Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

Senator O'Mara honors local veteran with induction into Veterans' Hall of Fame

Elmira, N.Y., May 24—When the late Cornelius “Connie” Milliken, the long-time chairman of the Chemung County Legislature who passed away this April, contacted State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) early last year to nominate his friend and fellow public servant J. Arthur “Archie” Kieffer for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, Milliken wrote, “J. Arthur ‘Archie’ Kieffer is the definition of what it is to be an American – a role model to all serving his country, his family, and his community.  He truly believes that government deserves respect and dignity.” 

May 24, 2012

State begins new competitive grant program to encourage local government efficiency and cost cutting, ease property tax burden

Albany, N.Y., May 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) alerted local leaders across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions today that a new state competitive grant program is underway that will award state grants to assist local government initiatives to reduce government costs and ease the burden on local property taxpayers.

O’Mara said that the new program was created as part of last year’s state budget.

May 17, 2012

Virginia Houseknecht of Watkins Glen to be honored as a "Woman of Distinction" in Albany later today

Albany, N.Y., May 15—In Albany on Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues will pay tribute to Virginia “Ginny” Houseknecht of Watkins Glen, a long-time area Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and leader, and founder of the Southern Tier Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, as a 2012 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” 

The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program, which began in March to coincide with Women's History Month in New York State, allows senators statewide to select one honoree from their respective legislative districts for this distinguished, statewide tribute.

May 15, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

2012 Legislature Questionnaire Results

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

April 12, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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