Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

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."

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July 31, 2014
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Summer Blood Drives

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, 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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One of the summer's great events, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins tonight at Watkins Glen International

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, one of the region's and state's great events, kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Find out more on the event's website, www.flwinefest.com.

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The Leader, '90 wineries to pour samples at this weekend's Finger Lakes Wine Fest'

July 11, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 7, 2014 ~ 'Don't take it for granted'

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, "Don't take it for granted" 

July 7, 2014
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Independence Day 2014

My best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration.

Here's a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

Visit the state's 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

July 2, 2014
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'Corning area now has 2 interstates; U.S. 15 designated I-99 to Pa. border'

“It’s also a testament to the hard work, dedication and perseverance of so many community leaders and residents over many years. I-99 represents an exciting lifeline to future jobs and economic growth, and the north-south corridor we need to complement I-86,” said state Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats.

July 1, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 30, 2014 ~ 'Beware of a tick near you'

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, "Beware of a tick near you"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 29th Corning Leader

 

June 30, 2014
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O'Mara online poll: Will new anti-heroin laws help?

Elmira, N.Y., June 27—Now that New York State has enacted a comprehensive set of new anti-heroin laws, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is giving residents of his 58th Senate District the chance to let him know if they think the new laws will help stop heroin’s spread. 

June 27, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 23, 2014 ~ 'Summer project No. 1: the reading list'

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, "Summer project No. 1: the reading list"

June 23, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 16, 2014 ~ 'The politics of heroin?'

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 politics of heroin?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 15th Corning Leader] 

June 16, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's call to step up efforts to combat heroin, urges Assembly to follow Senate's lead on anti-heroin legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara  (R,C-Big Flats) today welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for increased state and local efforts to combat the growing heroin crisis locally and statewide, and took the opportunity to urge state Assembly leaders to act quickly on a package of anti-heroin legislation O’Mara co-sponsors that the Senate approved on Monday. 

June 12, 2014
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