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Best wishes throughout this holiday season

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful and a memorable Holiday Season.

December 23, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 22, 2014 ~ 'Carrying on in more ways than one'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Carrying on in more ways than one"

December 22, 2014
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to encourage growth of industrial hemp signed into law ~ Cornell University researchers, Farm Bureau, other farm advocates see economic opportunity

Albany, N.Y., December 18— Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) to make New York the 16th state in the nation to establish a framework for growing industrial hemp as a way to diversify and strengthen the state’s leading agricultural industry, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation (S.7047/A.8297, Chapter 524 of the Laws of 2014) was approved by the Legislature in June.  It authorizes a pilot program to allow hemp production for research to begin immediately by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, and state colleges and universities. 

December 18, 2014
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O'Mara criticizes decisions on casinos, fracking (UPDATED, December 18)

Elmira, N.Y., December 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s decision by the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board to not locate one of New York’s three new Upstate casino resorts at Tioga Downs Casino and Raceway in Nichols:

December 17, 2014
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Gaming Facility Location Board to announce the sites of Upstate's casinos at today's meeting ~ Watch the announcement live at 2:00 p.m.

The sites of New York's four new Upstate casino resorts will be announced today during a meeting of the Gaming Facility Location Board.

Watch today's meeting live, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at http://gaming.ny.gov/

December 17, 2014
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Cuomo cabinet meeting meeting this morning could address state's decision on hydrofracking ~ Watch it live at 11:15 a.m.

According to news reports, a Cuomo administration cabinet meeting this morning should include a public briefing "on a long-awaited Department of Health study on the impact of allowing hydrofracking in New York State."

Watch today's cabinet meeting live, beginning at 11:15 a.m., at http://www.ny.gov/   

 

December 17, 2014
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Regional airports awarded state funding, O'Mara praises 'smart investments' in local economy

Elmira, N.Y., December 16—Several regional airport projects are among 26 aviation projects statewide being awarded a total of $9 million to enhance safety, security and economic development, it was announced in Albany today.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomed the announcement.

December 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 15, 2014 ~ 'A locally grown economic engine for NY'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "A locally grown economic engine for NY"

December 15, 2014
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ECONOMIC ENGINES

Great news this week.

The Southern Tier region was awarded a total of $80.8 million and the Finger Lakes region $80.7 million through the fourth round of funding for the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative.

In fact, both the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions are among the five regions recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  

So the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions continue to stand out this year.  

December 12, 2014
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O'Mara named to Farm Bureau 'Circle of Friends' for commitment to New York's farm families

Elmira, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) has been named to the 2014 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 statewide.

December 11, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes new round of state aid for regional economic development -- Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions recognized as 'Top Performers' (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded a total of $80.8 million and the Finger Lakes region $80.7 million under the fourth round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative.

O’Mara noted that both the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions are among the five regions that are recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  The other Top Performers this year are Central New York, Mid-Hudson and Long Island.

December 11, 2014
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Listen to Senator O'Mara on WLEA radio in Hornell ~ December 9, 2014 'Newsmaker Show'

Listen to Senator O'Mara's December 9, 2014 interview on the "Newsmaker Show" on WLEA radio (AM 1480) in Hornell.

Among other topics, the Senator shares his thoughts on the future of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, and on the calls by some state lawmakers to reform the grand jury system in New York State.

[Note: Senator O'Mara appears during the second segment of the show, following an interview with area Assemblyman Joe Giglio, at approximately the 10:34 mark of the podcast]

December 9, 2014
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'Elmira ceremony honors police cadets' ~ Newest graduates of the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center represent police agencies from across the region

Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center, who represent police agencies from across the region.

Thank you for your service.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "Elmira ceremony honors police cadets"

December 9, 2014
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December 8, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 8, 2014 ~ 'Many fiscal decisions in new year'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Many fiscal decisions in new year"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 7th Corning Leader]

December 8, 2014
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Find out more about a local 'Save Our Hospital' petition drive in support of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell

[UPDATE, December 10th: "Sign the Petition: Save Our Hornell Hospital"]

A Town Meeting was held on December 4th in Hornell on the future of St. James Mercy Hospital.

[UPDATE, December 5th: Read and watch more on the December 4th meeting from:

December 4, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 1, 2014 ~ 'Choosing sides over an unexpected surplus'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Choosing sides over an unexpected surplus"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 1st Corning Leader]

December 1, 2014
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BEWARE 'CYBER MONDAY'

Talk about change. One thing we know is that e-commerce has become big, big business -- especially during the holiday shopping season. "Cyber Monday," for example, is the beginning of a rush of online purchasing that, according to reports, generates more than $1 billion in spending by American consumers.

Going hand in hand with this modern economy, however, the unprecedented exchange of online information raises concerns over cyber-crime, especially identity theft.

November 24, 2014
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'Small Business Saturday' ~ November 29, 2014 ~ A reminder to 'shop small' this holiday season

You hear it all the time, especially in government where we debate constantly about how best to create jobs and strengthen local economies: small businesses are the backbone of the economy.

That's as true as it’s ever been and so is the fact that Albany and Washington can take steps to help improve the economic climate for our small businesses. That’s especially true right here in New York State, where businesses large and small continue to face one of the worst business tax climates in the nation. 

November 24, 2014
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O'Mara: Register online for Dec. 3 emergency preparedness training in Corning

Corning, N.Y., November 24— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” at Corning-Painted Post High School on Wednesday, December 3,  2014.

The event is being sponsored by O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Corning Mayor Richard Negri.

November 24, 2014
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