Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

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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Winner of USA Today's 'America's Best NASCAR Track' to be revealed Friday at Noon

Thanks to everyone who joined us over the past several weeks in voting for Watkins Glen International in USA Today's online voting to decide "America's Best NASCAR Track."

Daily voting ran from May 25-June 22.  According to USA Today, the winner of this year's contest will be revealed on Friday, June 26.

Read more from the Finger Lakes Daily News, "Winner of 'America's Best NASCAR Track' to be Revealed Friday" 

June 24, 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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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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'Addison girls are state champs!!' ~ The Addison Knights high school girls softball team are the 2014-15 New York State Class C champions ~ Read more, including a Legislative Resolution sponsored by Sen. O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano honoring the team

The Addison Knights girls softball team won the Class C, New York State championship at Moreau Recreation Park in South Glens Falls on Saturday, June 13, 2015 -- the first state title in the school's history.

Read more in The Leader, "Addison girls are state champs!!"

June 18, 2015
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'Corning Inc. salutes longtime employees'

Corning, N.Y.--On Wednesday, employees and retirees who began their careers with Corning Inc. 50 and 75 years ago were honored for their service.

Wendell P. Weeks, Corning Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, said, "“Our products and markets have changed since 1940 and 1965, but we continue to operate diverse businesses and participate in important industries. I always enjoy these trips down memory lane because they remind me what a special company we’re all part of: A company that has stood the test of time; a company that continues to evolve to meet the needs of changing markets; a company that makes things that really matter to the world.

June 18, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 15, 2015 ~ 'Trying to stay ahead of heroin crisis'

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, "Trying to stay ahead of heroin crisis"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on June 14, 2015]

June 15, 2015
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from The Ithaca Times: 'Craft Distilleries Are Multiplying in the Finger Lakes Region' ~ Read the June 12, 2015 article

New York State has taken steps over the past several years to encourage the development and growth of local craft brewers, hard cideries and distillers.

That effort continues to pay off across the Finger Lakes region.

Read more in the following June 12th article from The Ithaca Times, "Craft Distilleries Are Multiplying in the Finger Lakes Region"

June 12, 2015
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Senate gives final approval to legislation in keeping with overall 'Grown in NY' legislative strategy ~ O'Mara says actions can help keep next generation of farmers competitive

Albany, N.Y., June 11—The New York State Senate has given final legislative approval to two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, that continue to enact initiatives in keeping with the Senate’s “Grown in New York” strategy.

June 11, 2015
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Senate scheduled to act on legislation extending time between parole hearings for murderers, violent felons ~ O’Mara, Palmesano joined parents of Derrick Robie of Savona in Albany last week to push for approval for sake of victims’ families

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

Later today in Albany, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure and bring it one step closer to becoming state law.

June 8, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 8, 2015 ~ 'No common-sense purpose in today's economy'

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, "No common-sense purpose in today's economy"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on June 7, 2015]

June 8, 2015
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'The eyes of the world are upon you' ~ D-Day, June 6, 1944 ~ Our nation remembers

"You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle."

-- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944

In remembrance of all those who served, and sacrificed.

June 5, 2015
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NYS DEC currently accepting public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations & State Wildlife Action Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has currently posted on its website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/), scheduled public hearings and will accept public comment on the:

> Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations; and

> State Wildlife Action Plan.

June 4, 2015
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Federal government pitches idea to connect out-of-work veterans with potential careers in agriculture ~ O'Mara cites it as another potential avenue for assisting NYS veterans and strengthening agriculture in keeping with Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Since 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate colleagues have pushed a comprehensive legislative strategy called “Grown in New York” aimed at keeping New York State's leading industry competitive for the next generation.

June 4, 2015
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'CareFirst hospice celebrates opening of new building' ~ Senator O'Mara calls it a great day

Coopers Plains, N.Y.--CareFirst, formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, held an Open House on Wednesday to dedicate its new administration building in the former Frank Pierce Elementary School.

Read more in today's Star-Gazette, "CareFirst hospice celebrates opening of new building"

And in today's Corning Leader, "CareFirst celebrates new location with ribbon cutting"

June 4, 2015
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Senate approves legislation O'Mara co-sponsors to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations

Albany, N.Y., June 2 —The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid.

Mayors, county executives and other local officials throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, continue to point to Medicaid as their heaviest financial burden.

June 2, 2015
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'Lawmakers want fewer parole hearings for violent criminals' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano will join colleagues, family members of murder victims including the family of Derrick Robie of Steuben County

Albany, N.Y., May 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) will join legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the family of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), at a news conference in Albany on Monday to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor to extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

Monday’s news conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Legislative Office Building

June 1, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 1, 2015 ~ 'The highs and lows of a tax cap'

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 highs and lows of a tax cap"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on May 31, 2015]

June 1, 2015
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