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Seneca Lake Wine and Food weekend ~ Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 ~ Find out more

Watkins Glen, N.Y.--The 2015 Seneca Lake Wine and Food weekend gets underway tomorrow at Clute Park in Watkins Glen.

Read more in the observer-review.com, "Wine and food festival starts Saturday"

Find out details and additional information on www.senecalakewineandfood.com

May 29, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair  10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 801 LOB

June 2, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post reaches the National Spelling Bee semifinals ~ Competition resumes today at 10 a.m. on ESPN2 ~ Good luck Jairam! (UPDATED at 1:07 p.m.)

Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post has reached the seminfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

The competition resumes this morning at 10:00 a.m. on ESPN2.

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Hathwar advances to Bee semifinals"

And Star-Gazette, "Jairam reaches semifinals in National Spelling Bee"

May 28, 2015
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WGI one of 20 finalists in USA Today online readers' poll for 'Best NASCAR Track in America' ~ Vote once a day, every day, from now until June 22nd! ~ Read more

Watkins Glen International has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the USA Today 2015 Reader's Choice Award contest for the Best NASCAR Track in America.he online voting contest is running until Monday, June 22, 2015 at Noon.

You can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device that you have.

It's another opportunity for all of us to once again help put our region on the national map!

May 26, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano and colleagues hosting NYWIA 'Sip and Sample' event in Albany on Wednesday, May 27th ~ Event will help showcase products made in the Finger Lakes, Central and Western New York ~ Special Guest: Finger Lakes pianist Barbara Anderson

Albany, N.Y.—To complement ongoing efforts to promote, showcase and support products grown and made in New York State, Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) will host a second New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) “Sip and Sample” event in Albany on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

A first “Sip and Sample” was held on Monday, May 4th.   

May 26, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 25, 2015 ~ 'We will remember our veterans'

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, "We will remember our veterans"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on May 24, 2015]

May 26, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair   Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 123 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF MEETING, IT WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION.

May 28, 1:00 PM - 1:13 PM
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

Best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2015
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GlassFest getting underway in Corning from May 21-24 ~ History, great music, fine food, so much more ~ See the schedule

Getting underway today in Corning, America's Crystal City, is one of the region's great festivals -- the sixth annual GlassFest, a unique celebration of glass and the fire arts.  

History, education, great music, world-class food, children's activties -- just a great four days starting on Thursday, May 21st and running through Sunday, May 24th.

Find out more on glassfest.org.

May 21, 2015
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A Brighter Future for Family Farms: Key Investments in Agriculture

An abundance of fresh, quality food and farm products is not only good for our families -- it’s also great for New York’s economy. In the 2015-16 State Budget, the Senate Repub­lican Majority has once again led the way in supporting New York’s vital agriculture industry by providing record levels of funding for key research, marketing and education programs.

May 20, 2015
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CAPITOL STUDENTS

Albany, N.Y.--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed two area high school students to the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  

Karilyn Rutledge, a senior at the Bradford Central School (Steuben County), and William Westlake, a senior at the Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg (Tompkins County), were among the nearly 30 high school students from across the state who participated in the 15th Annual “Students Inside Albany” (SIA) conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York (LOWV/NY) State Educational Foundation, Inc.  

May 20, 2015
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STARTING -- OR STOPPING -- NY?

In New York State it always seems, sooner or later, to circle back to jobs and taxes.

As in lack of jobs, and high taxes.

So it’s no surprise that one of the state’s most highly touted job creation initiatives has been under the microscope over the past week. And – just to make it clear where I’m coming from at the outset – rightly so.

May 20, 2015
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Watkins Glen High School students meet with their state representatives in Albany (UPDATED, May 20th)

Albany, N.Y., May 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) today welcomed a contingent of Watkins Glen High School students to the state capital.

The students were accompanied to Albany by instructor Travis Durfee, who also serves as President of the Watkins Glen Faculty Association.  Over the past several weeks, as part of his ninth-grade Humanities curriculum, Durfee has focused on debate studies in which students have selected and researched a variety of issues, prepared debate briefs and other background materials, and engaged in formal debates.

May 19, 2015
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O'Mara's legislation targeting meth labs scheduled for Senate action later today (UPDATED at 5:37 p.m. with Senate approval)

Albany, N.Y., May 19—The New York State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state by significantly increasing the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth.

May 19, 2015
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Listen to Senator O'Mara on AM 1480 WLEA's 'Newsmaker Show' for May 18 ~ Topics include Start-Up NY spending, Common Core and Upstate job creation

Listen to Senator O'Mara's May 18, 2015 interview with Brian O'Neil on the "Newsmaker Show" on AM 1480 WLEA in Hornell.

Among other topics, the Senator shares his thoughts on state spending for the Start-Up NY program, Common Core and Upstate job creation. 

LISTEN HERE...

May 18, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 18, 2015 ~ 'Accountability and fairness for starters'

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, "Accountability and fairness for starters"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on May 17, 2015]

May 18, 2015
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Good work by the Hornell Evening Tribune in this series of articles raising awareness of the regional drug crisis ~ This week, 'It takes a community to stop meth'

The Hornell Evening Tribune is running a series of articles raising awareness of the regional drug crisis.

This week, "It takes a community to stop meth"

Senator O'Mara continues to sponsor and co-sponsor legislation to increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing and possessing meth.  Read more HERE.

May 14, 2015
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A story of community strength and spirit in Yates County one year after devastating floods ~ 'Lessons we learned from disaster recovery'

It's a story of community strength and spirit in Yates County one year after the devastating floods of 2014.

From The Chronicle-Express: "A year ago on the evening of May 13, rain poured over portions of Yates County with a force most had never seen before. Before the sun rose May 14, fire fighters had rescued people from flooded homes and cars, and pumped scores of basements, and emergency dispatchers had fielded many of the 1,500 calls for help they would receive over the next three days."

May 14, 2015
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