Thomas F. O'mara's posts related to Economic Development

Senate approves 'New Jobs-NY'

Albany, N.Y., May 30 —The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact a comprehensive economic development program called “New Jobs-NY.”

The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 57 to 1.


State Legislature okays designation of Seneca Lake Scenic Byway

Albany, N.Y., June 5—New York State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined Senator Mike Nozzolio (R-C, Seneca Falls) and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) to announce that the Legislature has given final approval to legislation they sponsor to designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway between Schuyler and Seneca counties as a New York State Scenic Byway.

The Senate approved the legislation in late March.  It was given final legislative approval late yesterday by the Assembly, where it was also cosponsored by Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats).


Senator O'Mara renews call for 'New Jobs-NY' after new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Study points to positive signs for New York turnaround

Albany, N.Y., June 16 —In the wake of a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranking New York as a top 10 state for “growth, productivity and livability,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) called upon the leadership of the State Assembly to approve legislation O’Mara co-sponsors to put in place a comprehensive economic development program called “New Jobs-NY.”

New Jobs-NY (S.7448) was recently approved by the Senate with strong, bipartisan support.


O'Mara applauds agreement to bolster craft brewing industry, says action will create jobs and strengthen regional agriculture and tourism

Albany, N.Y., June 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) applauded today’s agreement between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and both houses of the Legislature to implement regulatory reforms and tax incentives to encourage the expansion of New York State's growing craft beer industry.

The measure has now been approved by the Senate.  It must be approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor before becoming law.


Second round of Recharge NY power allocations benefit Southern Tier businesses, manufacturers

Albany, N.Y., June 28—State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said today that a number of Southern Tier businesses and manufacturers are among the 161 businesses and other organizations statewide being awarded more than 80 megawatts (MW) of lower-cost economic development power as part of the second round of allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.


O'Mara cheers approval of new law to encourage growth of craft beer industry

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.


Business Council gives Senator O'Mara, colleagues high marks for commitment to 'pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda'

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.


Hornell Chamber awarded grant to help continue on-the-job-training program for tri-county workers, businesses

Albany, N.Y., September 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) joined Hornell Area Chamber of Commerce President James Griffin to announce that the chamber has received a $107,140 state grant to continue a valuable on-the-job-training and placement program aimed at assisting the economically disadvantaged, veterans, displaced workers and the unemployed and underemployed throughout Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

O’Mara and Palmesano helped secure the state funding in the 2012-2013 New York State budget.  The grant is administered through the Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the state Labor Department.


Leading small business group gives O'Mara 100% rating on legislative scorecard

Albany, N.Y., September 14—New York’s leading small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business of New York (NFIB/NY), today gave State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) a 100% rating on its two-year review of the State Legislature.

O’Mara was one of 11 state senators who received a grade of 100 on the organization’s review of state legislative actions during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions that were identified as priority issues by small business owners across New York.

The NFIB/NY released its “2011-2012 New York Voting Record” this week.  It can be viewed online at


ReCharge NY sparks $37 million investment by Anchor Glass and helps century-old Southern Tier manufacturer retain 340 local jobs

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.