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Leading Small Business Group Gives O’Mara Highest Rating: A Past Guardian of Small Business Award Recipient, O’Mara Continues to Be a Consistent Voice for Small Business

Elmira, NY, August 15—New York’s leading small business association, the National Federation of Independent Businesses of New York (NFIB/NY), gave State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R, C, I-Big Flats) a score of 100 % on its 2021-2022 legislature review of how state lawmakers have addressed priority issues for small business owners in New York.

O’Mara received the memo as part of the organization’s roundup of state legislative actions during the 2021-2022 legislative session that have been identified as priority issues by New York small business owners. . He is one of 13 state senators to earn 100% on NFIB/NY ratings.

The NFIB/NY “Voting Record” can be viewed online at http://www.nfib.com/new-york/.

O’Mara, a former recipient of the NFIB/NY Guardian of Small Business Award, represents New York’s 58th Senate District (Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties and part of Tompkins County). Following the redistricting and following the November elections, the 58 members of O’Marae The district will include all of Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga and Yates counties, and part of Allegany County.

O’Mara said, “I take great pride in being a strong and consistent voice in the State Legislature for our little independent businessmen and women. Small businesses are the economic lifeline for thousands of local workers. The surest way to revitalize upstate communities is to create private sector, manufacturing and small business jobs. I am grateful for this recognition of my commitment to a future of economic development and job creation. The number one priority now will be to stay focused on the upstate economy, upstate jobs and long-term economic reconstruction, recovery and safety for upstate workers. and their families. This means supporting policies and programs that strengthen our small businesses.

NFIB New York State Director Ashley Ranslow said, “Our voting record is meant to show our members and the small business community if their legislators support New York’s job creators. and our local economies, and this year’s report shows that far too many of them are not. Two hundred and thirteen lawmakers serve in the New York Assembly and Senate, and the majority of them have opposed the small business position at least half the time as small businesses continue to face challenges unprecedented and economic uncertainty.

“The last national NFIB Optimism Index data shows the number of small business owners expecting conditions to improve over the next six months is the lowest since the 1970s, and we expect the state legislature to she is stepping up and supporting New York’s Main Street businesses on issues like the crush and unfair pandemic-induced unemployment insurance tax hikes and stifling over-regulation.

Ranslow continued, “On behalf of our thousands of members and struggling small business owners across the Empire State, I want to sincerely thank the lawmakers who, time and time again, backed their words with action, voting in favor of the creation of local jobs every opportunity that is offered to them.