Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

O'Mara: 'Innovation Hot Spots' for Southern Tier, Finger Lakes promising for regional high-tech growth, job creation

Elmira, N.Y., December 12— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that the state’s support for the creation of a Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot  and a Rochester-based Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot could “carry us a long way in securing a prominent place” in the modern, high-tech economy statewide, nationally and globally.

December 12, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes new round of state support for regional economic development

Albany, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $81.9 million and the Finger Lakes region $59.8 million under the third round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.

O'Mara noted that the Southern Tier was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  

December 11, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on release of Governor Cuomo's 'Tax Relief Commission' report

Elmira, N.Y., December 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s report from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Tax Relief Commission”:   

December 10, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes meeting with Cuomo administration on future of Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on Tuesday's meeting at the Capitol with key Cuomo administration officials on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:

"I appreciate the willingness of Governor Cuomo and his administration to listen directly to our local challenges, concerns and suggestions over the administration’s proposed plan for the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.  

November 26, 2013
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Farm Bureau recognizes O'Mara as a 'friend' of New York agriculture, farmers

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named to the 2013 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture.  

The Farm Bureau represents more than 35,000 member farm families statewide.

November 26, 2013
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O'Mara: On Saturday, November 23, 'two great events for two critical local causes' (UPDATED, November 25th)

Elmira, N.Y., November 22— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that two events will take place in Elmira on Saturday, November 23rd, that offer ongoing opportunities to support the Elmira Psychiatric Center and the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.

November 22, 2013
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Elmira Jackals, Senator O'Mara urge supporters 'to turn First Arena orange' on Saturday night in support of Monterey Shock

ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals have announced that they will be holding the largest public rally to date in support of saving the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County. The rally will take place at their home game this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at First Arena, against the Kalamazoo Wings.

November 20, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues propose tax cutting, reform recommendations

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) has joined his State Senate Republican colleagues to call for action on a comprehensive tax-cutting agenda by the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014.  

November 19, 2013
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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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