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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 2, 2014 ~ 'Getting serious about heroin'

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, "Getting serious about heroin"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 1st Corning Leader] 

June 2, 2014
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On behalf of the 58th Senate District, our condolences to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow Troopers of NYS Trooper Christopher G. Skinner, who so clearly and proudly represented the highest ideals, principles and values of the New York State Police.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "State Trooper remembered as a man who put safety first"

May 30, 2014
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Congratulations to 14-year-old Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post (r.), this year's National Spelling Bee co-champion!

On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, congratulations to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, co-champion of the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee!ead more in:

The Leader, "'A dream come true': Hathwar wins National Spelling Bee"

Star-Gazette, "Painted Post lad finishes Spelling Bee as co-champion"

May 30, 2014
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Senator O'Mara comments on Senate Task Force on Heroin recommendations

Albany, N.Y., May 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to issue a report and unveil a set of legislative recommendations in response to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

May 28, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues on Senate Task Force on Heroin issue report, legislative recommendations to address heroin crisis (Updated, May 29th)

[Update, May 29, 2014: Read and watch more in The Leader and on WENY-TV] 

Albany, N.Y., May 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined his colleagues on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to issue a report and unveil a set of legislative recommendations in response to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

May 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 26, 2014 ~ 'In memory of our veterans'

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, "In memory of our veterans"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 25th Corning Leader] 

May 27, 2014
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. 

   ~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984

 

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara inducts Tony Specchio into the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio, Sr. of Watkins Glen is Senator O'Mara's 2014 inductee into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

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May 21, 2014
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O'Mara pays tribute to Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio of Watkins Glen

Albany, N.Y., May 20—At a late morning ceremony in the Legislative Office Building honoring decorated and distinguished veterans from across New York State, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today inducted Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues induct Watkins Glen veteran into Hall of Fame ~ O'Mara pays tribute to Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio, Sr.

Albany, N.Y., May 20—At a late morning ceremony in the Legislative Office Building honoring decorated and distinguished veterans from across New York State, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today inducted Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues will induct Watkins Glen native Tony Specchio into Veterans' Hall of Fame at Albany ceremony today

Watkins Glen, N.Y., May 20—To coincide with this year’s upcoming Memorial Day observances across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today will induct Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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WFLR to broadcast tonight's flood victim assistance meeting from Penn Yan Middle School, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

WFLR 96.9 / 101.9 FM and 1570 AM will broadcast tonight's informational meeting from the Penn Yan Middle School auditorium regarding last week's flooding and recovery efforts in Yates County.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. 

For more information and to listen online, click HERE...

May 19, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of May 18, 2014 ~ 'Nation's CEOs still down on NY'

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, "Nation's CEOs still down on NY"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the May 18th Corning Leader] 

May 19, 2014
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Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio

Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr. proudly served his nation upon being drafted into the United States Army in January 1953. A distinguished Korean War veteran, he has dedicated a lifetime of commitment and service to his country, his state and to the community of Watkins Glen, New York. 

May 17, 2014
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Senator O'Mara holds public hearing on heroin crisis

Elmira, N.Y., May 16—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today brought the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to Elmira College for a public round table discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

The legislative hearing was held at Elmira College’s Hamilton Hall.

O’Mara was joined at today’s hearing by the Task Force Vice Chairman, Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Seneca Falls), and area Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning).

May 16, 2014
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IT'S A CRISIS

I was pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor a meeting of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction at Elmira College on Friday, May 16th.

We had an important timely discussion on the growing heroin epidemic regionally and statewide.

May 16, 2014
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O'Mara praises nomination of Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss

Rye Brook, N.Y., May 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today praised the nomination of Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss as the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

May 15, 2014
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State of Emergency declared in Yates County (Updated: May 19th informational meeting scheduled; 'Donations & Volunteers'; and a new 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide')

[UPDATE, May 19: WFLR will broadcast tonight's informational meeting live beginning at 7, find out more and listen HERE]

[UPDATE, May 19: Informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m., read more HERE]

[UPDATE, May 16: The Institute for Human Services, Inc. has released a 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide']

May 14, 2014
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