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What about rural New York?

Let's not forget that New York, in so many ways, remains a rural state.

Approximately 44 of New York’s 62 counties are designated as rural, including all of the counties I represent.

Thirty years ago, the state Legislature established what's become commonly known as the Rural Resources Commission.  A 10-member, bipartisan commission on which I currently serve as a member, the Commission was founded to examine the impact of rural communities and industries on the state economy; review existing state laws and regulations impacting rural regions; assess the effectiveness of state programs and services affecting the needs and problems of rural areas; and develop recommendations for the Legislature to enhance and protect New York’s rural resources.

July 16, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 16, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 track of rural New York"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 16, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 16, 2012
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"16th Finger Lakes Wine Festival Uncorks Tonight"

This weekend marks the 16th Annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival -- one of the region's outstanding summer events.

Listen on Finger Lakes Radio...

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And visit www.flwinefest.com for all of the details you need...

July 13, 2012
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Governor Cuomo signs new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara to more immediately honor fallen firefighters like longtime Horseheads Fire Chief Dick Sullivan

Albany, N.Y., July 12—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to ensure that every New York State volunteer or professional firefighter killed in the line of duty has his or her name included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“New York State’s firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, and they earn and deserve every measure of honor and respect that we can offer and provide,” said O’Mara.  “This new law ensures that every firefighter who dies in the line of duty will immediately be provided a place and forever be remembered on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”

July 12, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview on WHCU's Morning News Watch

Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview this morning on WHCU radio's Morning News Watch with Lee Rayburn -- including an update on the senator's ongoing efforts to strengthen New York State's anti-meth laws.

Read more on Senator O'Mara's initiatives to prosecute and punish meth crimes as well as raise public awareness of the dangers here, and here.

July 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 great gift"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 9, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 9, 2012
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On eve of nation's July 4th observance, Governor Cuomo signs O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate the 'Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway' in tribute to fallen local hero

Albany, N.Y., July 3-Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway” has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The designation (S.7739/A.10726/Chapter 101 of the Laws of 2012), which was unanimously approved by the Legislature two weeks ago, honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.

July 3, 2012
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Independence Day 2012

My best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration.

Here's a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

Visit the state's new 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

Some safety reminders, and "How to properly display, fly the American Flag"

July 3, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 2, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Remember: summer goes fast"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 2, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 2, 2012
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Watch it Here: Finger Lakes Wine Country Promotional Video

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Finger Lakes Wine Country, Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Mark Twain Country, and the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport to create this video highlighting Finger Lakes wine country -- one of the world's great regions.

June 29, 2012
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A Cool Town

Summer in the Finger Lakes is already getting into full swing, including this weekend's "America's Coolest Small Town 2012" celebration in Hammondsport, Steuben County.

I'll be joining other area officials and community residents at Saturday’s village-wide celebration of Hammondsport’s  designation as Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town.”

What a great way to help welcome another season of summer tourism in the Finger Lakes.  It took a fantastic, region-wide show of support to help Hammondsport rise to the top, and it’s a real tribute to one of our great Finger Lakes towns.

June 29, 2012
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O'Mara: Hammondsport's 'Coolest Small Town' celebration this weekend a great kickoff to summer in the Finger Lakes

Hammondsport, N.Y., June 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will join other area officials and community residents at tomorrow’s village-wide celebration of Hammondsport’s  designation as Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town 2012.”

“What a great way to help welcome another season of summer tourism in the Finger Lakes.  It took a fantastic, region-wide show of support to help Hammondsport rise to the top, and it’s a real tribute to one of our great Finger Lakes towns,” said O’Mara. “It helps remind the nation that the Finger Lakes region is alive and well, and still making unique and valuable contributions to America’s culture and economy.”

June 29, 2012
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Second round of Recharge NY power allocations benefit Southern Tier businesses, manufacturers

Albany, N.Y., June 28—State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said today that a number of Southern Tier businesses and manufacturers are among the 161 businesses and other organizations statewide being awarded more than 80 megawatts (MW) of lower-cost economic development power as part of the second round of allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.

June 28, 2012
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Senate approves legislation, co-sponsored by O'Mara, targeting meth makers

Albany, N.Y., June 27—The New York State Senate has approved legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), to restrict sales of over-the-counter cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

O’Mara, noting the dramatic rise in meth-related arrests and other incidents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions over the past year, said that the legislation targets the manufacturing of the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

June 27, 2012
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Area state lawmakers tout repeal of 'Ropes Law'--unfunded state mandate that forces rural, small fire departments to purchase unneeded equipment

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) have voted in favor of legislation, given final legislative approval, to eliminate the state’s one-size-fits-all “Ropes Law” for firefighter safety and allow local fire departments more flexibility to choose equipment that best meets the needs and conditions of their communities.

June 26, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of June 25, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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's next?"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 25, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

June 25, 2012
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Legislature approves designation of 'Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway' in Steuben County to honor life, service of fallen soldier

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway.”

The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.

June 21, 2012
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Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara on the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s conclusion of the 2012 regular session of the New York State Legislature:

“We’re concluding what’s really been a two-year session cycle that has restored a spirit of cooperation and bipartisan action to Albany.  Most importantly, we’ve started building a stronger foundation for long-term growth throughout the upstate, private-sector economy. That’s the best news for our workers, families and communities.  

“This year’s session has concluded with a series of agreements and actions that address urgent issues like job creation, prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, care for people with special needs, and cyber bullying.

June 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes area veterans' services leaders to the Senate Chamber

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently welcomed two area veterans’ services leaders to the historic Senate Chamber on Women Veterans Recognition Day in Albany.

“Amy and Joan served our nation bravely and courageously and continue their service to this very day through their extraordinary commitment to the well-being of our local veterans,” said Senator O’Mara.  “I appreciated this opportunity to express our admiration and gratitude for the difference they’re making in so many lives.”

June 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes SU football legend and Hall of Famer Floyd Little to the Senate

Albany, N.Y., June 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently helped welcome former Syracuse University football legend and pro football Hall of Famer Floyd Little to the Senate Chamber.

O’Mara, a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, joined his legislative colleagues to pay tribute to Little’s outstanding achievements in football, business and community service.

June 20, 2012
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