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Thomas O'Mara
Thomas O'Mara.jpg
New York Senate District 58
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Senate District 53
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sCatholic University of America
J.D.Syracuse University College of Law
BirthdayMay 31, 1963
Place of birthElmira, NY
Office website
Thomas F. O'Mara (b. May 31, 1963) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

He previously represented District 53 in the New York State Senate from 2011 to 2013 and District 137 in the New York State Assembly from 2005-2010. He served as Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore.


O'Mara earned his B.A. from Catholic University of America and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.[1] His professional experience includes being a partner with Davidson and O'Mara, Professional Company, working as an assistant district attorney of Chemung County and New York County, as counsel for Chemung County Industrial Development Agency and as a district attorney for Chemung County.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Mara served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections, Chair
Energy and Telecommunications
Environmental Conservation
Investigations and Government Operations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Mara served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, O'Mara served on these Assembly committees:


Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013.[2] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy argued that Cuomo's claim in the ads that his budget did not impose any new taxes was technically true but disingenuous because the governor did call for extending two "temporary" taxes first imposed in 2009. Cuomo proposed extending the 2 percent assessment on electric, water, and gas utility bills for five years beyond its scheduled March 13, 2014, expiration date. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, O'Mara, and their fellow Senate Republicans opposed the utility tax extension and held a February 5 press conference on the topic with representatives from the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), the New York Farm Bureau, and AARP.[3][4] Cuomo also proposed extending a tax on households earning more than $10 million annually. Already statutorily limited to receiving only half of their tax deductions for their charitable giving, high-end taxpayers would see the temporary law limiting them to receiving only a quarter of their charitable giving deductions extended for three more years. The utility assessment tax brings in $509 million annually, and the charitable giving deduction limit brings in $140 million.[5]



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

O'Mara ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 58. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. O'Mara was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

New York State Senate, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas O'Mara Incumbent 100% 74,458
Total Votes 74,458


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

O'Mara ran in the 2010 election for New York State Senate District 53. He defeated James Bacalles in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated Pamela Mackesey (D) in the November 2 general election.[8]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 53 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas O'Mara (R) 46,226
Pamela Mackesey (D) 31,470


On November 4, 2008, O'Mara won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 137. He ran unopposed.

O'Mara raised $76,827 for his campaign.[9]

New York State Assembly, District 137 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas O'Mara (R) 28,111

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thomas O'Mara is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Thomas O'Mara raised a total of $882,161 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[10]

Thomas O'Mara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 58 Won $217,925
2010 New York State Senate, District 53 Won $284,821
2008 New York State Assembly, District 137 Won $76,827
2006 New York State Assembly, District 137 Won $73,302
2004 New York State Assembly, District 137 Won $229,286
Grand Total Raised $882,161


Thomas O'Mara won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thomas O'Mara raised a total of $217,925.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas O'Mara's campaign in 2012
Corning Inc$8,900
Liberty Street Realty$5,000
92nd Realty$5,000
Salient Corp$5,000
Arwin 74th St$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$217,925
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, O'Mara raised a total of $284,821 in campaign contributions.[11]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Friends for Winner $9,500
Real Estate Board of New York $8,000
Congel, Robert J $7,750
Corning Inc $6,500


O'Mara and his wife, Marilyn, have three children; Caroline, Catherine, and Thomas.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy M. Kenned (D)
New York State Senate District 58
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York State Senate District 53
Succeeded by
David Valesky (D)
Preceded by
New York Assembly District 137
Succeeded by
Christopher Friend (R)