Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday, July 25, a great chance to support local agriculture, tourism ~ O'Mara reflects on family's history in cheese making in New York State

Odessa, N.Y., July 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 25, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 23, 2015
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State Senate forum keeps focus on crisis facing rural public transportation ~ O'Mara and Seward hear from local leaders, transportation officials from throughout NY (UPDATED, July 23 - Watch video replay of the forum)

[July 23, 2015: A video replay of the July 22nd forum is currently available for viewing HERE]

Cooperstown, N.Y., July 22—New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), whose Upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, held a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” today in Cooperstown.

July 21, 2015
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Emergency preparedness training program set for July 18th in Schuyler County ~ Online registration required ~ Find out more

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano today reminded area residents that they can register online for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” that will be held at the Watkins Glen Central High School on Saturday, July 18,  2015.

O’Mara and Palmesano are sponsoring the Schuyler County program together with County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan and Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi.

July 9, 2015
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State announces start of grant program to help localities with critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects ~ Read more and access applications ~ O'Mara says program good for local environments, economies, and taxpayers

Albany, N.Y., July 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) today highlighted an announcement by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and Department of Health (DOH) that $50 million in water infrastructure grants is now available to local governments for assistance in undertaking critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. 

In total over the next three years, $200 million in grants will become available to local governments under the new "Water Infrastructure Improvement Act."

July 2, 2015
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O'Mara sponsoring summer reading program for students and families ~ Senate teams up with NYS Library and local public libraries on summer long effort to encourage young readers

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has announced that he’s sponsoring an online summer reading program that the New York State Senate will be promoting throughout the summer of 2015 in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

June 23, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves O'Mara legislation to create paint recycling program, remove costly local burden ~ O'Mara points to it as example of government-industry cooperation on important environmental concerns ~ Calls for Assembly action

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, to establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” to reduce a costly burden on local governments and taxpayers who are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most post-consumer paint, create local jobs, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.

June 19, 2015
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O'Mara and Palmesano: Keep voting to help WGI take checkered flag as 'Best NASCAR Track' ~ Contest ends on Monday, June 22nd at Noon

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 19—With one weekend left in USA Today’s  online competition to decide “America’s Best NASCAR Track,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C,-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) are urging area residents to vote for Watkins Glen International once a day, every day, until the contest closes on Monday, June 22, at noon.

The area legislators noted that WGI is currently running in 1st Place out of 20 nationwide finalists for the 2015 designation, but it’s been bumper to bumper with Martinsville Speedway (Ridgeway, VA) over the past week.

June 19, 2015
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Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to encourage expansion of broadband services in public libraries ~ Measure now goes to the governor to be signed into law

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) to allow public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, to access funding for broadband installation and infrastructure through one of the state’s most utilized construction grant programs.

June 19, 2015
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News Release from Watkins Glen International: 'Military Appreciation Day Proudly Presented by Kaplan University at Watkins Glen International' ~ Military Appreciation Day is Sunday, June 28, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 18, 2015) – In honor of those who currently serve our country, in addition to those who have served in the past, Kaplan University and Watkins Glen International are offering complimentary tickets to active duty military personnel and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for the Sunday, June 28 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Read the WGI news release HERE.

June 18, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara legislation to focus on public transportation 'crisis' in rural New York ~ Calls for state-local, interagency committee to examine impact on rural communities and populations, including the disabled, elderly and the rural workforce

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to focus state and local attention on the future of public transportation systems in rural New York.

June 17, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves Lyme disease awareness and prevention legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, who says work of Senate task force will continue (UPDATED following Senate approval at 3:00 p.m.)

Albany, N.Y., June 16—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to bolster the state’s efforts to raise public awareness on the prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

O’Mara, who serves as a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, said that the legislation is being approved as regional concerns about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have dramatically increased over the past few years.

June 16, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara to help local police, DAs track and prosecute meth-related crimes ~ O'Mara calls it key part of broad effort targeting meth labs

Albany, N.Y., June 10—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enhance the ability of local police and district attorneys to track and prosecute violations of restrictions on over-the-counter sales of cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The legislation has bipartisan support in the Legislature. It’s sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and is currently in the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee.

June 10, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation to support broadband development in public libraries

Albany, N.Y., June 10—The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to allow public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, to access funding for broadband installation and infrastructure through one of the state’s most utilized construction grant programs.

June 10, 2015
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Senate approves creation of Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund ~ O’Mara co-sponsors bill to address key industry challenge

Albany, N.Y., June 9—As New York State continues this month’s celebration of Dairy Month, the New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

June 9, 2015
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Senate approves legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara to repeal key parts of NY SAFE Act (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., June 8—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to repeal key provisions of the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago.

O’Mara was one of 18 state senators who voted against the SAFE Act when it was first approved in January 2013.

June 8, 2015
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Senate approves extending parole hearings for violent felons ~ O’Mara, Palmesano join parents of Derrick Robie of Savona in support, call on Assembly leadership to act ~ Watch more (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 8, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano and colleagues hosting NYWIA 'Sip and Sample' event in Albany on Wednesday, May 27th ~ Event will help showcase products made in the Finger Lakes, Central and Western New York ~ Special Guest: Finger Lakes pianist Barbara Anderson

Albany, N.Y.—To complement ongoing efforts to promote, showcase and support products grown and made in New York State, Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) will host a second New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) “Sip and Sample” event in Albany on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

A first “Sip and Sample” was held on Monday, May 4th.   

May 26, 2015
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A Brighter Future for Family Farms: Key Investments in Agriculture

An abundance of fresh, quality food and farm products is not only good for our families -- it’s also great for New York’s economy. In the 2015-16 State Budget, the Senate Repub­lican Majority has once again led the way in supporting New York’s vital agriculture industry by providing record levels of funding for key research, marketing and education programs.

May 20, 2015
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O'Mara's legislation targeting meth labs scheduled for Senate action later today (UPDATED at 5:37 p.m. with Senate approval)

Albany, N.Y., May 19—The New York State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state by significantly increasing the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth.

May 19, 2015
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