Senator O'Mara reacts to today's State of the State message, says upstate property tax relief deserves top billing

January 05, 2011

Albany, N.Y., January 5--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), beginning his first term representing New York’s 53rd Senate District, joined his Senate and Assembly colleagues in the Empire State Plaza’s Convention Center earlier today for Governor Andrew Cuomo's first State of the State address.

Today’s event marked the first time in 86 years that the speech wasn’t delivered in the Assembly Chamber, a move Cuomo made to allow for greater public attendance.

O’Mara said that Cuomo was right to focus today’s remarks on this year’s widespread recognition at the Capitol of the seriousness of New York’s fiscal crisis, the need to immediately start getting it under control, and the need for upstate property tax relief -- an idea which also gained across-the-board support from legislative leaders today, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

“There’s no denying the seriousness and the difficulty of this fiscal crisis, and the need to take action to turn around the upstate economy and ease the upstate property tax burden," O'Mara said.  "It’s going to take unprecedented political cooperation to finally right this ship."

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