Leading Small Business Group Gives O’Mara Highest Rating: A previous recipient of the Guardian of Small Business Award, O’Mara continues to be a consistent voice for small businesses


Elmira, New York, August 15—New York’s premier small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business of New York (NFIB/NY), has given State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) a 100% rating for his 2021-2022 Legislative Review, how state legislatures have addressed priority issues for small business owners across New York.

O’Mara received the note as part of the organization’s summary of state legislative actions during the 2021-2022 legislative session, which were identified as priority issues by small business owners across New York. He is one of only 13 Senators to have earned 100% on the NFIB/NY ratings.

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

O’Mara, a past 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). As a result of the county redistribution and after the November election, O’Maras turned 58th The district includes all of Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates counties and a portion of Allegany County.

O’Mara said, “I am very proud to be a strong and consistent voice in the state legislature for our small, independent businessmen and women. Small businesses are the economic lifeline for thousands of local workers. The surest way to revitalize upstate communities is through the creation of 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 remain focused on the upstate economy, upstate jobs, and the long-term economic recovery, recovery and safety of upstate workers and their families. That means supporting policies and programs that strengthen our small businesses.”

Ashley Ranslow, NFIB’s New York State Director, said: “Our voting record is designed to show our members and the small business community whether their lawmakers support New York job creators and our local economy, and this year’s report shows that far too many of them do do not do. 213 lawmakers sit in the New York Assembly and Senate, and a majority of them opposed the small business position at least half the time as small businesses continue to face unprecedented challenges and economic uncertainty.

“The latest 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 step up and encourage Main Street businesses in New York Issues like annihilation supported and unfair pandemic-related increases in UI taxes 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 express my sincere gratitude to the legislators who have walked the talk and voted to create native jobs whenever they got the chance.”


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