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'Lyme Disease takes a toll on Yates County, Upstate NY' ~ Yates County Public Health urges extra precautions ~ Read more on the work of the Senate Task Force on Lyme Disease

The Chronicle-Express reports 14 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Yates County last month.

According to the report, Yates County Public Health is advising area residents to take extra precautions to prevent exposure to ticks.

Read more, "Lyme Disease takes a toll on Yates County, Upstate NY"

August 24, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 24, 2015 ~ 'One view of what New Yorkers deserve'

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, "One view of what New Yorkers deserve"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on August 23, 2015]

August 24, 2015
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Penn Yan, Trumansburg receive state assistance for water quality projects ~ O'Mara says state aid critical to improving quality of local water infrastructure

Elmira, N.Y., August 13--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today said that the villages of Penn Yan and Trumansburg will be awarded interest-free state loans to undertake critical water infrastructure improvement projects.

August 13, 2015
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Cargill Salt installs natural gas boiler, replacing coal at Watkins Glen operation ~ O’Mara applauds investment in local economy, environment

Watkins Glen, N.Y., August 13—Cargill Salt has invested nearly $7 million to install a boiler fueled by natural gas, replacing a system that was fired by coal.

"The team here did a great job of managing the coal boilers over the years, but natural gas has dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” said Keith Klug, plant manager.  

State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomed Cargill’s investment. 

August 13, 2015
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from The Chronicle-Express: 'Greenidge generation plant poised for restart this fall'

from The Chronicle-Express, "Greenidge Generation announced Aug. 12 that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has published for public comment a Draft Title V Permit approving the facility’s application to restart the power plant by firing biomass and natural gas, without the use of coal. The facility will subsequently convert its generating operations to natural gas as the primary fuel."

Read more, "Greenidge generation plant poised for restart this fall"

August 13, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 10, 2015 ~ 'Another example just down the road'

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, "Another example just down the road"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on August 10, 2015]

August 10, 2015
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National Purple Heart Day ~ August 7, 2015

August 7, 2015, is National Purple Heart Day.

Senator O'Mara said it's a day to honor all of those who have served and continue to stand in defense of our nation.

August 6, 2015
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National Farmer's Market Week ~ August 2-8, 2015 ~ Find a market near you

August 2-8, 2015 has been declared National Farmer's Market Week.

Find a local market HERE.

August 4, 2015
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Summer Blood Drives -- Red Cross issues urgent call for most needed blood types

The summer months, right through the official end of the season in late September, is an urgent time to donate blood.  

According to the American Red Cross, blood donations decrease significantly in the summer and shortages can reach critical and emergency levels.  Read the following August 4, 2015 news bulletin, "Red Cross issues urgent call for most needed blood types"

August 4, 2015
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Chemung County Fair ~ August 4-9, 2015 ~ Now in its 173rd Year!

The Chemung County Fair, now in its 173rd year, opens today and runs through Sunday, August 9th.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "Chemung Fair:  Tractor pulls, country tunes & more"

Find out more, including a daily schedule of events and specials, on www.chemungcountyfair.com

August 4, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 3, 2015 ~ 'The cost of Medicaid only points up'

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, "The cost of Medicaid only points up"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on August 3, 2015]

 

August 3, 2015
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Showcasing local agriculture, heritage at this weekend's 23rd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards & the 36th Annual WatkinsGlen/Schuyler County Italian-American Festival ~ Read more

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals take place this weekend.

The 23rd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards is set for August 1-2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.  Find out more at http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

July 29, 2015
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With 90-degree plus temperatures expected across the state, agencies issue reminders on extreme heat precautions, pet safety, other tips ~ Read more

Safety reminders are being issued by various local, federal and state agencies as 90-plus degree temperatures are expected across New York State.  

From the Ithaca Journal: "With hot, sunny days finally on the forecast this week, be careful of leaving pets in the car, even for just a few minutes. On an 80 or 90-degree day, in just 10 minutes, the temperature can rise over 100 degrees in a car. Cracking the window often doesn’t make much of a difference..."

July 29, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 27, 2015 ~ 'Finding a ride in rural New York'

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, "Finding a ride in rural New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on July 26, 2015]

July 27, 2015
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Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday, July 25, a great chance to support local agriculture, tourism ~ O'Mara reflects on family's history in cheese making in New York State

Odessa, N.Y., July 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 25, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 23, 2015
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State Senate forum keeps focus on crisis facing rural public transportation ~ O'Mara and Seward hear from local leaders, transportation officials from throughout NY (UPDATED, July 23 - Watch video replay of the forum)

[July 23, 2015: A video replay of the July 22nd forum is currently available for viewing HERE]

Cooperstown, N.Y., July 22—New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), whose Upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, held a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” today in Cooperstown.

July 21, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 20, 2015 ~ 'Painting a picture of effective cooperation'

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, "Painting a picture of effective cooperation"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on July 19, 2015]

July 20, 2015
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'Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council eyes $500M prize' ~ Also seeks public input on a proposed strategy to create jobs, economic growth, other opportunities across the Southern Tier region

The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) has outlined its strategy to secure $500 million in state economic development funding that will be awarded later this year.

Read more in The Leader, "Southern Tier eyes $500M prize"

The Council is also seeking the public’s input on the strategy and have posted an online survey.

July 16, 2015
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Welcome back New York H.O.G. Rally! ~ Harley-Davidson owners return to the city of Corning for the first rally since 2001 ~ July 16-18 event organized by the Corning H.O.G. Chapter ~ Read more, find schedule of events

Below from The Leader:

CORNING | Roughly 1,000 bikers from across New York and beyond are expected to roll into Corning beginning Thursday.

For the first time since 2001, the city is hosting the New York H.O.G. Rally, an annual gathering of Harley-Davidson owners that will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

July 15, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 13, 2015 ~ 'Is there an invasive species near you?'

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, "Is there an invasive species near you?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on July 12, 2015]

July 13, 2015
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