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Department of Environmental Conservation opens new public comment period on revised Marcellus Shale regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website includes a section providing comprehensive information and periodic updates on the DEC's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program -- including the latest public comment period opening today and continuing through 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2013.

Find more information, including how to submit comments on the revised regulations, HERE.

Read more in the Elmira Star-Gazette.

December 12, 2012
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State announces more than 74,000 job openings posted on Jobs Express website

From the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Jobs Express, a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, currently has more than 74,000 job openings available.

The site has helped more than 59,000 individuals find work since its October 2011 launch. As extended unemployment benefits expire for thousands of New Yorkers this month, the Governor urges long-term unemployed, now more than ever, to apply for these jobs.

December 11, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 10, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

December 10, 2012
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Seasons greetings throughout the Finger Lakes region this weekend

There's more than a stocking full of holiday events in villages across the Finger Lakes region this weekend.

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And don't forget the 2012 Winter Festival continues through Sunday in downtown Ithaca, including the Chowder Cup on Saturday.

Enjoy!

December 7, 2012
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Remembering Pearl Harbor ~ December 7, 1941

Remembering Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 1941 -- with reflections

from the Elmira Star-Gazette

 and the Associated Press.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 901 at 113 Keefe St. on Elmira’s Southside will hold an observance event at 11 a.m. today to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. The public is welcome.

 

 

December 7, 2012
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Governor Cuomo visits the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (UPDATED, December 6th)

In Binghamton today, Governor Andrew Cuomo met with members of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

Watch a portion of today's event here.

Read more here.

[UPDATE, December 6: Some kind -- and hopeful -- words for the Southern Tier from Governor Cuomo]

December 5, 2012
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'Christmas came early for one local veteran' -- watch and read more here

A great gathering yesterday in Erin in support of a local wounded veteran, Army Sgt. Robert Costley.

From WENY-TV: "Christmas came early for one local veteran."  Watch the full WENY newcast here.

Watch more on WETM-TV.

And read more in today's Corning Leader.

December 3, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of December 3, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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, "Post-Sandy New York"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 3, 2012 Corning Leader]

December 3, 2012
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From the November 28th Ithaca Journal: 'Montour Falls making a comeback'

From the November 28th Ithaca Journal:  "Once the seat of government for Schuyler County, Montour Falls, a village of 1,750 people, is making a dramatic commercial and tourism comeback, recalling its glory days as the hub of canal- and railroad-based commerce for the entire area."

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November 28, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 25, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

November 25, 2012
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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 53rd Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

Read more on the history of Thanksgiving, including President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3, 1789 and President Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3, 1863: "From the Archives: Thanksgiving with the Presidents."

November 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 19, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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, “Season of Giving”

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 19, 2012 Corning Leader]

November 19, 2012
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Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 17, 2012 and concludes on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

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

Please keep safety in mind.

The beginning of deer season represents one of the most important economic cycles of the year.  Deer hunting is a mainstay of the regional and statewide recreational economy, by some estimates accounting for $2 billion economic activity and 28,000 jobs statewide.  Steuben County, for example, remains one of the premiere deer hunting destinations in the Northeast. 

November 15, 2012
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'Hundreds fill Corning football stadium for funeral service with full military honors'

Funeral services were held yesterday for Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne -- a fallen American hero killed in action earlier this month and brought home to Steuben County this week.

From the Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Hundreds fill Corning football stadium for funeral service with full military honors'

November 15, 2012
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Long Days, Longer Nights

Hundreds of thousands of our fellow New Yorkers are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which was followed last week by a Nor'easter that battered these communities again with more wind, rain, snow and power outages.

I simply can't say enough about all of the businesses, first responders, relief groups, volunteers and concerned citizens who continue to answer the call from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

If there's one thing we understand, it's this: They need our help.

November 14, 2012
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November 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 12, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 and 2012 have been pivotal years in New York government.  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..."

November 12, 2012
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Veterans Day 2012 ~ Sunday, November 11 ~ 'We will always remember. We will always be proud.'

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

It will be observed at a time when the world's stage remains embroiled in uncertainty and instability.  It truly is a momentous and dangerous time in world history and our annual tribute to veterans takes on greater and greater meaning.

Former President Ronald Reagan, standing tall on the coast of France on June 6, 1984, offered these words to commemorate the 40th anniversary of D-Day, "We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."

November 9, 2012
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Terrible days and nights: After Hurricane Sandy, yesterday's Nor'easter brings more wind, rain, snow and power outages to downstate region

While hundreds of thousands of our fellow New Yorkers were still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, yesterday's Nor'easter battered these communities again with more wind, rain, snow and power outages.

Read more in Long Island's Newsday, and the New York Daily News.

I simply can't say enough about all of the businesses, first responders, relief groups, volunteers and concerned citizens who continue to answer the call from throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

November 8, 2012
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Statement from Sen. O'Mara on Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne -- Governor Cuomo directs flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of fallen soldiers

Corning, N.Y., November 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne of Steuben County, who was one of three upstate New York soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, November 3, 2012:

“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne.  Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country admirably and courageously.  I know that I join the residents of Steuben County and our entire region in mourning Ryan’s passing and in expressing our enduring gratitude and respect for his service, and the sacrifice and service of his fellow soldiers.”   

November 7, 2012
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