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Senator O'Mara's statement on a prestigious recognition for Finger Lakes Distilling in Schuyler County

Albany, N.Y., April 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Finger Lakes Distilling, a farm distillery in Burdett (Schuyler County), will be one of 24 New York State distilleries participating in the prestigious Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 17, 2013 in New York City:

April 30, 2013
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Public Hearing: To examine the abuses within New York City's taxpayer funded political campaign system and the implications for state taxpayers if the system were to be expanded statewide.

Senate Standing Committee on ElectionsChair:    Senator Thomas F. O'MaraPublic Hearing:   To examine the abuses within New York City's taxpayer funded political campaign system and the implications for state taxpayers if the system were to be  expanded statewide.Place:    Senate Capitol, Room 124 CAP, Albany, New York, 12247Time:    11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact:    Jim Meddleton (518) 455-2091 or (607) 742-2098Media Contact:    Jim Meddleton (518) 455-2091 or (607) 742-2098ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 7, 11:00 AM - 1:35 PM
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's weekend interview on WLEA radio in Hornell

Senator O'Mara joined WLEA's Brian O'Neil for a taping of his weekly weekend radio interview, "Connections." 

This show's topics included the NY SAFE Act and an upcoming public hearing Senator O'Mara's holding to examine New York City's system of taxpayer-financed campaigns.  Senator O'Mara chairs the Senate Elections Committee. Listen to the April 27th interview HERE.

April 29, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 29, 2013 ~ 'This and that around NY government'

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, "This and that around NY government"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 29, 2013 Corning Leader]

April 29, 2013
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April 28, 2013
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National Volunteer Week

Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined the Institute for Human Services and the United Way of the Southern Tier at a public recognition ceremony in Corning this morning to pay tribute to the leaders of several local volunteer organizations and their volunteer members.

Community leaders recognized at this morning's event included, in the photo from left to right: Patrick Rogers, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Services; Michael Keane, Director of the Steuben County Office for the Aging; Mark Edgerly, Chairman of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps; and Carol Houssock, Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps.  At the far right is Sharon Murphy, a representative from Congressman Tom Reed's office.

April 26, 2013
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Saturday, April 27, 2013 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day ~ Find out more, including a collection site near you ~ Effort builds on last year's I-STOP Law

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

According to the DEA, this is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

To find out more and to find collection sites throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, CLICK HERE

April 25, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes announcement that Corning Inc. will expand diesel facility in Steuben County, create jobs

Corning, N.Y., April 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Corning Incorporated will invest $250 million and expand its diesel plant in the town of Erwin: 

April 25, 2013
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What would we do?

It’s a thought that comes to mind every time there’s another natural disaster, another emergency, another act of terror like what we saw last week in Boston and in Texas: What would we do without our first responders?

Always among the most powerful images from these terrible events are the photos of firefighters carrying the wounded to safety, first responders rushing toward – not away from – danger, police officers instinctively shielding everyone else from harm.

We saw these images yet again last week in the aftermaths of the Boston Marathon bombings and the fertilizer plant explosion in central Texas. They are images of heroism and they leave us wondering: Where would we turn without these heroes in these times of need?

April 24, 2013
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Senator O'Mara calls for stronger penalties to combat meth labs

Albany, N.Y., April 23—While police and firefighters in the city of Elmira today were on the scene of a suspected meth lab, the New York State Senate approved, by a strong bipartisan vote of  57 to 5, legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to further outlaw the operation of clandestine methamphetamine labs by increasing the criminal penalties for the possession of meth manufacturing material and the unlawful manufacture of meth, implementing a series of increasingly severe felony offenses. 

April 23, 2013
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation to combat proliferation of meth labs

Albany, N.Y., April 23—While police and firefighters in the city of Elmira today were on the scene of a suspected meth lab, the New York State Senate approved, by a strong bipartisan vote of  57 to 5, legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to further outlaw the operation of clandestine methamphetamine labs by increasing the criminal penalties for the possession of meth manufacturing material and the unlawful manufacture of meth, implementing a series of increasingly severe felony offenses.

April 23, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 22, 2013 ~ 'What would we do without them?'

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, "What would we do without them?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 23, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 23, 2013
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O'Mara reminds area residents that 'I Love My Park Day' this Saturday, May 4th offers volunteer opportunities

Elmira, N.Y. May 2 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 2nd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place this Saturday, May 4, 2013 and will include events at two local sites.

The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system.

April 22, 2013
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National Volunteer Week, April 21-27 ~ Sen. O'Mara, colleagues sponsor legislation to encourage volunteer emergency services corps

Albany, N.Y., April 21—As Americans everywhere observe National Volunteer Week beginning today and running through Saturday, April 27, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) announced that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 22, 2013
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Many area volunteer fire departments holding open houses as part of 'Recruit NY' on April 27-28 ~ See list of local events planned

Elmira, N.Y., April 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that volunteer fire departments across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will hold Open Houses on the weekend of April 27-28 as part of “Recruit NY,” a statewide initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the state Association of Fire Chiefs and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The event is coordinated by FASNY to coincide with this year's observance of National Volunteer Week from April 21-27.

O'Mara praised the upcoming Recruit NY effort.

April 19, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 22, 2013 Room 813 LOB

April 22, 1:00 PM - 1:28 PM
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'Fighting Hunger Together' ~ Last day to support our regional food banks ~ Online voting ends today, Tuesday, April 30th

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) reminded area residents that they can help support regional food banks -- the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Foodlink -- by voting online in the Walmart Foundation-sponsored “Fighting Hunger Together” contest.

The contest ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

April 18, 2013
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O'Mara: President, Congress consider imposing 'huge' tax increase on New Yorkers

Albany, N.Y., April 18-State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call earlier this week for Congress and President Barack Obama to reject proposals surfacing as part of federal budget discussions to eliminate the ability of New York State taxpayers to deduct their state and local taxes, including property taxes, from their federal taxes.

Cuomo released an analysis in Albany on Tuesday showing that such a move at the federal level would cost millions of New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually.

April 18, 2013
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Area state legislators urge local support for Food Bank of the Southern Tier ~ 'Fighting Hunger Together' online voting ends April 30

Elmira, N.Y., April 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) reminded area residents that they can help support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier by voting online in the Walmart Foundation-sponsored “Fighting Hunger Together” contest.

The contest ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

In a statement, O’Mara, Friend and Palmesano said: “We are grateful to have this opportunity to help spread the word on a genuinely meaningful local cause and to help support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in its outstanding work.  All of our support will go to make a real difference in the lives of area students and their families.”

April 17, 2013
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Meth's Trail

Ashland. Elmira. Bath. Savona. Erwin. Corning. Lindley. Bradford. Southport. Tuscarora. Caton.

What’s one thing these regional communities have in common? Unfortunately, they’ve all been the site of a methamphetamine-related arrest or other incident over the past year.

Go back a few years -- or move your finger along the map into the counties west of Steuben or east of Chemung -- and the trail of communities touched by meth keeps spreading.

And this just represents the meth-related activity we know about.

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April 16, 2013
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