January 10, 2017
ALBANY, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, Big Flats), just starting his fourth term in the senate, has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and has also been named Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. This was announced on Tuesday afternoon by State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan at the Capitol.
O’Mara said that he remains committed to working with his legislative colleagues and the governor to strike a reasonable, sensible balance between environmental conservation and protection, and the need to spark and strengthen economic growth and private-sector job creation regionally and statewide. He said that environmental conservation- and protection-related issues have long been a focus of his service in the Legislature. His legislative district encompasses the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions where agriculture, including the hub of the state’s wine-and-grape industry in the Finger Lakes, and tourism are economic foundations.
In addition to chairing the Environmental Conservation Committee, O’Mara will serve as Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee – another key Senate assignment. “The ongoing renewal of our regional and statewide transportation infrastructure is one of the most critical priorities we face for economic growth, job creation and overall community development. I look forward to this new opportunity to keep the focus on this priority and work to continue strengthening New York’s commitment, particularly to the improvement, maintenance and redevelopment of local roads and bridges statewide,” said O’Mara, noting that local roads and bridges account for 87% of the roads, 52% of the bridges, and 48% of the vehicle mileage logged in New York State.