Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

Local public libraries receive state construction grants

Albany, N.Y., May 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced that public libraries  throughout Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded state library construction grants.

The area legislators said that the grants are being awarded through the state’s $14-million Library Construction Grant Program contained in last year’s state budget.

“A public library is a fundamental resource for area families, seniors, and countless other community residents.  We’re hopeful that these grants will help local libraries better afford and address their renovation needs,” the legislators said in a joint statement.

May 8, 2012
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O'Mara's legislation targets possession, sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine

Albany, N.Y., April 27--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), highlighting the dramatic rise in methamphetamine-related arrests and other incidents across the region over the past year, announced today that he has introduced legislation in the Senate to significantly increase the criminal penalties for possessing, selling or manufacturing the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

April 27, 2012
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O'Mara sponsors legislation to combat Medicaid fraud, cut waste of taxpayer dollars

Albany, N.Y., April 25—On the same day that a Congressional panel is turning the federal spotlight on Medicaid fraud nationally, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation (S.4614)  in the Senate to reimburse counties for the cost of purchasing locally developed, cutting-edge computer software that could help pinpoint cases of fraud and other abuses within New York’s Medicaid system and potentially save state and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

April 25, 2012
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Area legislators sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Albany, N.Y., April 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) announced today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 18, 2012
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O'Mara: Senate will keep pushing 'New Jobs-NY' plan

Albany, N.Y.--Even with the ambitious and aggressive economic development initiatives included in the new state budget, the Senate Majority has renewed its call for the enactment of a jobs program it proposed earlier this session called "New Jobs-NY."

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues to renew their call for the enactment of the comprehensive economic development program.

April 12, 2012
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2012 Legislature Questionnaire Results

See the attached copy below of the results of the 2012 Legislative Questionnaire.

April 12, 2012
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The 2012-2013 New York State Budget

The 2012-2013 New York State budget was enacted on Friday, March 30, 2012.While the annual budget adoption marks the most signficant action of each and every legislative session, the regular session of the 2012 Legislature is scheduled to continue until the end of June -- meaning that many other issues are on tap for debate and discussion.But the new budget represents the biggest news at the moment.  You can find more analyses and additional details on the final 2012-2013 New York State budget from:-- the New York State Division of the Budget-- the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

March 30, 2012
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O'Mara: state budget includes funding to combat threat to Finger Lakes environment and economy

[April 2, 2012 Update: Listen here to Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane on WHCU radio]

March 28, 2012
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Legislature reaches key budget agreement on funding for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the Legislature’s joint budget conference committee on transportation has reached a key agreement that will maintain New York’s commitment to funding for local roads and bridges in the 2012-2013 state budget.

The CHIPS program provides the bulk of state aid to localities for the maintenance and improvement of local roads and bridges.

March 26, 2012
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Senate unveils historical "Women of Distinction" exhibit -- including tribute to Tompkins County, Civil War-era nurse

Albany, N.Y., March 21—The State Senate has unveiled its annual tribute to “Women of Distinction” from throughout New York State’s history in Albany today as part of the ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month.

March 21, 2012
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Senate sets stage for final state budget talks, calls for immediate takeover of growth in local Medicaid costs

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the Senate has approved a proposed state budget that accelerates Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for the state to take over future growth in local Medicaid costs.

March 12, 2012
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Senate moves to cut costly new wage notice mandate on employers

Albany, N.Y., February 29—The State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to roll back a provision of a two-year-old state law that took effect this month and began imposing a new costly state mandate on private-sector employers across New York.

The Senate-approved legislation (S.6063) would immediately eliminate the new mandate.

February 29, 2012
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O'Mara welcomes Women's History Month with announcement of Senate's 2012 'Women of Distinction' program, seeks local nominations

Elmira, N.Y., March 1—As a kickoff to New York State’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is accepting nominations for the Senate's 15th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, April 6th.

February 29, 2012
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Area state lawmakers issue reminder on Local Efficiency Grant Program

Albany, N.Y., February 15—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and area Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded the region’s local officials today that the deadline for submitting applications for the state’s 2011-2012 Local Efficiency Grant Program is March 21, 2012.

February 15, 2012
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Senator O'Mara meeting with community residents in Ithaca on Thursday

Ithaca, N.Y., —New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats)  reminded area residents that he will hold a community meeting in Ithaca on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Thursday’s meeting in Ithaca is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Kendal at Ithaca Auditorium (2230 N. Triphammer Road).

February 8, 2012
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Senate approves expanded DNA databank, O'Mara co-sponsors 'modern-day crime-fighting tool'

Albany, N.Y., February 1—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) that leading law enforcement agencies across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.

February 1, 2012
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Key Senate committee approves legislation to begin state takeover of local Medicaid costs

Elmira, N.Y., January 26—A key state Senate committee this week unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to begin a full state takeover of local Medicaid costs.

January 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Friend will meet with constituents later today at Elmira College

Elmira, N.Y., January 25—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that they will hold a community meeting in Elmira on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Thursday’s meeting in Elmira is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall.

January 25, 2012
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Friend hold community meeting in Montour Falls tomorrow, Elmira next week

Elmira, N.Y., January 19—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting in Montour Falls tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012.

January 19, 2012
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With new legislative session underway, Senator O'Mara welcomes constituent contact

Elmira, N.Y., January 6—To help kick off the new year in New York State government,  which officially got underway Wednesday in Albany with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State message, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2012 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

January 6, 2012
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