Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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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Access to State and Local Government

New York government is comprised of numerous state agencies, boards and commissions that implement a broad range of programs and services-- programs and services that impact and can benefit our lives in many ways. So I’ve always believed that my No. 1 responsibility is to provide as much information and facilitate as much access as I possibly can to what’s available.

December 29, 2010
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Winter Safety Tips

Winter weather can be unforgiving at times, delivering lake-effect snows and ice storms, blizzard-like conditions and subzero temperatures. It is important that we are prepared to safely enjoy the winter season.

December 28, 2010
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Saving Energy, Saving Money: Energy Tips for Residents in the 53rd Senate District

Don’t be left out in the old with high heating bills:Lower the thermostat-- For every one degree you set back your thermostat, you can save 1 to 3 percent on your annual heating bill.-- Turn down your thermostat when you leave your house for two or more hours.

December 28, 2010
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