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Senate observes a moment of silence for Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, New York.

Albany, N.Y., June 13--In the Senate Chamber, at the request of Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the New York State Senate observed a moment of silence for Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, New York.

June 13, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 13, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

June 13, 2011
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Schuyler County veteran, who 58 years ago today was engaged with fellow soldiers in one of the Korean War's notable victories, will be inducted into Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame next week

Albany, N.Y., June 10—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues will pay tribute to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s online Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 10, 2011
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Philip C. Smith

Philip C. Smith was drafted into service in the United States Army in 1951, attending leadership school at Fort Dix, and OCS and jump training at Fort Benning, returning to Fort Dix with his new bride upon completion. He was then off to Korea as 2nd Lt. with Company G 15th regiment in the 3rd infantry from January to July of 1953.     Phil was a diligent and courageous soldier and proved that in battle.  He participated in the week-long battle for Outpost Harry and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Silver Star for Valor in the successful defense of the Outpost.    

June 9, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 6, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

June 8, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County

Albany, N.Y.—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of 20-year-old, U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, June 4, 2011:

June 6, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 813 LOB

June 6, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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Senate approves anti-bullying legislation

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to put in place a comprehensive legislative package to address the problem of bullying in schools.

June 3, 2011
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Should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores? O'Mara, others say yes (Update: see June 2nd Corning Leader editorial in support)

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) have introduced new legislation to rekindle a decades-old debate in the Legislature: should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores?

June 2, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of Memorial Day 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column 

May 30, 2011
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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.

May 27, 2011
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State Senate will recognize local Civil War-era nurse as part of historical tribute

Albany, N.Y., May 26—To commemorate the state and national observances of the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War, area Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate will make an early induction into the Senate’s 2012 tribute to “Women of  Distinction” from throughout New York State’s history --  the Senate’s version of a New York State Women’s Hall of Fame.

May 26, 2011
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The 2011 "Woman of Distinction"

Albany, N.Y., May 25--In Albany yesterday, Senator O'Mara paid tribute to Carol Berry of Hornell as a Senate 2011 "Woman of Distinction."

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May 25, 2011
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to contributions of Hornell woman, director of Dormann Library in Bath

Albany, N.Y., May 24—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues last night honored Carol Berry of Hornell, a long-time regional library professional and currently director of the Dormann Library in Bath, as a 2011 “Woman of Distinction.”

May 25, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of May 23, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

May 25, 2011
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Wine in grocery stores?

Should New York State allow wine to be sold in grocery stores?

That's been debated in the Legislature for a long time, and I weighed in on the issue today.

May 23, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's opening statement at a May 23 Albany roundtable on allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores.

Albany, N.Y., May 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara sponsored a roundtable discussion in Albany today on legislation he sponsors (A.7659/S.5358), the “Wine Industry and Liquor Store Development Act,” to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores.

In this video, Senator O'Mara makes an opening statement at today's roundtable.

May 23, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: State legislators, Industry Representatives to Hold Roundtable Monday 5/23 on Bill to Allow The Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores

State Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) and Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will sponsor a roundtable discussion on Monday, May 23, on legislation they’ve recently introduced to make New York the 36th state in the nation to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores.The legislation (A.7659/S.5358), known as the “Wine Industry and Liquor Store Development Act,” was introduced in the Senate and Assembly last week.Monday’s roundtable will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Room 711-A of the Legislative Office Building.  Members of the media and the public are invited to attend.

May 23, 12:30 PM - 1:48 PM
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The 2011 "Woman of Distinction"

The New York State Senate conducts its 14th annual "Women of Distinction" tribute in Albany on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Senator O'Mara will be honoring a long-time area library director for her contributions and dedication to several of the region's public and school libraries.

May 18, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of May 16, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

May 16, 2011
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