Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

A life-saving message being delivered to area high school students this week ~ Seneca Beverage Corporation sponsors powerful local presentations by Sarah Panzau Evans, courageous survivor of a drunk driving accident in 2003 ~ Read and watch more (UPDATED)

A life-saving message is being delivered to high school students across the region this week by Sarah Panzau Evans, who was nearly killed in drunk driving accident in 2003 and now shares her story with young people nationwide in the hope that it will help them make better choices.

Read and watch more from WENY-TV about Sarah's appearance at Elmira High School on Tuesday, "Drunk Driving Survivor Speaks to Local Students"

April 29, 2015
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Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

from the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today encouraged New Yorkers to consider providing support to organizations assisting in relief efforts. The region faces countless challenges in the days, weeks and years ahead as individuals and families – many located in developing and rural areas – rebuild from the disaster. New York State is home to one of the largest Nepalese populations in America.

April 28, 2015
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Legislature approves 'equal pay for equal work' legislation

Late yesterday at the Capitol, the New York State Assembly unanimously approved "equal pay for equal work" legislation that was the first order of business taken up and approved by the state Senate in January at the start of the 2015 legislative session. 

The measure will now be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

Read more here, and here.

 

April 28, 2015
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'Cornell University marks 150th anniversary'

Congratulations to Cornell University on 150 outstanding years!

April 27, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 27, 2015 ~ 'The only thing you need to know'

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 only thing you need to know"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on April 30, 2015]

 

April 27, 2015
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Education Update ~ from Capital NY, "Regents to hold teacher evaluation 'summit' in Albany" ~ Read more and see the SED memo

Albany, N.Y., April 23--It was reported today that the Board of Regents have scheduled an invite-only "learning summit" in Albany on May 7, which will be live-streamed for public viewing.

Read more from Capital NY, "Regents to hold teacher evaluation 'summit' in Albany"

See attached copy below of the April 2015 memo from the State Education Department. 

April 23, 2015
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Finger Lakes Land Trust announces funding for regional tourism and conservation projects ~ O'Mara highlights importance of Environmental Protection Fund

Ithaca, N.Y., April 23–The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced today that it has been awarded a total of $51,000 for regional conservation and tourism projects through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.

"One of the true highlights of the recently enacted state budget is that we strengthened the Environmental Protection Fund, and this is exactly why," said State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. 

April 23, 2015
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Earth Day 2015

Albany, N.Y., April 22--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today joined a number of his legislative colleagues and representatives of environmental advocacy organizations from throughout New York at an Earth Day news conference in the Legislative Office Building.

April 22, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 20, 2015 ~ 'Like every budget: work completed, work undone'

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, "Like every budget: work completed, work undone"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 20th Corning Leader]

April 20, 2015
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April 19-26, 2015 is proclaimed Earth Week in New York State ~ Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chairman O'Mara welcomes designation ~ Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day

Elmira, New York, April 17--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), who earlier this year was named the new chairman of the Senate Envrionmental Conservation Committee, said today that April 19-26 has been proclaimed Earth Week in New York State.

April 17, 2015
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Education Update ~ NYS Education Department taking public comment on new teacher evaluation standards ~ Read more Updates (Last updated July 9, 2015)

The future of education is clearly at a crossroads in New York State. 

That's why this update is so important.

The current level of anger, frustration and even outrage that's currently driving these critically important decisions isn't working. It's not working for students and families, number one. And it's not positive, by any measure, for local school districts.

April 16, 2015
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Listen to Senator O'Mara's recent interview on AM 1480 WLEA ~ Topics include school violence, St. James Mercy Hospital and the challenge of recruiting local emergency services volunteers

Listen to Senator O'Mara's interview with AM 1480 WLEA's Brian O'Neil.

Topics addressed include recent incidents of school violence in Elmira, the future of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, efforts to help localities address infrastructure needs, and the challenge of helping local fire departments recruit and retain emergency services volunteers.

Listen to the April 11th interview HERE.

April 14, 2015
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Spend $28 million to create 76 jobs? ~ Under Start-Up NY, that's $368,000 per job ~ Read more

from the April 12th New York Post:

You’ve seen Andrew Cuomo’s TV commercials, the ones that say, “The new New York is open. Open to innovation. Open to ambition. Open to bold ideas.” 

The spot is promoting the Start-Up NY program.

Now the results are starting to come in: 76 jobs so far.

In the entire state. From a program that has spent $28 million advertising its own existence.

April 13, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 13, 2015 ~ 'Size of budget throws shadow on public awareness'

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, "Size of budget throws shadow on public awareness"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the April 12th Corning Leader]

April 13, 2015
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Celebrating Service ~ National Volunteer Week ~ April 12-18, 2015 ~ Thank you!

Thank you to all of the thousands of volunteers throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

What a difference you make to the quality of our communities, and in so many individual lives. 

April 9, 2015
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Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike receives prestigious, historic award from the New York State Sheriffs' Association

Earlier this year, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike received the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute's most prestigious award -- the "Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award," an award that the Association has bestowed only three times before in its history. 

It's quite an honor, and well deserved. 

Congratulations to Sheriff Spike, and thank you for your long-standing commitment to public safety and security in Yates County and across the region

April 8, 2015
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Watkins Glen Fire Department and local firefighters honored at recent Schuyler County Training Banquet ~ Thank you for your service

The Watkins Glen Fire Department, Burdett Fireman Jason Kelly and other local firefighers were recently honored at the Schuyler County Training Banquet at the Tyrone Fire Hall.

Read more on the observer-review.com, "County honors volunteers"

Thank you for your service!

April 8, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of April 6, 2015 ~ "Education debate at center of new state budget"

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, "Education debate at center of new state budget"

April 6, 2015
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Happy Easter!

My sincerest best wishes to all of you for a meaningful Easter in the company of your families, friends and neighbors.

April 5, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of March 30, 2015 ~ 'Developing a workforce, and some new thinking'

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, "Developing a workforce, and some new thinking"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the March 29th Corning Leader]

March 30, 2015
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