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O'Mara praises legislative agreement to enact 'Jobs for Heroes' program to assist disabled veterans

Albany, N.Y., March 20— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo  today announced an agreement to enact legislation, patterned after legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) known as the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program,” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

March 20, 2014
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Senator O'Mara, colleagues join Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup during 'Motorsports Appreciation Week'

Albany, N.Y., March 20— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, legislative colleagues and Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup at a press conference in the New York State Museum to help celebrate “Motorsports Appreciation Week” and unveil a New York State Motorsports Exhibit in the Empire State Plaza.

It was also announced that New York’s first-ever Ferrari Challenge will take place this September at Watkins Glen International.  The Ferrari Challenge is scheduled for September 19-21. 

March 20, 2014
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Deadline for submitting a 'Women of Distinction' nomination is Monday, March 24, 2014

Elmira, N.Y., March 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the deadline for submitting a nomination for the Senate's 17th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities is next Monday, March 24, 2014.

March 20, 2014
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Legislature's joint budget conference committees meet again today ~ Watch Live

Now that both houses of the State Legislature -- the Senate, and the Assembly -- have approved their respective one-house budget resolutions, the stage has been set for final negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo on enacting the final 2014-15 state budget by the start of New York’s next fiscal year on April 1. 

The final stages of this year's budget adoption process continue today with the reconvening of the Legislature's joint budget conference committees.

March 20, 2014
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News and notes from March 15th O'Mara, Palmesano community meetings

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano held a round of community meetings across their legislative districts last Saturday, March 15th.  

Below are news reports on the meeetings from the:

The Chronicle-Express, "O'Mara, Palmesano: State should take over more costs"

observer-review.com, "State legislators address business, early voting"

March 19, 2014
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Watkins Glen International

Albany, N.Y., March 18— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) paid tribute on the floor of the Senate today to the 65th Anniversary of Watkins Glen International and its contributions to the culture and economy of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and all of New York State.

March 18, 2014
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to Watkins Glen International

Albany, N.Y., March 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) paid tribute on the floor of the Senate today to the 65th Anniversary of Watkins Glen International and its contributions  to the culture and economy of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and all of New York State.

March 18, 2014
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'74,000 trout need a lift to a Tier stream'

A pretty amazing place -- and event -- right in our own backyard, and there's an open invitation to volunteer.

At the Bath Fish Hatchery in Steuben County, hundreds of thousands of trout are being readied for transfer into Southern Tier lakes and streams.

March 18, 2014
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O'Mara serving on new Senate task force to examine growing heroin epidemic regionally, statewide

Albany, N.Y., March 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will serve as a member on the Senate Majority Coalition’s new Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

The creation of the bipartisan task force was announced in Albany.  It arrives as local police departments, including many across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, continue to point to the alarming rise in the availability and use of heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

March 18, 2014
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O'Mara votes against legislation to provide state taxpayer-financed college tuition assistance to illegal aliens

Albany, N.Y., March 17—The State Senate today voted against legislation known as the “Dream Act” to provide state taxpayer-financed college tuition assistance to illegal aliens. 

Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) voted no on the legislation.

Following today’s vote, he released the following statement:

March 17, 2014
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Legislature's Joint Budget Conference Committee process gets underway today ~ Senator O'Mara named to Transportation, Economic Development conference committees

Now that both houses of the State Legislature -- the Senate, and the Assembly -- have approved their respective one-house budget resolutions, the stage has been set for final negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo on enacting the final 2014-15 state budget by the start of New York’s next fiscal year on April 1. 

The final stages of this year's budget adoption process get underway in earnest today with the convening of the Legislature's joint budget conference committeess.

March 17, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 17, 2014 ~ 'A toast to farming's future'

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, "A toast to farming's future"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 16th Corning Leader] 

March 17, 2014
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O'Mara: Senate budget stays focused on tax relief and job creation; rejects closure of Monterey Shock and prohibits use of taxpayer dollars for college for inmates

Albany, N.Y., March 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who served on the Senate’s budget subcommittee on economic development and taxes, said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, approved early this morning, includes job-creating tax cuts and regulatory reforms, while keeping a strict lid on state government spending.

March 14, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, March 24, 2014 Room 813 LOB

March 24, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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O'Mara, Palmesano will hold community meetings across the region on Saturday

Elmira, N.Y., March 13—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today reminded area residents that they will hold several community meetings across the region on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

"We hope our constituents will take advantage of these community meetings to learn more about and contribute to this year’s challenges and debates over taxes, regulations, mandates, economic development, health care, education, and other key issues," O’Mara and Palmesano said in a joint statement.  “Community meetings offer the kind of direct give and take that’s fundamental to effective government.”

March 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 10, 2014 ~ 'Did you hear about Women of Distinction'

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..." 

March 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara addresses local Monterey Shock supporters at the March 11th protest rally in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 11—State Senator Tom O'Mara addressed local supporters of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility at a public rally in Albany today and said that the Senate Majority Coalition, in its one-house budget resolution scheduled to be unveiled and acted on this week, will reject Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to close the facility.

March 11, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's statement on the appointment of Cornell University President David Skorton to lead the Smithsonian Institution

Albany, N.Y., March 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on the announcement that Cornell University President David Skorton has been appointed as the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2015:

March 11, 2014
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O'Mara to welcome local Monterey Shock supporters at Albany protest rally today

Elmira, N.Y., March 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara will meet local Monterey Shock supporters traveling by bus from the Southern Tier to Albany today for a Capitol rally to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shut down several correctional facilities this year, including the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.

March 10, 2014
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