Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

O'Mara holds public round table discussion on regional, statewide heroin crisis (UPDATED--including a video replay of the full hearing)

 

[Update, Friday, May 16th: Watch a video replay of today's full hearing HERE

Elmira, N.Y., May 16,--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today brought the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College for a public round table discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

May 14, 2014
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O'Mara honors Yates County health professional as 2014 New York State Senate 'Woman of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) paid tribute to Lauren R. Snyder, a long-time public health professional in Yates County, as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” at an awards ceremony in Albany on Tuesday. 

Snyder, a Penn Yan native who served as the Yates County Public Health Director for 28 years before retiring in 2009, represented O’Mara’s 58th Senate District at a statewide tribute event in the Legislative Office Building in Albany as part of the state Senate’s 17th Annual “Women of Distinction” program.  

May 13, 2014
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Legislation to assist NY's disabled vets signed into law

Albany, N.Y., May 13—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans, has been signed into law.

The new law, known as the "Service-Disabled Veterans-Owned Business Act," builds on last year’s enactment of a “Hire-a-Vet” business tax credit that O’Mara also co-sponsored. 

May 13, 2014
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O'Mara bringing Senate task force to Elmira to examine growing heroin crisis throughout region

Elmira, N.Y., May 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) announced today that he will bring the Senate Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College on Friday, May 16, 2014 for a legislative hearing on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

The hearing, which will be open to the public, will be held at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  

May 7, 2014
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O'Mara will honor Yates County woman as local 'Woman of Distinction' ~ former Yates County Public Health Director Lauren Snyder will be honored at an Albany awards ceremony next week

Penn Yan, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced that he will honor Lauren R. Snyder, a long-time public health professional in Yates County, as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” 

Snyder, a Penn Yan native who served as the Yates County Public Health Director for 28 years before retiring in 2009, will represent O’Mara’s 58th Senate District at a statewide awards ceremony in the Legislative Office Building in Albany next Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

May 6, 2014
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation targeting meth labs

Albany, N.Y., April 29—The state Legislature returned to Albany this week to begin the final weeks of this year’s legislative session and one of the first orders of business for the New York State Senate yesterday was to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to further outlaw the operation of clandestine methamphetamine labs. 

The legislation was approved with strong bipartisan support in the Senate by a vote of  55 to 4.  The measure now goes to the state Assembly where action on the legislation has been stalled for the past few years.  

April 29, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 28, 2014 ~ 'A few jabs in a big fight for jobs'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "A few jabs in a big fight for jobs"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 27th Corning Leader] 

April 28, 2014
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O'Mara: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Important in the Ongoing Fight Against Abuse

Elmira, N.Y., April 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that Saturday, April 26, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and law enforcement agencies across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will operate drop-off centers for people to anonymously dispose of their unused prescription drugs.

"It’s incredibly important that our local law enforcement leaders continue to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Their ongoing leadership in this overall effort to combat prescription drug abuse makes all the difference,” said O’Mara.  

April 23, 2014
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O'Mara praises this weekend's RecruitNY campaign to boost local volunteer firefighter, EMT ranks ~ find out if a department near you is holding an Open House

Elmira, N.Y., April 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a number of the region’s volunteer fire departments will hold open houses this weekend as part of “RecruitNY,” a statewide public awareness initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The annual event, which takes place this year on April 26-27, is coordinated by FASNY in partnership with the state Association of Fire Districts, Association of Fire Chiefs, Volunteer Fire Police Association and the County Fire Coordinators’ Association.

April 22, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column ~ for the week of April 21, 2014 ~ 'A long walk for NY's economy'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "A long walk for NY's economy"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 20th Corning Leader] 

April 21, 2014
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Yates County fire, EMS volunteers honored

Yates County Emergency Services recently honored many of the local volunteers who contribute thousands of hours of service to communities across  the county.  In fact, they paid tribute to a total of 710 volunteers who gave 8,484 hours of training and service.

Congratulations -- and thank you -- to all of this year's honorees and special award recipients.

Read more in The Chronicle-Express, "Yates County Fire, EMS volunteers honored for training and service"

April 17, 2014
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3rd Annual 'I Love My Park Day' on May 3rd (Updated)

Elmira, N.Y., May 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 3rd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at state parks and historic sites across New York, including events at several local sites. 

The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system.

April 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 14, 2014 ~ 'Taking part, and pitching in'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Taking part, and pitching in"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 14th Corning Leader] 

April 14, 2014
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Local municipalities see boost in state support for local roads, bridges

Elmira, N.Y., April 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) said today that area counties, cities, towns and villages will receive increases in state funding for local roads and bridges under the recently enacted 2014-15 New York State budget. 

April 11, 2014
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Area state legislators continue to sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Elmira, N.Y., April 10—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week this week,  State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 10, 2014
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Thank you!

Thank you to all of the thousands of volunteers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  

What a difference you make to the quality of our communities, and in so many individual lives. 

April 8, 2014
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The 2014-2015 New York State Budget

Read Senator O'Mara's reactions to the 2014-15 New York State budget here, here, here and here.

April 8, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano say new state budget continues last year's increased state support for local roads and bridges, provides additional help for winter-damaged roads

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) said today that area counties will see increases in state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding under the 2014-15 New York State budget being enacted today. 

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend continue to criticize Cuomo administration decision to close Monterey Shock

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for refusing to renegotiate his administration’s plan to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility later this year.

The final 2014-15 state budget agreed upon by Cuomo and legislative leaders, and being acted on today by both the Senate and Assembly, does not contain funding to keep Monterey open. 

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara says new state budget includes beginnings of Senate's 'Young Farmers NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today that the 2014-15 state budget will include key provisions of a comprehensive “Young Farmers NY” program he and his Senate colleagues unveiled earlier this year.

The “Young Farmers NY” strategy, which O’Mara co-sponsors, combines financial and educational initiatives and incentives aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 31, 2014
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