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Senator O'Mara honors Beverly Stamp as a 'Woman of Distinction' at a statewide ceremony in Albany

Albany, N.Y., May 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) honored Beverly “Bev” Stamp, co-owner and operator of Lakewood Vineyards near Watkins Glen, as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” at a ceremony in Albany this evening. 

Stamp, a longtime and beloved ambassador of New York State’s nationally and internationally renowned wine and grape industry,  represented O’Mara’s 58th Senate District at the statewide awards tribute in the Legislative Office Building.  She and her husband, the late LaMont “Monty” Stamp, are widely admired as stalwarts of the industry.

May 7, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: O'Mara hosts Albany Roundtable on 'major change' underway in rural transportation (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, today sponsored a “Finger Lakes and Northern New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” in Albany.O’Mara’s roundtable was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol.  

May 6, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator O'Mara statement on Yahoo! Travel's latest spotlight on the Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., May 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on this week's announcement that Yahoo! Travel has named the Finger Lakes alongside some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions as “Lakeside vacations that have it all”:

“The Finger Lakes region has long been proud of our reputation as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.  This latest reaffirmation by Yahoo! of the quality of the Finger Lakes region’s natural beauty, hospitality, family friendliness, food and wine, and parks and trails is outstanding news.  It shows that our traditions of excellence carry on and contribute to a way of life that’s on par with so many of the world’s great places.”

May 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's statement on a prestigious recognition for Finger Lakes Distilling in Schuyler County

Albany, N.Y., April 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Finger Lakes Distilling, a farm distillery in Burdett (Schuyler County), will be one of 24 New York State distilleries participating in the prestigious Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 17, 2013 in New York City:

April 30, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's weekend interview on WLEA radio in Hornell

Senator O'Mara joined WLEA's Brian O'Neil for a taping of his weekly weekend radio interview, "Connections." 

This show's topics included the NY SAFE Act and an upcoming public hearing Senator O'Mara's holding to examine New York City's system of taxpayer-financed campaigns.  Senator O'Mara chairs the Senate Elections Committee. Listen to the April 27th interview HERE.

April 29, 2013
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April 28, 2013
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National Volunteer Week

Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined the Institute for Human Services and the United Way of the Southern Tier at a public recognition ceremony in Corning this morning to pay tribute to the leaders of several local volunteer organizations and their volunteer members.

Community leaders recognized at this morning's event included, in the photo from left to right: Patrick Rogers, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Services; Michael Keane, Director of the Steuben County Office for the Aging; Mark Edgerly, Chairman of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps; and Carol Houssock, Director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps.  At the far right is Sharon Murphy, a representative from Congressman Tom Reed's office.

April 26, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes announcement that Corning Inc. will expand diesel facility in Steuben County, create jobs

Corning, N.Y., April 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Corning Incorporated will invest $250 million and expand its diesel plant in the town of Erwin: 

April 25, 2013
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Senate approves O'Mara's legislation to combat proliferation of meth labs

Albany, N.Y., April 23—While police and firefighters in the city of Elmira today were on the scene of a suspected meth lab, the New York State Senate approved, by a strong bipartisan vote of  57 to 5, legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to further outlaw the operation of clandestine methamphetamine labs by increasing the criminal penalties for the possession of meth manufacturing material and the unlawful manufacture of meth, implementing a series of increasingly severe felony offenses.

April 23, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 22, 2013 ~ 'What would we do without them?'

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, "What would we do without them?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 23, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 23, 2013
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O'Mara reminds area residents that 'I Love My Park Day' this Saturday, May 4th offers volunteer opportunities

Elmira, N.Y. May 2 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 2nd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place this Saturday, May 4, 2013 and will include events at two local sites.

The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system.

April 22, 2013
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National Volunteer Week, April 21-27 ~ Sen. O'Mara, colleagues sponsor legislation to encourage volunteer emergency services corps

Albany, N.Y., April 21—As Americans everywhere observe National Volunteer Week beginning today and running through Saturday, April 27, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) announced that they are continuing to sponsor legislation aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

April 22, 2013
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Many area volunteer fire departments holding open houses as part of 'Recruit NY' on April 27-28 ~ See list of local events planned

Elmira, N.Y., April 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that volunteer fire departments across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will hold Open Houses on the weekend of April 27-28 as part of “Recruit NY,” a statewide initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the state Association of Fire Chiefs and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The event is coordinated by FASNY to coincide with this year's observance of National Volunteer Week from April 21-27.

O'Mara praised the upcoming Recruit NY effort.

April 19, 2013
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'Fighting Hunger Together' ~ Last day to support our regional food banks ~ Online voting ends today, Tuesday, April 30th

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) reminded area residents that they can help support regional food banks -- the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Foodlink -- by voting online in the Walmart Foundation-sponsored “Fighting Hunger Together” contest.

The contest ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

April 18, 2013
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O'Mara: President, Congress consider imposing 'huge' tax increase on New Yorkers

Albany, N.Y., April 18-State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call earlier this week for Congress and President Barack Obama to reject proposals surfacing as part of federal budget discussions to eliminate the ability of New York State taxpayers to deduct their state and local taxes, including property taxes, from their federal taxes.

Cuomo released an analysis in Albany on Tuesday showing that such a move at the federal level would cost millions of New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually.

April 18, 2013
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Area state legislators urge local support for Food Bank of the Southern Tier ~ 'Fighting Hunger Together' online voting ends April 30

Elmira, N.Y., April 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) reminded area residents that they can help support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier by voting online in the Walmart Foundation-sponsored “Fighting Hunger Together” contest.

The contest ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

In a statement, O’Mara, Friend and Palmesano said: “We are grateful to have this opportunity to help spread the word on a genuinely meaningful local cause and to help support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in its outstanding work.  All of our support will go to make a real difference in the lives of area students and their families.”

April 17, 2013
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'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those in the city of Boston.

From this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

From today's Ithaca Journal: 'Ithaca's runners out of harm's way in Boston Marathon blasts'

April 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 15, 2013 ~ 'Trail of meth keeps growing'

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, "Trail of meth keeps growing"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 15, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 15, 2013
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O'Mara legislation targets manufacturing, possession and sale of methamphetamine

Elmira, N.Y., April 11 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), highlighting the increasing frequency of methamphetamine-related arrests and other incidents across the region over the past few years, announced today that he has introduced legislation in the Senate to significantly increase the criminal penalties for possessing, selling or manufacturing the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

April 11, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 8, 2013 ~ 'Challenge after challenge still ahead'

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, "Challenge after challenge still ahead"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 8, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 8, 2013
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