Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

'RecruitNY' campaign scheduled for the weekend of April 25-26 ~ Many local volunteer fire departments will be hosting events ~ Find out more

Elmira, N.Y., April 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a number of the region’s volunteer fire departments will hold an Open House during the weekend of April 25-26, 2015 as part of “RecruitNY,” a statewide public awareness initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The annual event is coordinated by FASNY in partnership with the state Association of Fire Districts, Association of Fire Chiefs, Volunteer Fire Police Association and the County Fire Coordinators’ Association.

April 15, 2015
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Area's state legislators sponsoring legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers ~ Issue reminder on upcoming 'RecruitNY' events at local firehouses

Elmira, N.Y., April 14—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week from April 12-18, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 14, 2015
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Area counties in line for homeland security grants

Elmira, N.Y., April 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety and security funding as part of a new package of $233 million in federal grants being distributed statewide to support local emergency response operations.

April 9, 2015
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O'Mara: Budget increases state aid to local schools, supports local infrastructure, broadband development, agriculture, veterans and more

Albany, N.Y., April 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the 2015-2016 New York State budget includes higher state aid to local schools, a stronger commitment to local infrastructure and broadband development, and enhanced assistance to key economic sectors including agriculture.

After reaching the framework of an agreement on the new, nearly $142-billion state budget over the weekend, the Legislature put the finishing touches on the plan last night and the new budget was delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

April 1, 2015
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O'Mara: New budget includes support for Tier farmers, continues Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said that the new 2015-2016 state budget will include important support for farmers and the agricultural industry across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

March 31, 2015
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O'Mara: New state budget expands support for treating veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder ~ Corning doctor has been driving force behind development of innovative, successful treatment program

Albany, N.Y., March 30—In early March, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The 2015-2016 state budget, which will be approved by the Legislature this week and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will include $800,000 to help expand the initiative, O’Mara said today.  

March 30, 2015
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4th Annual 'I Love My Park Day' set for Saturday, May 2nd ~ Online volunteer registration process underway ~ Events being held at numerous regional parks and trails

Elmira, N.Y., March 25 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, reminded area residents today that the online volunteer registration process is underway for the 4th Annual “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at state parks and historic sites across New York, including events at several regional sites. 

March 25, 2015
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O'Mara named to to Senate's new Workforce Development Task Force

Albany, N.Y., March 24—State Senate leaders have appointed Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) as a member on the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development.

March 24, 2015
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Legislature's joint, public budget conference committees begin meeting today to reach agreements on a final state budget ~ O'Mara named to two subcommittees: Environment-Agriculture-Housing, and Economic Development

Albany, N.Y., March 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named by the Senate leadership to serve on the Legislature’s joint budget conference subcommittees on Environment/Agriculture/Housing, and Economic Development, as the next step in New York’s budget adoption process gets underway in earnest this week at the Capitol.

The Legislature’s 10 individual, joint budget conference subcommittees will begin holding public meetings today to settle Senate and Assembly differences over the 2015-16 New York State budget.  The conference committee process more fully set the table for final budget talks with Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

March 16, 2015
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O'Mara: Senate budget plan stays focused on tax relief, Upstate job creation ~ Also includes support for local roads and local schools, next generation of farmers, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, being acted on today, includes job-creating tax cuts, a stronger commitment to local schools and infrastructure, and assistance to key economic sectors including agriculture and small business.

March 12, 2015
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Today in Albany, Senate holding public hearing on police safety and public protection ~ Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

The New York State Senate is holding its second joint committee hearing examining police safety and public protection this morning, beginning at 10 a.m., in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. 

The hearing will be convened by four Senate committees – Codes, chaired by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette); Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, chaired by Senator Pat Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma); Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset); and Civil Service and Pensions, chaired by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn). 

March 11, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation to increase meth-related criminal penalties

Albany, N.Y., March 10—The State Senate yesterday approved, with strong bipartisan support, legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to significantly increase the criminal penalties for possessing and selling methamphetamine.

The Senate approved the legislation by a vote of 52 to 3. 

March 10, 2015
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O'Mara extends support to veterans and military families, gets behind effort to expand treatment program for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress (UPDATEDx2)

Albany, N.Y., March 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues this week to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- a program known as the Research & Recognition Project.

March 6, 2015
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O'Mara: 'Grown in NY' replanting efforts to encourage next generations of farmers

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate colleagues have introduced the next phase of their “Grown in New York” agricultural development strategy and will seek to include key portions of it in the new state budget.

Since 2013, O’Mara and other senators have pushed the comprehensive legislative strategy aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 6, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano organize bipartisan group of legislators and join highway superintendents, other local leaders to call on Gov. Cuomo to increase state aid for local roads and bridges (UPDATED~Watch a Replay of the news conference)

Albany, N.Y., March 4—A bipartisan group of 114 state legislators, organized by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-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, bridges and culverts.

March 4, 2015
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O'Mara seeking nominations for Senate's 18th Annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute ~ March is Women's History Month

Elmira, N.Y., March 2—March is Women’s History Month and State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is seeking nominations for the Senate's 18th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

March 2, 2015
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O'Mara legislation seeks to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations ~ also see today's news, 'Schuyler County fights benefit fraud, saves $1M'

Albany, N.Y., February 27 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid.  

February 27, 2015
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Public Protection is the topic of Thursday's legislative budget hearing ~ Watch Live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude this Friday.

February 26th Topic: Public Protection (beginning at 10:00 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 25, 2015
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O'Mara's legislation targets meth labs

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is continuing to urge the Legislature to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state, and has reintroduced legislation to significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth. 

The Senate has approved O’Mara’s proposal for the past few years, including last year when it was approved with strong bipartisan support by a vote of  55 to 4.    

February 25, 2015
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O'Mara will serve as a member on Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases as regional fears continue to rise

Elmira, N.Y., February 18—As regional concerns about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have dramatically increased over the past few years, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will continue to serve as a member of the State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

February 18, 2015
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