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O'Mara hosting Free Electronics Recycling Event in Ithaca on Saturday, November 16th

Ithaca, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded Ithaca-area residents that he’s hosting a free electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga Street in Ithaca. 

Area residents can drop off old or unused electronics at no charge.  There is no limit on the number of items that can be dropped off.

November 7, 2013
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Friend will hold a community meeting at the Southport Town Hall later today (Updated, November 13th)

Elmira, N.Y., November 12—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) will hold a community meeting at the Southport Town Hall on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

[Update, November 13, 2013: watch WENY-TV's report on yesterday's meeting, "Community concerns in Southport"]

November 6, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 4, 2013 ~ 'Keep making the case'

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, "Keep making the case"

 

November 4, 2013
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Watch a replay of Senator O'Mara's October 28th public hearing on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) hosted a public hearing in Elmira on October 28th on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and the Greater Binghamton Health Center, and the need for an ongoing “Southern Tier-based Center of Excellence” within New York State’s system of mental health. 

October 31, 2013
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Senator O'Mara hosts October 28th public hearing on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y., October 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) hosted a public hearing in Elmira on October 28th on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and the Greater Binghamton Health Center, and the need for an ongoing “Southern Tier-based Center of Excellence” within New York State’s system of mental health. 

October 31, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 28, 2013 ~ 'Proposal One: casino gaming'

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, "Proposal One: casino gaming"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 29th Corning Leader]

October 30, 2013
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Stay Safe this Halloween ~ See These Tips from the New York State American Red Cross

My very best wishes for a fun-filled -- and safe -- Halloween.

I'm happy to share the Halloween Safety Tips attached below courtesy of the New York State American Red Cross.

October 29, 2013
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State Senate holding hearing today on future of Elmira Psychiatric Center, statewide mental health system ~ Watch live, and read more

The New York State Senate will hold a final hearing in Elmira today on the impact of the state Office of Mental Health "Regional Centers of Excellence" to consolidate and reorganize the New York's mental health system.

Under the OMH plan, inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center would be eliminated and the facility's overall role diminished.

Senator O'Mara continues to join other local leaders, Elmira PC employees, patients, family members and concerned citizens in opposition to the Cuomo administration plan.

October 28, 2013
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Supporters hold 'Saving Monterey Shock Rally' in Elmira, continue to urge Cuomo administration to change course

Elmira, N.Y.-- More than 200 supporters of keeping open the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility turned out on Saturday for a "Saving Monterey Shock Rally" at the National Soaring Museum.

In late July the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to shut down the Monterey facility in Schuyler County next year.

October 28, 2013
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day ~ Saturday, October 26, 2013 ~ Find a location near you

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

According to the DEA, this is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

October 25, 2013
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Governor approves key plank of Senate's 'Grown in New York' plan for farmers: property tax relief

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to place a two-percent cap on annual agricultural land assessment increases and deliver long-awaited and badly needed property tax relief to state farmers, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The signing was announced Tuesday at the Capitol.

October 23, 2013
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O'Mara: State should immediately waive fee for veteran designation on driver licenses

Albany, N.Y., October 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take immediate steps to direct the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to waive a state fee for veterans who want a newly created Veterans ID placed on their state driver license before the expiration date of their current license.

O'Mara said that if the governor won’t or can’t do it on his own, he’ll work with his Senate and Assembly colleagues to enact legislation waiving the fee.

October 22, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 21, 2013 ~ 'CLICK HERE still not available to all'

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, "CLICK HERE still not available to all"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 22nd Corning Leader]

October 22, 2013
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O'Mara applauds signing of new law to encourage growth of farm cideries

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored this year by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to take steps to encourage the expansion of New York’s growing hard cider industry has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

O'Mara applauded the signing, which was announced earlier today at the Capitol.

October 18, 2013
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'Wear Purple Day' on October 16th highlights state's annual 'Shine the Light' campaign to prevent domestic violence ~ Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. holding awareness walk in downtown Penn Yan on Saturday, October 19th

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is conducting New York's annual "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" public awareness campaign, including today's "Wear Purple Day."

Find out more from the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Read Senator O'Mara's weekly column for the week of October 14, 2013, "No More".

October 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 14, 2013 ~ 'No More'

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, "No More"

October 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara hosting a free electronics recycling event in Horseheads on Saturday, October 19th

Horseheads, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will host an electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, on Saturday, October 19, 2013. 

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Central Plaza, 1020 Center Street in Horseheads. 

Area residents can drop off old or unused electronics at no charge.  There is no limit on the number of items that can be dropped off.

October 11, 2013
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Roadside farm stands can add wine sales under new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara

below from The Chronicle-Express.com:

YATES COUNTY  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new law allowing locally produced wine to be sold at roadside farm markets as part of the state’s effort to better market and promote New York wine.

Read more, 'Farm stands can add wine sales'

The legislation (S.267/A.1512, Chapter 355 of the Laws of 2013).

October 11, 2013
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