local river projects on Saturday

The calls are going out for volunteers this Saturday, August 10th, to assist projects along a few local rivers.

In Cohocton, members of local Trout Unlimited Chapters and other volunteers will clear away vegetation from around the 800 trees that were planted along the Cohocton River in May as part of the Cohocton Watershed Shade Enhancement Project.  Read more HERE...

August 7, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 5, 2013 ~ 'The cost of downsizing'

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 cost of downsizing"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 5, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

August 5, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues honor Hornell's Zack Bacon, one of region's outstanding high school athletes

Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Bill Nojay and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano took the opportunity last Saturday (July 27) in Hornell, on the main court of the Gus Macker Tournament, to honor Zach Bacon, one of the region's outstanding high school athletes.

A recent graduate of Hornell High School who'll be attending and playing football at Alfred University this fall, as a high school senior Bacon was a two-time state champion in football and wrestling -- the first such two-time champion in Hornell's history.

July 31, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 29, 2013 ~ 'An abundance of tourism, thankfully'

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 abundance of tourism, thankfully"

July 30, 2013
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O'Mara's online petition reaches thousand mark

 

Elmira, N.Y., July 25—An online “Join The Fight!” petition drive launched just over a week ago by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) continues to rally public support for the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and has now gained 1,000 supporters.  

"Word keeps spreading that the effort’s underway to try to convince the Cuomo administration to reconsider the future of the Elmira PC and to protect the place we believe it’s earned as a flagship of New York’s mental health system,” said O’Mara.  “Support keeps building.” 

July 25, 2013
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