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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 10, 2014 ~ 'Stand tall, stand proud'

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, "Stand tall, stand proud"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 9th Leader]

November 10, 2014
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A Veterans Day message from Senator O'Mara ~ see listings of local Veterans Day observances

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

It's being observed at a time when the world's stage remains embroiled in uncertainty and instability.

It truly is a momentous and dangerous time in world history and so our annual tribute to veterans remains meaningful on so many different levels.

November 7, 2014
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'Children honor veterans in Horseheads' ~ Center Street Elementary School holds its 7th Annual salute to veterans

The nation celebrates Veterans Day next Tuesday, November 11 ,2014.

Yesterday at the Center Street Elementary School in Horseheads, students and faculty held their 7th Annual tribute to veterans.

Read more in today's:

Elmira Star-Gazette, "Children honor veterans in Horseheads"

November 7, 2014
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Thank you for voting

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) was re-elected to a third consecutive, two-year term representing New York State's 58th Senate District.

The 58th District encompasses all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).

Read more on Senator O'Mara HERE.

 

November 5, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 3, 2014 ~ 'Only one way to make your vote count'

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, "Only one way to make your vote count"

November 3, 2014
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Regional bicycle, pedestrian trail projects awarded funding

Elmira, N.Y., October 30—Several bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation projects across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will receive a total of more than $3 million in federal transportation aid, according to State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats).

The awards were announced earlier this week in Albany as part of a package of more than $70 million in statewide project awards. 

O'Mara said that projects in Chemung, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties in his 58th Senate District will receive funding.

October 30, 2014
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Stay Safe this Halloween ~ See These Tips from the New York State American Red Cross

My very best wishes for a fun-filled -- and safe -- Halloween.

I'm happy to share the Halloween Safety Tips attached below courtesy of the New York State American Red Cross.

October 30, 2014
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Wine Enthusiast magazine names New York State 'Wine Region of the Year'

Wine Enthusiast magazine has honored New York State with its 2014 "Wine Region of the Year" award.

Read more about this prestigious distinction HERE,

and HERE.

October 29, 2014
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Emergency preparedness training program set for October 28th in Yates County ~ Online registration required

Penn Yan, N.Y., October 27 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that they can register online for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” that will be held at the Yates County Auditorium on Tuesday, October 28,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete an online registration prior to the event.  

October 27, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 27, 2014 ~ 'Cyber safety a shared responsibility'

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, "Cyber safety a shared responsibility"

October 27, 2014
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The inaugural Finger Lakes Beer Festival ~ Saturday, October 25, 2014 ~ Find out more

Five hours.  

At least 30 craft brews from at least 15 craft breweries, including many Finger Lakes breweries. 

It's the inaugural Finger Lakes Beer Festival and it's on tap this Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Watkins Glen International (WGI).

The fun starts at Noon.

Read more from WGI here.

October 23, 2014
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Finger Lakes Restaurant Week ~ October 20-26, 2014 ~ Support local foods

Finger Lakes Restaurant Week is taking place this week from October 20-26.

It's an opportunity to help celebrate and support of local foods as well as local restaurateurs, farmers and other organizations.

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October 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 20, 2014 ~ 'The graying of America's farmers'

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 graying of America's farmers"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 19th Corning Leader] 

October 20, 2014
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NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch a replay of the October 17th discussion ~ A new state Health Department website ~ A warning on Ebola-related fundraising scams

The New York State Senate Health Committee held a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch a replay of today's roundtable, HERE.

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See the new NYS Department of Health website, "Get the Facts About Ebola"

October 17, 2014
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Area counties in line for emergency response funding

Elmira, N.Y., October 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety grants as part of a new package of $10 million in statewide funding to support local emergency response operations.

The grants are administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and go to support localities that operate 9-1-1 response and emergency service dispatch operations.  

October 17, 2014
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Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region's 3rd Annual 'Dine Out for the Cure' is today ~ Read more

Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region is holding its 3rd Annual "Dine Out for the Cure" today.

Read more, "Dine Out for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer"

For more information, visit www.komentwintiers.org

October 16, 2014
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O'Mara: Key planks of Senate's 'Young Farmers NY' strategy take effect, new grant fund and college loan forgiveness

Elmira, N.Y., October 14—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today that two key provisions of a comprehensive “Young Farmers NY” program that he and his Senate colleagues unveiled earlier this year, which were enacted as part of the 2014-15 state budget, are now in effect.

The “Young Farmers NY” strategy, which O’Mara co-sponsored, combined financial and educational initiatives and incentives aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.  

October 14, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 13, 2014 ~ 'It's going to take everybody'

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, "It's going to take everybody"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 12th Corning Leader] 

October 13, 2014
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The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show ~ Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014

WHAT: The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show

WHERE: Wilkins RV, State Route 415 (just off I-86) in Bath

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature hunting and fishing demonstrations, wildlife shows, free seminars and activities for children.

October 10, 2014
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The latest meth warning from the State Police: 'Meth danger along highways in NY'

From Gannett News, October 10, 2014: "Amateur chemists synthesizing methamphetamine are creating more than just the potent final product craved by addicts seeking their next frenzied high.

Along with the purified formulation of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that makes up the drug known as meth or speed, the manufacturing process involves noxious precursors and remnants that all too often get littered across roadways and open spaces across New York state, creating dangers and expenses borne by the public.

October 10, 2014
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