October 26, 2020
County sheriffs across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are voicing their strong support for the reelection of State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) in the 58th Senate District. Chemung County Sheriff William Schrom, Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman, Jr., Steuben County Sheriff James Allard, and Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike highlighted O’Mara’s commitment to helping them build stronger and safer communities across the counties they represent.
In a joint statement, the regional Sheriffs said, “We strongly support the reelection of Senator Tom O’Mara. We value his commitment. We value his experience as a former prosecutor. We value Senator O’Mara as a strong voice in the New York State Legislature standing behind us and every law enforcement agency and department across this region and state. We know that he works consistently, effectively, and tirelessly on behalf of public safety and security throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions we represent, and we look forward to working with him to pursue the goals we share for building stronger and safer communities. It is going to be critical, challenging work in the months and years ahead, and we know we can count on Senator O’Mara joining us to make it a top priority.”
O’Mara said, “It does not get any more gratifying for a public official than to receive a vote of confidence from local law enforcement. Thank you to this district’s Sheriffs for supporting my reelection, but most importantly for the outstanding service they and their departments deliver for all of us in the name of public safety and security. It has become an even more demanding, difficult job during this time of unrest and a lack of support in too many places. I would just like to express our collective gratitude and respect.”
Also, the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYCPBA), the largest municipal police union in the world representing the approximately 24,000 sworn New York Police Department (NYPD) members who hold the rank of Police Officer, has reached out Upstate to endorse the reelection of State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) in the 58th Senate District.
In a letter informing O’Mara of the endorsement, NYCPBA President Patrick J. Lynch highlighted O’Mara’s commitment to a “stronger, safer New York.”
Lynch wrote, “Your commitment to addressing the issues affecting New York City police officers is well recognized, and it is an honor to have you representing our members in the Senate. We look forward to working with you towards our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.”
O’Mara, who has long been noted for his strong support for law enforcement, welcomed the police officers’ support.
O’Mara said, “I am proud of every single vote of confidence I receive from the men and women in blue around our region, throughout this state, and across the nation. It is critically important at this time of troubling violence against law enforcement officers and a proliferation of anti-police rhetoric, which has been particularly violent in New York, Rochester and many of our cities, that all of us who back the blue deliver a strong message of confidence and support. We can approve as many laws as we want, but it won’t mean a thing without the daily courage and dedication of police officers on the street. The men and women of our local police departments stand as the first line of defense protecting our communities and neighborhoods. It is personally gratifying whenever any of these officers expresses belief in my understanding of the demands they and their families face, my commitment to their safety and well-being, and my strong support for providing the resources and laws necessary to allow them to do their jobs effectively.”
O’Mara’s backing from law enforcement continues to grow. In addition to the latest endorsement from the NYCPBA, O’Mara is also supported by the City of Elmira Police PBA; the New York State Police Investigators Association (NYSPIA); Elmira Heights Police Benevolent Association (PBA); the Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, Inc.; and the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) representing nearly 20,000 active and retired New York Police Department Detectives.
The 58th Senate District, which O’Mara has represented since 2011, is comprised of all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).
Throughout his tenure in the Senate, O’Mara has stood out as one of the Legislature’s most steadfast advocates of police officers, correctional officers, firefighters, first responders and the entire public safety and security community.