Thomas F. O'Mara's Press releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. O'Mara encourages local input on '2013 Economic and Fiscal Survey'; Legislature continues public budget hearings today, watch today's hearing on education live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., January 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a new member of the Senate Finance Committee which this week began a series of public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013-14 proposed state budget, has launched an online “2013 Economic & Fiscal Survey” that invites area residents to share their views on several of the key economic and fiscal challenges facing New York this year.

The second-term state senator said the new online survey offers an opportunity for local constituents to share their own views and suggestions on this year’s state budget. 

January 29, 2013

O'Mara will continue to chair Senate Elections Committee, named to new post on powerful Senate Finance Committee

Albany, N.Y., January 25—Beginning his second term in the New York State Senate, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been reappointed chairman of the Senate Elections Committee and, for the first time, will serve as a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

The appointments were announced late yesterday by Senate leaders in Albany.

January 25, 2013

New online poll: What should be Gov. Cuomo's focus in next week's state budget proposal?

Albany, N.Y., January 18—As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo prepares to unveil his 2013-14 state budget proposal at the Capitol next Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) is giving residents of his 58th Senate District an opportunity to weigh in on this year’s budget priorities.

Cuomo’s budget presentation is set for Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in Albany.  He’s expected to continue the economic and fiscal reform agenda that has defined state government over the past two years and produced no new or higher state taxes or fees, decreased year-to-year state spending, and started to streamline and overhaul the state bureaucracy.

January 18, 2013

O'Mara criticizes legislative process, lack of public input on gun control (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., January 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted against far-reaching gun control legislation advanced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Senate, 43 to 18, late last night.

The Assembly is scheduled to approve the legislation today and it then goes to the governor to be signed into law. 

O’Mara released the following statement today:

“As a parent and as a public servant, I was as outraged and as saddened as anyone by the recent events in Newtown and Webster. I agree that as a nation we must respond to the societal breakdowns that lead to these unimaginable acts of insanity and evil.

January 15, 2013

Remember: January is 'Financial Aid Awareness Month'

Elmira, N.Y., January 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that January is College Financial Aid Awareness Month in New York State and the Higher Education Service Corporation’s (HESC) campaign, “Start Here, Get There,” is offering a month-long series of events and other tools to help students and families undertake the college aid application process.

January 8, 2013

Veterans Day 2012 ~ Sunday, November 11 ~ 'We will always remember. We will always be proud.'

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

It will be observed at a time when the world's stage remains embroiled in uncertainty and instability.  It truly is a momentous and dangerous time in world history and our annual tribute to veterans takes on greater and greater meaning.

Former President Ronald Reagan, standing tall on the coast of France on June 6, 1984, offered these words to commemorate the 40th anniversary of D-Day, "We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."

November 9, 2012

Read the Fall 2012 edition of 'Rural Futures'

Albany, N.Y., October 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who serves as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, 10-member bipartisan  Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, said today that the commission's Fall 2012 edition of Rural Futures is "a valuable resource for local officials and concerned citizens looking to stay updated on the commission’s work and other state and national rural affairs initiatives." 

October 3, 2012
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