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Trout and salmon season opens Wednesday, April 1 ~ A few reminders and other information for anglers

Trout and salmon fishing season opens on Wednedsay, April 1st.

For reminders and other information on fishing forecasts and conditions, licenses, regulations, stocking, access, and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, click HERE.

Here's to a great season for all angler

March 27, 2015
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4th Annual 'I Love My Park Day' set for Saturday, May 2nd ~ Online volunteer registration process underway ~ Events being held at numerous regional parks and trails

Elmira, N.Y., March 25 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, reminded area residents today that the online volunteer registration process is underway for the 4th Annual “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at state parks and historic sites across New York, including events at several regional sites. 

March 25, 2015
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O'Mara named to to Senate's new Workforce Development Task Force

Albany, N.Y., March 24—State Senate leaders have appointed Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) as a member on the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development.

March 24, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 23, 2015 ~ 'Rainbow trout, maple syrup and the EPF'

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, "Rainbow trout, maple syrup and the EPF"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 22nd Corning Leader]

March 23, 2015
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Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest hosts a New York Maple Weekend event this weekend, March 21 and 22 ~ Find out more

The Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest in the town of Cayuta will host a New York Maple Weekend event this Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd.

Read more HERE.

And in the Star-Gazette, "Sap ready to run at Arnot Forest"

For additional information on upcoming New York Maple Weekend events, visit www.nysmaple.com.

 

March 20, 2015
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O'Mara and Palmesano: Keep voting for Watkins Glen State Park ~ 'America's Best State Park' online competition ends on Monday, March 30th ~ Vote Here

Watkins Glen, N.Y.—With USA Today’s  online competition to decide “America’s Best State Park” set to end on Monday, March 30th, Watkins Glen State Park in  Schuyler County is currently running in 3rd Place out of 20 nationwide finalists for the 2015 designation.

March 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 24, 2015  Room 801 LOB

March 24, 10:00 AM - 10:21 AM
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Yes, spring will arrive: read more from the Corning Leader & Elmira Star-Gazette, 'Here come the trout'

You wouldn't know it by looking outside, but Friday is the official first day of Spring.

On Monday, along Catharine Creek between Montour Falls and Millport, the signs of a new season were promising.

Read more in the Corning Leader, "DEC biologist: Trout fishing looking good for opening day"

March 17, 2015
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Erin go Bragh ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My very best wishes to all of you on this greatest of days, St. Patrick's Day.

                 -- NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

March 16, 2015
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Legislature's joint, public budget conference committees begin meeting today to reach agreements on a final state budget ~ O'Mara named to two subcommittees: Environment-Agriculture-Housing, and Economic Development

Albany, N.Y., March 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named by the Senate leadership to serve on the Legislature’s joint budget conference subcommittees on Environment/Agriculture/Housing, and Economic Development, as the next step in New York’s budget adoption process gets underway in earnest this week at the Capitol.

The Legislature’s 10 individual, joint budget conference subcommittees will begin holding public meetings today to settle Senate and Assembly differences over the 2015-16 New York State budget.  The conference committee process more fully set the table for final budget talks with Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

March 16, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 16, 2015 ~ 'An upside-down view on local roads'

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, "An upside-down view on local roads"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 15th Corning Leader]

March 16, 2015
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STANDING UP FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

I was proud to join several of my Senate colleagues recently to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- a program known as the Research & Recognition Project.

I'm equally proud that the Senate this week included funding for the project in our Budget Resolution -- a document that sets the stage for final budget talks with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly leadership.

March 13, 2015
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Senator O'Mara receives the "Daniel O'Connell Award for Public Service" from the American-Irish Legislators Society

Albany, N.Y., March 13--They were wearing green in Albany at the American Irish Legislators Society’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner, where State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) was honored with the Society’s 2015 "Daniel O’Connell Award for Public Service."

March 13, 2015
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American-Irish Legislators Society holds 41st Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner ~ Senator O'Mara receives the 'Daniel O'Connell Award for Public Service'

Albany, N.Y. March 13—They were wearing green in Albany at the American Irish Legislators Society’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner, where State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) was honored with the Society’s 2015 "Daniel O’Connell Award for Public Service."

March 13, 2015
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GST BOCES STUDENTS VISIT ALBANY

Albany, N.Y.--In the photo above, Senator O'Mara meets in Albany with Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES students Derrick Griffith, left, and Zack Parker. 

The students, who are also members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), accompanied Southern Tier soil and water conservation leaders to the Capitol on March 3rd to discuss priority issues.

"I think it's especially encouraging to have students like Derrick and Zack looking to carry on and lead this important and valuable work for the next generation," said Senator O'Mara, who chairs the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

March 13, 2015
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Area conservation students, leaders meet with Senator O'Mara in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) recently met with a conservation contingent from the Greater Southern Tier BOCES (GST BOCES), and local soil and water conservation leaders who were in Albany to promote their priority issues for 2015.

GST BOCES was represented by Don Mac Naughton, a Conservation instructor in the Career and Technical Education Department, and students Derrick Griffith and Zack Parker, who area also members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

March 13, 2015
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O'Mara: Senate budget plan stays focused on tax relief, Upstate job creation ~ Also includes support for local roads and local schools, next generation of farmers, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress

Albany, N.Y., March 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, being acted on today, includes job-creating tax cuts, a stronger commitment to local schools and infrastructure, and assistance to key economic sectors including agriculture and small business.

March 12, 2015
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Senate unveils historical Women's History Month exhibit ~ Elmira native and astronaut Eileen M. Collins honored along with Tompkins County native and Civil War nurse Susan E. Hall ~ View the exhibit online

Albany, N.Y., March 12—As part of its annual March recognition of Women’s History Month, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats)and his Senate colleagues have unveiled an exhibit in the Legislative Office Building in Albany honoring “Women of Distinction” throughout New York State’s history in the arts, sciences, government, military, labor, education, and social reform.

March 12, 2015
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Today in Albany, Senate holding public hearing on police safety and public protection ~ Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

The New York State Senate is holding its second joint committee hearing examining police safety and public protection this morning, beginning at 10 a.m., in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. 

The hearing will be convened by four Senate committees – Codes, chaired by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette); Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, chaired by Senator Pat Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma); Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset); and Civil Service and Pensions, chaired by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn). 

March 11, 2015
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O'Mara addresses environmental groups in Albany ~ highlights conservation legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt ~ 'Responsible government, balanced decisions'

Albany, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, yesterday addressed the representatives of more than 100 environmental, conservation, recreational and community organizations who were at the Capitol to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to include a stronger state commitment to conservation funding in the new state budget.

March 10, 2015
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