Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 22, 2014 ~ 'A warning against business as usual'

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 warning against business as usual"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 21st Corning Leader] 

September 22, 2014
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Steuben County drug tip line leads to another meth lab bust ~ Read more

It's been a constant topic on these pages over the past several years: the resurgence of meth across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  Meth's rise has been accompanied more recently by a resurgence of heroin abuse. 

We've stressed that it's going to take a multi-pronged approach to combat the spread of these drugs, one that includes tougher laws and law enforcement, prevention and treatment, and, equally important, heightened community awareness and education.

Earlier this week, for example, the Steuben County Drug Tip Line led to another meth lab bust.  Read more from:

September 19, 2014
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Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council highlights its next round of priorities at the Capitol today ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team this week in Albany.

The Finger Lakes REDC made its presentation yesterday. Read more HERE.

The Southern Tier REDC's presentation is on tap today, beginning at 2:30 p.m.. Watch it at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

September 16, 2014
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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council outlines its next round of priorities today at the Capitol ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team in Albany over the next two days.

A presentation from the Finger Lakes REDC is on tap for 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Watch it at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

The Southern Tier REDC is scheduled to make its presentation tomorrow, September 16th, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Read more HERE.

September 15, 2014
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 15, 2014 ~ 'An economy still going hungry'

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, "An economy still going hungry"

September 15, 2014
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Local 9/11 ceremony honors Steuben County emergency services volunteers

There was a great turnout in Bath last night at a ceremony to honor Steuben County emergency services volunteers who went to Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Steuben ceremony honors Sept. 11 first responders"

September 12, 2014
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Remembering September 11, 2001

The years keep passing, 13 have now gone by, but Americans of all ages will gather again this week, in the words of former President George W. Bush, to “honor the memory of the 11th day.”

From east to west, from north to south, Americans do their duty as citizens to remember September 11, 2001, like we always have, and like we always will.

For this generation, to this very day, September 11th evokes one of the most powerful reminders of all: we are Americans and above all else, in the toughest of times, we will stand together in aid, in comfort, and in resolve.

September 10, 2014
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'Chemung County recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week'

Counties and states across the nation are recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.

Read more HERE.  

September 9, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 8, 2014 ~ 'NY-grown future always within reach'

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, "NY-grown future is always within reach" 

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 7th Corning Leader]

September 8, 2014
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Food Bank of the Southern Tier delivers a sobering message at start of Hunger Action Month throughout September

 At a legislative breakfast in Elmira Heights on September 4th, as part of the organization's kickoff to Hunger Action Month throughout September, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier delivered a sobering message: 1 in 4 Southern Tier residents receive Food Bank assistance at some point during the year. 

That's nearly 50% higher than the national average.

And yet another urgent reminder of the devastating impact that job losses and an overall weak economy have on individual lives and entire communities.

September 5, 2014
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Anti-heroin awareness, training session set for September 24th in Corning

Corning, N.Y., September 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today reminded area educators, law enforcement agencies, medical and other professionals, and concerned community residents that the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State College will conduct an extensive, four-hour heroin awareness and training program in Corning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

September 5, 2014
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Reminder to motorists: Students are back in school

Good luck and best wishes to students across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a productive and successful 2014-2015 school year!

And a reminder to area motorists to drive safely.  Read more in the Star-Gazette, "School starts today, passing school bus can be costly" 

September 3, 2014
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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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