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Showcasing local agriculture, heritage at this weekend's 23rd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards & the 36th Annual WatkinsGlen/Schuyler County Italian-American Festival ~ Read more

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals take place this weekend.

The 23rd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards is set for August 1-2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.  Find out more at http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

July 29, 2015
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With 90-degree plus temperatures expected across the state, agencies issue reminders on extreme heat precautions, pet safety, other tips ~ Read more

Safety reminders are being issued by various local, federal and state agencies as 90-plus degree temperatures are expected across New York State.  

From the Ithaca Journal: "With hot, sunny days finally on the forecast this week, be careful of leaving pets in the car, even for just a few minutes. On an 80 or 90-degree day, in just 10 minutes, the temperature can rise over 100 degrees in a car. Cracking the window often doesn’t make much of a difference..."

July 29, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 27, 2015 ~ 'Finding a ride in 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, "Finding a ride in rural New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on July 26, 2015]

July 27, 2015
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Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday, July 25, a great chance to support local agriculture, tourism ~ O'Mara reflects on family's history in cheese making in New York State

Odessa, N.Y., July 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 25, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 23, 2015
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NYS Senate Forum on the Future of Rural Public Transportation ~ July 22, 2015 ~ Cooperstown, NY ~ Watch Now

Cooperstown, N.Y.—New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), whose Upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT), held a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” in Cooperstown on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

July 23, 2015
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THE (UP)STATE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Cooperstown, N.Y., July 22—New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), whose Upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, are holding a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” today in Cooperstown.

July 22, 2015
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State Senate forum keeps focus on crisis facing rural public transportation ~ O'Mara and Seward hear from local leaders, transportation officials from throughout NY (UPDATED, July 23 - Watch video replay of the forum)

[July 23, 2015: A video replay of the July 22nd forum is currently available for viewing HERE]

Cooperstown, N.Y., July 22—New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), whose Upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, held a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” today in Cooperstown.

July 21, 2015
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State Senate forum in Cooperstown on Wednesday will examine rural public transportation concerns ~ Local leaders and transportation management officials from throughout the state will testify

Albany, N.Y., July 20 – New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Otsego County on Wednesday, July 22, for a forum at the Village Library in Cooperstown on the future of rural public transportation.

The senators will host a round table discussion focusing on rural concerns raised over the state takeover of the management of local Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NMET).

July 20, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 20, 2015 ~ 'Painting a picture of effective cooperation'

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, "Painting a picture of effective cooperation"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on July 19, 2015]

July 20, 2015
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'Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council eyes $500M prize' ~ Also seeks public input on a proposed strategy to create jobs, economic growth, other opportunities across the Southern Tier region

The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) has outlined its strategy to secure $500 million in state economic development funding that will be awarded later this year.

Read more in The Leader, "Southern Tier eyes $500M prize"

The Council is also seeking the public’s input on the strategy and have posted an online survey.

July 16, 2015
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INVASIVE SPECIES NEAR YOU?

This week in New York, July 12-18, brings the second annual “Invasive Species Awareness Week” (ISAW), and there’s simply no denying its importance: the impact of invasive species can be costly, and devastating.

From the longstanding battle to control the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) in Waneta and Lamoka Lakes in Schuyler and Steuben counties, to the more recent invasion of Hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Tompkins County, our waterway-filled landscape is no stranger to these threats.

July 15, 2015
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Welcome back New York H.O.G. Rally! ~ Harley-Davidson owners return to the city of Corning for the first rally since 2001 ~ July 16-18 event organized by the Corning H.O.G. Chapter ~ Read more, find schedule of events

Below from The Leader:

CORNING | Roughly 1,000 bikers from across New York and beyond are expected to roll into Corning beginning Thursday.

For the first time since 2001, the city is hosting the New York H.O.G. Rally, an annual gathering of Harley-Davidson owners that will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

July 15, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 13, 2015 ~ 'Is there an invasive species 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, "Is there an invasive species near you?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on July 12, 2015]

July 13, 2015
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New York State's 2nd Annual 'Invasive Species Awareness Week' ~ July 12-18, 2015 ~ On Tuesday, July 14, Senator O'Mara joins Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, DEC officials, other leaders for a community awareness event in Elmira

New York State's 2nd Annual "Invasive Species Awareness Week" is July 12-18, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14th, Senator O'Mara will join New York State Department of Environmental Officials, the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, and other local leaders for a community awarness event at the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira. See photo above and read more HERE.

July 10, 2015
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The 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy at Watkins Glen International ~ July 10, 11 and 12 ~ Wine, cheese, bands and take a ride around the famous track in an official WGI pace car!

Watkins Glen, N.Y.--The 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy kicks off on Friday, July 10, at the USA's #1 NASCAR Track, Watkins Glen International

It's a three-day, showcase event for some of the region's best wines, cheese and other culinary offerings at one of the region's premier venues.  

There'll be wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, more than 25 bands -- and as an added attraction, take a ride around the famous track in an official WGI pace car! 

July 9, 2015
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Emergency preparedness training program set for July 18th in Schuyler County ~ Online registration required ~ Find out more

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano today reminded area residents that they can register online for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” that will be held at the Watkins Glen Central High School on Saturday, July 18,  2015.

O’Mara and Palmesano are sponsoring the Schuyler County program together with County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan and Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi.

July 9, 2015
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'Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program' scheduled for Saturday, July 18 ~ Online registration required to attend ~ Find out more and register here

Watkins Glen, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano today reminded area residents that they can register online for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” that will be held at the Watkins Glen Central High School on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

O’Mara and Palmesano are sponsoring the Schuyler County program together with County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan and Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi [see the attached invitation flyer below].

July 8, 2015
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More meth-related headlines coming out of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions today ~ O'Mara again calls for Assembly action on legislation approved by the Senate to combat proliferation of meth labs and other meth-related crimes (UPDATED, July 8)

More meth-related headlines coming out of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions involving law enforcement and first responders in Chemung County and Watkins Glen, as well as the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

Read breaking news from WENY-TV, "Suspected Meth Lab Bust in Watkins Glen"

July 7, 2015
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Yates County Fair ~ July 7-11, 2015 ~ Now in its 176th Year!

The Yates County Fair, now in its 176th year, opens today and runs through Saturday, July 11th.

Find out more, including a daily schedule of events and specials, on www.yatescountyfair.org

July 7, 2015
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New 'Bus Buddies' initiative underway in Steuben County to engage and mobilize new riders of public transportation ~ Find additional details here ~ Senator O'Mara has highlighted critical importance of public transportation in rural, Upstate counties

News from the Institute for Human Services, Inc. (IHS) that a new program is underway in Steuben County to "engage, mobilize, and empower new riders of public transportation."

According to a recent news release from the IHS, "Transportation continues to remain a principal issue in Steuben County. Many seniors and persons with disabilities - the very people public transportation can benefit most - are intimidated by the public transportation system. To address this need, Steuben Coordinated Transportation Mobility Management, in collaboration with Steuben County RSVP, has launched a new program called Bus Buddies."

July 7, 2015
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