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O'Mara addresses environmental groups in Albany ~ highlights conservation legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt ~ 'Responsible government, balanced decisions'

Albany, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, yesterday addressed the representatives of more than 100 environmental, conservation, recreational and community organizations who were at the Capitol to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to include a stronger state commitment to conservation funding in the new state budget.

March 10, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation to increase meth-related criminal penalties

Albany, N.Y., March 10—The State Senate yesterday approved, with strong bipartisan support, legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to significantly increase the criminal penalties for possessing and selling methamphetamine.

The Senate approved the legislation by a vote of 52 to 3. 

March 10, 2015
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Let's make Watkins Glen State Park the 'Best State Park in America' ~ Vote now in USA Today's 2015 Reader's Choice Award Contest ~ Help put the Finger Lakes region on the national map once again!

Watkins Glen State Park has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the USA Today 2015 Reader's Choice Award contest for the Best State Park in the United States.

This year's finalists have been chosen from among 6,000 state parks across America.

The online voting contest is running until Monday, March 30, 2015.

You can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device that you have.

March 9, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 9, 2015 ~ 'Keeping it Grown in New York'

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, "Keeping it 'Grown in New York'"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 8th Corning Leader]

March 9, 2015
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MORE CHIPS?

I was glad to be able to join area Assemblyman Phil Palmesano again this year to organize a bipartisan group of 114 state legislators to join county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York in calling for increased state support for local roads, bridges and culverts.

At an Albany news conference in the Capitol, we made our case for increasing state funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPS, by $200 million to a total of $638.1 million in the 2015-2016 state budget.  

March 6, 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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O'Mara extends support to veterans and military families, gets behind effort to expand treatment program for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress (UPDATEDx2)

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) -- a program known as the Research & Recognition Project.

March 6, 2015
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O'Mara: 'Grown in NY' replanting efforts to encourage next generations of farmers

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate colleagues have introduced the next phase of their “Grown in New York” agricultural development strategy and will seek to include key portions of it in the new state budget.

Since 2013, O’Mara and other senators have pushed the comprehensive legislative strategy aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 6, 2015
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Legislators and highway superintendents, led by Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano, rally at the Capitol in support of local roads and bridges.

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano organized a rally at the Capitol today calling for increased state support for local roads and bridges.  They were joined in the effort by more than 100 of their legislative colleagues, highway superintendents from every region of the state and other local leaders.  

In the photo above, the group gathers on the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol.

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March 4, 2015
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O'Mara and Palmesano: Local Roads Matter!

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano help deliver the message: Local Roads Matter!

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March 4, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano organize bipartisan group of legislators and join highway superintendents, other local leaders to call on Gov. Cuomo to increase state aid for local roads and bridges (UPDATED~Watch a Replay of the news conference)

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 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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O'Mara seeking nominations for Senate's 18th Annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute ~ March is Women's History Month

Elmira, N.Y., March 2—March is Women’s History Month and State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he is seeking nominations for the Senate's 18th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

March 2, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 2, 2015 ~ 'Heroin and meth still in the news'

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, "Heroin and meth still in the news"

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

March 2, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano salute Schuyler County Veteran ~ Philip J. Swaney, Sr. recognized as driving force behind 'Honor Our Heroes' initiative

Odessa, N.Y., February 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) welcomed distinguished area veteran and Schuyler County resident Philip J. Swaney, Sr. to the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 25th.

February 27, 2015
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O'Mara legislation seeks to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations ~ also see today's news, 'Schuyler County fights benefit fraud, saves $1M'

Albany, N.Y., February 27 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid.  

February 27, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings conclude today with a look at the Mental Health and Workforce Development segments of the Gov. Cuomo's 2015-16 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees today will conclude its public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

February 276th Topics: Mental Health (beginning at 9:30 a.m.), and Workforce Development (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 27, 2015
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Public Protection is the topic of Thursday's legislative budget hearing ~ Watch Live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude this Friday.

February 26th Topic: Public Protection (beginning at 10:00 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 25, 2015
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O'Mara's legislation targets meth labs

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is continuing to urge the Legislature to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state, and has reintroduced legislation to significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth. 

The Senate has approved O’Mara’s proposal for the past few years, including last year when it was approved with strong bipartisan support by a vote of  55 to 4.    

February 25, 2015
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Legislative budget hearings resume Wednesday ~ Local government officials will make their case in Albany ~ Watch Live

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings this week on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015-2016 proposed New York State budget.

The hearings will conclude on February 27th.

February 25th Topic: Local Government/General Government (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 24, 2015
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