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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 29, 2013 ~ 'An abundance of tourism, thankfully'

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, "An abundance of tourism, thankfully"

July 30, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on the Cuomo administration plan to close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County

 

Albany, N.Y., July 26— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by the Cuomo administration that it will close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County and three other state correctional facilities over the next 12 months: 

"It's more tough news for a region already reeling from devastating job losses and coming on the heels of the Cuomo administration’s recent announcement that it plans to shut down inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center.

July 26, 2013
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O'Mara's online petition reaches thousand mark

 

Elmira, N.Y., July 25—An online “Join The Fight!” petition drive launched just over a week ago by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) continues to rally public support for the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and has now gained 1,000 supporters.  

"Word keeps spreading that the effort’s underway to try to convince the Cuomo administration to reconsider the future of the Elmira PC and to protect the place we believe it’s earned as a flagship of New York’s mental health system,” said O’Mara.  “Support keeps building.” 

July 25, 2013
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O'Mara: Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday great chance to support local agriculture, tourism

 

Odessa, N.Y., July 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 27, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 15, 2013 ~ 'Read, read, read'

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, "Read, read, read"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 22, 2013 Corning Leader]

July 22, 2013
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O'Mara's online petition to save Elmira PC drawing hundreds of supporters (Updated, July 22)

Elmira, N.Y., July 19—An online “Join The Fight!” petition drive launched on Tuesday by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to rally public support for the continued operation of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) has already drawn more than 750 supporters. 

"The response has grown day by day, and it’s been very positive,” said O’Mara, who continued to urge supporters to spread the word about the petition drive.  “It’s going to be very helpful to the overall effort to encourage Governor Cuomo and his administration to reconsider the future of the Elmira PC.”

July 19, 2013
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'O'Mara's leap' brings home the Celebrity Sack Race title (and all for a great community cause)!

Last night's Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Rendezvous brought chamber members and their families together with a number of area officials at the Watkins Glen International racetrack for a night of fun and competition -- including a Dunk Tank and the inaugural "Celebrity Sack Race for the Chamber Cup."

The annual event is the Chamber's second-largest fundraiser. 

July 18, 2013
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See the Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures

Albany, N.Y., July 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), who serves as one of 10 state legislators on the joint, 10-member bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, today announced the online availability of the commission's Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures.

July 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 15, 2013 ~ 'Right direction, wrong decision'

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, "Right direction, wrong decision"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 15, 2013 Corning Leader]

July 15, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on today's announcement of the closing of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Updated, July 11)

 

Elmira, N.Y., July 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by the Cuomo administration that it will close the Elmira Psychiatric Center, resulting in the potential loss of 250 local jobs, under a state Office of Mental Health (OMH) reorganization plan:

July 10, 2013
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New law sponsored by O'Mara and Palmesano designates 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway' in tribute to fallen local soldier

Albany, N.Y., July 9—Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of  State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway,” has been signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo approved the measure early last week, on Wednesday, July 3, to coincide with the following day’s Fourth of July observance.  He approved several similar pieces of legislation honoring three other fallen soldiers across New York.

July 9, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 8, 2013 ~ 'Restoring a fundamental responsibility'

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, "Restoring a fundamental responsibility"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 8, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

July 8, 2013
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Independence Day 2013

My best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration.

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

Visit the state's 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

July 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 1, 2013 ~ 'A clear-eyed path to prevention'

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 clear-eyed path to prevention"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 1, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

July 1, 2013
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June 29 and 30 are free fishing days in New York State

From the observer-review.com, "June 29 and 30 are free fishing days in New York State"

For more information, including a listing of free fishing events statewide, visit the state Department of Environmental Conservation

June 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara sponsoring online summer reading program, 'Dig Into Reading!'

Elmira, N.Y., June 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area students and their families that he’s sponsoring “Dig Into Reading!,”  an online summer reading program that the Senate will be promoting throughout the summer of 2013 in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

June 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 24, 2013 ~ 'Grown in New York taking root'

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, "Grown in New York taking root"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 25, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

June 24, 2013
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State Legislature OKs key plank of 'Grown in New York' plan pushed by O'Mara, Senate colleagues: property tax relief

Albany, N.Y., June 20—The Legislature has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to place a two-percent cap on annual agricultural land assessment increases and deliver long-awaited and badly needed property tax relief to state farmers. 

June 20, 2013
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State Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway' in honor of fallen local soldier

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of  State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.” 

June 19, 2013
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O'Mara: Senate gives final OK to legislation restoring funding for people with developmental disabilities

Albany, N.Y., June 18—The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to restore a $90-million cut in funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that was included in this year’s state budget. 

June 18, 2013
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