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A Basketball Legend

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues earlier this week to welcome New York State high school basketball legend and Brigham Young University (BYU) star James Taft “Jimmer” Fredette, this year’s Player of the Year in men’s Division I college basketball, to the Senate Chamber in Albany where senators adopted a resolution commemorating Fredette’s basketball career.

June 21, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 20, 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 20, 2011
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Legislature approves expanded coverage for treatment of autism

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Legislature approved today landmark health care legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) that would  require expanded health insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

June 17, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, legislative colleagues give final approval to legislation restricting protests at military funerals

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate gave final, unanimous legislative approval last night to legislation co-sponsored by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow the state and local governments to restrict protests at military funerals.

June 17, 2011
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Legislature gives unanimous, bipartisan approval to legislation to restrict protests at military funerals

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate gave final, unanimous legislative approval last night to legislation co-sponsored by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow the state and local governments to restrict protests at military funerals.

June 17, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on Chemung County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Alexander

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today released the following statement on Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Alexander, whose memorial service will be held later today and funeral tomorrow morning in Elmira:

June 15, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on reports of a possible protest at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on reports that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church will conduct a protest in Cohocton on Saturday, June 18, at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder:

June 15, 2011
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New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Albany, N.Y., June 14—At a Flag Day ceremony in Albany earlier today, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid 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 Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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Senator O'Mara pays a personal tribute to his 2011 Veterans Hall of Fame inductee, Philip C. Smith of Schuyler County.

Albany, N.Y., June 14—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid tribute this morning 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 Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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State Senate pays tribute to Schuyler County veteran in Albany ceremony

Albany, N.Y., June 14—At a Flag Day ceremony in Albany earlier today, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid 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 Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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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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