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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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Task Force on Workforce Development holds second forum in Albany ~ Senator O'Mara serves as a task force member, calls it vital to overall effort to revitalize Upstate economy and create jobs

Albany, N.Y., May 13—The New York State Senate Task Force on Workforce Development held its second public forum today in Albany.

Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) serves as a member on the task force, which Senate leaders created earlier this year.

He said that the group’s ongoing work is vital to the overall effort to revitalize the economy of Upstate New York.

May 13, 2015
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Linda A. Thomas

A successful small business is often the backbone and the heart and soul of a small community. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the village of Wellsburg, New York, where Linda Thomas has owned and operated the Wellsburg Diner since 1997.

In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee swept across New York’s Southern Tier and its many small towns, causing once-in-a-lifetime flooding. The storm devastated Wellsburg, and the Wellsburg Diner was completely destroyed.

Ms. Thomas, faced with daunting financial and personal hardships, vowed to reopen her place of business, saying, “This town’s been very good to me, I wanted to stay with them...The Wellsburg Diner is more than a building. It’s a family.”

May 13, 2015
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Senate Task Force on Workforce Development holding public forum today ~ Watch live beginning at Noon ~ O'Mara calls task force key part of ongoing efforts to revitalize Upstate economy

Albany, N.Y., May 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member on the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development, said that the task force will conduct a public forum  in Albany today.

Today’s hearing is scheduled to begin at Noon in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building.  A live webcast will be available at: http://www.nysenate.gov/live_today

May 13, 2015
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Cornell University scientists conduct forum in Albany on the impact of extreme weather on New York's farm families and farming communities

Albany, N.Y., May 12--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today helped welcome representatives from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the capital.

The distinguished guests were in Albany to conduct a Public Education Forum on the "challenges and opportunities for the farm community in the face of extreme weather."

May 12, 2015
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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month ~ Read more from the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Find out more from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HERE.

Senator O'Mara continues to serve as a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.

May 11, 2015
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Happy Mother's Day ~ Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers throughout the 58th Senate District and across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Thank you!

May 8, 2015
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Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week ~ May 9-17, 2015

from the Finger Lakes Beer Trail (@FLBeerTrail):

"Finger Lakes Craft Beer Week is a 9-day celebration of craft beer throughout the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions.  Home to over 75 craft breweries (and counting!), the Finger Lakes region is New York State's premier craft beer destination!"

Good luck to all of our local brewers -- and here's to a great local turnout! 

May 8, 2015
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REGIONAL ALERT: Important drug warning from the Elmira Police Department ~ Today's warning arrives after another meth arrest yesterday

The Elmira Police Department has issued an important drug warning for the region.

Read more from WETM-TV, "Drug warning from EPD"

Report suspicious activity to the Elmira PD HERE.

May 8, 2015
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Police officers from across New York State will be on Long Island today, where NYC Police Officer Brian Moore will be laid to rest

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, neighbors and fellows officers -- from throughout New York State and across the nation -- of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore, who will be laid to rest today on Long Island.

From the New York Times, "Long lines of mourners pay tribute to Officer Brian Moore"

May 8, 2015
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Board of Regents 'Learning Summit' today ~ Watch live webcast beginning at 9 a.m.

The state Board of Regents will conduct a daylong "Learning Summit" in Albany on Thursday, May 7.

Watch today's "Learning Summit" via a live webcast HERE (note: the link to the summit becomes available at 8:30 a.m.) -- and submit your questions at: summitquestions@nysed.gov.)

May 7, 2015
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Legislators sponsoring NYWIA 'Sip and Sample' events in Albany during May to help showcase wine, cheese and other products grown and made in NYS

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and other state legislators are hosting two New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) “Sip and Sample” events in Albany this month featuring wineries, cheese producers and other food manufacturers from the Finger Lakes, and Central and Western New York.

The lawmakers said the May events are aimed at complementing ongoing efforts to promote, showcase and support products grown and made in New York State.  

May 6, 2015
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Outside magazine includes Elmira on national list of 'hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise' ~ 'We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods...' ~ Cast your vote here!

Outside magazine has included Elmira on its national list of "hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise..." 

The magazine writes, "Picking the locations in our fifth annual Best Town Ever contest wasn't easy. We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and of course, a good beer scene — all while excluding the winners and runners-up from the past three years to make room for hidden gems, underdogs and towns on the rise."

May 6, 2015
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O'Mara honors local small business owner as a Senate 2015 'Woman of Distinction' ~ Wellsburg Diner owner and operator Linda Thomas represents 58th District in last night's statewide tribute ~ Event coincides with weeklong celebration of local job creators

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) last night paid tribute to Linda Thomas, longtime owner and operator of the Wellsburg Diner in the village of Wellsburg, New York (Chemung County), as his 2015 “Woman of Distinction” at an awards ceremony in Albany.

Thomas represented O’Mara’s 58th District at the Senate’s 18th Annual “Women of Distinction” tribute in the Legislative Office Building.  She was recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York.

May 6, 2015
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