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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 4, 2014 ~ 'Donations that save lives'

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, "Donations that save lives"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 3rd Corning Leader]

August 4, 2014
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'Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla'

From the Ithaca Journal, "The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, is launching an on-the-water training program for individuals who are willing to look for hydrilla verticillata and other invasive species on Cayuga Lake and neighboring lakes."

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July 31, 2014
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Summer Blood Drives

The summer months, right through the official end of the season in late September, is an urgent time to donate blood.  

According to the American Red Cross, which this year is running a “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” public awareness campaign, blood donations decrease significantly in the summer and shortages can reach critical and emergency levels.    s a result, numerous blood drives are taking place throughout the month of August across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  

July 31, 2014
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Donate Life!

Based on statistics from the 2013 Donate Life America state-by-state comparison, New York State ranks 47th in the nation in state organ donation. In fact, the most recent statistics show that 22% of New Yorkers are in our donor registry compared to an average of 48% for states nationally.  And we’re far, far behind the state of Montana, for example, where 84% of adults have registered to donate.

July 31, 2014
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Farmers' Markets dot the landscape of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier

The Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are home to numerous farmers' markets.

Find out more and locate a market near you through any of the following websites:

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

iFingerLakes.com

Tompkins County Cooperative Extension

July 30, 2014
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Showcasing local agriculture at this weekend's 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards ~ Other festivals also on tap this weekend in Watkins Glen, Hammondsport

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals, the 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards, takes place this weekend, August 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.

Find out more at http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

July 30, 2014
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Emmi Roth to create 50 new jobs in Penn Yan

Penn Yan, N.Y.--Emmi Roth USA, a producer of premium specialty cheeses and dairy products, will expand its operations and create 50 new jobs jobs in Penn Yan, according to a recent announcement.

July 29, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 28, 2014 ~ 'Broadband comes to 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, "Broadband comes to rural New York"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 27th Corning Leader]

July 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 21, 2014 ~ 'Thankful for local tourism'

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, "Thankful for local tourism" 

July 23, 2014
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'Bill to honor fallen Dundee soldier advances'

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

July 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 14, 2014 ~ 'Combating invasive species'

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, "Combating invasive species"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 13th Corning Leader] 

 

July 14, 2014
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One of the summer's great events, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins tonight at Watkins Glen International

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, one of the region's and state's great events, kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Find out more on the event's website, www.flwinefest.com.

Read more in:

The Leader, '90 wineries to pour samples at this weekend's Finger Lakes Wine Fest'

July 11, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues call for using settlement funds to cut taxes, create jobs, help schools

Elmira, N.Y., July 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today joined his Senate Republican colleagues to call for New York State to use its share of a recent settlement to accelerate state tax cuts, invest in Upstate job creation, and provide assistance to local schools and property taxpayers.

The U.S. Justice Department and state regulators recently announced a settlement with BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, resulting in a record fine of nearly $9 billion for violations of U.S. sanctions and other misconduct.  

July 7, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 7, 2014 ~ 'Don't take it for granted'

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, "Don't take it for granted" 

July 7, 2014
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TICK ALERT

Lyme disease, once considered mostly a “downstate” concern, is now a growing public health threat across Upstate New York. 

In recent weeks, as we’ve entered the height of tick season, we’ve heard public health officials in Yates and other area counties issue warnings about this debilitating illness that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans annually.

July 2, 2014
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Independence Day 2014

My best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration.

Here's a reminder of the foundation of this proud national observance: America's Declaration of Independence.

Visit the state's 4th of July online exhibit tracing the central role played by New York during the Revolutionary War.

July 2, 2014
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A local veteran will lead the state Veterans of Foreign Wars

Throughout this upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, we'll be expressing our patriotism and celebrating American independence -- which means that we'll be remembering and thanking all of our veterans, past and present, for their sacrifice and service.

With that in mind, congratulations to one of the region's most well-known veterans, William "Doc" Schmitz of Corning, who's been named the New York Department Commander of the state Veterans of Foreign Wars.  

July 2, 2014
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O'Mara: Sign up for emergency preparedness training on July 12th in Hornell

Hornell, N.Y., July 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” at Hornell High School on Saturday, July 12,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete the online registration prior to the event.  According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 2, 2014
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A LAP AROUND HISTORIC WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1--During his visit to Watkins Glen International last weekend as part of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which included dropping the green flag to start the Continental Tire 150, Senator O'Mara took a ride around the track in a Dallara Daytona Prototype.

July 1, 2014
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DROPPING THE GREEN FLAG ON SUMMER!

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1--It was a jam-packed and historic few days of racing last weekend for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen on June 26-29 at Watkins Glen International -- the premier road racing facility in America.

July 1, 2014
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