March 16, 2020
From Sen O’Mara:
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) alerted area residents today that he will continue to maintain a webpage on his Senate website,omara.nysenate.gov, offering a one-stop online location to access state, federal, and local information and updates surrounding the Novel Coronavirus public health emergency.
“The public health emergency surrounding the Novel Coronavirus is challenging, rapidly changing, and frequently being updated,” said O’Mara. “We can all join together to stay informed and take the steps necessary to help our communities respond and to help protect our most vulnerable populations. Across local, state, and federal health care agencies, straightforward and commonly held safety recommendations and response updates are being shared. We should pay attention to them and this single webpage on omara.nysenate.gov helps offer a one-stop source of links to this range of information.”
O’Mara’s webpage provides links to the New York State Department of Health, which has also established a toll-free Novel Coronavirus Hotline (1-888-364-3065), the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), county health departments covering his 58th Senate District, and other information on local resources.
O’Mara said, “There are health care professionals throughout the public and private sectors working around the clock to combat this threat and control it. County executives and health officials across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes are informed, staying on top of daily developments, and will provide diligent public outreach. I commend their commitment and dedication. In other ways and at every level of government, discussions are constant over a comprehensive and coordinated public health strategy to address concerns surrounding hospitals, schools, workplaces, and public gathering spaces. To do our own part as individual citizens, let’s practice the seriousness and personal responsibility that this emergency deserves. Thank you for your cooperation and I will do my best to provide this place on my website for convenient and accessible updates.”
Additionally, O’Mara noted that senators have been advised to encourage staffs, as broadly as possible, to work remotely until further notice. He said that constituents should continue to contact his offices in Albany, Bath or Elmira by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone, leave a message with their requests, and a response will be returned as soon as possible. The phone numbers for O’Mara’s offices follow: Albany (518-455-2091), Elmira (607-735-9671), and Bath (607-776-3201).
O’Mara said, “Throughout the challenging weeks ahead for all of us, my offices will continue to be available to constituents. Like everyone else, we will have to adjust and accommodate the ongoing public health and safety requirements and recommendations, and we will absolutely do our part. Nevertheless, we will be available, we will be monitoring the situation on the ground locally across the communities we represent, and no one should hesitate to reach out to us if they believe we can be helpful in any way.”