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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 17, 2013 ~ 'An American tradition'

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, "An American tradition"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 17th Corning Leader] 

November 18, 2013
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Join Us at a Rally to Save the Elmira Psychiatric Center ~ Saturday, November 23, 2013 ~ Clemens Center in Elmira ~ Details Below

Immediately following Saturday's rally, supporters will hold a “community walk” around the grounds of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.

November 15, 2013
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Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 16, 2013 and concludes on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Read more details online at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Please keep safety in mind.

November 14, 2013
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Watch Senator O'Mara's public service announcement on an Electronics Recycling Event in Ithaca this 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 13, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 11, 2013 ~ 'Our obligation and our opportunity'

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, "Our obligation and our opportunity"

November 12, 2013
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Keep Making The Case

The Cuomo administration can go ahead and keep on claiming it's fiscally necessary for New York in the long run to shut down inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center (Elmira PC) and close the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, but it’s important that we continue to let Governor Cuomo know that these moves don't make any fiscal common sense at all. 

In fact, it appears hard to improve upon the Elmira PC’s record of fiscal responsibility. The same holds true for Monterey.

November 8, 2013
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A Veterans Day message from Senator O'Mara ~ see listings of local Veterans Day observances

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

November 8, 2013
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Senator O'Mara salutes and thanks our veterans

In observance of Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, Senator O'Mara and his colleagues salute and thank veterans -- and the families of veterans -- for their sacrifices and service.

November 7, 2013
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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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