Thomas F. O'Mara's News items

The weekend ahead includes the Wineglass Marathon from Bath to Corning, Crystal City Brew Festival and Ithaca's Apple Harvest Festival ~ Read more

Autumn's off to a great start this weekend with events and festivals including: 

> the 33rd Annual Wineglass Marathon in Corning, "Local businesses excited about Wineglass Marathon"

> the 32nd Great Down Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, "Apple Harvest Festival brings fall flavors to Ithaca"

October 2, 2014
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Find Out More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and it's important for patients and their families to know where to turn for information and support. 

Read more from the:

Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

National Breast Cancer Foundation 

September 30, 2014
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September 30th 'Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention' in Yates County ~ Open to the public, find out more here

A "Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention" is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium.  

Tuesday's forum has been organized by the Yates County Substance Abuse Coalition and will feature several guest speakers including Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.

The public is invited to attend.

Read and listen to more on Finger Lakes News Radio HERE.

September 29, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 29, 2014 ~ 'An Upstate NY picture in time'

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 Upstate NY picture in time"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 28th Corning Leader] 

September 29, 2014
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Hopes for newly opened rail line to spur job growth at Steuben County Industrial Park

"Local officials are hoping a recently completed railroad line will help spur development at the long-vacant Steuben County Industrial Park. The ribbon was cut Thursday on a $909,473 project to bring a short branch to the industrial park off the B&H Railroad, which runs from the Norfolk Southern line in Painted Post up to Wayland."

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Officials hope rail line will spur development at Bath industrial park"

September 26, 2014
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Ceremony this morning to rename Corning Post Office in honor of fallen local hero (UPDATED)

From The Leader, "The U.S. Post Office on the city’s Northside will be formally be renamed Thursday morning in honor of Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, an East High graduate killed in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan."

Read more, "Ceremony to rename post office for Jayne"

September 25, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 22, 2014 ~ 'A warning against business as usual'

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, "A warning against business as usual"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 21st Corning Leader] 

September 22, 2014
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Steuben County drug tip line leads to another meth lab bust ~ Read more

It's been a constant topic on these pages over the past several years: the resurgence of meth across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  Meth's rise has been accompanied more recently by a resurgence of heroin abuse. 

We've stressed that it's going to take a multi-pronged approach to combat the spread of these drugs, one that includes tougher laws and law enforcement, prevention and treatment, and, equally important, heightened community awareness and education.

Earlier this week, for example, the Steuben County Drug Tip Line led to another meth lab bust.  Read more from:

September 19, 2014
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Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council highlights its next round of priorities at the Capitol today ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team this week in Albany.

The Finger Lakes REDC made its presentation yesterday. Read more HERE.

The Southern Tier REDC's presentation is on tap today, beginning at 2:30 p.m.. Watch it at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

September 16, 2014
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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council outlines its next round of priorities today at the Capitol ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team in Albany over the next two days.

A presentation from the Finger Lakes REDC is on tap for 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Watch it at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

The Southern Tier REDC is scheduled to make its presentation tomorrow, September 16th, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Read more HERE.

September 15, 2014
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Sen. O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 15, 2014 ~ 'An economy still going hungry'

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 economy still going hungry"

September 15, 2014
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Local 9/11 ceremony honors Steuben County emergency services volunteers

There was a great turnout in Bath last night at a ceremony to honor Steuben County emergency services volunteers who went to Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Steuben ceremony honors Sept. 11 first responders"

September 12, 2014
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Remembering September 11, 2001

The years keep passing, 13 have now gone by, but Americans of all ages will gather again this week, in the words of former President George W. Bush, to “honor the memory of the 11th day.”

From east to west, from north to south, Americans do their duty as citizens to remember September 11, 2001, like we always have, and like we always will.

For this generation, to this very day, September 11th evokes one of the most powerful reminders of all: we are Americans and above all else, in the toughest of times, we will stand together in aid, in comfort, and in resolve.

September 10, 2014
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'Chemung County recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week'

Counties and states across the nation are recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.

Read more HERE.  

September 9, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 8, 2014 ~ 'NY-grown future always within reach'

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, "NY-grown future is always within reach" 

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 7th Corning Leader]

September 8, 2014
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Food Bank of the Southern Tier delivers a sobering message at start of Hunger Action Month throughout September

 At a legislative breakfast in Elmira Heights on September 4th, as part of the organization's kickoff to Hunger Action Month throughout September, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier delivered a sobering message: 1 in 4 Southern Tier residents receive Food Bank assistance at some point during the year. 

That's nearly 50% higher than the national average.

And yet another urgent reminder of the devastating impact that job losses and an overall weak economy have on individual lives and entire communities.

September 5, 2014
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Anti-heroin awareness, training session set for September 24th in Corning

Corning, N.Y., September 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today reminded area educators, law enforcement agencies, medical and other professionals, and concerned community residents that the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State College will conduct an extensive, four-hour heroin awareness and training program in Corning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

September 5, 2014
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Reminder to motorists: Students are back in school

Good luck and best wishes to students across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a productive and successful 2014-2015 school year!

And a reminder to area motorists to drive safely.  Read more in the Star-Gazette, "School starts today, passing school bus can be costly" 

September 3, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 1, 2014 ~ 'Labor Day highlights key issue: jobs'

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, "Labor Day highlights key issue: jobs" 

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 31st Corning Leader]

September 1, 2014
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