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O'Mara: Budget increases state aid to local schools, supports local infrastructure, broadband development, agriculture, veterans and more

Albany, N.Y., April 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) said today that the 2015-2016 New York State budget includes higher state aid to local schools, a stronger commitment to local infrastructure and broadband development, and enhanced assistance to key economic sectors including agriculture.

After reaching the framework of an agreement on the new, nearly $142-billion state budget over the weekend, the Legislature put the finishing touches on the plan last night and the new budget was delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

April 1, 2015
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O'Mara: New budget includes support for Tier farmers, continues Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said that the new 2015-2016 state budget will include important support for farmers and the agricultural industry across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

March 31, 2015
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O'Mara: New state budget expands support for treating veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder ~ Corning doctor has been driving force behind development of innovative, successful treatment program

Albany, N.Y., March 30—In early March, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues 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).

The 2015-2016 state budget, which will be approved by the Legislature this week and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will include $800,000 to help expand the initiative, O’Mara said today.  

March 30, 2015
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TIME TO GET A LINE WET

A few weeks ago, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) biologists were wading in a number of area creeks weighing and measuring rainbow trout as part of the annual samplings that help monitor fish populations in Finger Lakes tributaries. 

It’s one of the annual and much-anticipated preludes to the opening of trout season this Wednesday, April 1st.

"The fish are in real good shape, really fat...The biggest one was just under 9 pounds. Fishing should be really good for the opener," one biologist said, in what can only be music to the ears of all anglers.

March 30, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 30, 2015 ~ 'Developing a workforce, and some new thinking'

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, "Developing a workforce, and some new thinking"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 29th Corning Leader]

March 30, 2015
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Breaking News: St. James Mercy Hospital receives critical transition funding ~ Listen to Sen. O'Mara's reaction on AM 1480 WLEA

below from the March 27th Hornell Evening Tribune:

HORNELL — St. James Mercy Hospital has been awarded $7.5 million under the Health Facility Restructuring Loan (HFRL) program.

The interest-free loan, which is jointly administered by the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY) and the New York State Department of Health, will allow the hospital to continue providing services after March. St. James Mercy Hospital has been relying on funding under the Interim Access assurance Fund (IAAF) since July 1, 2014.

March 27, 2015
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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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