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Happy Holidays!

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

December 23, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 23, 2013 ~ 'For the sake of tradition'

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, "For the sake of tradition"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 23rd Corning Leader] 

December 23, 2013
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Cuomo administration changes course on Elmira Psychiatric Center; O'Mara praises community effort to help save local jobs, services (UPDATED, December 20):

Elmira, N.Y., December 19— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s Cuomo administration announcement on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:

December 19, 2013
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'Watchdog Report: Buyers, renters left in dark on former meth-making in their new home'

A special "Watchdog Report" in the Sunday, December 15, 2013 Star-Gazette highlighted the reemergence of meth across the Southern Tier and devoted special examination to the need for a state law to disclose to potential homebuyers if a residence is the site of a former meth lab.

Read more, "Buyers, renters left in dark on former meth-making in their new home"

December 18, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 16, 2013 ~ 'Bringing regional high-tech to a boil'

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, "Bringing regional high-tech to a boil"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 16th Corning Leader] 

December 17, 2013
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O'Mara: 'Innovation Hot Spots' for Southern Tier, Finger Lakes promising for regional high-tech growth, job creation

Elmira, N.Y., December 12— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that the state’s support for the creation of a Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot  and a Rochester-based Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot could “carry us a long way in securing a prominent place” in the modern, high-tech economy statewide, nationally and globally.

December 12, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes new round of state support for regional economic development

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 $81.9 million and the Finger Lakes region $59.8 million under the third round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.

O'Mara noted that the Southern Tier was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  

December 11, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on release of Governor Cuomo's 'Tax Relief Commission' report

Elmira, N.Y., December 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s report from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Tax Relief Commission”:   

December 10, 2013
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2014 COMMUNITY, JOBS AND ECONOMY SURVEY

Thank you again for taking the time to complete this survey and for your participation in the 2014 legislative session. I appreciate your interest, and I'm grateful for your input.

December 9, 2013
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'Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Bath'

Bath, N.Y., December 9-- It was a quite a moving, patriotic ceremony in Bath yesterday as Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, area veterans and members of the community gathered to pay tribute to the last remaining member of the Southern Tier Pearl Harbor Survivors Association -- 92-year-old Donald Bosket of East Campbell.

Read more in The Leader, "Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Bath ceremony"

 

December 9, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 9, 2013 ~ 'Stage being set for tax relief'

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, "Stage being set for tax relief"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 9th Corning Leader] 

December 9, 2013
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'Common Core comes under attack at Corning forum'

Read more on last night's Common Core public hearing in Corning from:

> the Star-Gazette, "Common Core comes under attack at Corning forum"

> The Leader, "Teachers, parents blast Common Core at Corning hearing"

December 6, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 2, 2013 ~ 'Don't let Cyber Monday spoil the season'

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, "Don't let 'Cyber Monday' spoil the season"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 2nd Corning Leader] 

December 2, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes meeting with Cuomo administration on future of Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on Tuesday's meeting at the Capitol with key Cuomo administration officials on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:

"I appreciate the willingness of Governor Cuomo and his administration to listen directly to our local challenges, concerns and suggestions over the administration’s proposed plan for the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.  

November 26, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 58th Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

November 26, 2013
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Small Business Saturday ~ November 30, 2013

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.

November 26, 2013
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'Small Business Saturday' ~ Saturday, November 30, 2013 ~ Read more

Read Senator O'Mara's November 25, 2013 column on the importance of "shopping small."

The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce has announced a daylong series of activities and events to celebrate "Small Business Saturday" in and around Schuyler County.  Read more HERE

November 26, 2013
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Farm Bureau recognizes O'Mara as a 'friend' of New York agriculture, farmers

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named to the 2013 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.

November 26, 2013
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Do you receive a STAR school property tax break? Have you re-registered to keep receiving your Basic STAR exemption? Read more

A new state law aimed at streamlining the administration of New York State's school property tax relief program, commonly known as STAR, while at the same time helping to prevent fraud within the program, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register in order to continue receiving their benefit.

November 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 25, 2013 ~ 'For the holidays, remember shopping small'

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, "For the holidays, remember shopping small"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 25th Corning Leader] 

November 25, 2013
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