Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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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O'Mara criticizes hiring of 'new bureaucracy' at state Department of Corrections

 

Albany, N.Y., August 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) criticized the Cuomo administration for hiring nearly two dozen new “assistant deputy superintendents” within the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) at the same time that the administration has announced plans to shut down another four upstate correctional facilities, including the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.   

August 1, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on the Cuomo administration plan to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County

 

Albany, N.Y., July 26— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by the Cuomo administration that it will close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County and three other state correctional facilities over the next 12 months: 

"It's more tough news for a region already reeling from devastating job losses and coming on the heels of the Cuomo administration’s recent announcement that it plans to shut down inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center.

July 26, 2013
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O'Mara: Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday great chance to support local agriculture, tourism

 

Odessa, N.Y., July 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 27, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 25, 2013
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O'Mara's online petition to save Elmira PC drawing hundreds of supporters (Updated, July 22)

Elmira, N.Y., July 19—An online “Join The Fight!” petition drive launched on Tuesday by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to rally public support for the continued operation of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) has already drawn more than 750 supporters. 

"The response has grown day by day, and it’s been very positive,” said O’Mara, who continued to urge supporters to spread the word about the petition drive.  “It’s going to be very helpful to the overall effort to encourage Governor Cuomo and his administration to reconsider the future of the Elmira PC.”

July 19, 2013
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O'Mara launches online petition to save the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., July 16—One week after the Cuomo administration unveiled its plan to shut down the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) next year, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) has launched an online, “Join The Fight!” petition to rally public support for keeping the Elmira PC open.

July 16, 2013
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