Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

New York Works to fund improvements at Robert H. Treman State Park

Ithaca, N.Y., October 18--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate the playground area at Robert Treman State Park. The park improvements are funded with $125,000 from the New York Works initiative.“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in state parks across New York,” said Cuomo.

October 18, 2012
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'Finger Lakes recognized as top wine destination'

One of the world's largest travel websites, TripAdvisor.com, has named the Finger Lakes as one of the top 10 Travelers' Choice Wine Destinations in the United States.

Read more in  this morning's Star-Gazette.

Read the Travelers' Choice 2012 "Top 10 Wine Destinations in the United States"

 

October 17, 2012
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Hundreds of area residents travel to Albany yesterday to voice support for natural gas development across the Southern Tier

Albany, N.Y., October 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) helped welcome members of the Steuben County Landowners Coalition, representatives of numerous other Southern Tier and statewide organizations and coalitions, and local leaders to Albany yesterday.

Hundreds of area residents traveled to the Capitol to voice their support for natural gas development across the Southern Tier.

Read and watch more about yesterday’s rally in this morning’s Star-Gazette.

October 16, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 15, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York 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, "An economic roller coaster"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 15, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 15, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 8, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York 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, "Three decades of tracking rural New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 8, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 8, 2012
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to issue this reminder about the importance of scheduling a yearly mammogram.

October 3, 2012
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Reminder: DEC authorizes youth deer hunting season over Columbus Day weekend

A reminder from the state Department of Environmental Conservation:

Albany, N.Y.--The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that junior hunters ages 14-15 will be able to hunt deer during a special youth firearms deer season over Columbus Day Weekend this year, October 6 through October 8, 2012.

"Implementation of this youth deer hunt is a hallmark moment for New York hunters and represents continued efforts of DEC to engage more young people in nature and outdoor recreation," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

Read more HERE.

October 2, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of October 1, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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 abundance of fall tourism"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the October 1, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

October 1, 2012
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September 29th 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day' follows up New York's new I-STOP Law in fight against prescription drug abuse

Elmira, N.Y., September 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that Saturday, September 29, 2012 is "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" and law enforcement agencies across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will operate drop-off centers for people to anonymously dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

“It’s incredibly important that our law enforcement leaders are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Their ongoing leadership in this overall effort to combat the alarming rise of prescription drug abuse will make all the difference,” said O’Mara. 

September 28, 2012
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Area leaders, residents welcome Seneca Lake Scenic Byway with ribbon cutting ceremony

Elmira, N.Y., September 27—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) joined legislative colleagues, local leaders and members of the Seneca Lake Byway Committee for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Hall to officially designate the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway.

Read more in this morning's Corning Leader and Elmira Star-Gazette.

September 27, 2012
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 24, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, "ReCharge provides an economic spark"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the September 24, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

September 24, 2012
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O'Mara praises Business Council's selection of Corning Inc. executive for top award

Bolton Landing, N.Y., September 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today praised The Business Council of New York State’s selection of Kirk P. Gregg, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Corning Incorporated, as recipient of the 2012 Corning Award for Excellence.

“Kirk Gregg represents the very best of the Corning Incorporated mission – commitment to community, an unparalleled dedication to excellence and quality, and a fundamental mission to keep our state and our nation at the cutting edge of the 21st century economy,” said O’Mara.  “The Business Council couldn’t have chosen a better representative of all that the Corning Award for Excellence is meant to honor.”

September 20, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 17, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, "Recovering the economy"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the September 17, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

September 17, 2012
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Leading small business group gives O'Mara 100% rating on legislative scorecard

Albany, N.Y., September 14—New York’s leading small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business of New York (NFIB/NY), today gave State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) a 100% rating on its two-year review of the State Legislature.

O’Mara was one of 11 state senators who received a grade of 100 on the organization’s review of state legislative actions during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions that were identified as priority issues by small business owners across New York.

The NFIB/NY released its “2011-2012 New York Voting Record” this week.  It can be viewed online at http://www.nfib.com/new-york/

September 14, 2012
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Hornell Chamber awarded grant to help continue on-the-job-training program for tri-county workers, businesses

Albany, N.Y., September 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) joined Hornell Area Chamber of Commerce President James Griffin to announce that the chamber has received a $107,140 state grant to continue a valuable on-the-job-training and placement program aimed at assisting the economically disadvantaged, veterans, displaced workers and the unemployed and underemployed throughout Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

O’Mara and Palmesano helped secure the state funding in the 2012-2013 New York State budget.  The grant is administered through the Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the state Labor Department.

September 12, 2012
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Eleven years after 9/11--A Statement from NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

Eleven years after September 11, 2001, Americans of all ages continue to gather, in the words of former President George W. Bush, to “honor the memory of the 11th day.”

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

For this generation, there was never a more powerful time to be an American.  To this very day, while September 11th evokes such a difficult mix of emotions, one of the most powerful feelings of all remains this one: we are Americans and above all else, in the toughest of times, we will stand together in aid, in comfort, and in resolve.

September 11, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 10, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, "September 11"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the September 10, 2012 Corning Leader]

September 10, 2012
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Outside Magazine ranking names Ithaca one of the "Best River Towns in America"

Congratulations to Ithaca for being named a "Best River Town in America" by Outside Magazine.

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September 7, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 3, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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, back to school and technology"

[see attached copy of Sen. O'Mara's column in the September 3, 2012 Corning Leader]

 

September 4, 2012
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