Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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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'First no eye tests, now no road tests?' Senator O'Mara opposes DMV plan to close Steuben County road test sites

Bath, N.Y., October 27—In a strongly worded letter today to state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) urged the commissioner to scrap a plan to reduce the number of drivers’ road tests locations in Steuben County from three to one.

October 27, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano holding community meeting in Jasper (Steuben County) later today

Jasper, N.Y., October 11—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 in Jasper (Steuben County) later today.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Jasper Town Hall.

October 11, 2011
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O'Mara to Governor: Time is Now for Medicaid Takeover

Elmira, N.Y., October 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) strongly criticized today Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statements earlier this week that New York State can’t afford to take over the local cost of Medicaid and alleviate counties of their single-largest state-mandated expense.

October 8, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 25, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

September 29, 2011
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O'Mara, Palmesano will hold community meeting in Wayland later today

Wayland, N.Y., Wednesday, September 28--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 Wayland (Steuben County) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Wayland Town Hall (110 North Main Street).

September 28, 2011
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O'Mara will lead Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency (listen to Senator O'Mara's September 21st interview on Ithaca's WHCU radio)

Albany, N.Y.—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will chair the state Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency and lead renewed efforts to uncover waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout the state bureaucracy.

September 20, 2011
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Remembering September 11, 2001 -- Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara, 53rd District

Throughout this weekend, 10 years after September 11, 2001, Americans of all ages have gathered, in the words of former President George W.

September 10, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Scott

Elmira, N.Y., September 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Scott:

September 6, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of August 1, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

August 1, 2011
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Governor okays permanent rifle hunting seasons in area counties

Albany, N.Y., July 22–Legislation sponsored this legislative session by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) to permanently authorize rifle hunting in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 22, 2011
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Governor Cuomo signs law to change presidential primary date

Albany, N.Y., July 19—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to move New York’s presidential primary election day from the first Tuesday in February to Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

July 19, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano highlight rural legislation

Albany, N.Y., July 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning), each following their first session on the Legislature’s 10-member Commission on Rural Resources, said today that several pieces of the commission’s 2011 agenda were approved by the Senate and Assembly and are expected to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 12, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 4, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

July 5, 2011
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Senator O'Mara statement on the 2011 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 24—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the conclusion of the Legislature’s 2011 regular session, his first as a state senator:

June 24, 2011
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O'Mara legislation approved to reduce costs for local boards of elections

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to provide cost savings to localities by reducing the time local boards of elections are required to store unopened and unused election ballots.

June 23, 2011
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Legislation approved to permanently allow rifle hunting in area counties

Albany, N.Y.–The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) to permanently authorize rifle hunting in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties.

June 22, 2011
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