Tom O’Mara is in his third term in the New York State Senate. He represents the 58th District, which includes Keuka College.
O’Mara also commented the last legislative session, which saw both the Senate and Assembly leaders arrested on corruption charges.
Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh, a 1995 Keuka College graduate and teacher at Campbell-Savona Central, has authored two books based on her love of teaching: Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced World: A Teacher’s Journey and Celebrate Nature! Activities for Every Season.
Her third book, published recently by Skyhorse Publishing, is not based on her affection for the teaching profession, but there is much to be learned from Angela’s Decision: Outsmarting My Cancer Genes and Determining My Fate.
The genesis for the book came in 2009 when she had a routine pap smear, but there was nothing routine after that. She tested positive for BRCA1, which means she had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer and a 44 percent chance of contracting ovarian cancer.
In this interview on Keuka College Today, aired on WFLR (1570 AM/96.9 and 101.9 FM, Finger Lakes News Network) in Dundee and hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, Fishbaugh discusses the emotions she dealt with after her positive test, the choices she was confronted with, and the toughest decision she ever made.
Tom Drumm is off and running.
The Oswego native and and newly minted degree holder from Keuka College announced his candidacy for the 16th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature a few days before joining the College’s alumni ranks.
Drumm credits the education he received at Keuka College, both in the classroom and out, for preparing him for all the challenges a political campaign and holding public office offers.Among the Field Periods Drumm conducted were in the regional office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and with the New York State Democratic Committee.
In this interview on Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott on WFLR (Dundee, Finger Lakes Radio Network), Drumm also outlines his grassrooots campaign strategy and talks about his love of politics and why he believes “youthful leadership can shake up the status quo in local government.”
Advocacy is defined as “the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy.”
And no one did it better than four Keuka College seniors who traveled to Albany last week for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.
Dee Metzger, Erin Scott, Shadayvia Wallace, and Tom Drumm are passionate about Keuka College and the aid that will make it possible for them to join the College’s alumni ranks this May.
Metzger and Wallace shared that passion with a large crowd of students and others gathered in the Well of the Legislative Office Building. The storytelling continued when all four students met with a staffer in State Sen. Tom O’Mara’s office. They extolled the virtues of TAP and HEOP and reinforced the need to keep those and other student aid programs vibrant for students who will follow their path to Keuka College and other schools in the Empire State.
How good were these students at advocating for student aid?
“If you didn’t believe student aid was a just cause,” said Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, “you would after listening to Dee, Erin, Shadayvia, and Tom. Their personal stories were captivating and their knowledge of the issues impressive.”
The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of colleges and universities and other stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs in New York State.
Late last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 13 more businesses will be coming to the Empire State as part of the START-UP NY program—including one at Keuka College.
Sensored Life LLC, which manufactures MarCELL, a remote monitoring device that allows customers to protect property and monitor activity while they are away, will be located in the Skaneateles Building at Keuka Business Park. MarCELL detects temperature, humidity, and power conditions.
The company expects to add 17 new jobs—from warehouse workers to software engineers—to the Yates County work force.
START-UP NY was designed to provide major tax incentives for businesses to relocate, start up, or significantly expand in New York State through affiliations with public and private universities, college, and community colleges.
Sensored Life was founded by Michael O’Brien and James Odorczyk, two successful serial entrepreneurs.
O’Brien; Dan Robeson, professor and chair of the Division of Business and Management and founding director of the Center for Business and Health Informatics; and Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, joined Doug Lippincott for the Feb. 3 edition of Keuka College Today on WFLR.
The trio discussed the impact the START-UP partnership between Sensored Life and the College will have on the campus and community.