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Eleven years after 9/11--A Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

Eleven years after September 11, 2001, Americans of all ages continue to gather, in the words of former President George W. Bush, to “honor the memory of the 11th day.”

From west to east, from north to south, Americans do their duty as citizens to remember, like we always have, and like we always will.

For this generation, there was never a more powerful time to be an American.  To this very day, while September 11th evokes such a difficult mix of emotions, one of the most powerful feelings of all remains this one: we are Americans and above all else, in the toughest of times, we will stand together in aid, in comfort, and in resolve.

September 11, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 10, 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, "September 11"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the September 10, 2012 Corning Leader]

September 10, 2012
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Outside Magazine ranking names Ithaca one of the "Best River Towns in America"

Congratulations to Ithaca for being named a "Best River Town in America" by Outside Magazine.

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September 7, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 3, 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, "Labor Day, back to school and technology"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the September 3, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

September 4, 2012
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Unshackle Upstate releases 2012 Legislative Scorecard, Senator O'Mara receives high grade

Albany, N.Y.,August 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has received one of the Senate’s highest grades, 93%, from Unshackle Upstate on the group’s 2012 Legislative Scorecard.

Unshackle Upstate is a pro-jobs, pro-taxpayer advocacy organization comprised of business and trade organizations representing every Upstate region. 

The guide ranks the voting record of every state legislator on pieces of legislation the Legislature considered in 2012 that reflect the organization’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, pro-taxpayer initiatives and private-sector economic growth.

August 30, 2012
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O'Mara applauds approval of legislation to combat prescription drug abuse

Albany, N.Y., August 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing into law a measure O’Mara strongly supported and voted in favor in the Senate to make New York State a national leader in combating prescription drug abuse.

August 28, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of August 27, 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 new NY approach: entrepreneurial government"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the August 27, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

August 27, 2012
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Steuben County gets state ok on tax abatement program, legislation sponsored by Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano

Corning, N.Y., August 23—Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) to establish a real property tax abatement program in Steuben County, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

O’Mara and Palmesano introduced the legislation (S.7424/A.10107, Chapter 394 of the Laws of 2012) at the request of Steuben County officials who believe that the new program will help spur investment and revitalization of commercial and residential properties in the cities of Corning and Hornell, as well as other localities. Cities, towns and villages throughout Steuben County can participate in the program at their option.

August 23, 2012
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Business Council gives Senator O'Mara, colleagues high marks for commitment to 'pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda'

Albany, N.Y., August 22—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has received a strong vote of confidence from the state’s largest business advocacy organization, The Business Council of New York State, for his commitment “to a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda.” 

O’Mara joins a number of his Senate colleagues as the highest-rated state senators in the Business Council’s just-released 2012 Voters’ Guide.  O’Mara received a score of 90%.  He noted that area Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) and Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) also received high grades.

August 22, 2012
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State, local officials highlight benefits of Route 15 bridge project in Steuben County

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced today that construction is under way on a $31 million project that will build six bridges on Route 15 in the Town of Lindley, Steuben County. This is the second and final phase of a project that will complete the final five-mile stretch of future Interstate 99, connecting Corning, N.Y., to Williamsport, Pa.

[Read more in today's Corning Leader, attached below]

NYSDOT Assistant Commissioner Rod Sechrist and Acting Regional Director Brian Kelly joined with state and local officials this morning at the project site along the future interstate highway, to celebrate the start of this final phase of the project.

August 20, 2012
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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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