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June 1, 2012
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New jobs in June?

A weak, less-than-optimistic national jobs report from the federal Labor Department was released today.

A few days ago, a state comptroller's report on the New York economy reached the conclusion that "we're not out of the woods yet."

And to begin the week, data from the Tax Foundation showed that “New York tops the nation in one key export: people fleeing high taxes.” 

June 1, 2012
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'New York State Museum Week' underway locally, statewide

Elmira, N.Y., May 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a number of regional museums and historical societies will be sponsoring special events and activities as part of the inaugural “New York State Museum Week” from May 31 to June 6, 2012.

“We’re fortunate that the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are home to many of New York State’s exciting and finest museums and historical attractions.  They’re a foundation of our premiere tourism industry and the first annual ‘New York State Museum Week’ offers a new opportunity to showcase everything they offer,” said O’Mara.

May 31, 2012
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

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 from the:

Elmira Star-Gazette

observer-review.com

May 25, 2012
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Senator O'Mara honors local veteran with induction into Veterans' Hall of Fame

Elmira, N.Y., May 24—When the late Cornelius “Connie” Milliken, the long-time chairman of the Chemung County Legislature who passed away this April, contacted State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) early last year to nominate his friend and fellow public servant J. Arthur “Archie” Kieffer for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, Milliken wrote, “J. Arthur ‘Archie’ Kieffer is the definition of what it is to be an American – a role model to all serving his country, his family, and his community.  He truly believes that government deserves respect and dignity.” 

May 24, 2012
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Senate approves 'New Jobs-NY'

Albany, N.Y., May 30 —The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enact a comprehensive economic development program called “New Jobs-NY.”

The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 57 to 1.

May 23, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's May 22nd interview with Lee Rayburn on WHCU's Morning Newswatch

Senator O'Mara joined WHCU's Lee Rayburn on today's Morning Newswatch to discuss current state issues including proposals to increase the minimum wage, improve New York's business climate, and New York State government under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Listen here...

May 22, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of May 21, 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, “College affordability plan”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 21st Corning Leader]

 

May 21, 2012
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J. Arthur Kieffer

J. Arthur “Archie” Kieffer proudly served his nation in the United States Army during the Second World War as a member of the Army Air Corps in Italy as a B-24 Aerial Gunner with the 459th Bombardment Group, 756th Bomb Squadron.

Archie participated in battles for the North Apennines, Po Valley, Rhineland and Central Europe and was awarded the Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European Service Ribbon with 4 Campaign Stars. While in the military, Archie was also an Army Dog Trainer.

Upon his discharge from the Army in 1945, he held the rank of Sergeant.

May 18, 2012
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State begins new competitive grant program to encourage local government efficiency and cost cutting, ease property tax burden

Albany, N.Y., May 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Elmira) alerted local leaders across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions today that a new state competitive grant program is underway that will award state grants to assist local government initiatives to reduce government costs and ease the burden on local property taxpayers.

O’Mara said that the new program was created as part of last year’s state budget.

May 17, 2012
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2012 Senate "Woman of Distinction"

From left to right: Assemblyman Chris Friend, Judy Phillips of Watkins Glen, senator O'Mara, 2012 Senate Woman of Distinction Virginia Houseknecht, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

May 17, 2012
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Senator O'Mara honors Watkins Glen woman as one of Senate's 2012 'Women of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y., May 15—In Albany Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues paid tribute to Virginia Houseknecht of Watkins Glen, a long-time Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and leader in Schuyler County, and founder of the Southern Tier Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, as a 2012 “Woman of Distinction.”

May 15, 2012
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Virginia Houseknecht

Virginia Houseknecht, affectionately known as “Ginny,” has been a devoted community educator throughout her career and her retirement.

For 35 years, Ms. Houseknecht served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. She is known across the Southern Tier for her leadership and research-based education in food sciences, nutrition and health, parenting, and financial management.

May 15, 2012
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Virginia Houseknecht of Watkins Glen to be honored as a "Woman of Distinction" in Albany later today

Albany, N.Y., May 15—In Albany on Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues will pay tribute to Virginia “Ginny” Houseknecht of Watkins Glen, a long-time area Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and leader, and founder of the Southern Tier Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, as a 2012 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” 

The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program, which began in March to coincide with Women's History Month in New York State, allows senators statewide to select one honoree from their respective legislative districts for this distinguished, statewide tribute.

May 15, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes Yates County senior volunteers to the Capitol

Albany, N.Y.—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats)  welcomed John Moeller of Penn Yan and William “Bill” Wormuth, Sr. of Penn Yan to the State Capitol on May 8th as part of a Senior Citizens’ Day 2012 event in Albany sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

The event pays tribute to the significant contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities.

This year's event theme was "Honoring Those Who Help Others and Empower Their Communities."

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May 14, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of May 14, 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, “Righting terrible wrongs”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 14th Corning Leader]

May 14, 2012
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Meth Again

We’ve seen an alarming and a troubling increase across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions over the past year in the incidents of addiction, violence and tragedy that are the by-products of rampant methamphetamine production and use. 

The officers of the Southern Tier Methamphetamine Task Force continue to do outstanding work to protect our communities. 

But none of us can sit back and allow our region or anywhere else in New York State to serve as a safe harbor for meth labs, meth addicts or meth pushers. The risks are too great and the consequences too overwhelming for the safety of our neighborhoods, our police officers and our first responders, to say nothing of local systems of health care, criminal justice and social services.

May 9, 2012
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Mary Beechey of Big Flats as the "Senior Citizen of the Year"

Albany, N.Y., May 8--From the floor of the New York State Senate on Tuesday, Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) paid tribute to Mary Beechey of Big Flats, Chemung County following her recognition as "Senior Citizen of the Year" during a Senior Citizens' Day 2012 event in Albany sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.Read more...

May 9, 2012
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Yates County senior volunteers

Albany, N.Y., May 8—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats)  welcomed John Moeller of Penn Yan and William “Bill” Wormuth, Sr. of Penn Yan to the State Capitol today as part of a Senior Citizens’ Day 2012 event in Albany sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

According to the state Office for the Aging, Senior Citizens' Day is celebrated in New York in conjunction with events across the nation during May to observe Older American's Month. Today’s event seeks to acknowledge the significant contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities. This year's event theme was "Honoring Those Who Help Others and Empower Their Communities."

May 9, 2012
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