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O'Mara will continue Senate offices in Elmira, Bath and Albany in 2015

Elmira, N.Y., January 6—To help kick off the new year in New York State government, which officially begins tomorrow at the Capitol, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced 2015 contact information for his district offices in Elmira and Bath, and his Albany office.

O’Mara is beginning his third consecutive, two-year term representing the state’s 58th Senate District encompassing all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).  

January 6, 2015
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Funeral services being held in Manhattan this morning for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

Former, three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo will be laid to rest today. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family.

Funeral services are being held, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan.

A livestream of today's funeral will be available here.

January 6, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 5, 2015 ~ 'Taking a closer look at police safety'

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, "Public safety in the new year"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 4th Corning Leader]

January 5, 2015
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Our thoughts and prayers on the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Cuomo and the Cuomo family on the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo at the age of 82. 

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January 1, 2015
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Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a safe and successful, meaningful and memorable New Year!

December 30, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 29, 2014 ~ 'What's your opinion?'

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..."

December 29, 2014
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Best wishes throughout this holiday season

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful and a memorable Holiday Season.

December 23, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 22, 2014 ~ 'Carrying on in more ways than one'

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, "Carrying on in more ways than one"

December 22, 2014
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to encourage growth of industrial hemp signed into law ~ Cornell University researchers, Farm Bureau, other farm advocates see economic opportunity

Albany, N.Y., December 18— Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) to make New York the 16th state in the nation to establish a framework for growing industrial hemp as a way to diversify and strengthen the state’s leading agricultural industry, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation (S.7047/A.8297, Chapter 524 of the Laws of 2014) was approved by the Legislature in June.  It authorizes a pilot program to allow hemp production for research to begin immediately by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, and state colleges and universities. 

December 18, 2014
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O'Mara criticizes decisions on casinos, fracking (UPDATED, December 18)

Elmira, N.Y., December 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s decision by the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board to not locate one of New York’s three new Upstate casino resorts at Tioga Downs Casino and Raceway in Nichols:

December 17, 2014
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Gaming Facility Location Board to announce the sites of Upstate's casinos at today's meeting ~ Watch the announcement live at 2:00 p.m.

The sites of New York's four new Upstate casino resorts will be announced today during a meeting of the Gaming Facility Location Board.

Watch today's meeting live, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at http://gaming.ny.gov/

December 17, 2014
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Cuomo cabinet meeting meeting this morning could address state's decision on hydrofracking ~ Watch it live at 11:15 a.m.

According to news reports, a Cuomo administration cabinet meeting this morning should include a public briefing "on a long-awaited Department of Health study on the impact of allowing hydrofracking in New York State."

Watch today's cabinet meeting live, beginning at 11:15 a.m., at http://www.ny.gov/   

 

December 17, 2014
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Regional airports awarded state funding, O'Mara praises 'smart investments' in local economy

Elmira, N.Y., December 16—Several regional airport projects are among 26 aviation projects statewide being awarded a total of $9 million to enhance safety, security and economic development, it was announced in Albany today.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomed the announcement.

December 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 15, 2014 ~ 'A locally grown economic engine for NY'

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, "A locally grown economic engine for NY"

December 15, 2014
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O'Mara named to Farm Bureau 'Circle of Friends' for commitment to New York's farm families

Elmira, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) has been named to the 2014 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture.  

The Farm Bureau represents more than 35,000 member farm families statewide.

December 11, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes new round of state aid for regional economic development -- Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions recognized as 'Top Performers' (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded a total of $80.8 million and the Finger Lakes region $80.7 million under the fourth round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative.

O’Mara noted that both the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes regions are among the five regions that are recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  The other Top Performers this year are Central New York, Mid-Hudson and Long Island.

December 11, 2014
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Listen to Senator O'Mara on WLEA radio in Hornell ~ December 9, 2014 'Newsmaker Show'

Listen to Senator O'Mara's December 9, 2014 interview on the "Newsmaker Show" on WLEA radio (AM 1480) in Hornell.

Among other topics, the Senator shares his thoughts on the future of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, and on the calls by some state lawmakers to reform the grand jury system in New York State.

[Note: Senator O'Mara appears during the second segment of the show, following an interview with area Assemblyman Joe Giglio, at approximately the 10:34 mark of the podcast]

December 9, 2014
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'Elmira ceremony honors police cadets' ~ Newest graduates of the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center represent police agencies from across the region

Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center, who represent police agencies from across the region.

Thank you for your service.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "Elmira ceremony honors police cadets"

December 9, 2014
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December 8, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 8, 2014 ~ 'Many fiscal decisions in new year'

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, "Many fiscal decisions in new year"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 7th Corning Leader]

December 8, 2014
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