Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

O'Mara legislation targets manufacturing, possession and sale of methamphetamine

Elmira, N.Y., April 11 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), highlighting the increasing frequency of methamphetamine-related arrests and other incidents across the region over the past few years, announced today that he has introduced legislation in the Senate to significantly increase the criminal penalties for possessing, selling or manufacturing the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

April 11, 2013
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O'Mara: Submit a nomination for the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he’s accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame” -- an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.

April 5, 2013
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O'Mara salutes Hire-a-Vet tax credit in new state budget

Albany, N.Y., March 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today said that one of the highlights of the new state budget is the creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses throughout New York to hire returning veterans.

That’s a move O’Mara’s strongly supported and co-sponsored over the past year.

March 28, 2013
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O'Mara on state budget: spending control and future tax breaks, but not enough overall

Albany, N.Y., March 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today welcomed the ongoing state spending restraint – for the third consecutive year state spending growth will remain below two percent – and the establishment of future tax breaks in the state’s final 2013-14 state budget.

The Senate finished approving the state’s new fiscal plan early this morning, and the Assembly is expected to follow suit and give the budget final legislative approval on Thursday.  It will then be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, representing the third year in a row the state budget's been enacted on time.

March 27, 2013
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Counties, towns and villages to see significant boost in state support for local roads, bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) said today that area counties will see significant increases in state support for local roads and bridges under the 2013-14 New York State budget being enacted this week.

A breakdown of county figures as a result of this year’s state-level increase of $75 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) was released by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders earlier today at the Capitol [to see the full breakdown for counties, towns and villages, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/CHIPS-Funding-Breakdown.pdf.]

March 25, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano applaud budget agreement to boost CHIPS funding for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 21—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), who in early March 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, applauded today’s announcement that the final 2013-14 state budget will include a $75 million increase in funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

CHIPS provides the bulk of state aid to counties and towns for the maintenance and improvement of local roads and bridges. 

March 21, 2013
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Senate GOP's 'Blueprint for Jobs' includes O'Mara's call for manufacturing tax cut, utility tax relief and Hire-a-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., March 8—A comprehensive state Senate Republican plan to jump-start the state economy and create private-sector jobs includes a proposal introduced earlier this year by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to phase-out the corporate franchise tax for manufacturers across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The plan also includes proposals for a utility tax cut and the creation of a Hire-A-Vet tax credit which O'Mara has pushed over the past several weeks.

March 8, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano continue to urge support for a second RenovatingHope project locally ~ Less than one week to go in online voting

Bath, N.Y., March 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today urged area residents to support the veterans assistance organization RenovatingHope by voting daily online in the The Home Depot Foundation’s 2nd annual “Aprons in Action” contest.

In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said: “We are proud to take every opportunity that we possibly can to support our veterans.  We hope that as many area residents as possible will join us in this effort to help RenovatingHope make a life-changing difference for another local hero.”

March 8, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano lead call to boost state support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 6—With final negotiations over the 2013-14 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next two weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, 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.

Highway superintendents from throughout the state have been in Albany this week as part of their “2013 Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.”

March 6, 2013
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Senators propose 'Grown in New York' plan to strengthen NY agriculture ~ O'Mara says action needed to keep farmers from being 'taxed, regulated and priced out of business'

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 2013
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Today's legislative budget hearings on mental hygiene and workforce development ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed state budget.

Today's topics: Mental Hygiene (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Workforce Development (scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.).

Watch "Mental Hygiene" live.

Watch "Workforce Development" live.

 

February 27, 2013
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O'Mara seeking nominations for Senate's 16th Annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute

Elmira, N.Y., February 25—As part of New York State’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is accepting nominations for the Senate's 16th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, April 5, 2013.

February 26, 2013
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O'Mara critical of Cuomo failure to pull the plug on utility tax as part of budget amendments

Albany, N.Y., February 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee,  today criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to take action on his own to reject a five-year extension of a  “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

O’Mara said that he and his Senate Republican colleagues will continue to push for the proposal’s rejection during final state budget negotiations with the Assembly and the governor over the next several weeks.

February 22, 2013
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O'Mara lauds state support for Cornell University's energy efficiency initiatives

Ithaca, February 20--The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced that Cornell University has been awarded $616,000 in state funding to advance energy efficiency projects and studies to support the university's short- and long-term goals to reduce energy consumption and become a climate-neutral campus.

February 20, 2013
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O'Mara reappointed to Rural Resources Commission; in a mostly downstate- and urban-oriented State Legislature, bipartisan group works to keep focus on rural issues, challenges

Albany, N.Y., February 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been reappointed as one of five state senators who will serve on the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

O’Mara’s reappointment to a second consecutive two-year term on the Commission was announced by the Senate leadership this week. 

February 14, 2013
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O'Mara: Throw the flag on New York City legislator's proposal to ban youth football (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., February 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today threw the flag against a New York City legislator’s proposal to ban youth football in New York State.

This morning’s New York Daily News reports that Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx) has introduced legislation “to prohibit children younger than 11 from playing organized tackle football anywhere in the state.”

O’Mara strongly rejected the idea.

“Talk about being out of bounds,” said O’Mara.  “What we need to ban is knee-jerk legislation.  What’s next?  No more fastballs in Little League?  Enough.”

February 11, 2013
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O'Mara calls for bold action on state's part to boost upstate manufacturing

Elmira, N.Y., February 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has introduced legislation calling for an unprecedented tax cut for manufacturers across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide. 

He billed the measure as one cornerstone of a renewed state commitment to the upstate New York manufacturing sector, a move he believes would help spark broad-based, badly needed private-sector job growth. 

February 10, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues to Cuomo: You said no new taxes, so pull the plug on this proposal

Albany, N.Y., February 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, is joining his Senate Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a five-year extension of a “staggering” energy tax first imposed on New Yorkers in 2009.

February 5, 2013
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O'Mara supporting renewed push for 'Hire-a-Vet' tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today said that he will seek to co-sponsor and strongly support legislation in the Senate to provide a tax credit to state businesses that hire veterans returning home from military service.

O’Mara highlighted federal Bureau of Labor statistics from 2012 showing that unemployment reached a staggering 20 percent for veterans under the age of 30 who have recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Moreover, statistics show that a significant number of recently returned veterans report service-connected disabilities.

January 31, 2013
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O'Mara issues reminder: New York State seeking correction officer candidates

Albany, N.Y., January 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is currently undertaking a statewide correction officer recruitment effort.

A state Civil Service examination to fill new positions has been scheduled for April 13, 2013.  Those interested in taking the exam must file an application by Monday, February 25, 2013.

January 30, 2013
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