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.
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.
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."
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."
Albany, N.Y., September 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named as a member of the 2012 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 and notified O’Mara of his selection earlier this week.
Elmira Heights, N.Y.--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today joined local leaders and state economic develoment officials to announce that Anchor Glass Container Corp., a Southern Tier glass container maker, is receiving 6.6 megawatts in low-cost electricity through the ReCharge NY (RNY) program that will allow the company to retain 340 jobs and invest $37.2 million in its facility.
The area leaders were also joined by representatives of the New York Power Authority and Anchor Glass at the company's 100-year-old glass container production facility in Elmira Heights in Chemung County.
Corning, N.Y., August 23—Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) to establish a real property tax abatement program in Steuben County, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
O’Mara and Palmesano introduced the legislation (S.7424/A.10107, Chapter 394 of the Laws of 2012) at the request of Steuben County officials who believe that the new program will help spur investment and revitalization of commercial and residential properties in the cities of Corning and Hornell, as well as other localities. Cities, towns and villages throughout Steuben County can participate in the program at their option.
Albany, N.Y., August 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has received a strong vote of confidence from the state’s largest business advocacy organization, The Business Council of New York State, for his commitment “to a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda.”
O’Mara joins a number of his Senate colleagues as the highest-rated state senators in the Business Council’s just-released 2012 Voters’ Guide. O’Mara received a score of 90%. He noted that area Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) also received high grades.
Albany, N.Y., August 2—New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and State Senators Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) announced today that legislation they sponsored to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Senate approved the legislation ((S.5818/A.8468, Chapter 310 of the Laws of 2012) in late March. It was given final legislative approval in early June by the Assembly, where it was also cosponsored by Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats).
Albany, N.Y., July 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, cheered the enactment of legislation signed into law yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to implement regulatory reforms and tax incentives to encourage the expansion of the state's growing craft beer industry.
O’Mara said that the new law, which he strongly supported in the Senate, will help enhance and strengthen the foundations of agriculture and tourism across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.
Albany, N.Y., July 12—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to ensure that every New York State volunteer or professional firefighter killed in the line of duty has his or her name included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“New York State’s firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, and they earn and deserve every measure of honor and respect that we can offer and provide,” said O’Mara. “This new law ensures that every firefighter who dies in the line of duty will immediately be provided a place and forever be remembered on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”
Albany, N.Y., July 3-Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway” has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The designation (S.7739/A.10726/Chapter 101 of the Laws of 2012), which was unanimously approved by the Legislature two weeks ago, honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.
Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway.”
The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.
Albany, N.Y., June 20—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today voted in favor of legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly to enact the “Protection of People With Special Needs Act” to reform and strengthen protections for more than one million state residents with special needs who are served by facilities and programs operated, licensed and certified by state agencies.
The agreed-upon legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.
Albany, N.Y., June 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted in favor of legislation approved by the Senate yesterday to provide tax credits to state businesses that hire returning and wounded veterans.
O’Mara highlighted federal Bureau of Labor statistics showing that unemployment has 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.
Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” to prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery tickets, and to combat other abuses of public assistance benefits.
Albany, N.Y., June 15—The State Senate this week approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to target criminals, called “runners,” who are key players in the epidemic of fraud that especially plagues New York’s automobile insurance industry, drives up insurance rates for every state motorist and costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion annually.
Albany, N.Y., June 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has announced the beginning of “Dream Big READ!” -- a new, online summer reading program that the Senate will be promoting throughout the summer of 2012 in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.
Albany, N.Y., June 5—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation called the “College Affordability Plan” that Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said proposes state-level actions to try to find new ways to ease the burden of college costs for students and families.
Albany, N.Y., June 4—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”
The measure was approved by a vote of 54-0.
The proposed new loan fund (S.3126/A.5145), which would be administered by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), would provide state grants and low-interest loans to help dairy farmers undertake energy efficiency projects and purchase cutting-edge energy technologies.