Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

O'Mara serving on new Senate task force to examine growing heroin epidemic regionally, statewide

Albany, N.Y., March 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will serve as a member on the Senate Majority Coalition’s new Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The creation of the bipartisan task force was announced in Albany.  It arrives as local police departments, including many across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, continue to point to the alarming rise in the availability and use of heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

March 18, 2014
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O'Mara: Senate budget stays focused on tax relief and job creation; rejects closure of Monterey Shock and prohibits use of taxpayer dollars for college for inmates

Albany, N.Y., March 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who served on the Senate’s budget subcommittee on economic development and taxes, said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, approved early this morning, includes job-creating tax cuts and regulatory reforms, while keeping a strict lid on state government spending.

March 14, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano will hold community meetings across the region on Saturday

Elmira, N.Y., March 13—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today reminded area residents that they will hold several community meetings across the region on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

"We hope our constituents will take advantage of these community meetings to learn more about and contribute to this year’s challenges and debates over taxes, regulations, mandates, economic development, health care, education, and other key issues," O’Mara and Palmesano said in a joint statement.  “Community meetings offer the kind of direct give and take that’s fundamental to effective government.”

March 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 10, 2014 ~ 'Did you hear about Women of Distinction'

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..." 

March 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's statement on the appointment of Cornell University President David Skorton to lead the Smithsonian Institution

Albany, N.Y., March 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on the announcement that Cornell University President David Skorton has been appointed as the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2015:

March 11, 2014
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O'Mara and Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—A group of nearly 100 state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

Local highway superintendents from every region of the state have  been in Albany this week as part of their “2014  ‘Local Roads Matter’ Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.” 

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara: Let's work to approve 'Compassionate Care Act'

Albany, N.Y., March 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will work with his Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, this session to gain legislative approval of the “Compassionate Care Act” – landmark legislation that would create the most tightly regulated, highly restrictive medical marijuana system in the nation.   

March 4, 2014
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O'Mara kicks off Women's History Month by accepting local nominations for Senate's 17th Annual 'Women of Distinction' program

Elmira, N.Y., February 28—Kicking off New York State’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced that he is accepting nominations for the Senate's 17th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Monday, March 24, 2014.

February 28, 2014
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Local bus caravan heading to Albany on Tuesday, March 11th for protest rally against closing Monterey Shock, other correctional facilities ~ Read more, sign up to go, registration deadline is this Friday, February 26th

Elmira, N.Y., February 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara today reminded local residents interested in attending a rally on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Albany to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shut down several correctional facilities this year, including the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County, can join a local bus caravan being sponsored by the New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA).

February 26, 2014
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'Do you support Governor Cuomo's plan to provide a college education to state prison inmates?' ~ Share your opinion through Senator O'Mara's new online poll

Elmira, N.Y., February 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is giving local residents the chance to share their opinions on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to have New York State provide free college courses to state prison inmates. 

"Governor Cuomo’s proposal to provide a state taxpayer-funded college education to prison inmates seems to be striking a raw nerve among many taxpayers around the region, and statewide,” said O’Mara.  “I’m glad to offer this opportunity for local residents to share their opinions on the governor’s plan.” 

February 19, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend reject Cuomo's proposal for free college for inmates, renew call to keep open Monterey Shock (UPDATED, Feb. 19th)

Elmira, N.Y., February 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide a free college education to state prisoners and again urged the Cuomo administration to reverse its decision to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County later this year.

February 18, 2014
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State Senate moving forward on creating 'Jobs for Heroes' ~ O'Mara co-sponsors legislation to assist disabled vets, build on last year's Hire-A-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., February 6— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, the State Senate is moving forward with legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to enact the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

February 7, 2014
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Senate approves 'Public Assistance Integrity Act' to prohibit abuses of public assistance benefits

Albany, N.Y., February 4—The State Senate today approved, with strong bipartisan support, legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact what’s called the “Public Assistance Integrity Act.”  The act would prohibit public assistance recipients from using their state-administered electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, or to use their EBT cards to make withdrawals from ATMs at liquor stores, casinos or adult entertainment facilities such as strip clubs.

February 4, 2014
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O'Mara says new Medicaid fraud recovery report highlights effectiveness of Salient data-mining technology; believes even more abuse, fraud and waste can be uncovered

Albany, N.Y., February 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that today's report from the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) that New York recouped more than $851 million in Medicaid fraud recoveries in 2013 is good news, and it highlights the effectiveness of data-mining fraud prevention software like that developed by the Horseheads-based Salient Management Company.

February 4, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 3, 2014 ~ 'Great to be back in the Top 3'

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, "Great to be back in the Top 3"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 3rd Corning Leader] 

 

February 3, 2014
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O'Mara: Senate moving forward with 'Public Assistance Integrity Act' to protect taxpayers from abuse of welfare benefits

Albany, N.Y., January 31—The State Senate is moving forward with legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to prohibit public assistance recipients from using their state-funded electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, or to use their EBT cards to make withdrawals from ATMs at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.

January 31, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano holding a community meeting later today at the Erwin Town Hall

Corning, N.Y., January 30—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) today reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting later today at the Erwin Town Hall (310 Town Center Road, Painted Post).

Today's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.  

January 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 27, 2014 ~ 'Give and take on many topics'

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, "Give and take on many topics"

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

January 27, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano holding community meetings in Steuben County next week

Corning, N.Y., January 24—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) will hold a series of community meetings across the region throughout 2014, beginning next week with public forums in the Steuben County towns of Howard and Erwin.

The local lawmakers said that the meetings are informal and open to the public.  They’re aimed at giving local residents an opportunity to directly share their concerns, opinions and suggestions for better government.  

January 24, 2014
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