Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 1, 2014 ~ 'Labor Day highlights key issue: jobs'

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, "Labor Day highlights key issue: jobs" 

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 31st Corning Leader]

September 1, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 25, 2014 ~ 'One summer, one incentive at a time'

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 summer, one incentive at a time"

August 22, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 18, 2014 ~ 'Living up to a promise on mandate 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, "Living up to a promise on mandate relief"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 17th Corning Leader]

 

August 18, 2014
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Celebrating 150 Years of Elmira ~ 'Celebrate 150' gets underway today

From today's Star-Gazette, "Just in time for Elmira's "Celebrate 150" party on Friday, decorations were going up Thursday in the form of new signs at intersections from Second to Water streets and from Main Street to Madison Avenue. The sesquicentennial sign project in Elmira's central business district is hoped to promote a sense of community and emphasize the importance of neighborhood preservation and revitalization. The placement of the signs on Thursday coincides with the city's "Celebrate 150" party from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday on East Water Street."

August 15, 2014
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Finger Lakes winery wins prestigious Governor's Cup

Congratulations to Chateau Lafayette Reneau of Hector, Schuyler County -- the winner of this year's prestigious Governor's Cup for the winery's 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling.

Read more in:

The Odessa File: News of Schuyler County, "Chateau Lafayette Reneau captures top award"

The Leader, "Seneca winery wins Governor's Cup"

August 14, 2014
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Federal legislation honoring fallen Dundee soldier signed into law

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

August 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 11, 2014 ~ 'Use the settlement wisely'

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, "Use the settlement wisely"

August 11, 2014
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August 7, 2014 ~ National Purple Heart Recognition Day

Today, August 7, 2014, is National Purple Heart Recognition 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 7, 2014
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'NASCAR returns to Watkins Glen' ~ Read more on this weekend's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

Read more on the observer-review.com, "NASCAR returns to Watkins Glen"

From the Star-Gazette, "10 Storylines for Cheese-It 355 at The Glen"

For more details on the weekend's full schedule, visit Watkins Glen International at theglen.com

August 6, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 4, 2014 ~ 'Donations that save lives'

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, "Donations that save lives"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 3rd Corning Leader]

August 4, 2014
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'Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla'

From the Ithaca Journal, "The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, is launching an on-the-water training program for individuals who are willing to look for hydrilla verticillata and other invasive species on Cayuga Lake and neighboring lakes."

Read more, "Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla"

July 31, 2014
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Summer Blood Drives

The middle of summer is an urgent time to donate blood.  

According to the American Red Cross, which this year is running a “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” public awareness campaign, blood donations decrease significantly in the summer and shortages can reach critical and emergency levels.    s a result, numerous blood drives are taking place throughout the month of August across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  

July 31, 2014
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Donate Life!

Based on statistics from the 2013 Donate Life America state-by-state comparison, New York State ranks 47th in the nation in state organ donation. In fact, the most recent statistics show that 22% of New Yorkers are in our donor registry compared to an average of 48% for states nationally.  And we’re far, far behind the state of Montana, for example, where 84% of adults have registered to donate.

July 31, 2014
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Farmers' Markets dot the landscape of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier

The Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are home to numerous farmers' markets.

Find out more and locate a market near you through any of the following websites:

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

iFingerLakes.com

Tompkins County Cooperative Extension

July 30, 2014
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Showcasing local agriculture at this weekend's 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards ~ Other festivals also on tap this weekend in Watkins Glen, Hammondsport

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals, the 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards, takes place this weekend, August 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.

Find out more at http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

July 30, 2014
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Emmi Roth to create 50 new jobs in Penn Yan

Penn Yan, N.Y.--Emmi Roth USA, a producer of premium specialty cheeses and dairy products, will expand its operations and create 50 new jobs jobs in Penn Yan, according to a recent announcement.

July 29, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 28, 2014 ~ 'Broadband comes to 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, "Broadband comes to rural New York"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 27th Corning Leader]

July 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 21, 2014 ~ 'Thankful for local 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, "Thankful for local tourism" 

July 23, 2014
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'Bill to honor fallen Dundee soldier advances'

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

July 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 14, 2014 ~ 'Combating invasive species'

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, "Combating invasive species"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 13th Corning Leader] 

 

July 14, 2014
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