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Independence Day 2015 ~ History, safety reminders, and local weekend celebrations

My very best wishes for a safe, meaningful and enjoyable 4th of July celebration to all of the communities, families and residents across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

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

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

July 1, 2015
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'Heroin issues examined at Ithaca forum' ~ Event draws a standing-room only crowd to hear about the heroin issue ~ Senator O'Mara praises grassroots efforts to raise public awareness, points to ongoing efforts of Senate Task Force on Heroin

below from the Ithaca Journal:

A standing-room-only crowd heard about the overwhelming issue of heroin in the Ithaca community during a presentation Monday evening at the Tompkins County Public Library.

"By far and wide, heroin is probably the worst drug on the street that we have here in Ithaca," Ithaca Police Investigator Kevin McKenna told the gathering.

July 1, 2015
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GRAND MARSHAL

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 28--Senator O'Mara served as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International.

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June 30, 2015
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Senator O'Mara serves as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 28--Senator O'Mara serves as Grand Marshal of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 28th at Watkins Glen International.

Prior to giving the most famous call in motorsports for the drivers to "start your engines" (watch the call on Twitter HERE), Senator O'Mara was introduced to fans as this year's Grand Marshal.  

June 29, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 29, 2015 ~ 'A successful summer, page by page'

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, "A successful summer, page by page"

June 29, 2015
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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to every “Class of 2015” from across the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions.

Great work, and good luck!

June 28, 2015
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Watkins Glen International takes the checkered flag as 'Best NASCAR Track in America' ~ Thanks to everyone who voted!

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 26--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,I,C,-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) released the following statement after today's announcement that Watkins Glen International was victorious in USA Today's online competition to decide "America's Best NASCAR Track":

June 26, 2015
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June 25, 2015
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CAN YOU CATCH A RURAL BUS?

The future of public transportation in our rural, Upstate regions is being put at risk by Albany’s attempt at a statewide, one-size-fits-all approach to these local systems.  

It’s a developing crisis for many rural residents.  So we’re trying to bring more widespread attention to the changes underway, fully assess the consequences for our counties and do what we can to ensure that the impact on rural, Upstate public transportation at least receives a full and a fair hearing.  

June 24, 2015
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Winner of USA Today's 'America's Best NASCAR Track' to be revealed Friday at Noon

Thanks to everyone who joined us over the past several weeks in voting for Watkins Glen International in USA Today's online voting to decide "America's Best NASCAR Track."

Daily voting ran from May 25-June 22.  According to USA Today, the winner of this year's contest will be revealed on Friday, June 26.

Read more from the Finger Lakes Daily News, "Winner of 'America's Best NASCAR Track' to be Revealed Friday" 

June 24, 2015
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O'Mara sponsoring summer reading program for students and families ~ Senate teams up with NYS Library and local public libraries on summer long effort to encourage young readers

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has announced that he’s sponsoring an online summer reading program that the New York State Senate will be promoting throughout the summer of 2015 in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

June 23, 2015
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Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, are 'free fishing' days in New York State ~ Find out more ~ 'We're fortunate to offer great fishing throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,' said Senator O'Mara.

Elmira, N.Y., June 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents and families that this Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, have been designated as “Free Fishing Days” throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

O’Mara said that residents and visitors to the state can fish for free without a fishing license in any of  the region’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

June 23, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol'~ for the week of June 22, 2015 ~ 'Spreading information about Lyme disease'

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, "Spreading informationa about Lyme disease"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in The Leader on June 21, 2015]

June 22, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves O'Mara legislation to create paint recycling program, remove costly local burden ~ O'Mara points to it as example of government-industry cooperation on important environmental concerns ~ Calls for Assembly action

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, to establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” to reduce a costly burden on local governments and taxpayers who are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most post-consumer paint, create local jobs, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.

June 19, 2015
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O'Mara and Palmesano: Keep voting to help WGI take checkered flag as 'Best NASCAR Track' ~ Contest ends on Monday, June 22nd at Noon

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 19—With one weekend left in USA Today’s  online competition to decide “America’s Best NASCAR Track,” State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C,-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) are urging area residents to vote for Watkins Glen International once a day, every day, until the contest closes on Monday, June 22, at noon.

The area legislators noted that WGI is currently running in 1st Place out of 20 nationwide finalists for the 2015 designation, but it’s been bumper to bumper with Martinsville Speedway (Ridgeway, VA) over the past week.

June 19, 2015
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Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to encourage expansion of broadband services in public libraries ~ Measure now goes to the governor to be signed into law

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) to allow public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, to access funding for broadband installation and infrastructure through one of the state’s most utilized construction grant programs.

June 19, 2015
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Finger Lakes Land Trust sponsoring HIKEapalooza! on Saturday, June 20 ~ Find out more, including a list of events in 12 counties

On Saturday, June 20th, the Finger Lakes Land Trust holds HIKEapalooza! -- free outdoor events in each of the 12 counties comprising the Finger Lakes "to celebrate land and water conservation across the region. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, paddling and volunteering...Get outside with the Land Trust and enjoy the lands you love!!"

CLICK HERE for a list of events, information and directions.

June 18, 2015
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'Addison girls are state champs!!' ~ The Addison Knights high school girls softball team are the 2014-15 New York State Class C champions ~ Read more, including a Legislative Resolution sponsored by Sen. O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano honoring the team

The Addison Knights girls softball team won the Class C, New York State championship at Moreau Recreation Park in South Glens Falls on Saturday, June 13, 2015 -- the first state title in the school's history.

Read more in The Leader, "Addison girls are state champs!!"

June 18, 2015
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News Release from Watkins Glen International: 'Military Appreciation Day Proudly Presented by Kaplan University at Watkins Glen International' ~ Military Appreciation Day is Sunday, June 28, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 18, 2015) – In honor of those who currently serve our country, in addition to those who have served in the past, Kaplan University and Watkins Glen International are offering complimentary tickets to active duty military personnel and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for the Sunday, June 28 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Read the WGI news release HERE.

June 18, 2015
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'Corning Inc. salutes longtime employees'

Corning, N.Y.--On Wednesday, employees and retirees who began their careers with Corning Inc. 50 and 75 years ago were honored for their service.

Wendell P. Weeks, Corning Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, said, "“Our products and markets have changed since 1940 and 1965, but we continue to operate diverse businesses and participate in important industries. I always enjoy these trips down memory lane because they remind me what a special company we’re all part of: A company that has stood the test of time; a company that continues to evolve to meet the needs of changing markets; a company that makes things that really matter to the world.

June 18, 2015
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