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Senator O'Mara serves as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 28--Senator O'Mara serves as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International.

Prior to giving the most famous call in motorsports for the drivers to "start your engines" (watch the call on Twitter HERE), Senator O'Mara was introduced to fans as this year's Grand Marshal.  

June 29, 2015
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Sen. O'Mara: Assembly leadership should act on legislation to extend time between parole hearings for violent felons

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 8, 2015
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Legislators, families call for fewer parole hearings for murderers and other violent felons ~ O'Mara, Palmesano join the parents of Derrick Robie in support of legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) today joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 1, 2015
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Watkins Glen International

Albany, N.Y., April 21— Both houses of the Legislature will act this week on a joint Legislative Resolution sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim April 19-25, 2015, as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.

April 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara stands up for veterans and military families

Albany, N.Y., March 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues this week to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The project’s Executive Director is Dr. Frank J. Bourke of Corning, a clinical psychologist with more than three decades of experience in the field.  O’Mara said that he’s worked with Bourke over the past several years to help advance and promote the Research & Recognition Project in support of veterans and military families.

March 6, 2015
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Senator O'Mara joins legislative colleagues, highway superintendents and other local leaders to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges through the CHIPS program.

Albany, N.Y., March 4—A bipartisan group of 114 state legislators, organized by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-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, bridges and culverts.

March 4, 2015
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Senator O'Mara questions state DEC Commissioner Martens at today's legislative budget hearing

Albany, N.Y., January 28-At today's legislative budget hearing in Albany, Senator O'Mara questioned New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens on Governor Cuomo's budget proposals for environmental conservation.

O'Mara expressed some frustration over the DEC's decision making process.

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January 28, 2015
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Senator O'Mara questions NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball on Gov. Cuomo's proposals for Southern Tier farmers

Albany, N.Y., January 28--At a legislative budget hearing in Albany today, Senator O'Mara questioned state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to create a $30-million farmland preservation fund for the Southern Tier.

O'Mara believes the proposal pays "short shrift" to regional farmers.

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January 28, 2015
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's new state budget plan

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs."  Read more...  

January 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara reacts to Governor Cuomo's new state budget plan

Albany, N.Y., January 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2015-2016 state budget “not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.”  

O’Mara said, “I’ll keep on saying it: New York government needs to stay focused, more than anything else, on taking action after action after action on Upstate manufacturing job growth and eliminating the crushing burdens of mandates, regulations and taxes.  It begins and ends with addressing these priorities. The governor’s blueprint is not aggressive enough on these priorities, and it’s not aggressive enough on creating Southern Tier jobs.

January 21, 2015
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September 11, 2014
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano and legislative colleagues pay tribute to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, this year's National Spelling Bee co-champion

Albany, N.Y., June 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano today paid tribute at the State Capitol to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion.

O’Mara and Palmesano sponsored a Joint Legislative Resolution honoring Hathwar’s achievement, which was presented to all of the members of the State Legislature during today’s Senate and Assembly sessions.  Hathwar was recognized in person by each legislative house.  

June 10, 2014
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Senator O'Mara praises Senate action on anti-heroin legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 9—The State Senate today approved a series of legislative initiatives co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) aimed at addressing the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

June 9, 2014
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Senator O'Mara comments on Senate Task Force on Heroin recommendations

Albany, N.Y., May 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to issue a report and unveil a set of legislative recommendations in response to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

May 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara holds public hearing on heroin crisis

Elmira, N.Y., May 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today brought the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College for a public round table discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

The legislative hearing was held at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall.

O’Mara was joined at today’s hearing by the Task Force Vice Chairman, Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Seneca Falls), and area Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning).

May 16, 2014
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Sen. O'Mara highlights the importance of agriculture and manufacturing in the new state budget

Albany, N.Y., March 31--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) highlights the importance of the tax relief and other actions being taken in the 2014-15 New York State budget to strengthen agriculture and manufacturing in New York State.

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March 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara recognized for leadership on state support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 31--On the floor of the New York State Senate earlier today, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) praised his colleague, Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), for O'Mara's leadership on state support for local roads and bridges.

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March 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara joins state manufacturing leaders to call for tax and regulatory reform

Albany, N.Y., March 24 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said that the findings of a new study commissioned by two of the state’s leading manufacturing advocates – the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) – reveal that while nearly 70% of the state’s manufacturing executives remain optimistic about staying in business in the state, 60% of them also believe that the state’s business climate is headed in the wrong direction.

Nearly half (46%) of the business leaders polled as part of the new study pointed to high taxes as the greatest competitive obstacle they face.

March 24, 2014
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