Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

Canadian quake felt across the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes ~ No early reports of damage

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake in Ontario, Canada has been felt across upstate New York, according to many reports, including from residents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Read more locally below:

"Canadian quake felt in Wellsville, Hornell"

"Finger Lakes Shakes from Canadian Earthquake"

"Canada earthquake causes rumbling in New York State" 

May 17, 2013
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Congratulations to this year's Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees

Congratulations to the 2013 Jack Lisi Youth Awards honorees and, on behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our very best wishes to all of you for what promise to be bright and successful futures.

Read more, "Jack Lisi Youth Awards honor eight"

[photo above by Eric Wensel]

May 17, 2013
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'N.Y. wineries collect nearly 200 medals at Tasters Guild competition'

The ongoing growth and quality of New York's wine and grape industry is one of the state's great success stories.

That success story added another chapter this week.

Read more, "N.Y. wineries collect nearly 200 medals at Tasters Guild competition" 

May 16, 2013
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From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, 'NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday'

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, is the deadline for New York State pistol owners to file the opt-out form to keep their information private.

Read more in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday"

More information HERE.

May 14, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano on Hornell's WLEA radio

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano of Corning were guests last weekend on Brian O'Neil's weekly show "Connections" on WLEA radio in Hornell.

The area lawmakers discussed several topics including the push underway in Albany -- which they strongly oppose -- to implement a statewide system of taxpayer-financed political campaigns, and a potentially major shift underway in rural transportation.

Listen to the Saturday, May 11, 2013 edition of "Connections."

May 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 13, 2013 ~ 'And now a word from the CEOs'

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, "And now a word from the CEOs"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 13, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

May 13, 2013
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State Senate approves anti-fraud legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara

Albany, N.Y., May 9—The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara  (R-C, Big Flats) to target criminals, called “runners,” who are key players in the epidemic of fraud that especially plagues New York’s automobile insurance industry, drives up insurance rates for every state motorist and costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion annually.

[read more on WENY-TV]

May 9, 2013
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Senator O'Mara to appear later tonight on YNN's 'Capital Tonight'

Senator O'Mara will appear later tonight on YNN's "Capital Tonight" to discuss the push -- and his opposition to it -- for implementing a statewide system of taxpayer-financed political campaigns.

The show airs beginning at 8:00 p.m.

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May 8, 2013
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New York's first-ever Tourism Summit on tap in Albany today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosts the state's first-ever Tourism Summit at the Capitol today.

Watch a live webcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

May 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara statement on Yahoo! Travel's latest spotlight on the Finger Lakes

Albany, N.Y., May 3—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on this week's announcement that Yahoo! Travel has named the Finger Lakes alongside some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions as “Lakeside vacations that have it all”:

“The Finger Lakes region has long been proud of our reputation as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.  This latest reaffirmation by Yahoo! of the quality of the Finger Lakes region’s natural beauty, hospitality, family friendliness, food and wine, and parks and trails is outstanding news.  It shows that our traditions of excellence carry on and contribute to a way of life that’s on par with so many of the world’s great places.”

May 3, 2013
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Congratulations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier!

Elmira, N.Y., May 1—Congratulations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and thank you to all of the area residents who supported the food bank by voting online throughout the month of April in the Walmart Foundation-sponsored “Fighting Hunger Together” contest.

Since April 1st, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been competing with regional food banks across the country in the online voting contest and, today, is one of the Top 40 food banks that will receive a $45,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

May 1, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's statement on a prestigious recognition for Finger Lakes Distilling in Schuyler County

Albany, N.Y., April 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Finger Lakes Distilling, a farm distillery in Burdett (Schuyler County), will be one of 24 New York State distilleries participating in the prestigious Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 17, 2013 in New York City:

April 30, 2013
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's weekend interview on WLEA radio in Hornell

Senator O'Mara joined WLEA's Brian O'Neil for a taping of his weekly weekend radio interview, "Connections." 

This show's topics included the NY SAFE Act and an upcoming public hearing Senator O'Mara's holding to examine New York City's system of taxpayer-financed campaigns.  Senator O'Mara chairs the Senate Elections Committee. Listen to the April 27th interview HERE.

April 29, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 29, 2013 ~ 'This and that around NY government'

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, "This and that around NY government"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 29, 2013 Corning Leader]

April 29, 2013
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April 28, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes announcement that Corning Inc. will expand diesel facility in Steuben County, create jobs

Corning, N.Y., April 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement that Corning Incorporated will invest $250 million and expand its diesel plant in the town of Erwin: 

April 25, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 22, 2013 ~ 'What would we do without them?'

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, "What would we do without them?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 23, 2013 Corning Leader]

 

April 23, 2013
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O'Mara reminds area residents that 'I Love My Park Day' this Saturday, May 4th offers volunteer opportunities

Elmira, N.Y. May 2 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 2nd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place this Saturday, May 4, 2013 and will include events at two local sites.

The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system.

April 22, 2013
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Many area volunteer fire departments holding open houses as part of 'Recruit NY' on April 27-28 ~ See list of local events planned

Elmira, N.Y., April 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that volunteer fire departments across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will hold Open Houses on the weekend of April 27-28 as part of “Recruit NY,” a statewide initiative sponsored by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the state Association of Fire Chiefs and others to encourage the recruitment of local volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

The event is coordinated by FASNY to coincide with this year's observance of National Volunteer Week from April 21-27.

O'Mara praised the upcoming Recruit NY effort.

April 19, 2013
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'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those in the city of Boston.

From this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

From today's Ithaca Journal: 'Ithaca's runners out of harm's way in Boston Marathon blasts'

April 16, 2013
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