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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 58th Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

November 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 25, 2013 ~ 'For the holidays, remember shopping small'

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, "For the holidays, remember shopping small"

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

November 25, 2013
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O'Mara: On Saturday, November 23, 'two great events for two critical local causes' (UPDATED, November 25th)

Elmira, N.Y., November 22— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that two events will take place in Elmira on Saturday, November 23rd, that offer ongoing opportunities to support the Elmira Psychiatric Center and the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County.

November 22, 2013
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Remembrances of JFK

Fifty years after, this day will be filled with remembrances of the late President John F. Kennedy.

From the Star-Gazette, "For boomers, JFK's death still ripples"

From The Leader"JFK, 11.22.63"

November 22, 2013
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Elmira Jackals, Senator O'Mara urge supporters 'to turn First Arena orange' on Saturday night in support of Monterey Shock

ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals have announced that they will be holding the largest public rally to date in support of saving the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County. The rally will take place at their home game this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at First Arena, against the Kalamazoo Wings.

November 20, 2013
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Area reps: Saturday's rally to support the Elmira Psychiatric Center chance to show strong regional support

Elmira, N.Y., November 20— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are calling on local residents to join them at a public rally to “Save the Elmira Psychiatric Center” on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Elmira.

November 20, 2013
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O'Mara, colleagues propose tax cutting, reform recommendations

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) has joined his State Senate Republican colleagues to call for action on a comprehensive tax-cutting agenda by the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014.  

November 19, 2013
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O'Mara co-sponsoring legislation to delay implementation of OMH plan jeopardizing future of Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y., November 19— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) welcomed yesterday's comments from a key colleague, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R-Binghamton), that Governor Andrew Cuomo will consider alternatives to a comprehensive state Office of Mental Health (OMH) reorganization plan that calls for shutting down inpatient services and other changes at the Elmira Psychiatric Center. 

November 19, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 17, 2013 ~ 'An American tradition'

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 American tradition"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 17th Corning Leader] 

November 18, 2013
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Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and concludes on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Read more details online at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Please keep safety in mind.

November 14, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 11, 2013 ~ 'Our obligation and our opportunity'

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, "Our obligation and our opportunity"

November 12, 2013
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A Veterans Day message from Senator O'Mara ~ see listings of local Veterans Day observances

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

November 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Friend will hold a community meeting at the Southport Town Hall later today (Updated, November 13th)

Elmira, N.Y., November 12—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold a community meeting at the Southport Town Hall on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

[Update, November 13, 2013: watch WENY-TV's report on yesterday's meeting, "Community concerns in Southport"]

November 6, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 4, 2013 ~ 'Keep making the case'

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, "Keep making the case"

 

November 4, 2013
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Watch a replay of Senator O'Mara's October 28th public hearing on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) hosted a public hearing in Elmira on October 28th on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and the Greater Binghamton Health Center, and the need for an ongoing “Southern Tier-based Center of Excellence” within New York State’s system of mental health. 

October 31, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 28, 2013 ~ 'Proposal One: casino gaming'

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, "Proposal One: casino gaming"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 29th Corning Leader]

October 30, 2013
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Supporters hold 'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' in Elmira, continue to urge Cuomo administration to change course

Elmira, N.Y.-- More than 200 supporters of keeping open the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility turned out on Saturday for a "Saving Monterey Shock Rally" at the National Soaring Museum.

In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey facility in Schuyler County next year.

October 28, 2013
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O'Mara: State should immediately waive fee for veteran designation on driver licenses

Albany, N.Y., October 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take immediate steps to direct the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to waive a state fee for veterans who want a newly created Veterans ID placed on their state driver license before the expiration date of their current license.

O'Mara said that if the governor won’t or can’t do it on his own, he’ll work with his Senate and Assembly colleagues to enact legislation waiving the fee.

October 22, 2013
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