Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Seneca Lake Wine and Food weekend ~ Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 ~ Find out more

Watkins Glen, N.Y.--The 2015 Seneca Lake Wine and Food weekend gets underway tomorrow at Clute Park in Watkins Glen.

Read more in the observer-review.com, "Wine and food festival starts Saturday"

Find out details and additional information on www.senecalakewineandfood.com

May 29, 2015
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Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post reaches the National Spelling Bee semifinals ~ Competition resumes today at 10 a.m. on ESPN2 ~ Good luck Jairam! (UPDATED at 1:07 p.m.)

Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post has reached the seminfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

The competition resumes this morning at 10:00 a.m. on ESPN2.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Hathwar advances to Bee semifinals"

And Star-Gazette, "Jairam reaches semifinals in National Spelling Bee"

May 28, 2015
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WGI one of 20 finalists in USA Today online readers' poll for 'Best NASCAR Track in America' ~ Vote once a day, every day, from now until June 22nd! ~ Read more

Watkins Glen International has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the USA Today 2015 Reader's Choice Award contest for the Best NASCAR Track in America.he online voting contest is running until Monday, June 22, 2015 at Noon.

You can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device that you have.

It's another opportunity for all of us to once again help put our region on the national map!

May 26, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 25, 2015 ~ 'We will remember our veterans'

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, "We will remember our veterans"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on May 24, 2015]

May 26, 2015
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

Best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2015
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GlassFest getting underway in Corning from May 21-24 ~ History, great music, fine food, so much more ~ See the schedule

Getting underway today in Corning, America's Crystal City, is one of the region's great festivals -- the sixth annual GlassFest, a unique celebration of glass and the fire arts.  

History, education, great music, world-class food, children's activties -- just a great four days starting on Thursday, May 21st and running through Sunday, May 24th.

Find out more on glassfest.org.

May 21, 2015
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Watkins Glen High School students meet with their state representatives in Albany (UPDATED, May 20th)

Albany, N.Y., May 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today welcomed a contingent of Watkins Glen High School students to the state capital.

The students were accompanied to Albany by instructor Travis Durfee, who also serves as President of the Watkins Glen Faculty Association.  Over the past several weeks, as part of his ninth-grade Humanities curriculum, Durfee has focused on debate studies in which students have selected and researched a variety of issues, prepared debate briefs and other background materials, and engaged in formal debates.

May 19, 2015
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Listen to Senator O'Mara on AM 1480 WLEA's 'Newsmaker Show' for May 18 ~ Topics include Start-Up NY spending, Common Core and Upstate job creation

Listen to Senator O'Mara's May 18, 2015 interview with Brian O'Neil on the "Newsmaker Show" on AM 1480 WLEA in Hornell.

Among other topics, the Senator shares his thoughts on state spending for the Start-Up NY program, Common Core and Upstate job creation. 

LISTEN HERE...

May 18, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 18, 2015 ~ 'Accountability and fairness for starters'

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, "Accountability and fairness for starters"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on May 17, 2015]

May 18, 2015
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Good work by the Hornell Evening Tribune in this series of articles raising awareness of the regional drug crisis ~ This week, 'It takes a community to stop meth'

The Hornell Evening Tribune is running a series of articles raising awareness of the regional drug crisis.

This week, "It takes a community to stop meth"

Senator O'Mara continues to sponsor and co-sponsor legislation to increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing and possessing meth.  Read more HERE.

May 14, 2015
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A story of community strength and spirit in Yates County one year after devastating floods ~ 'Lessons we learned from disaster recovery'

It's a story of community strength and spirit in Yates County one year after the devastating floods of 2014.

From The Chronicle-Express: "A year ago on the evening of May 13, rain poured over portions of Yates County with a force most had never seen before. Before the sun rose May 14, fire fighters had rescued people from flooded homes and cars, and pumped scores of basements, and emergency dispatchers had fielded many of the 1,500 calls for help they would receive over the next three days."

May 14, 2015
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Task Force on Workforce Development holds second forum in Albany ~ Senator O'Mara serves as a task force member, calls it vital to overall effort to revitalize Upstate economy and create jobs

Albany, N.Y., May 13—The New York State Senate Task Force on Workforce Development held its second public forum today in Albany.

Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) serves as a member on the task force, which Senate leaders created earlier this year.

He said that the group’s ongoing work is vital to the overall effort to revitalize the economy of Upstate New York.

May 13, 2015
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Senate Task Force on Workforce Development holding public forum today ~ Watch live beginning at Noon ~ O'Mara calls task force key part of ongoing efforts to revitalize Upstate economy

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member on the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development, said that the task force will conduct a public forum  in Albany today.

Today’s hearing is scheduled to begin at Noon in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building.  A live webcast will be available at: http://www.nysenate.gov/live_today

May 13, 2015
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Cornell University scientists conduct forum in Albany on the impact of extreme weather on New York's farm families and farming communities

Albany, N.Y., May 12--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today helped welcome representatives from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the capital.

The distinguished guests were in Albany to conduct a Public Education Forum on the "challenges and opportunities for the farm community in the face of extreme weather."

May 12, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 11, 2015 ~ 'Pouring out a few thoughts on tourism'

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, "Pouring out a few thoughts on tourism"

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

May 11, 2015
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Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week ~ May 9-17, 2015

from the Finger Lakes Beer Trail (@FLBeerTrail):

"Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week is a 9-day celebration of craft beer throughout the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions.  Home to over 75 craft breweries (and counting!), the Finger Lakes region is New York State's premier craft beer destination!"

Good luck to all of our local brewers -- and here's to a great local turnout! 

May 8, 2015
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REGIONAL ALERT: Important drug warning from the Elmira Police Department ~ Today's warning arrives after another meth arrest yesterday

The Elmira Police Department has issued an important drug warning for the region.

Read more from WETM-TV, "Drug warning from EPD"

Report suspicious activity to the Elmira PD HERE.

May 8, 2015
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Police officers from across New York State will be on Long Island today, where NYC Police Officer Brian Moore will be laid to rest

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, neighbors and fellows officers -- from throughout New York State and across the nation -- of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore, who will be laid to rest today on Long Island.

From the New York Times, "Long lines of mourners pay tribute to Officer Brian Moore"

May 8, 2015
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Board of Regents 'Learning Summit' today ~ Watch live webcast beginning at 9 a.m.

The state Board of Regents will conduct a daylong "Learning Summit" in Albany on Thursday, May 7.

Watch today's "Learning Summit" via a live webcast HERE (note: the link to the summit becomes available at 8:30 a.m.) -- and submit your questions at: summitquestions@nysed.gov.)

May 7, 2015
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Outside magazine includes Elmira on national list of 'hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise' ~ 'We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods...' ~ Cast your vote here!

Outside magazine has included Elmira on its national list of "hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise..." 

The magazine writes, "Picking the locations in our fifth annual Best Town Ever contest wasn't easy. We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and of course, a good beer scene — all while excluding the winners and runners-up from the past three years to make room for hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise."

May 6, 2015
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