ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State Senator Tom O'Mara and his colleagues introduced legislation today to remove sales tax on various goods and services in the state.

O'Mara and his colleagues are calling to eliminate the state sales tax on many items as the first step in a comprehensive strategy to address inflation.

O'Mara, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, said, "New Yorkers here at home across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, are worried about making ends meet. They keep seeing this state becoming less safe, less affordable, less free, less economically competitive, less responsible, and far less hopeful for the future. I look forward to joining many legislative colleagues to try to turn things around and begin rebuilding safer and stronger communities."

Specifically, the plan would eliminate the state sales tax for two years on food, gas, personal care items, and housekeeping supplies.

O'Mara said that the proposed legislation would deliver $2.6 billion in annual tax relief to New Yorkers.

According to O'Mara's office, it has been reported that record inflation has cost the average American family $6,800 in annual income over the past 18 months.