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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of June 3, 2013 ~ 'Tax-Free NY, kind of'

 

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, "Tax-Free NY, kind of"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 3, 2013 Corning Leader]

June 3, 2013
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Senate approves 'Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund' ~ O'Mara co-sponsors legislation, calling it a 'wise investment in the future of upstate dairy farms'

 

Albany, N.Y., May 29—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.”

The legislation (S.1081/A.4021) passed the Senate by a vote of 60 to 1.

The proposed new loan fund, which would be administered by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), would provide state grants and low-interest loans to help dairy farmers undertake energy efficiency projects and purchase cutting-edge energy technologies.

May 30, 2013
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O'Mara, Chemung County Sheriff welcome Eiger, the county's new K-9 officer

 

Senator O'Mara welcomed the opportunity to help welcome "Eiger," Chemung County's new K-9 officer, to his new home at the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.   

"We're proud to have Eiger here," the senator said of the 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd, who was certified last week with his handler Deputy David Padgett as a narcotics and tracking team.

Read and watch more, "Chemung Sheriff shows off new K-9 officer"

May 28, 2013
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'Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Citizens from across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions participated in numerous Memorial Day observances.

To read more, see the links below from the:

Corning Leader, "Area honors fallen veterans at ceremonies, parades"

Elmira Star-Gazette, "Neighbors: Woodlawn Cemetery memorial in Elmira brings home significance of holiday"

May 28, 2013
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Memorial Day 2013

On this Memorial Day, a straightforward and heartfelt thank you to all of our veterans -- past and present.

I share some additional thoughts in this week's column, "It is altogether fitting and proper"

Read the column here: http://www.odessafile.com/government-OMara119th

May 27, 2013
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

 

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

    ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

There are many ceremonies, parades, and other observances taking place across the region to honor our veterans, past and present -- and to pay tribute to the brave men and women protecting and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms at this very moment.

See the links below for a listing of many of them:

May 22, 2013
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Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest ~ May 23-26, 2013

Corning's 4th Annual GlassFest -- a celebration of the Crystal City's glassmaking heritage -- takes place this year beginning on Thursday, May 23rd and running through Sunday, May 26th.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Corning's GlassFest opens Thursday" 

May 21, 2013
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Congratulations to this year's Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees

Congratulations to the 2013 Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees and, on behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our very best wishes to all of you for what promise to be bright and successful futures.

Read more, "Jack Lisi Youth Awards honor eight"

[photo above by Eric Wensel]

May 17, 2013
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From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, 'NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday'

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, is the deadline for New York State pistol owners to file the opt-out form to keep their information private.

Read more in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday"

More information HERE.

May 14, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano on Hornell's WLEA radio

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano of Corning were guests last weekend on Brian O'Neil's weekly show "Connections" on WLEA radio in Hornell.

The area lawmakers discussed several topics including the push underway in Albany -- which they strongly oppose -- to implement a statewide system of taxpayer-financed political campaigns, and a potentially major shift underway in rural transportation.

Listen to the Saturday, May 11, 2013 edition of "Connections."

May 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 13, 2013 ~ 'And now a word from the CEOs'

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, "And now a word from the CEOs"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 13, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

May 13, 2013
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State Senate approves anti-fraud legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara

Albany, N.Y., May 9—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara  (R-C, Big Flats) to target criminals, called “runners,” who are key players in the epidemic of fraud that especially plagues New York’s automobile insurance industry, drives up insurance rates for every state motorist and costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion annually.

[read more on WENY-TV]

May 9, 2013
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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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