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National Volunteer Week

Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined the Institute for Human Services and the United Way of the Southern Tier at a public recognition ceremony in Corning this morning to pay tribute to the leaders of several local volunteer organizations and their volunteer members.

Community leaders recognized at this morning's event included, in the photo from left to right: Patrick Rogers, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Services; Michael Keane, Director of the Steuben County Office for the Aging; Mark Edgerly, Chairman of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps; and Carol Houssock, Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps.  At the far right is Sharon Murphy, a representative from Congressman Tom Reed's office.

April 26, 2013
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Local GST BOCES student honored

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C-Big Flats) congratulated Amanda Martone of Elmira Heights, who was among the adult education students from across New York State honored on Wednesday, March 6th by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

The NYACCE is the professional organization representing adult education professionals statewide.  As part of the organization’s 30th Annual Student of the Year Awards and Legislative Event in Albany, Martone, representing the Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, received a “Student of the Year 2013” award.

March 12, 2013
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Hornell native named 'Student of the Year'

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) congratulated Aaron Hutchinson of Hornell, who was among the adult education students from across New York State honored on Wednesday, March 6th by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

The NYACCE is the professional organization representing adult education professionals statewide.  As part of the organization’s 30th Annual Student of the Year Awards and Legislative Event in Albany, Hutchinson, representing the Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES, received a “Student of the Year 2013” award.

March 12, 2013
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More CHIPS?

Albany, N.Y., March 6—With final negotiations over the 2013-14 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next two weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

In the photo, the group of state legislators and local leaders gather on the staircase in The Well of the Legislative Office Building.

March 6, 2013
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Local Roads Matter

Senator O'Mara, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, speaks with local highway superintendents moments after they held a news conference calling for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

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March 6, 2013
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Grown in New York: Keeping NY's farmers competitive

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 2013
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OPPOSING THE NY SAFE ACT

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, addresses the February 28th opposition rally in Albany – one of the largest-ever rallies of its kind at the capital.

More than 5,000 opponents of the SAFE Act, including many from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, traveled to the Albany to participate in the daylong protest.

Senator O’Mara said:

March 1, 2013
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Corning Award for Excellence

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently applauded The Business Council of New York State’s selection of Kirk P. Gregg, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Corning Incorporated, as recipient of the 2012 Corning Award for Excellence.

“Kirk Gregg represents the very best of the Corning Incorporated mission – commitment to community, an unparalleled dedication to excellence and quality, and a fundamental mission to keep our state and our nation at the cutting edge of the 21st century economy,” said O’Mara.  “The Business Council couldn’t have chosen a better representative of all that the Corning Award for Excellence is meant to honor.”

October 10, 2012
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ReCharge NY

RECHARGE NY-State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) recently joined New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil Quiniones (at podium in photo above) and Anchor Glass General Manager Michael Sopp (far right) to announce that Anchor Glass Container Corp., a Southern Tier glass container manufacturer, is receiving 6.6 megawatts in lower-cost electricity through the state's ReCharge NY (RNY) program that will allow the company to retain 340 local jobs and invest $37.2 million in its facility.

The state and local leaders made the announcement at the company's 100-year-old glass container production facility in Elmira Heights in Chemung County.

October 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara, father visit Schuyler County cheese maker -- help promote NYS cheese industry and highlight local Open Houses scheduled for Columbus Day weekend

Odessa, N.Y., October 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his father, John, visited Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County in late August to sample a few locally made cheeses and help bring attention to an important sector of New York State’s agricultural industry.

October 3, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes area veterans' services leaders to the Senate Chamber

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently welcomed two area veterans’ services leaders to the historic Senate Chamber on Women Veterans Recognition Day in Albany.

“Amy and Joan served our nation bravely and courageously and continue their service to this very day through their extraordinary commitment to the well-being of our local veterans,” said Senator O’Mara.  “I appreciated this opportunity to express our admiration and gratitude for the difference they’re making in so many lives.”

June 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes SU football legend and Hall of Famer Floyd Little to the Senate

Albany, N.Y., June 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently helped welcome former Syracuse University football legend and pro football Hall of Famer Floyd Little to the Senate Chamber.

O’Mara, a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, joined his legislative colleagues to pay tribute to Little’s outstanding achievements in football, business and community service.

June 20, 2012
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2012 Senate "Woman of Distinction"

From left to right: Assemblyman Chris Friend, Judy Phillips of Watkins Glen, senator O'Mara, 2012 Senate Woman of Distinction Virginia Houseknecht, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

May 17, 2012
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Watkins Glen High School students, teachers meet with Senator O'Mara in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 14—A group of nearly 30 students and teachers representing the Watkins Glen High School “Save Our Schools” movement made the trek to Albany on Wednesday, March 14th as part of a statewide Education Lobby Day.

March 14, 2012
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Senator O'Mara meets with area Youth Bureau reps

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C,Big Flats) recently met in Albany with representatives of the Horseheads Youth Bureau.

The area representatives visited the Capitol as part of a gathering of youth development leaders from across New York State.

February 16, 2012
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The Stanley Cup

THE STANLEY CUP--The National Hockey League's (NHL) Stanley Cup recently made a stop at the State Capitol in Albany.  Last year's NHL champion Boston Bruins are owned by Buffalo, New York native Jeremy Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs is also the CEO of Delware North Companies, a  Buffalo-based fod services company.

February 13, 2012
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Yates County Chapter of SCOPE recognizes Senator O'Mara as Second Amendment supporter

Penn Yan, N.Y., January 26—The Yates County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) recently recognized State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) as its “2011 Politician of the Year.”

January 26, 2012
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A Basketball Legend

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues earlier this week to welcome New York State high school basketball legend and Brigham Young University (BYU) star James Taft “Jimmer” Fredette, this year’s Player of the Year in men’s Division I college basketball, to the Senate Chamber in Albany where senators adopted a resolution commemorating Fredette’s basketball career.

June 21, 2011
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New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, N.Y., June 14—At a Flag Day ceremony in Albany earlier today, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid tribute to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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The 2011 "Woman of Distinction"

Albany, N.Y., May 25--In Albany yesterday, Senator O'Mara paid tribute to Carol Berry of Hornell as a Senate 2011 "Woman of Distinction."

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May 25, 2011
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