Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

O'Mara co-sponsoring legislation to delay implementation of OMH plan jeopardizing future of Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y., November 19— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) welcomed yesterday's comments from a key colleague, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R-Binghamton), that Governor Andrew Cuomo will consider alternatives to a comprehensive state Office of Mental Health (OMH) reorganization plan that calls for shutting down inpatient services and other changes at the Elmira Psychiatric Center. 

November 19, 2013
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Join Us at a Rally to Save the Elmira Psychiatric Center ~ Saturday, November 23, 2013 ~ Clemens Center in Elmira ~ Details Below

Immediately following Saturday's rally, supporters will hold a “community walk” around the grounds of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.

November 15, 2013
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A Veterans Day message from Senator O'Mara ~ see listings of local Veterans Day observances

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

November 8, 2013
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O'Mara hosting Free Electronics Recycling Event in Ithaca on Saturday, November 16th

Ithaca, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded Ithaca-area residents that he’s hosting a free electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga Street in Ithaca. 

Area residents can drop off old or unused electronics at no charge.  There is no limit on the number of items that can be dropped off.

November 7, 2013
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Friend will hold a community meeting at the Southport Town Hall later today (Updated, November 13th)

Elmira, N.Y., November 12—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold a community meeting at the Southport Town Hall on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

[Update, November 13, 2013: watch WENY-TV's report on yesterday's meeting, "Community concerns in Southport"]

November 6, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 4, 2013 ~ 'Keep making the case'

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, "Keep making the case"

 

November 4, 2013
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Watch a replay of Senator O'Mara's October 28th public hearing on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) hosted a public hearing in Elmira on October 28th on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and the Greater Binghamton Health Center, and the need for an ongoing “Southern Tier-based Center of Excellence” within New York State’s system of mental health. 

October 31, 2013
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day ~ Saturday, October 26, 2013 ~ Find a location near you

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

According to the DEA, this is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

October 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara hosting a free electronics recycling event in Horseheads on Saturday, October 19th

Horseheads, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will host an electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, on Saturday, October 19, 2013. 

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Central Plaza, 1020 Center Street in Horseheads. 

Area residents can drop off old or unused electronics at no charge.  There is no limit on the number of items that can be dropped off.

October 11, 2013
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues bring regulatory reform hearings to Corning today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at Noon

Corning, N.Y., October 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and members of the Senate Majority Coalition will hold a public hearing in Corning today to hear from local and statewide business leaders and economic development officials on which state rules, regulations and mandates most impact their industries and communities, and should be eliminated.

The hearing is being held at Corning Community College (Triangle Lounge of the Commons Building) beginning at Noon.  

October 8, 2013
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O'Mara reminder: a new law and another way to help salute the service of our veterans

Elmira, N.Y., October 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area veterans and veterans’ families that a new law he co-sponsored last year (S.6799, Chapter 487 of the Laws of 2012) recently took effect and, as a result, New York State veterans now have the option of having their status as a veteran indicated on their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver identification card.

The newly effective law directs the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to make the veteran’s status available to all honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces who apply for the designation on a DMV-issued photo document.

October 8, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes bipartisan Tax Relief Commission: 'It sets the stage for meaningful tax relief'

Albany, N.Y., October 2— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that he’s establishing a bipartisan “Tax Relief Commission” to recommend billions of dollars in tax cuts, with an emphasis on property tax relief:

October 2, 2013
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September is National Preparedness Month ~ Read more from the American Red Cross

September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross urges all of us -- households, communities, schools, workplaces -- to have plans in place in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Find information and tips from the American Red Cross to "Plan & Prepare" at www.redcross.org/prepare.

 

September 12, 2013
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Download and print a petition in support of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility

If you'd like to help circulate a paper petition in support of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, you can download and print a copy of Senator O'Mara's petition attached below.

Return any completed petitions to Senator O'Mara's Elmira office at 333 East Water Street, Third Floor, Suite 301, Elmira, New York 14901. Phone: 607-735-9671.

Thank you.

September 12, 2013
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Download and Print a Petition in Support of the Elmira Psychiatric Center

If you'd like to help circulate a paper petition in support of the Elmira Psychiatric Center, you can download and print a copy of Senator O'Mara's petition attached below.

Return any completed petitions to Senator O'Mara's Elmira office at 333 East Water Street, Third Floor, Suite 301, Elmira, New York 14901. Phone: 607-735-9671.

Thank you.

 

September 5, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend urge support for 'Keep Monterey Open!' online petition ~ 'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' set for September 9th in Watkins Glen

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County next year, and now State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and State Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) are encouraging area residents to sign an online “Keep Monterey Open!” petition that’s been launched to help rally public support and convince the administration to keep the Monterey facility open.

September 5, 2013
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Senate continues tax reform hearings in Syracuse today, O'Mara says goal is bipartisan legislative tax-cutting agenda

 

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Investigations and Governmental Operations, today joined his committee colleagues in Syracuse to hear from regional business and economic development leaders on how New York’s tax policies can be reformed to reduce the state’s overall tax burden and encourage private-sector job growth.

The Senate hearings are aimed at developing a comprehensive tax reform agenda that O’Mara and his colleagues will make a priority during the 2014 legislative session. 

September 5, 2013
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KEEP MONTEREY OPEN!

[UPDATE, MARCH 31: O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend criticize new budget for failing to save Monterey, vow to continue fight, read more HERE]

[UPDATE, MARCH 14: Senate approves budget resolution that says no to Cuomo closure plan, read more HERE

August 29, 2013
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