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'Wear Purple Day' on October 16th highlights state's annual 'Shine the Light' campaign to prevent domestic violence ~ Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. holding awareness walk in downtown Penn Yan on Saturday, October 19th

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is conducting New York's annual "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" public awareness campaign, including today's "Wear Purple Day."

Find out more from the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Read Senator O'Mara's weekly column for the week of October 14, 2013, "No More".

October 16, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 14, 2013 ~ 'No More'

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, "No More"

October 15, 2013
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Senator O'Mara hosting a free electronics recycling event in Horseheads on Saturday, October 19th

Horseheads, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will host an electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling, on Saturday, October 19, 2013. 

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Central Plaza, 1020 Center Street in Horseheads. 

Area residents can drop off old or unused electronics at no charge.  There is no limit on the number of items that can be dropped off.

October 11, 2013
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Roadside farm stands can add wine sales under new law co-sponsored by Senator O'Mara

below from The Chronicle-Express.com:

YATES COUNTY  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new law allowing locally produced wine to be sold at roadside farm markets as part of the state’s effort to better market and promote New York wine.

Read more, 'Farm stands can add wine sales'

The legislation (S.267/A.1512, Chapter 355 of the Laws of 2013).

October 11, 2013
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Local manufacturers deliver strong message: New York State overtaxed, overregulated and too expensive (UPDATED, October 10, 2013)

Corning, N.Y., October 9— On the same day that the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation called New York State’s business tax climate the worst in the nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and members of the State Senate Majority Coalition held a public hearing at Corning Community College and heard the same message from local and statewide business leaders and economic development officials: New York State is overtaxed, overregulated and too costly. 

October 9, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend on hand to help welcome final stretch of U.S. Route 15, future I-99

below from the Corning Leader:

Lindley, N.Y., October 8--After 10 years and more than $230 million in construction, detours and orange barrels, a white ribbon of concrete highway now carves its way through the northern hills of Pennsylvania on its way to the Southern Tier.  The final stretch of new roadway, northbound on Route 15 from Lawrenceville, Pa., to Presho, is now open, completing an 80-mile segment of interstate-grade, four-lane divided highway from Interstate 180 in Williamsport, Pa., to Interstate 86 in Corning...READ MORE

October 9, 2013
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues bring regulatory reform hearings to Corning today ~ Watch a live webcast beginning at Noon

Corning, N.Y., October 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and members of the Senate Majority Coalition will hold a public hearing in Corning today to hear from local and statewide business leaders and economic development officials on which state rules, regulations and mandates most impact their industries and communities, and should be eliminated.

The hearing is being held at Corning Community College (Triangle Lounge of the Commons Building) beginning at Noon.  

October 8, 2013
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Breaking News: Corning named America's most fun small town

Congratulations to Corning upon being named Rand McNally's 'Most Fun Small Town in America.' 

Read more online in the Star-Gazette, 'Corning named America's most fun small town'

October 8, 2013
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O'Mara reminder: a new law and another way to help salute the service of our veterans

Elmira, N.Y., October 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area veterans and veterans’ families that a new law he co-sponsored last year (S.6799, Chapter 487 of the Laws of 2012) recently took effect and, as a result, New York State veterans now have the option of having their status as a veteran indicated on their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver identification card.

The newly effective law directs the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to make the veteran’s status available to all honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces who apply for the designation on a DMV-issued photo document.

October 8, 2013
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'Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to be prepared for severe storms during Tornado Watch'

GOVERNOR CUOMO URGES NEW YORKERS TO BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE STORMS DURING TORNADO WATCH 

October 7, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 7, 2013 ~ 'The politics of cutting taxes'

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, "The politics of cutting taxes"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 11th Corning Leader]

October 7, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano, Reed honor local World War II veteran and the memorial he helped create

State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Congressman Tom Reed welcomed the opportunity recently to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Steuben County Veterans Memorial in Bath, and to honor the area veteran whose efforts were instrumental to the memorial's construction: World War II Veteran Warren Thompson.

Read more, "Steuben County Veterans Memorial turns 25" 

October 4, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes bipartisan Tax Relief Commission: 'It sets the stage for meaningful tax relief'

Albany, N.Y., October 2— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that he’s establishing a bipartisan “Tax Relief Commission” to recommend billions of dollars in tax cuts, with an emphasis on property tax relief:

October 2, 2013
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O'Mara applauds new law restoring funding for the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities: 'We never gave up'

Albany, N.Y., September 30—Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to restore a $90-million cut in funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that was included in this year’s state budget earlier this year, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The governor announced the signing over the weekend.

September 30, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 30, 2013 ~ 'A hub of worldwide research'

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 hub of worldwide research"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 30th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 30, 2013
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'Camp Monterey holds graduation: Lawmakers continue effort to keep shock program open'

Beaver Dams, N.Y., September 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) attended yesterday's ceremony for the latest -- and possibly last -- graduating class from the Monterey Shock Incarceration program.

Read more on yesterday's graduation ceremony in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "Camp Monterey holds graduation: Lawmakers continue effort to keep shock program open"

September 27, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano will attend this morning's ceremony for the latest Monterey Shock Incarceration graduating class, continue to urge public support to 'Keep Monterey Open!'

Beaver Dams, N.Y., September 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) will attend this morning's ceremony for the latest graduating class from the Monterey Shock Incarceration program.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Beaver Dams, Schuyler County (2150 Evergreen Hill Road). 

September 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 23, 2013 ~ 'Tax, regulatory reform on the way?'

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, "Tax, regulatory reform on the way?"

[see Senator O'Mara's column in the September 24th Corning Leader, attached below]

September 24, 2013
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Corning earns spot as a finalist in Rand McNally's 'Most Fun' small town in America contest ~ Read more and learn how you can help

Corning has claimed a spot as one of this year's 5 finalists in Rand McNally's Best of the Road "Most Fun" small town in America contest -- and now the fun's really underway.  

Read more from the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau

September 17, 2013
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September is National Preparedness Month ~ Read more from the American Red Cross

September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross urges all of us -- households, communities, schools, workplaces -- to have plans in place in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Find information and tips from the American Red Cross to "Plan & Prepare" at www.redcross.org/prepare.

 

September 12, 2013
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