Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

O'Mara appointed to Rural Resources Commission

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he has been appointed as one of five senators who will serve on the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.

O’Mara’s appointment was made by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

April 13, 2011
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O'Mara on state budget: fiscal discipline, attention to the economy

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the 2011-2012 state budget enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo before the April 1 start of New York’s new fiscal year “represents a good beginning to fiscal discipline, long-term economic strength, and a better business climate.” 

March 31, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--focusing this week on the 2011-2012 state budget

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

March 28, 2011
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Senator O'Mara seeking nominations for 'Women of Distinction' award

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C,Big Flats) is accepting nominations until Friday, April 8th for the Senate's 14th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor women making outstanding contributions to local communities.

March 22, 2011
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Senate budget: less spending, no new taxes, broader commitment to economic growth

Albany, N.Y., March 15— The New York State Senate approved today its version of a proposed 2011-2012 state budget and area Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said the cornerstones of the Senate plan will focus on a series of key priorities: no new or increased state taxes or fees, lower state spending, and a greater state emphasis on private-sector economic growth.

“We’re committed to a new state budget that addresses key short-term challenges and begins putting in place the foundation for long-term tax relief, job creation and a business climate that won’t be ranked, like it is today, as America’s worst.  We need to move New York in a new and better direction,” said O’Mara.

March 15, 2011
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O'Mara releases results of online budget survey as Senate and Assembly prepare to release plans

Elmira, N.Y., March 13—“That single answer alone delivers a loud-and-clear local message that the state bureaucracy should be streamlined and made more cost effective for taxpayers,”  State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) said today as he released the results of his online survey on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-2012 proposed state budget showing 97% of the survey’s respondents support proposals to consolidate, restructure and reduce the cost of the state bureaucracy.

Read more in The Evening Tribune.

March 13, 2011
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Senate approves 'Recharge NY' to boost Upstate economy

Albany, N.Y., March 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues today to unanimously approve legislation to comprehensively reform and strengthen New York’s key economic development power initiatives --  the Power for Jobs and Energy Cost Savings Benefits programs – that provide low-cost electricity to businesses and manufacturers locally and statewide.

The legislation creating the new program, which would be called “Recharge NY,” has long been seen by  O’Mara and many other upstate legislators as critical to giving current and prospective manufacturers the long-term certainty and stability needed to attract them and the jobs they create to the upstate region.

March 8, 2011
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Legislature unanimously approves change to strengthen election process for military voters

Albany, N.Y., March 3—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.The Senate unanimously approved O’Mara’s legislation -- the occasion marking the first piece of legislation O'Mara has had approved as a state senator.

March 3, 2011
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Senate approves legislation clearing way for emergency responses

Albany, N.Y., February 15—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their personal vehicles and to use the AEDs to respond to emergencies during their off-duty hours.

Current state law doesn’t allow off-duty EMTs to possess and use the life-saving devices unless they’re specifically licensed as a public access defibrillator provider – a time-consuming and state-imposed expense that O’Mara said doesn’t make any sense. 

February 16, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.

February 14, 2011
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Legislature reaches first agreement on state budget, will hold public negotiating sessions

Albany, N.Y., February 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed a legislative agreement that will ensure the 2011-2012 state budget adoption process includes the use of joint, bipartisan Senate-Assembly budget conference committees.

February 11, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'M

February 7, 2011
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First Step? Start Doing Away With Nation's Highest Property Tax Burden

Albany, N.Y., January 31—The New York State Senate has approved legislation that would allow New York to join 43 other states that have put a cap on school and local government property tax increases.

[Watch Senator O'Mara's remarks in support of the measure during debate in the Senate Chamber]

February 1, 2011
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Steuben County League of Women Voters Seeks Student Applicants

Albany, N.Y., January 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that the Steuben County League of Women Voters is currently accepting applications from area high school students interested in participating in the 11th  Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State.

January 26, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  Here at the start of the 2011 legislative session, that's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout the year ahead, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

January 24, 2011
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Senate gavels in new session with committee assignments, Senator O'Mara assigned key posts

Albany, N.Y., January 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named chairman of the Senate Elections Committee by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Long Island).

January 11, 2011
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O'Mara welcomes governor's focus on Medicaid, touts local reform actions (Updated, January 10)

Albany, N.Y., January 6— In a letter today to Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed the governor’s emphasis on Medicaid reform, offered the area’s cooperation in bringing about a long-overdue  restructuring of the system, and pointed to local efforts that have already been successful and could potentially serve

January 7, 2011
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O'Mara: Fiscal crisis, upstate economy, property tax relief must top 2011 agenda

[In the photo above, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman administers the Oath of Office in the historic Senate chamber.

January 5, 2011
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