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O'Mara: Senate budget stays focused on tax relief and job creation; rejects closure of Monterey Shock and prohibits use of taxpayer dollars for college for inmates

Albany, N.Y., March 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who served on the Senate’s budget subcommittee on economic development and taxes, said that the Senate’s one-house Budget Resolution, approved early this morning, includes job-creating tax cuts and regulatory reforms, while keeping a strict lid on state government spending.

March 14, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 10, 2014 ~ 'Did you hear about Women of Distinction'

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..." 

March 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's statement on the appointment of Cornell University President David Skorton to lead the Smithsonian Institution

Albany, N.Y., March 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on the announcement that Cornell University President David Skorton has been appointed as the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2015:

March 11, 2014
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O'Mara, other local, regional and statewide Second Amendment supporters address March 8th public rally in Horseheads organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen (UPDATED)

Elmira, N.Y., March 7--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss and a host of other area leaders and statewide Second Amendment defenders spoke at a public rally in Horseheads on Saturday, March 8th.

The rally at the Horseheads American Legion Post 442 drew was organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen and drew hundreds of supporters.

March 7, 2014
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O'Mara and Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—A group of nearly 100 state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

Local highway superintendents from every region of the state have  been in Albany this week as part of their “2014  ‘Local Roads Matter’ Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.” 

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues unveil 'Young Farmers NY' to encourage next generation of farmers

Albany, N.Y., March 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Young Farmers NY,” a comprehensive legislative strategy combining financial and educational initiatives and incentives aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara: Let's work to approve 'Compassionate Care Act'

Albany, N.Y., March 4— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he will work with his Senate colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, this session to gain legislative approval of the “Compassionate Care Act” – landmark legislation that would create the most tightly regulated, highly restrictive medical marijuana system in the nation.   

March 4, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 3, 2014 ~ 'March toward a new state budget'

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, "March toward a new state budget"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 3rd Corning Leader] 

March 4, 2014
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O'Mara kicks off Women's History Month by accepting local nominations for Senate's 17th Annual 'Women of Distinction' program

Elmira, N.Y., February 28—Kicking off New York State’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced that he is accepting nominations for the Senate's 17th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Monday, March 24, 2014.

February 28, 2014
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Local bus caravan heading to Albany on Tuesday, March 11th for protest rally against closing Monterey Shock, other correctional facilities ~ Read more, sign up to go, registration deadline is this Friday, February 26th

Elmira, N.Y., February 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara today reminded local residents interested in attending a rally on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Albany to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shut down several correctional facilities this year, including the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County, can join a local bus caravan being sponsored by the New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA).

February 26, 2014
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'Heroin addiction spikes in region' ~ Read more and find out where to get assistance

[UPDATE, June 23: Anti-heroin legislation signed into law, read more HERE]

[UPDATE, June 19: Senate goes first on approving anti-heroin package, and the Assembly follows suit later in the night, read more HERE]

February 25, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column ~ for the week of February 23, 2014 ~ 'What are the early returns showing?'

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, "What are the early returns showing?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 23rd Corning Leader] 

February 24, 2014
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'Deputy Devin' joins Steuben County Sheriff's Office in memory of one of our fallen local heroes

Welcome to Deputy Devin, the newest member of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, and thank you to the Sgt. Devin A. Snyder Memorial Foundation for such a generous, meaningful and important addition to law enforcement and public safety across our communities.  

Read more in:

The Leader, "New K-9 welcomed at Steuben Sheriff's Department"

February 21, 2014
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'Do you support Governor Cuomo's plan to provide a college education to state prison inmates?' ~ Share your opinion through Senator O'Mara's new online poll

Elmira, N.Y., February 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is giving local residents the chance to share their opinions on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to have New York State provide free college courses to state prison inmates. 

"Governor Cuomo’s proposal to provide a state taxpayer-funded college education to prison inmates seems to be striking a raw nerve among many taxpayers around the region, and statewide,” said O’Mara.  “I’m glad to offer this opportunity for local residents to share their opinions on the governor’s plan.” 

February 19, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend reject Cuomo's proposal for free college for inmates, renew call to keep open Monterey Shock (UPDATED, Feb. 19th)

Elmira, N.Y., February 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide a free college education to state prisoners and again urged the Cuomo administration to reverse its decision to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County later this year.

February 18, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 17, 2014 ~ 'Truly a time to focus on American heroism'

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, "Truly a time to focus on American heroism"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 16th Corning Leader] 

February 18, 2014
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'High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca Town Hall' ~ Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Nojay meet with constituents later today at the Wayland Town Hall

Ithaca, N.Y. February 13—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) met with Tompkins County residents late yesterday at a community meeting at the Franziska Racker Centers, where the state's high tax burden and the widely criticized implementation of the new Common Core educational standards highlighted the evening's discussion.

Read more from WHCU radio, "High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca Town Hall" 

February 13, 2014
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O'Mara holding community meetings in Steuben, Tompkins counties this week

Elmira, N.Y., February 11—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today reminded area residents that he will hold community meetings later this week on:

> Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca (3226 Wilkins Road).  The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; and

> Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Wayland Town Hall (17 North Main Street) beginning at 5:30 p.m.  O'Mara will be joined by state Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Lakeview).

February 11, 2014
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Legislature's fiscal committees continue public hearings on Governor Cuomo's 2014-15 proposed state budget ~ Watch Live here ~ Today's topics: Mental hygiene & workforce development

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings today on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2105 proposed state budget. 

Hearing topics for Tuesday, February 11th: Mental Hygiene, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and Workforce Development, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the hearing live HERE.

See the full hearings schedule HERE.

February 10, 2014
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