Thomas F. O'mara's posts related to Local Government

Mandate Relief Council invites local input -- public hearings announced, new website

Albany, N.Y., February 8—The state’s Mandate Relief Council announced today that it will hold a series of public hearings across upstate New York, including in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in March, to give local officials and the public an opportunity to provide direct input on an issue that county leaders and others have identified as a top priority in 2012.


Area state lawmakers issue reminder on Local Efficiency Grant Program

Albany, N.Y., February 15—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and area Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) reminded the region’s local officials today that the deadline for submitting applications for the state’s 2011-2012 Local Efficiency Grant Program is March 21, 2012.


Lawmakers compare notes on state budget: O'Mara and Palmesano meet with Yates County legislators

Penn Yan, N.Y., March 7--As state legislators have spent the past several weeks at the capital poring over the details and assessing the impact of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2012-2013 proposed state budget, Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has also been meeting back home throughout his 53rd Senate District with concerned citizens, school superintendents, and many other local representatives, including county legislators.


New York Works projects announced for flood control system and dam repair in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., April 17—At the Capitol yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $28 million in investment for 47 “New York Works” flood control system and dam repair projects in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.


Area legislators sponsor legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

Albany, N.Y., April 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) announced today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.


Local public libraries receive state construction grants

Albany, N.Y., May 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced that public libraries  throughout Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded state library construction grants.

The area legislators said that the grants are being awarded through the state’s $14-million Library Construction Grant Program contained in last year’s state budget.

“A public library is a fundamental resource for area families, seniors, and countless other community residents.  We’re hopeful that these grants will help local libraries better afford and address their renovation needs,” the legislators said in a joint statement.


Steuben County gets state ok on tax abatement program, legislation sponsored by Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano

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.


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." 


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. 


O'Mara on new legislation: No more unfunded state mandates out of Albany

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts.

Specifically the legislation (S.1294/A.4861), which has bipartisan sponsorship in the Legislature and is co-sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning), would ban the imposition of any future state mandates on local governments and school districts that are not accompanied by state funding to localities to pay for delivering the required programs and services.