Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month ~ Read more from the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Find out more from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HERE.

Senator O'Mara continues to serve as a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

May 11, 2015
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Happy Mother's Day ~ Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers throughout the 58th Senate District and across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Thank you!

May 8, 2015
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O'Mara honors local small business owner as a Senate 2015 'Woman of Distinction' ~ Wellsburg Diner owner and operator Linda Thomas represents 58th District in last night's statewide tribute ~ Event coincides with weeklong celebration of local job creators

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) last night paid tribute to Linda Thomas, longtime owner and operator of the Wellsburg Diner in the village of Wellsburg, New York (Chemung County), as his 2015 “Woman of Distinction” at an awards ceremony in Albany.

Thomas represented O’Mara’s 58th District at the Senate’s 18th Annual “Women of Distinction” tribute in the Legislative Office Building.  She was recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York.

May 6, 2015
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Local small business owner being honored by Senator O'Mara at the Capitol today as a 2015 'Woman of Distinction' ~ Linda Thomas, longtime owner of the Wellsburg Diner, will be honored by Senate in statewide tribute during National Small Business Week

Albany, N.Y., May 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues later today will honor Linda Thomas, longtime owner and operator of the Wellsburg Diner in the village of Wellsburg, New York (Chemung County), as a 2015 “Woman of Distinction.” 

O'Mara selected Thomas to represent his 58th Senate District at the Senate’s 18th Annual “Women of Distinction” awards ceremony in Albany this evening.  At the annual statewide tribute in the Legislative Office Building, Thomas will be recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York State.

April 28, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara's resolution commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015 (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., April 22—The New York State Senate today approved a Legislative Resolution sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015.

O’Mara was named the committee’s new chairman in late January at the start of this year’s legislative session.  

April 21, 2015
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'RecruitNY' campaign scheduled for the weekend of April 25-26 ~ Many local volunteer fire departments will be hosting events ~ Find out more (UPDATED)

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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