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'Chemung County recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week'

Counties and states across the nation are recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.

Read more HERE.  

September 9, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 8, 2014 ~ 'NY-grown future always within reach'

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, "NY-grown future is always within reach" 

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 7th Corning Leader]

September 8, 2014
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Food Bank of the Southern Tier delivers a sobering message at start of Hunger Action Month throughout September

 At a legislative breakfast in Elmira Heights on September 4th, as part of the organization's kickoff to Hunger Action Month throughout September, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier delivered a sobering message: 1 in 4 Southern Tier residents receive Food Bank assistance at some point during the year. 

That's nearly 50% higher than the national average.

And yet another urgent reminder of the devastating impact that job losses and an overall weak economy have on individual lives and entire communities.

September 5, 2014
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Anti-heroin awareness, training session set for September 24th in Corning

Corning, N.Y., September 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today reminded area educators, law enforcement agencies, medical and other professionals, and concerned community residents that the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State College will conduct an extensive, four-hour heroin awareness and training program in Corning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

September 5, 2014
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Reminder to motorists: Students are back in school

Good luck and best wishes to students across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a productive and successful 2014-2015 school year!

And a reminder to area motorists to drive safely.  Read more in the Star-Gazette, "School starts today, passing school bus can be costly" 

September 3, 2014
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to combat invasive species signed into law

Albany, N.Y., September 2 —Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-125th District) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and statewide, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

September 2, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 1, 2014 ~ 'Labor Day highlights key issue: jobs'

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, "Labor Day highlights key issue: jobs" 

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 31st Corning Leader]

September 1, 2014
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O'Mara earns high grade from Upstate NY advocacy organization, Unshackle Upstate singles out commitment to tax cuts, job creation (UPDATED)

Elmira, N.Y., August 19—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has received the Senate’s second-highest ranking, 93%, from Unshackle Upstate on the group’s 2014 Legislative Scorecard.

[see the attached articles below from the August 20th Elmira Star-Gazette and Hornell Evening Tribune

Unshackle Upstate is a pro-jobs, pro-taxpayer advocacy organization comprised of business and trade organizations representing every Upstate region.  

August 19, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 18, 2014 ~ 'Living up to a promise on mandate relief'

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, "Living up to a promise on mandate relief"

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

 

August 18, 2014
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Federal legislation honoring fallen Dundee soldier signed into law

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

August 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 11, 2014 ~ 'Use the settlement wisely'

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, "Use the settlement wisely"

August 11, 2014
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August 7, 2014 ~ National Purple Heart Recognition Day

Today, August 7, 2014, is National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

Senator O'Mara said it's a day to honor all of those who have served and continue to stand in defense of our nation.

August 7, 2014
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'NASCAR returns to Watkins Glen' ~ Read more on this weekend's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

Read more on the observer-review.com, "NASCAR returns to Watkins Glen"

From the Star-Gazette, "10 Storylines for Cheese-It 355 at The Glen"

For more details on the weekend's full schedule, visit Watkins Glen International at theglen.com

August 6, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of August 4, 2014 ~ 'Donations that save lives'

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, "Donations that save lives"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the August 3rd Corning Leader]

August 4, 2014
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'Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla'

From the Ithaca Journal, "The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, is launching an on-the-water training program for individuals who are willing to look for hydrilla verticillata and other invasive species on Cayuga Lake and neighboring lakes."

Read more, "Volunteers needed to identify hydrilla"

July 31, 2014
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Showcasing local agriculture at this weekend's 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards ~ Other festivals also on tap this weekend in Watkins Glen, Hammondsport

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals, the 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards, takes place this weekend, August 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.

Find out more at http://www.foxrunvineyards.com/

July 30, 2014
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Emmi Roth to create 50 new jobs in Penn Yan

Penn Yan, N.Y.--Emmi Roth USA, a producer of premium specialty cheeses and dairy products, will expand its operations and create 50 new jobs jobs in Penn Yan, according to a recent announcement.

July 29, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 28, 2014 ~ 'Broadband comes to rural New York'

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, "Broadband comes to rural New York"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the July 27th Corning Leader]

July 28, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 21, 2014 ~ 'Thankful for local tourism'

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, "Thankful for local tourism" 

July 23, 2014
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'Bill to honor fallen Dundee soldier advances'

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

July 16, 2014
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