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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 17, 2014 ~ 'A week of victories & close finishes'

 

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, "A week of victories & close finishes"

[see the attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the June 17th Corning Leader]

 

 

June 18, 2013
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O'Mara. community help celebrate longest continuously owned family farm in New York State

 

On Saturday in the town of Howard, Steuben County, Senator O'Mara joined members of the community to help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Howard Flats Farm -- the longest continuously owned family farm in New York State.

The dairy farm is currently operated by Phil and Juanita Bennett -- the fifth generation of the Bennett family to stay in farming, with the next generation ready to take over.

"This is a part of American history, a tradition that started 200 years ago with the Bennett family and now working on its sixth generation," O'Mara said at Saturday's community celebration.

June 17, 2013
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Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame welcomes Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. Crozier, Jr.

At a local ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2013, Flag Day, Senator Tom O'Mara inducted Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Roswell L. Crozier, Jr., into the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.  In this photo, Mayor Crozier reflects on his service following his induction at today's ceremony. 

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June 14, 2013
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Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, con't

Mayor Crozier's son, Ken, who nominated his father for the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame, participated in the local induction ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall.  Senator O'Mara looks on as the mayor's son says a few words in tribute.

June 14, 2013
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Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, con't

Senator O'Mara (l.) and Assemblyman Palmesano (r.) congratulate Mayor Crozier, center, on his induction into the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

 

June 14, 2013
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Senator O'Mara, colleagues pay tribute to Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. "Roz" Crozier, Jr.

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14—To coincide with this year's celebration of Flag Day across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) held a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall to formally induct Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran Roswell L. "Roz" Crozier, Jr.

June 14, 2013
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At Flag Day ceremony, O'Mara pays tribute to Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and WWII veteran

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14—To coincide with this year’s celebration of Flag Day across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today held a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall to formally induct Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

June 14, 2013
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On Flag Day, O'Mara will pay tribute to local WWII veteran at ceremony this afternoon

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14--On Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will hold a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall (261 Steuben Street, Painted Post) to induct Steuben County native and Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.  

June 14, 2013
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O'Mara: Reports signal agreement on funding restoration for people with disabilities

Albany, N.Y., June 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released a statement on today’s news reports that the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo are working toward an agreement before the end of the legislative session next week to restore a $90-million cut in funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that was included in this year’s state budget.

June 13, 2013
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Senate approves anti-meth legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, targets meth labs

Albany, N.Y., June 13—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enhance the ability of local police and district attorneys to track and prosecute violations of restrictions on over-the-counter sales of cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

June 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara welcomes Penn Yan Academy senior James Burdette and his family to the Senate

In the New York State Senate Chamber on Monday, June 10, 2013, Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) paid a tribute to Penn Yan Academy senior James Burdette as a 2013 recipient of a college scholarship from the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators.

Burdette, who will attend the University at Albany in the fall, was accompanied to the Capitol by members of his family: his mother, Martha, brother, David, and aunt, Mary Ellen.

June 12, 2013
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Penn Yan Academy senior James Burdette

 

From the floor of the New York State Senate Chamber on Monday, June 10, 2013, Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) paid a tribute to Penn Yan Academy senior James Burdette as a 2013 recipient of a college scholarship from the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators.

Burdette, who will attend the University at Albany in the fall, was accompanied to the Capitol by members of his family, including his mother, Martha, brother, David, and aunt, Mary Ellen.

 

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2013
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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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