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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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O'Mara: On Saturday, November 23, 'two great events for two critical local causes' (UPDATED, November 25th)

Elmira, N.Y., November 22— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that two events will take place in Elmira on Saturday, November 23rd, that offer ongoing opportunities to support the Elmira Psychiatric Center and the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.

November 22, 2013
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Remembrances of JFK

Fifty years after, this day will be filled with remembrances of the late President John F. Kennedy.

From the Star-Gazette, "For boomers, JFK's death still ripples"

From The Leader"JFK, 11.22.63"

November 22, 2013
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Elmira Jackals, Senator O'Mara urge supporters 'to turn First Arena orange' on Saturday night in support of Monterey Shock

ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals have announced that they will be holding the largest public rally to date in support of saving the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County. The rally will take place at their home game this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at First Arena, against the Kalamazoo Wings.

November 20, 2013
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Area reps: Saturday's rally to support the Elmira Psychiatric Center chance to show strong regional support

Elmira, N.Y., November 20— 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) are calling on local residents to join them at a public rally to “Save the Elmira Psychiatric Center” on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Elmira.

November 20, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues propose tax cutting, reform recommendations

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) has joined his State Senate Republican colleagues to call for action on a comprehensive tax-cutting agenda by the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014.  

November 19, 2013
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O'Mara co-sponsoring legislation to delay implementation of OMH plan jeopardizing future of Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y., November 19— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) welcomed yesterday's comments from a key colleague, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R-Binghamton), that Governor Andrew Cuomo will consider alternatives to a comprehensive state Office of Mental Health (OMH) reorganization plan that calls for shutting down inpatient services and other changes at the Elmira Psychiatric Center. 

November 19, 2013
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