Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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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O'Mara: Do you agree state should begin Medicaid takeover in 2012?

Albany, N.Y., January 3—On the eve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s second State of the State Message to the Legislature tomorrow, the official kickoff to the 2102 legislative session, state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is giving area residents an opportunity to weigh in on one of this year’s key debates: whether New York should begin a plan to take over the local cost of Medicaid and alleviate counties of their single-largest state-mandated expense.

January 3, 2012
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Senator O'Mara holding community meeting later today in Newfield

Newfield, N.Y., December 19—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents that he will hold a community meeting later today in the town of Newfield (Tompkins County).

Today's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Newfield Town Hall (166  Main Street).

December 19, 2011
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Rural Resources Commission unveils second edition of 'Rural Futures'

Albany, N.Y., December 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who earlier this year was appointed to serve as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, bipartisan  Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources, announced today that the commission's second edition of "Rural Futures" is currently available on his Senate website.

December 19, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Friend holding community meeting in Horseheads later today

Horseheads, N.Y., December 12—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today in the village of Horseheads (Chemung County).

Today’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Horseheads Village Fire Department (134 N. Main Street).

December 12, 2011
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O'Mara: Regional councils will continue to develop plans, compete for jobs and economic development

Elmira, N.Y., December 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C-I, Big Flats) released the following statement after today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $49.4 million and the Finger Lakes region $68.8 million under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Regional Economic Development Council” initiative:

December 8, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano to hold community meeting in Penn Yan later today

Penn Yan, N.Y., December 5—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) will hold a community meeting in Penn Yan (Yates County) on Monday, December 5, 2011.

Today’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Penn Yan Village Hall (111 Elm Street).

December 5, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano will hold community meeting later today in Hornellsville

Hornell, N.Y., November 14—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today in Hornellsville (Steuben County).

Today's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hornellsville Town Hall (4 Park Avenue).

November 14, 2011
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