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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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Share It

The newly created Spending and Government Efficiency Commission, or SAGE Commission, is inviting public input on ways to cut government waste and smarten up about state spending.

We should take every advantage of the opportunity.

May 13, 2011
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O'Mara: share your suggestions for cutting government spending, waste

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) encouraged the region’s local officials, business leaders, educators and any other concerned citizens to respond to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for direct public input on improving the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of state government programs and services.

May 13, 2011
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"Legislative Report" from Senator Tom O'Mara (recorded on May 11, 2011)

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) examines recent reports of waste and inefficiency in many state agencies and previews some of the top issues expected to dominate the final weeks of this year’s legislative session on his online “Legislative Report” this week.

May 12, 2011
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Local public libraries awarded grants

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced today that public libraries in Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties have been awarded state library construction grants.

May 12, 2011
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Carol Berry

Wherever Carol Berry goes, a high quality library is sure to follow. For more than three decades she has dedicated her career to developing and guiding successful library systems for schools and communities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

After graduating from Empire State College and earning a Master’s degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, Ms. Berry began her professional career in 1980 as the school librarian at Hornell High School.

May 11, 2011
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Senator O'Mara voices his support for legislation to reenergize New York.

Albany, N.Y.—On the floor of the Senate on May 9, Senator O'Mara voices his support for legislation (S.191) he co-sponsors to reauthorize the state's "Article X" power plant siting process to help meet the demand for new power by residents and businesses throughout New York.

May 10, 2011
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Legislation seeks to encourage conservation education

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate approved today legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to authorize local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) to undertake extensive public information and education programs.

May 10, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of May 9, 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 9, 2011
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Purple Heart stamp another chance to promote national pride, O'Mara says

Albany, N.Y., May 5—The official unveiling and first-day issuance of the new Purple Heart Forever USA postage stamp takes place today at a ceremony on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is marking the occasion by noting that the effort to designate the stamp began in earnest in the New York State Senate over a decade ago.

May 5, 2011
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Senate acts to strengthen law against texting while driving

Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has approved legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.

May 4, 2011
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