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O'Mara applauds new law restoring funding for the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities: 'We never gave up'

Albany, N.Y., September 30—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 earlier this year, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The governor announced the signing over the weekend.

September 30, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 30, 2013 ~ 'A hub of worldwide research'

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 hub of worldwide research"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 30th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 30, 2013
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'Camp Monterey holds graduation: Lawmakers continue effort to keep shock program open'

Beaver Dams, N.Y., September 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) attended yesterday's ceremony for the latest -- and possibly last -- graduating class from the Monterey Shock Incarceration program.

Read more on yesterday's graduation ceremony in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "Camp Monterey holds graduation: Lawmakers continue effort to keep shock program open"

September 27, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano will attend this morning's ceremony for the latest Monterey Shock Incarceration graduating class, continue to urge public support to 'Keep Monterey Open!'

Beaver Dams, N.Y., September 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) will attend this morning's ceremony for the latest graduating class from the Monterey Shock Incarceration program.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Beaver Dams, Schuyler County (2150 Evergreen Hill Road). 

September 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 23, 2013 ~ 'Tax, regulatory reform on the way?'

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, "Tax, regulatory reform on the way?"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 24th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 24, 2013
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Corning earns spot as a finalist in Rand McNally's 'Most Fun' small town in America contest ~ Read more and learn how you can help

Corning has claimed a spot as one of this year's 5 finalists in Rand McNally's Best of the Road "Most Fun" small town in America contest -- and now the fun's really underway.  

Read more from the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau

September 17, 2013
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September is National Preparedness Month ~ Read more from the American Red Cross

September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross urges all of us -- households, communities, schools, workplaces -- to have plans in place in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Find information and tips from the American Red Cross to "Plan & Prepare" at www.redcross.org/prepare.

 

September 12, 2013
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Twelve years after 9/11 -- A Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

Twelves years after, Americans of all ages will gather once again today, in the words of former President George W. Bush, to “honor the memory of the 11th day.”

From east to west, from north to south, Americans do their duty as citizens to remember September 11, 2001, like we always have, and like we always will.

September 10, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 9, 2013 ~ 'Letting your voices be heard'

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, "Letting your voices be heard"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 9th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 10, 2013
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'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' draws supporters to Watkins Glen

A "Saving Monterey Shock Rally!" drew supporters of the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility to Watkins Glen yesterday to protest a Cuomo administration plan to close the facility by next year.

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WETM-TV, "Rally calls for Schuyler Co. prison facility to stay open"

Finger Lakes Radio, "Rally held Monday to keep Monterey Shock open"

September 10, 2013
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Community gathers to honor fallen local soldier at dedication of 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway'

Dundee, N.Y., September 8—Earlier this year, in June, the New York State Legislature 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.”

The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Specialist Christopher J. Scott, a Dundee High School graduate, who was killed on September 3, 2011 while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

September 8, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend urge support for 'Keep Monterey Open!' online petition ~ 'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' set for September 9th in Watkins Glen

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County next year, and now State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and State Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) are encouraging area residents to sign an online “Keep Monterey Open!” petition that’s been launched to help rally public support and convince the administration to keep the Monterey facility open.

September 5, 2013
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Senate continues tax reform hearings in Syracuse today, O'Mara says goal is bipartisan legislative tax-cutting agenda

 

Elmira, N.Y., September 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Investigations and Governmental Operations, today joined his committee colleagues in Syracuse to hear from regional business and economic development leaders on how New York’s tax policies can be reformed to reduce the state’s overall tax burden and encourage private-sector job growth.

The Senate hearings are aimed at developing a comprehensive tax reform agenda that O’Mara and his colleagues will make a priority during the 2014 legislative session. 

September 5, 2013
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State Senate's public hearings on tax reform get underway in Albany today ~ Watch live beginning at 10 a.m.

Albany, N.Y., September 3--The New York State Senate committees on Finance, and Investigations and Government Operations, kicks off a series of five statewide public hearings throughout September and October to hear testimony from regional and statewide business leaders on how state tax policies can be reformed to promote private-sector job growth.

September 4, 2013
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Reminder: Deadline for applying for next State Police civil service exam is September 8th

The deadline for applying for the next state civil service exam to become a New York State Trooper- which won't be offered again for at least another four years -- is Sunday, September 8, 2013.  The test will take place at several locations statewide in October.

To find out more and apply online, visit www.troopers.ny.gov.

Read more here... 

September 3, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 2, 2013 ~ 'Cut red tape, create jobs'

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, "Cut red tape, create jobs"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 2nd Corning Leader, attached below]

September 3, 2013
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KEEP MONTEREY OPEN!

[UPDATE, MARCH 31: O'Mara, Palmesano, Friend criticize new budget for failing to save Monterey, vow to continue fight, read more HERE]

[UPDATE, MARCH 14: Senate approves budget resolution that says no to Cuomo closure plan, read more HERE

August 29, 2013
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Local, state and federal leaders rallying support for the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility

The effort's underway to save the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County which, it was recently announced by the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been targeted for closure next year. 

Senator O'Mara has expressed his strong opposition to the proposed closing.

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August 28, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 26, 2013 ~ 'Drug-free futures'

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, "Drug-free futures"

August 26, 2013
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