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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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O'Mara, other local, regional and statewide Second Amendment supporters address March 8th public rally in Horseheads organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen (UPDATED)

Elmira, N.Y., March 7--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss and a host of other area leaders and statewide Second Amendment defenders spoke at a public rally in Horseheads on Saturday, March 8th.

The rally at the Horseheads American Legion Post 442 drew was organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen and drew hundreds of supporters.

March 7, 2014
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More CHIPS?

We’re seeing report after report deliver the message that the condition of local roads and bridges is critical, and getting worse. 

That's why local highway superintendents from across New York State put on their traditional orange t-shirts and travelled to Albany this week and, today, joined me and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to call for a greater state commitment to our local transportation infrastructure.

March 5, 2014
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano welcome local highway superintendents to Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 5—With final negotiations over the 2014-15 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next few weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

In the photo above, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano join their colleagues and local highway superintendents from throughout New York on the historic "Million Dollar Staircase" in the State Capitol.

March 5, 2014
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—With final negotiations over the 2014-15 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next few weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara and Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—A group of nearly 100 state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

Local highway superintendents from every region of the state have  been in Albany this week as part of their “2014  ‘Local Roads Matter’ Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.” 

March 5, 2014
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—With final negotiations over the 2014-15 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next few weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

O'Mara and Palmesano held a news conference earlier today at the Capitol (watch their opening remarks above).

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara: Let's work to approve 'Compassionate Care Act'

Albany, N.Y., March 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will work with his Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, this session to gain legislative approval of the “Compassionate Care Act” – landmark legislation that would create the most tightly regulated, highly restrictive medical marijuana system in the nation.   

March 4, 2014
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