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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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'Corning area now has 2 interstates; U.S. 15 designated I-99 to Pa. border'

“It’s also a testament to the hard work, dedication and perseverance of so many community leaders and residents over many years. I-99 represents an exciting lifeline to future jobs and economic growth, and the north-south corridor we need to complement I-86,” said state Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats.

July 1, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 30, 2014 ~ 'Beware of a tick near you'

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, "Beware of a tick near you"

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

 

June 30, 2014
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O'Mara online poll: Will new anti-heroin laws help?

Elmira, N.Y., June 27—Now that New York State has enacted a comprehensive set of new anti-heroin laws, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is giving residents of his 58th Senate District the chance to let him know if they think the new laws will help stop heroin’s spread. 

June 27, 2014
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Weekend's weather forecast looks great ~ Making plans? Remember that Saturday and Sunday are "free fishing days" across the region, statewide

Elmira, N.Y., June 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents and families that this Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, 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 27, 2014
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Schuyler County awarded state funding to assist soil and water quality practices on area farms

Watkins  Glen, N.Y., June 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that Schuyler County received the highest statewide funding level under the latest round of state grants to help New York State farmers implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices.

June 26, 2014
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Local public libraries awarded construction grants

Elmira, N.Y., June 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) recently announced that public libraries throughout their legislative districts have been awarded state library construction grants.he area legislators said that the grants are being awarded through New York’s Library Construction Grant Program.

June 25, 2014
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Will the state's new anti-heroin laws be effective at stopping the spread of the drug regionally and statewide?

Yes

28% (5 votes)

No

67% (12 votes)

Undecided

6% (1 vote)

Total votes: 18

June 24, 2014
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Anti-heroin legislation signed into law, O'Mara co-sponsors actions to 'try to save lives'

Albany, N.Y., June 23—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to enact a series of anti-heroin initiatives responding to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill signing took place at Binghamton University. The legislation was approved by both houses of the Legislature last week.  

June 23, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 23, 2014 ~ 'Summer project No. 1: the reading list'

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, "Summer project No. 1: the reading list"

June 23, 2014
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Senate gives final approval to O'Mara-Lifton legislation to combat spread of invasive species

Albany, N.Y., June 20 —The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, by requiring boaters to take reasonable precautions when launching their boats.

The legislation (S.7851-B/A.9619-B) was approved yesterday by the state Assembly, where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) of Ithaca.  

It will now be delivered to the governor to be signed into law.

June 20, 2014
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on the 2014 legislative session

Albany, N.Y., June 20— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today released the following statement on the 2014 legislative session:

June 20, 2014
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SENATE ACTS FIRST ON ANTI-HEROIN PACKAGE

The New York State Senate gave its approval tonight to a series of anti-heroin initiatives I'm proud to co-sponsor to respond to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.he legislation is scheduled to be approved by the Assembly later tonight or tomorrow.

The measures have been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and will be signed into law.  

June 19, 2014
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Senate goes first to approve anti-heroin agreement (Updated, June 20th)

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Senate gave its approval tonight to a series of anti-heroin initiatives co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to respond to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The legislation is scheduled to be approved by the Assembly later tonight or tomorrow [Update, June 20, 2014: The Assembly also approved all of the anti-heroin measures late Thursday night, read more HERE].

June 19, 2014
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Senate approves bike safety legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, who says new law locally would help honor memory of Matt Miller

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The State Senate approved legislation last night, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), to incorporate a “bicycle and pedestrian safety” component into New York State’s pre-licensing driver’s education and examination requirements.

The measure was approved with strong bipartisan support in the Senate, 58 to 1.

June 19, 2014
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