Unshackle Upstate releases endorsements of Senate, Assembly candidates

Unshackle Upstate, through its political action committee UPAC, today announced its slate of 2016 legislative endorsements. The bi-partisan list is comprised of 11 Senate candidates and 22 Assembly candidates.

“Voters across Upstate are concerned about sluggish job growth and the overall health of the economy. The 33 candidates that we’ve endorsed today will fight for a pro-growth agenda that includes tax relief, sensible regulatory reforms, a better business climate and a brighter future for Upstate New York,” said Greg Biryla, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “We’re proud to support these candidates and encourage Upstate voters to support them with us on Election Day.”

Senate Endorsements (11)

Julie Killian (R) Sen. District 39
Terrence Murphy (R) Sen. District 40
George Amedore (R) Sen. District 46
Jim Tedisco (R) Sen. District 49
John DeFrancisco (R) Sen. District 50
Fred Akshar (R) Sen. District 52
Rich Funke (R) Sen. District 55
Tom O’Mara (R) Sen. District 58
Pat Gallivan (R) Sen. District 59
Chris Jacobs (R) Sen. District 60
Rob Ortt (R) Sen. District 62

Assembly Endorsements (22)

Karl Brabenec (R) Asm. District 98
Pete Lopez (R) Asm. District 102
Steve McLaughlin (R) Asm. District 107
Dan Stec (R) Asm. District 114
John Byrne (R) Asm. District 116
Ken Blankenbush (R) Asm. District 117
Marc Butler (R) Asm. District 118
Will Barclay (R) Asm. District 120
Cliff Crouch (R) Asm. District 122
Gary Finch (R) Asm. District 126
Bob Oaks (R) Asm. District 130
Brian Kolb (R) Asm. District 131
Phil Palmesano (R) Asm. District 132
Peter Lawrence (R) Asm. District 134
Steve Hawley (R) Asm. District 139
Robin Schimminger (D) Asm. District 140
Mike Norris (R) Asm. District 144
Angelo Morinello (R) Asm. District 145
Ray Walter (R) Asm. District 146
Dave DiPietro (R) Asm. District 147
Joe Giglio (R) Asm. District 148
Andy Goodell (R) Asm. District 15

Prior to receiving Unshackle Upstate’s endorsement, the 33 candidates – comprised of incumbents and challengers – were vetted using the organization’s Legislative Scorecard grades, questionnaire responses and input from regional business leaders.

Following today’s endorsements, Unshackle Upstate and its leadership team will continue to monitor other races across the state and may make additional endorsements prior to November 8.

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