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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 4, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

July 5, 2011
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Independence Day 2011

My best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration.

And a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

July 4, 2011
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State DEC unveils new report on future of Marcellus Shale

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will unveil later today a new report on the future of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

Read the June 30 DEC news release.

July 1, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 27, 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 27, 2011
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Senator O'Mara statement on the 2011 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 24—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the conclusion of the Legislature’s 2011 regular session, his first as a state senator:

June 24, 2011
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Legislation approved to permanently allow rifle hunting in area counties

Albany, N.Y.–The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) to permanently authorize rifle hunting in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties.

June 22, 2011
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A Basketball Legend

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined his Senate colleagues earlier this week to welcome New York State high school basketball legend and Brigham Young University (BYU) star James Taft “Jimmer” Fredette, this year’s Player of the Year in men’s Division I college basketball, to the Senate Chamber in Albany where senators adopted a resolution commemorating Fredette’s basketball career.

June 21, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 20, 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 20, 2011
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Legislature approves expanded coverage for treatment of autism

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Legislature approved today landmark health care legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) that would  require expanded health insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

June 17, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on Chemung County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Alexander

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today released the following statement on Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Alexander, whose memorial service will be held later today and funeral tomorrow morning in Elmira:

June 15, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on reports of a possible protest at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on reports that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church will conduct a protest in Cohocton on Saturday, June 18, at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder:

June 15, 2011
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State Senate pays tribute to Schuyler County veteran in Albany ceremony

Albany, N.Y., June 14—At a Flag Day ceremony in Albany earlier today, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid tribute to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of June 13, 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 13, 2011
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Schuyler County veteran, who 58 years ago today was engaged with fellow soldiers in one of the Korean War's notable victories, will be inducted into Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame next week

Albany, N.Y., June 10—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues will pay tribute to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s online Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 10, 2011
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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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