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By Lacey Gardner

NYS Republicans debut “Rescue New York” agenda


Senators Borrello and O’Mara among key backers of the plan

A Plan for a New York that is safer, stronger, more affordable and more free for everyone 

By Andrew Harris

The two state senators who now split representation in Allegany County are a big part of the state Republican plan for 2023. Borrello explains the need for the plan:

“Never before has New York State needed a ‘rescue’ more than it does right now. The exodus out of our state has become a stampede and every New Yorker that leaves us takes a part of our future with them. Reversing this trend isn’t complicated. We need to lower our exorbitant cost of living, restore sanity to our criminal justice policies and move our business climate from hostile to helpful. Our plan is the path to achieving these goals. It needs to be enacted before it’s too late.

Senator George Borrello represents the 57th Senate District, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Wyoming and a portion of Allegany County. 

The Rescue New York plan has four main components that Republicans will be focusing on:

  • A Safer New York  
    • Restore common sense to our criminal justice system to prevent crime and protect New Yorkers; 
    • Increase efforts and investments to end the opioid and mental health epidemics; and 
    • Support and protect our seniors. 
  • A Stronger New York
    • Expand economic opportunity and strengthen our workforce; 
    • Invest in infrastructure for the 21st century; and 
    • Help our veterans and military families thrive. 
  • A More Affordable New York 
    • Cut the Empire State’s highest-in-the-nation tax burden and control government spending; 
    • Reduce the cost of living for families and all residents; 
    • Improve New York’s worst-in-the-nation business climate; and 
    • Enact climate policies that ensure access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. 
  • A More Free New York
    • Provide a high quality education to all students; 
    • Uphold the rights of New Yorkers; and 
    • Restore accountability in State government. 

Senator O’Mara didn’t mince words in his support for the iniative:

“New Yorkers across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions I represent, and statewide, are worried about making ends meet. They see this state becoming less safe, less affordable, less free, less economically competitive, less responsible, and far less hopeful for the future. Albany Democrats acknowledge that New York State has an affordability crisis causing the exodus of our citizens to more affordable states, however the Democrats are intent on raising taxes to increase handouts to their base. They have no interest in reining in out-of-control spending, eliminating taxes, lowering costs, cutting burdensome regulations and mandates, or restoring public safety. We need to rescue New York by restoring the right priorities to turn things around, rebuild stronger and safer communities, and work toward a more responsible and sustainable future for middle-class communities, families, workers, businesses, industries, and taxpayers.”

 Senator O’Mara represents the 58th District, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Steuben, and Yates counties, and a portion of Allegany County (the towns of Alfred, Almond, Amity, Andover, Birdsall, Burns, Grove, Independence, Scio, Ward, Wellsville, and Willing).

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