Thomas F. O'mara's posts related to Environment

Confirmation Meeting

CONFIRMATION PROCESS--Senator O'Mara questions Joe Martens, Governor Andrew Cuomo's nominee to head the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), at a meeting of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee in early March.  The full Senate confirmed Mr. Martens as DEC's new commissioner on March 9th.

Legislation seeks to encourage conservation education

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate approved today legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to authorize local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) to undertake extensive public information and education programs.


O'Mara: state budget includes funding to combat threat to Finger Lakes environment and economy

[April 2, 2012 Update: Listen here to Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane on WHCU radio]


Marcellus Shale Update

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program.--including the current public comment period, from December 12, 2012 through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013, on the revised draft regulations.

View Senator O'Mara's January 11, 2012 letter to the DEC attached below.



Watch Live: Joint legislative hearing on the 'environmental conservation' portion of Gov. Cuomo's proposed state budget

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2104 proposed state budget.

Today's topic: Environmental Conservation.

Watch live.


Volunteers being sought for local river projects on Saturday

The calls are going out for volunteers this Saturday, August 10th, to assist projects along a few local rivers.

In Cohocton, members of local Trout Unlimited Chapters and other volunteers will clear away vegetation from around the 800 trees that were planted along the Cohocton River in May as part of the Cohocton Watershed Shade Enhancement Project.  Read more HERE...


Senate gives final approval to O'Mara-Lifton legislation to combat spread of invasive species

Albany, N.Y., June 20 —The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, by requiring boaters to take reasonable precautions when launching their boats.

The legislation (S.7851-B/A.9619-B) was approved yesterday by the state Assembly, where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) of Ithaca.  

It will now be delivered to the governor to be signed into law.


Schuyler County awarded state funding to assist soil and water quality practices on area farms

Watkins  Glen, N.Y., June 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that Schuyler County received the highest statewide funding level under the latest round of state grants to help New York State farmers implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices.


'Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla'

From the Ithaca Journal, "The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, is launching an on-the-water training program for individuals who are willing to look for hydrilla verticillata and other invasive species on Cayuga Lake and neighboring lakes."

Read more, "Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla"


O'Mara-sponsored legislation to combat invasive species signed into law

Albany, N.Y., September 2 —Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-125th District) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and statewide, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.