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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 6, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

June 8, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County

Albany, N.Y.—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of 20-year-old, U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, June 4, 2011:

June 6, 2011
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Should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores? O'Mara, others say yes (Update: see June 2nd Corning Leader editorial in support)

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) have introduced new legislation to rekindle a decades-old debate in the Legislature: should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores?

June 2, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of Memorial Day 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column 

May 30, 2011
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State Senate will recognize local Civil War-era nurse as part of historical tribute

Albany, N.Y., May 26—To commemorate the state and national observances of the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War, area Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate will make an early induction into the Senate’s 2012 tribute to “Women of  Distinction” from throughout New York State’s history --  the Senate’s version of a New York State Women’s Hall of Fame.

May 26, 2011
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Senator O'Mara pays tribute to contributions of Hornell woman, director of Dormann Library in Bath

Albany, N.Y., May 24—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues last night honored Carol Berry of Hornell, a long-time regional library professional and currently director of the Dormann Library in Bath, as a 2011 “Woman of Distinction.”

May 25, 2011
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The 2011 "Woman of Distinction"

The New York State Senate conducts its 14th annual "Women of Distinction" tribute in Albany on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Senator O'Mara will be honoring a long-time area library director for her contributions and dedication to several of the region's public and school libraries.

May 18, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of May 16, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

May 16, 2011
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O'Mara: share your suggestions for cutting government spending, waste

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) encouraged the region’s local officials, business leaders, educators and any other concerned citizens to respond to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for direct public input on improving the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of state government programs and services.

May 13, 2011
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Local public libraries awarded grants

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, Big Flats) announced today that public libraries in Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties have been awarded state library construction grants.

May 12, 2011
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Legislation seeks to encourage conservation education

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Senate approved today legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to authorize local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDS) to undertake extensive public information and education programs.

May 10, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of May 9, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

May 9, 2011
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Purple Heart stamp another chance to promote national pride, O'Mara says

Albany, N.Y., May 5—The official unveiling and first-day issuance of the new Purple Heart Forever USA postage stamp takes place today at a ceremony on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is marking the occasion by noting that the effort to designate the stamp began in earnest in the New York State Senate over a decade ago.

May 5, 2011
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Senate acts to strengthen law against texting while driving

Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has approved legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.

May 4, 2011
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Emergency Services Volunteer Incentive Act

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) have introduced legislation aimed at helping localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

May 4, 2011
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A victory for America

It’s a long-awaited, significant victory for America in the war against terrorism.  Most importantly, it’s a  meaningful opportunity for citizens locally and across the nation to honor the bravery, perseverance, service and sacrifice of our nation’s incredible servicemen and servicewomen.  And as we do, our thoughts and prayers, approaching the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, remain with the families of the victims of that terrible day.

May 2, 2011
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O'Mara: keep going with crackdown on government waste

Albany, N.Y., April 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) responded to today’s news reports that the Cuomo administration is uncovering “massive waste” in New York government by urging the administration to keep leading the way on turning the page on the state’s fiscal practices.

April 29, 2011
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O'Mara legislation seeks to combat Medicaid fraud, other abuses

Albany, N.Y., April 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is sponsoring legislation in the Senate (S.4614) to reimburse counties for the cost of purchasing cutting-edge computer software that could help pinpoint cases of Medicaid fraud and other abuses of the system and potentially save state and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

April 28, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

April 25, 2011
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Capitol Students

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) was joined at the Capitol recently by two area high school students who were among 30 students from across the state participating in the 11th Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State (LOWV).

[Read more in the Corning Leader, see attached file below]

April 20, 2011
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