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Finger Lakes Land Trust announces funding for regional tourism and conservation projects ~ O'Mara highlights importance of Environmental Protection Fund

Ithaca, N.Y., April 23–The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced today that it has been awarded a total of $51,000 for regional conservation and tourism projects through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.

"One of the true highlights of the recently enacted state budget is that we strengthened the Environmental Protection Fund, and this is exactly why," said State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. 

April 23, 2015
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Earth Day 2015

Albany, N.Y., April 22--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today joined a number of his legislative colleagues and representatives of environmental advocacy organizations from throughout New York at an Earth Day news conference in the Legislative Office Building.

April 22, 2015
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Watkins Glen International

Albany, N.Y., April 21— Both houses of the Legislature will act this week on a joint Legislative Resolution sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim April 19-25, 2015, as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.

April 21, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara's resolution commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015 (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., April 22—The New York State Senate today approved a Legislative Resolution sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015.

O’Mara was named the committee’s new chairman in late January at the start of this year’s legislative session.  

April 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano help celebrate "Motorsports Appreciation Week" in New York State ~ Welcome Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup, professional driver Colin Braun to the Capitol ~ Watch Senator O'Mara's tribute

Albany, N.Y., April 21—Both houses of the Legislature will act this week on a joint Legislative Resolution sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim April 19-25, 2015, as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.

April 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano help celebrate "Motorsports Appreciation Week"

Albany, N.Y., April 21— Both houses of the New York State Legislature will act this week on a joint Legislative Resolution sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim April 19-25, 2015, as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.

April 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 20, 2015 ~ 'Like every budget: work completed, work undone'

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, "Like every budget: work completed, work undone"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 20th Corning Leader]

April 20, 2015
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April 19-26, 2015 is proclaimed Earth Week in New York State ~ Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chairman O'Mara welcomes designation ~ Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day

Elmira, New York, April 17--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), who earlier this year was named the new chairman of the Senate Envrionmental Conservation Committee, said today that April 19-26 has been proclaimed Earth Week in New York State.

April 17, 2015
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Education Update ~ NYS Education Department taking public comment on new teacher evaluation standards ~ Read more Updates (Last updated July 9, 2015)

The future of education is clearly at a crossroads in New York State. 

That's why this update is so important.

The current level of anger, frustration and even outrage that's currently driving these critically important decisions isn't working. It's not working for students and families, number one. And it's not positive, by any measure, for local school districts.

April 16, 2015
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'RecruitNY' campaign scheduled for the weekend of April 25-26 ~ Many local volunteer fire departments will be hosting events ~ Find out more (UPDATED)

Elmira, N.Y., April 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a number of the region’s volunteer fire departments will hold an Open House during the weekend of April 25-26, 2015 as part of “RecruitNY,” a statewide public awareness initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The annual event is coordinated by FASNY in partnership with the state Association of Fire Districts, Association of Fire Chiefs, Volunteer Fire Police Association and the County Fire Coordinators’ Association.

April 15, 2015
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Area's state legislators sponsoring legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers ~ Issue reminder on upcoming 'RecruitNY' events at local firehouses

Elmira, N.Y., April 14—As the nation observes National Volunteer Week from April 12-18, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) said today that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 14, 2015
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's recent interview on AM 1480 WLEA ~ Topics include school violence, St. James Mercy Hospital and the challenge of recruiting local emergency services volunteers

Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview with AM 1480 WLEA's Brian O'Neil.

Topics addressed include recent incidents of school violence in Elmira, the future of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, efforts to help localities address infrastructure needs, and the challenge of helping local fire departments recruit and retain emergency services volunteers.

Listen to the April 11th interview HERE.

April 14, 2015
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Spend $28 million to create 76 jobs? ~ Under Start-Up NY, that's $368,000 per job ~ Read more

from the April 12th New York Post:

You’ve seen Andrew Cuomo’s TV commercials, the ones that say, “The new New York is open. Open to innovation. Open to ambition. Open to bold ideas.” 

The spot is promoting the Start-Up NY program.

Now the results are starting to come in: 76 jobs so far.

In the entire state. From a program that has spent $28 million advertising its own existence.

April 13, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 13, 2015 ~ 'Size of budget throws shadow on public awareness'

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, "Size of budget throws shadow on public awareness"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 12th Corning Leader]

April 13, 2015
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Celebrating Service ~ National Volunteer Week ~ April 12-18, 2015 ~ Thank you!

Thank you to all of the thousands of volunteers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

What a difference you make to the quality of our communities, and in so many individual lives. 

April 9, 2015
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Area counties in line for homeland security grants

Elmira, N.Y., April 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety and security funding as part of a new package of $233 million in federal grants being distributed statewide to support local emergency response operations.

April 9, 2015
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AGRICULTURE TO EDUCATION TO VETERANS: A NEW STATE BUDGET

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.

This budget targets key Upstate industries like agriculture and tourism, helps local schools, and enhances state support for addressing critical Upstate challenges like local roads, bridges, universal broadband and other vital infrastructure. 

April 8, 2015
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Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike receives prestigious, historic award from the New York State Sheriffs' Association

Earlier this year, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike received the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute's most prestigious award -- the "Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award," an award that the Association has bestowed only three times before in its history. 

It's quite an honor, and well deserved. 

Congratulations to Sheriff Spike, and thank you for your long-standing commitment to public safety and security in Yates County and across the region

April 8, 2015
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Watkins Glen Fire Department and local firefighters honored at recent Schuyler County Training Banquet ~ Thank you for your service

The Watkins Glen Fire Department, Burdett Fireman Jason Kelly and other local firefighers were recently honored at the Schuyler County Training Banquet at the Tyrone Fire Hall.

Read more on the observer-review.com, "County honors volunteers"

Thank you for your service!

April 8, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 6, 2015 ~ "Education debate at center of new state budget"

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, "Education debate at center of new state budget"

April 6, 2015
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