Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Schuyler County Transit celebrates a 5-year milestone! ~ Watch more from the August 25th celebration ~ Senator O'Mara joins Schuyler County Transit and local officials from throughout rural, upstate NY to protect future of rural public transportation

Congratulations to Schuyler County Transit on the celebration of your 5th Anniversary, and thank you for your outstanding service.

Read more from The Odessa File: News of Schuyler County, "Transit marks 5th anniversary"

Read and watch more on WETM-TV, "Schuyler County Transit Service Celebrates 5 Years"

August 26, 2015
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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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Wine bloggers from throughout the United States and Canada are in Corning from August 13-16 ~ Welcome, and enjoy Finger Lakes wine country!

Beginning today and continuing until Sunday, August 13-16, between 200 and 300 wine bloggers from throughout the United States and Canada will be in Corning for the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference

It's an event most often held on the West Coast, but this year the bloggers will be touring Finger Lakes wine country.

Welcome, and enjoy.

August 13, 2015
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Congratulations! ~ I.D. Booth, Inc. of Elmira celebrates 140th Anniversary

Congratulations on 140 successful years to Irving D. Booth, Inc. -- one of NY's great family-run companies.

Read and watch more on WENY-TV, "Local Business Celebrates Big Birthday"

And on WETM-TV, "Local Business Celebrates 140 Years in Our Community"

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 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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Welcome Back! ~ NASCAR returns to The Glen for the Cheez-It 355 ~ August 6-9, 2015 ~ Find out more about this weekend's full lineup of racing and other events

It's one of the year's biggest attractions and there's a full slate of events lined up at Watkins Glen Interational with the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend

For more on WGI's importance, read the following from the Star-Gazette, "The Glen, New York feeling the love"

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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State Senate forum in Cooperstown on Wednesday will examine rural public transportation concerns ~ Local leaders and transportation management officials from throughout the state will testify

Albany, N.Y., July 20 – New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Otsego County on Wednesday, July 22, for a forum at the Village Library in Cooperstown on the future of rural public transportation.

The senators will host a round table discussion focusing on rural concerns raised over the state takeover of the management of local Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NMET).

July 20, 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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