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As state celebrates Dairy Month in June, Senate approves 'Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund'

Albany, N.Y., June 4—As New York State begins its celebration of Dairy Month throughout June, the New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

June 4, 2014
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Senate moves ahead on comprehensive anti-heroin strategy to address growing crisis (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., June 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that the Senate is moving forward with a series of legislative initiatives he co-sponsors aimed at addressing the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

June 3, 2014
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O'Mara issues reminder on state-sponsored emergency preparedness training program on Saturday, June 7th, in Chemung County ~ online preregistration required, sign up now

Horseheads, N.Y., May 30 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” will be held at Horseheads High School on Saturday, June 7,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete an online registration prior to the event.  According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

June 2, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 2, 2014 ~ 'Getting serious about heroin'

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, "Getting serious about heroin"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 1st Corning Leader] 

June 2, 2014
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On behalf of the 58th Senate District, our condolences to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner, who so clearly and proudly represented the highest ideals, principles and values of the New York State Police.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "State Trooper remembered as a man who put safety first"

May 30, 2014
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Congratulations to 14-year-old Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post (r.), this year's National Spelling Bee co-champion!

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, congratulations to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, co-champion of the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee!ead more in:

The Leader, "'A dream come true': Hathwar wins National Spelling Bee"

Star-Gazette, "Painted Post lad finishes Spelling Bee as co-champion"

May 30, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues on Senate Task Force on Heroin issue report, legislative recommendations to address heroin crisis (Updated, May 29th)

[Update, May 29, 2014: Read and watch more in The Leader and on WENY-TV] 

Albany, N.Y., May 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to issue a report and unveil a set of legislative recommendations in response to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

May 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 26, 2014 ~ 'In memory of our veterans'

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, "In memory of our veterans"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 25th Corning Leader] 

May 27, 2014
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. 

   ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues induct Watkins Glen veteran into Hall of Fame ~ O'Mara pays tribute to Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio, Sr.

Albany, N.Y., May 20—At a late morning ceremony in the Legislative Office Building honoring decorated and distinguished veterans from across New York State, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today inducted Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues will induct Watkins Glen native Tony Specchio into Veterans' Hall of Fame at Albany ceremony today

Watkins Glen, N.Y., May 20—To coincide with this year’s upcoming Memorial Day observances across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today will induct Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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WFLR to broadcast tonight's flood victim assistance meeting from Penn Yan Middle School, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

WFLR 96.9 / 101.9 FM and 1570 AM will broadcast tonight's informational meeting from the Penn Yan Middle School auditorium regarding last week's flooding and recovery efforts in Yates County.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. 

For more information and to listen online, click HERE...

May 19, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 18, 2014 ~ 'Nation's CEOs still down on 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, "Nation's CEOs still down on NY"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 18th Corning Leader] 

May 19, 2014
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State of Emergency declared in Yates County (Updated: May 19th informational meeting scheduled; 'Donations & Volunteers'; and a new 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide')

[UPDATE, May 19: WFLR will broadcast tonight's informational meeting live beginning at 7, find out more and listen HERE]

[UPDATE, May 19: Informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m., read more HERE]

[UPDATE, May 16: The Institute for Human Services, Inc. has released a 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide']

May 14, 2014
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O'Mara holds public round table discussion on regional, statewide heroin crisis (UPDATED--including a video replay of the full hearing)

 

[Update, Friday, May 16th: Watch a video replay of today's full hearing HERE

Elmira, N.Y., May 16,--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today brought the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College for a public round table discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

May 14, 2014
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O'Mara honors Yates County health professional as 2014 New York State Senate 'Woman of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) paid tribute to Lauren R. Snyder, a long-time public health professional in Yates County, as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” at an awards ceremony in Albany on Tuesday. 

Snyder, a Penn Yan native who served as the Yates County Public Health Director for 28 years before retiring in 2009, represented O’Mara’s 58th Senate District at a statewide tribute event in the Legislative Office Building in Albany as part of the state Senate’s 17th Annual “Women of Distinction” program.  

May 13, 2014
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Legislation to assist NY's disabled vets signed into law

Albany, N.Y., May 13—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans, has been signed into law.

The new law, known as the "Service-Disabled Veterans-Owned Business Act," builds on last year’s enactment of a “Hire-a-Vet” business tax credit that O’Mara also co-sponsored. 

May 13, 2014
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O'Mara bringing Senate task force to Elmira to examine growing heroin crisis throughout region

Elmira, N.Y., May 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) announced today that he will bring the Senate Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College on Friday, May 16, 2014 for a legislative hearing on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

The hearing, which will be open to the public, will be held at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  

May 7, 2014
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Chemung County, other area senior volunteers honored at Senior Citizens Day event at State Capitol

Albany, N.Y., May 6—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) welcomed senior citizen volunteers from Chemung and Schuyler counties to the State Capitol today as part of the 2014 Senior Citizens Day Celebration sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

May 6, 2014
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