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Anti-telemarketer legislation signed into law

Albany, N.Y., August 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of a new law to implement stronger protections for New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices.

O’Mara strongly supported and voted in favor of the legislation (S7567), which was given final legislative approval by the Senate in mid-June.  The new law will regulate all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and add new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

August 17, 2012
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O'Mara praises New York's first-ever 'Yogurt Summit'

Albany, N.Y., August 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today praised New York’s first-ever “Yogurt Summit” and applauded the Cuomo administration for its ongoing efforts to strengthen key state industries, including agriculture, and create jobs and other economic opportunities by easing the state’s regulatory burden, encouraging public-private partnerships and other actions.

August 15, 2012
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O'Mara issues reminder that 2012-13 hunting and fishing licenses now on sale

Albany, N.Y., August 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area sportsmen and sportswomen today that 2012-2013 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs), are now on sale at 1,500 license outlets statewide.

August 14, 2012
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'Sgt. Devin A. Snyder Memorial Highway' pays tribute to fallen local hero

Cohocton, N.Y.—On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, the family and friends of the late U.S. Army Sergeant Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton joined state and local leaders and area veterans at a ceremony to officially designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County  as the “Sergeant Devin A. Snyder Memorial Highway.”  

The late afternoon ceremony was held at the Lawrence Parks Recreation Area on Atlanta Back Road in Cohocton and featured the unveiling of the new state Department of Transportation (DOT) signs designating the stretch of I-390 between Exit 2 in the town of Cohocton (northbound) to Exit 3 in the town of Wayland (southbound) as the “Sergeant Devin A. Snyder Memorial Highway.”

August 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 13, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Combating invasive species"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 13, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

August 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 6, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 reminder: We know how to carry on"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 6, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

August 13, 2012
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Expansion of state's DNA databank goes into effect

Albany, N.Y., August 2—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the groundbreaking law expanding New York State's DNA databank by requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample is now effective.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that the State Legislature gave final approval to the expansion and it was signed into law by the governor earlier this year.  The expansion of the state's DNA databank is a move that law enforcement leaders locally and across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.

August 2, 2012
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'If you want to help storm recovery'

August 1st UPDATE:

From the Star-Gazette: "If you want to help storm recovery"

July 31st UPDATE:

From the Star-Gazette"Officials assess damage as normalcy returns" 

For additional storm updates, visit chemungcounty.com.

July 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 23, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Growing the economy, outdoors"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 23, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 23, 2012
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O'Mara cheers approval of new law to encourage growth of craft beer industry

Albany, N.Y., July 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, cheered the enactment of legislation signed into law yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to implement regulatory reforms and tax incentives to encourage the expansion of the state's growing craft beer industry.

O’Mara said that the new law, which he strongly supported in the Senate, will help enhance and strengthen the foundations of agriculture and tourism across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

July 19, 2012
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Read the latest edition of "Rural Futures"

Albany, N.Y., July 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who serves as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, 10-member bipartisan  Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, said today that the commission has recently published its Summer 2012 edition of Rural Futures.

O'Mara said that the commission periodically publishes Rural Futures as an informative roundup of rural affairs in New York and nationally, including updates on legislative efforts and initiatives in rural communities, as well as summaries for rural leaders and officials on grants, publications, useful websites and upcoming events.

The current Summer 2012 issue includes updates on:

July 18, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 16, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, “Keeping track of rural New York"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 16, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 16, 2012
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"16th Finger Lakes Wine Festival Uncorks Tonight"

This weekend marks the 16th Annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival -- one of the region's outstanding summer events.

Listen on Finger Lakes Radio...

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And visit www.flwinefest.com for all of the details you need...

July 13, 2012
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Governor Cuomo signs new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara to more immediately honor fallen firefighters like longtime Horseheads Fire Chief Dick Sullivan

Albany, N.Y., July 12—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to ensure that every New York State volunteer or professional firefighter killed in the line of duty has his or her name included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“New York State’s firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, and they earn and deserve every measure of honor and respect that we can offer and provide,” said O’Mara.  “This new law ensures that every firefighter who dies in the line of duty will immediately be provided a place and forever be remembered on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.”

July 12, 2012
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview on WHCU's Morning News Watch

Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview this morning on WHCU radio's Morning News Watch with Lee Rayburn -- including an update on the senator's ongoing efforts to strengthen New York State's anti-meth laws.

Read more on Senator O'Mara's initiatives to prosecute and punish meth crimes as well as raise public awareness of the dangers here, and here.

July 10, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of July 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 great gift"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the July 9, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

July 9, 2012
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On eve of nation's July 4th observance, Governor Cuomo signs O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate the 'Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway' in tribute to fallen local hero

Albany, N.Y., July 3-Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway” has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The designation (S.7739/A.10726/Chapter 101 of the Laws of 2012), which was unanimously approved by the Legislature two weeks ago, honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.

July 3, 2012
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O'Mara: Hammondsport's 'Coolest Small Town' celebration this weekend a great kickoff to summer in the Finger Lakes

Hammondsport, N.Y., June 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) will join other area officials and community residents at tomorrow’s village-wide celebration of Hammondsport’s  designation as Budget Travel magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town 2012.”

“What a great way to help welcome another season of summer tourism in the Finger Lakes.  It took a fantastic, region-wide show of support to help Hammondsport rise to the top, and it’s a real tribute to one of our great Finger Lakes towns,” said O’Mara. “It helps remind the nation that the Finger Lakes region is alive and well, and still making unique and valuable contributions to America’s culture and economy.”

June 29, 2012
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Senate approves legislation, co-sponsored by O'Mara, targeting meth makers

Albany, N.Y., June 27—The New York State Senate has approved legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), to restrict sales of over-the-counter cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

O’Mara, noting the dramatic rise in meth-related arrests and other incidents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions over the past year, said that the legislation targets the manufacturing of the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

June 27, 2012
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Area state lawmakers tout repeal of 'Ropes Law'--unfunded state mandate that forces rural, small fire departments to purchase unneeded equipment

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) have voted in favor of legislation, given final legislative approval, to eliminate the state’s one-size-fits-all “Ropes Law” for firefighter safety and allow local fire departments more flexibility to choose equipment that best meets the needs and conditions of their communities.

June 26, 2012
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