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Senate approves O'Mara legislation to focus on public transportation 'crisis' in rural New York ~ Calls for state-local, interagency committee to examine impact on rural communities and populations, including the disabled, elderly and the rural workforce

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to focus state and local attention on the future of public transportation systems in rural New York.

June 17, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves Lyme disease awareness and prevention legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, who says work of Senate task force will continue (UPDATED following Senate approval at 3:00 p.m.)

Albany, N.Y., June 16—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to bolster the state’s efforts to raise public awareness on the prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

O’Mara, who serves as a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, said that the legislation is being approved as regional concerns about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have dramatically increased over the past few years.

June 16, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 15, 2015 ~ 'Trying to stay ahead of heroin crisis'

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, "Trying to stay ahead of heroin crisis"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on June 14, 2015]

June 15, 2015
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from The Ithaca Times: 'Craft Distilleries Are Multiplying in the Finger Lakes Region' ~ Read the June 12, 2015 article

New York State has taken steps over the past several years to encourage the development and growth of local craft brewers, hard cideries and distillers.

That effort continues to pay off across the Finger Lakes region.

Read more in the following June 12th article from The Ithaca Times, "Craft Distilleries Are Multiplying in the Finger Lakes Region"

June 12, 2015
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St. Michael School fifth-grade class visits Senator O'Mara at the New York State Capitol

In the photo above, Senator O’Mara visits with a 5th-grade class from St. Michael School in Penn Yan, New York

The students and their instructor, Keith Prather, were in Albany today as part of a class trip.

June 11, 2015
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Senate gives final approval to legislation in keeping with overall 'Grown in NY' legislative strategy ~ O'Mara says actions can help keep next generation of farmers competitive

Albany, N.Y., June 11—The New York State Senate has given final legislative approval to two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, that continue to enact initiatives in keeping with the Senate’s “Grown in New York” strategy.

June 11, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara to help local police, DAs track and prosecute meth-related crimes ~ O'Mara calls it key part of broad effort targeting meth labs

Albany, N.Y., June 10—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enhance the ability of local police and district attorneys to track and prosecute violations of restrictions on over-the-counter sales of cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The legislation has bipartisan support in the Legislature. It’s sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and is currently in the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee.

June 10, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation to support broadband development in public libraries

Albany, N.Y., June 10—The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to allow public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, to access funding for broadband installation and infrastructure through one of the state’s most utilized construction grant programs.

June 10, 2015
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Senate approves creation of Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund ~ O’Mara co-sponsors bill to address key industry challenge

Albany, N.Y., June 9—As New York State continues this month’s celebration of Dairy Month, the New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

June 9, 2015
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Senate approves legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara to repeal key parts of NY SAFE Act (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., June 8—The New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) to repeal key provisions of the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago.

O’Mara was one of 18 state senators who voted against the SAFE Act when it was first approved in January 2013.

June 8, 2015
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Senate approves extending parole hearings for violent felons ~ O’Mara, Palmesano join parents of Derrick Robie of Savona in support, call on Assembly leadership to act ~ Watch more (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 8, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 8, 2015 ~ 'No common-sense purpose in today's economy'

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, "No common-sense purpose in today's economy"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on June 7, 2015]

June 8, 2015
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'The eyes of the world are upon you' ~ D-Day, June 6, 1944 ~ Our nation remembers

"You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle."

-- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944

In remembrance of all those who served, and sacrificed.

June 5, 2015
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NYS DEC currently accepting public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations & State Wildlife Action Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has currently posted on its website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/), scheduled public hearings and will accept public comment on the:

> Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations; and

> State Wildlife Action Plan.

June 4, 2015
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Federal government pitches idea to connect out-of-work veterans with potential careers in agriculture ~ O'Mara cites it as another potential avenue for assisting NYS veterans and strengthening agriculture in keeping with Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Since 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate colleagues have pushed a comprehensive legislative strategy called “Grown in New York” aimed at keeping New York State's leading industry competitive for the next generation.

June 4, 2015
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'CareFirst hospice celebrates opening of new building' ~ Senator O'Mara calls it a great day

Coopers Plains, N.Y.--CareFirst, formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, held an Open House on Wednesday to dedicate its new administration building in the former Frank Pierce Elementary School.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "CareFirst hospice celebrates opening of new building"

And in today's Corning Leader, "CareFirst celebrates new location with ribbon cutting"

June 4, 2015
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Senate approves legislation O'Mara co-sponsors to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations

Albany, N.Y., June 2 —The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid.

Mayors, county executives and other local officials throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, continue to point to Medicaid as their heaviest financial burden.

June 2, 2015
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'Lawmakers want fewer parole hearings for violent criminals' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano will join colleagues, family members of murder victims including the family of Derrick Robie of Steuben County

Albany, N.Y., May 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) will join legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the family of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), at a news conference in Albany on Monday to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor to extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

Monday’s news conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Legislative Office Building

June 1, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 1, 2015 ~ 'The highs and lows of a tax cap'

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, "The highs and lows of a tax cap"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on May 31, 2015]

June 1, 2015
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