Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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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O'Mara, colleagues say it's time to end Gap Elimination Adjustment for local school districts

Albany, N.Y., February 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority this week staked out one their key priorities for the new state budget: the complete elimination of the damaging and highly controversial Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has cost school districts locally and statewide billions of dollars in state aid over the past several years.

February 12, 2015
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O'Mara questions Cuomo budget proposals for environmental conservation, Southern Tier agriculture

Albany, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today joined many of his Senate and Assembly colleagues at a joint, public hearing to examine Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposals for environmental conservation, agriculture and energy.

January 28, 2015
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Senator O'Mara statement on the retirement of Tom Weidemann, Executive Director of Elmira's Clemens Center

Elmira, N.Y., January 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) issued the following statement today on the announcement that Thomas Weidemann, Executive Director of the Clemens Center in Elmira, will be retiring at the end of 2015:

January 28, 2015
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2015-2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET INFORMATION

By clicking on the "Get The Facts" link below, you can review a wide array of documents related to the 2015-2016 New York State budget, including briefing books and specific budget bills.

As always, your views and input on the newly adopted state budget plan are critical. Your opinions and suggestions are always appreciated.  Click on the link below and fill out the informational form to "Let Your Voice Be Heard."

Finally, you can visit this webpage on a regular basis to learn more about the budget and to stay updated on new developments.

January 27, 2015
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2015-2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

By clicking on the "Get The Facts" link below, you can review a wide array of documents related to Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, including briefing books and specific budget bills.

January 27, 2015
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O'Mara named new chairman of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, will also serve as a member on nine additional committees including Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation

Albany, N.Y., January 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), beginning his third term representing New York’s 58th Senate District, has been named the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

The appointment was announced today at the Capitol by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos.  Since 2011, O’Mara has headed the Senate Elections Committee.

January 22, 2015
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O'Mara on Cuomo budget: Not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.”  

January 21, 2015
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O'Mara continues to co-sponsor legislation to repeal NY SAFE Act ~ On two-year anniversary of bill's signing, local opposition remains strong

Elmira, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today announced that he is continuing to co-sponsor legislation in the Senate to repeal the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago today, on January 15, 2013.

O’Mara was one of 18 state senators who voted against the SAFE Act two years ago.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "Sen. O'Mara pushes for SAFE Act repeal"

January 15, 2015
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O'Mara will continue Senate offices in Elmira, Bath and Albany in 2015

Elmira, N.Y., January 6—To help kick off the new year in New York State government, which officially begins tomorrow at the Capitol, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2015 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

O’Mara is beginning his third consecutive, two-year term representing the state’s 58th Senate District encompassing all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).  

January 6, 2015
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to encourage growth of industrial hemp signed into law ~ Cornell University researchers, Farm Bureau, other farm advocates see economic opportunity

Albany, N.Y., December 18— Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) to make New York the 16th state in the nation to establish a framework for growing industrial hemp as a way to diversify and strengthen the state’s leading agricultural industry, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation (S.7047/A.8297, Chapter 524 of the Laws of 2014) was approved by the Legislature in June.  It authorizes a pilot program to allow hemp production for research to begin immediately by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, and state colleges and universities. 

December 18, 2014
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