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New York State's 2nd Annual 'Invasive Species Awareness Week' ~ July 12-18, 2015 ~ On Tuesday, July 14, Senator O'Mara joins Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, DEC officials, other leaders for a community awareness event in Elmira

New York State's 2nd Annual "Invasive Species Awareness Week" is July 12-18, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14th, Senator O'Mara will join New York State Department of Environmental Officials, the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, and other local leaders for a community awarness event at the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira. See photo above and read more HERE.

July 10, 2015
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Emergency preparedness training program set for July 18th in Schuyler County ~ Online registration required ~ Find out more

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano today reminded area residents that they can register online for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” that will be held at the Watkins Glen Central High School on Saturday, July 18,  2015.

O’Mara and Palmesano are sponsoring the Schuyler County program together with County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan and Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi.

July 9, 2015
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More meth-related headlines coming out of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions today ~ O'Mara again calls for Assembly action on legislation approved by the Senate to combat proliferation of meth labs and other meth-related crimes (UPDATED, July 8)

More meth-related headlines coming out of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions involving law enforcement and first responders in Chemung County and Watkins Glen, as well as the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

Read breaking news from WENY-TV, "Suspected Meth Lab Bust in Watkins Glen"

July 7, 2015
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Yates County Fair ~ July 7-11, 2015 ~ Now in its 176th Year!

The Yates County Fair, now in its 176th year, opens today and runs through Saturday, July 11th.

Find out more, including a daily schedule of events and specials, on www.yatescountyfair.org

July 7, 2015
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New 'Bus Buddies' initiative underway in Steuben County to engage and mobilize new riders of public transportation ~ Find additional details here ~ Senator O'Mara has highlighted critical importance of public transportation in rural, Upstate counties

News from the Institute for Human Services, Inc. (IHS) that a new program is underway in Steuben County to "engage, mobilize, and empower new riders of public transportation."

According to a recent news release from the IHS, "Transportation continues to remain a principal issue in Steuben County. Many seniors and persons with disabilities - the very people public transportation can benefit most - are intimidated by the public transportation system. To address this need, Steuben Coordinated Transportation Mobility Management, in collaboration with Steuben County RSVP, has launched a new program called Bus Buddies."

July 7, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 6, 2015 ~ 'Selling a story of property tax relief'

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, "Selling a story of property tax relief"

July 6, 2015
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State announces start of grant program to help localities with critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects ~ Read more and access applications ~ O'Mara says program good for local environments, economies, and taxpayers

Albany, N.Y., July 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) today highlighted an announcement by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and Department of Health (DOH) that $50 million in water infrastructure grants is now available to local governments for assistance in undertaking critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. 

In total over the next three years, $200 million in grants will become available to local governments under the new "Water Infrastructure Improvement Act."

July 2, 2015
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Federal Duck Stamp went on sale this week ~ Prized by hunters, conservationists and stamp collectors alike ~ It's great history, beautiful art and one of America's finest conservation initiatives ~ And this year's stamp artist hails from Western New York!

The Federal Duck Stamp went on sale this week -- an annual event that's highly anticipated by hunters, conservationists and stamp collectors alike in New York State and across the nation.

Now in its 82nd year, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp represents one of America's finest and most successful conservation efforts.

And this year's stamp artist -- a highly competitive and prestigious honor -- is Jennifer Miller from Olean, New York. Congratulations Jennifer!

July 1, 2015
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Independence Day 2015 ~ History, safety reminders, and local weekend celebrations

My very best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration to all of the communities, families and residents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Here's a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

Also visit the state's 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

July 1, 2015
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'Heroin issues examined at Ithaca forum' ~ Event draws a standing-room only crowd to hear about the heroin issue ~ Senator O'Mara praises grassroots efforts to raise public awareness, points to ongoing efforts of Senate Task Force on Heroin

below from the Ithaca Journal:

A standing-room-only crowd heard about the overwhelming issue of heroin in the Ithaca community during a presentation Monday evening at the Tompkins County Public Library.

"By far and wide, heroin is probably the worst drug on the street that we have here in Ithaca," Ithaca Police Investigator Kevin McKenna told the gathering.

July 1, 2015
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Senator O'Mara serves as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 28--Senator O'Mara serves as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International.

Prior to giving the most famous call in motorsports for the drivers to "start your engines" (watch the call on Twitter HERE), Senator O'Mara was introduced to fans as this year's Grand Marshal.  

June 29, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 29, 2015 ~ 'A successful summer, page by page'

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, "A successful summer, page by page"

June 29, 2015
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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to every “Class of 2015” from across the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions.

Great work, and good luck!

June 28, 2015
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Watkins Glen International takes the checkered flag as 'Best NASCAR Track in America' ~ Thanks to everyone who voted!

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 26--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,I,C,-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) released the following statement after today's announcement that Watkins Glen International was victorious in USA Today's online competition to decide "America's Best NASCAR Track":

June 26, 2015
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June 25, 2015
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Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, are 'free fishing' days in New York State ~ Find out more ~ 'We're fortunate to offer great fishing throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,' said Senator O'Mara.

Elmira, N.Y., June 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents and families that this Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, have been designated as “Free Fishing Days” throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

O’Mara said that residents and visitors to the state can fish for free without a fishing license in any of  the region’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

June 23, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol'~ for the week of June 22, 2015 ~ 'Spreading information about Lyme disease'

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, "Spreading informationa about Lyme disease"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on June 21, 2015]

June 22, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves O'Mara legislation to create paint recycling program, remove costly local burden ~ O'Mara points to it as example of government-industry cooperation on important environmental concerns ~ Calls for Assembly action

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, to establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” to reduce a costly burden on local governments and taxpayers who are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most post-consumer paint, create local jobs, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.

June 19, 2015
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Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to encourage expansion of broadband services in public libraries ~ Measure now goes to the governor to be signed into law

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) to allow public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, to access funding for broadband installation and infrastructure through one of the state’s most utilized construction grant programs.

June 19, 2015
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Finger Lakes Land Trust sponsoring HIKEapalooza! on Saturday, June 20 ~ Find out more, including a list of events in 12 counties

On Saturday, June 20th, the Finger Lakes Land Trust holds HIKEapalooza! -- free outdoor events in each of the 12 counties comprising the Finger Lakes "to celebrate land and water conservation across the region. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, paddling and volunteering...Get outside with the Land Trust and enjoy the lands you love!!"

CLICK HERE for a list of events, information and directions.

June 18, 2015
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