Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

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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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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(UPDATED, JUNE 12TH) WGI currently running in 2nd Place 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 and cast your vote!

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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