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O'Mara, colleagues move to end unfunded state mandates as part of comprehensive reform effort

Albany, N.Y., June 10--The State Senate today kicked off a comprehensive effort announced late last week to reform state rules, regulations and mandates by approving a series of relief measures including legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts.

The O’Mara-sponsored legislation was approved by the Senate by a vote of 51 to 9.

June 10, 2013
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O'Mara joins call for elimination of state regulations, mandates

 

Elmira, N.Y., June 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today joined his colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to call for one of the state’s largest-ever regulatory reform efforts.

June 10, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 10, 2013 ~ 'Are you getting the message?'

 

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, "Are you getting the message?"

June 10, 2013
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Congratulations to this year's 'Top Drawer 24' honorees!

 

Some of this region's finest young student-athlete-citizens were honored at last night's 8th Annual "Top Drawer 24" ceremony at the Watkins Glen State Park Pavilion.

Congratulations, and good luck.  Your futures are bright!

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[photo above by Don Romeo, from The Odessa File of Schuyler County]

June 7, 2013
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Just in time for summer, the long-awaited return of swimming at Stony Brook State Park!

 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced that the stream-fed swimming pool at Stony Brook State Park in Steuben County will reopen for the season on June 22. The pool has been closed since the end of the 2009 season due to water quality and clarity issues and budget constraints.

June 6, 2013
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State Legislature gives OK to legislation strengthening 'Emergency Services Revolving Loan Fund'

 

 

Albany, N.Y., June 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) has voted in favor of legislation unanimously approved by the Senate late yesterday to strengthen a key New York State assistance program to help local volunteer fire departments and emergency squads – as well as cities, counties, towns and villages -- repair and purchase firefighting and rescue equipment, and meet other emergency services infrastructure needs.  

June 5, 2013
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Tax-Free NY?

 

The buzz around New York government over the past few weeks has been about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and top members of his cabinet touring upstate New York touting that they’re ready to go nationwide with this message: Tax-Free New York!

But maybe we should hold on before we go turning up the volume on that one.

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June 5, 2013
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NYS gets tougher on texting-while-driving (Updated)

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers, effective immediately, and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers.

Additionally, the governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban.  According to the governor's office, it will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer.

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June 5, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of June 3, 2013 ~ 'Tax-Free NY, kind of'

 

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, "Tax-Free NY, kind of"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 3, 2013 Corning Leader]

June 3, 2013
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O'Mara: Medicaid fraud still costs taxpayers millions

Albany, N.Y., May 31—The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to continue efforts to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $54-billion-plus system of Medicaid.

May 31, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on ElectionsSenator Thomas O'Mara, ChairOff the Floor, Wednesday, June 5, 2013Room 123 CAP

June 5, 11:00 AM - 11:08 AM
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Senate approves 'Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund' ~ O'Mara co-sponsors legislation, calling it a 'wise investment in the future of upstate dairy farms'

 

Albany, N.Y., May 29—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

The legislation (S.1081/A.4021) passed the Senate by a vote of 60 to 1.

The proposed new loan fund, which would be administered by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), would provide state grants and low-interest loans to help dairy farmers undertake energy efficiency projects and purchase cutting-edge energy technologies.

May 30, 2013
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O'Mara, Chemung County Sheriff welcome Eiger, the county's new K-9 officer

 

Senator O'Mara welcomed the opportunity to help welcome "Eiger," Chemung County's new K-9 officer, to his new home at the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.   

"We're proud to have Eiger here," the senator said of the 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd, who was certified last week with his handler Deputy David Padgett as a narcotics and tracking team.

Read and watch more, "Chemung Sheriff shows off new K-9 officer"

May 28, 2013
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'Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Citizens from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions participated in numerous Memorial Day observances.

To read more, see the links below from the:

Corning Leader, "Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Elmira Star-Gazette, "Neighbors: Woodlawn Cemetery memorial in Elmira brings home significance of holiday"

May 28, 2013
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Memorial Day 2013

On this Memorial Day, a straightforward and heartfelt thank you to all of our veterans -- past and present.

I share some additional thoughts in this week's column, "It is altogether fitting and proper"

Read the column here: http://www.odessafile.com/government-OMara119th

May 27, 2013
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

 

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

    ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

There are many ceremonies, parades, and other observances taking place across the region to honor our veterans, past and present -- and to pay tribute to the brave men and women protecting and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms at this very moment.

See the links below for a listing of many of them:

May 22, 2013
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Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest ~ May 23-26, 2013

Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest -- a celebration of the Crystal City's glassmaking heritage -- takes place this year beginning on Thursday, May 23rd and running through Sunday, May 26th.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Corning's GlassFest opens Thursday" 

May 21, 2013
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Roswell L. Crozier, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Roswell L. Crozier, Jr. has dedicated a lifetime of service to his country, to his community and to Steuben County, New York. 

Enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps (later to become the United States Air Force) at the start of World War II, “Roz” Crozier served with the 443rd Troop Carrier Group and participated in many of the War’s signature battles and operations including the Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Crossbow and Operation Market Garden, as well as in the Ardennes, Rome-Arno and Rhineland campaigns. 

Among numerous military medals and campaign ribbons, Roz is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the fifth-highest combat decoration awarded by the United States Armed Forces. 

May 20, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 20, 2013 ~ 'The work of freedom'

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, "The work of freedom"

May 20, 2013
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