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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • O’Mara tapped for Senate committees

  • State Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, has been named chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, and will serve on the influential Senate Finance Committee.??

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  • State Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, has been named chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, and will serve on the influential Senate Finance Committee.??
    O’Mara is beginning his second term in the state Senate. His appointments were announced late Thursday by Senate leaders.??
    The Elections Committee is the Senate’s legislative and governmental oversight committee on New York’s election policies and voting processes, according to a press release from O’Mara spokesman Jim Meddleton.
    ??The Finance Committee is one of the Legislature’s two key fiscal committees that oversee the development of the annual state budget and most of New York’s other economic and fiscal policies, Meddleton explained.??
    In addition to the Elections and Finance posts, O’Mara was also named to nine other Senate committees: Agriculture, Banks, Codes, Energy and Telecommunications, Environmental Conservation, Insurance, Investigations and Operations, Judiciary, and Transportation.
    ??“It’s a full and enormously challenging plate of assignments, so I’m grateful for the leadership’s confidence in my experience and ability to hopefully provide some worthwhile input that moves us forward in positive directions and produces results. I’ll do my best,” said O’Mara in a statement Friday.??
    “I’m especially excited by these opportunities to work on committees that directly impact so many of the key challenges facing the Southern Tier ??and Finger Lakes regions, from the future of farming to upstate job creation,” he added. “These assignments offer the chance for direct input on a range of issues vital to the shortand long-term future of our regional economy, key economic and fiscal reforms, and the overall quality and strength of our communities.”
    ??O’Mara represents the 58th Senate District, which includes Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County.??
    A former Chemung County District Attorney, O’Mara served three terms in the state Assembly. He was then elected to the Senate in 2010, succeeding the retiring George Winner, a Republican from Elmira, as the area’s representative.??
    O’Mara was elected to a second two-year Senate term in November.

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