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For Release — October 25, 2012

The Business Council endorses 18 in Assembly races

ALBANY, N.Y.—The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is endorsing a slate of candidates in races for the New York State Assembly.

“These candidates have demonstrated a commitment to a pro-jobs agenda that will continue to lower taxes and reduce the cost of doing business in New York,” said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “To put our state on the path to recovery we most lower the tax burden on New York's employers. These candidates understand that.”

All of these candidates support the Business Council's economic reform agenda which includes: the enactment of a property tax cap; mandate relief and tax reform; public employee pension reforms and limiting government borrowing.

The endorsed candidates are:

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R, I, C, 131st AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Daniel Losquadro (R, I, C, 2nd AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, I, C, 102nd AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R, I, C, 107th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman John McDonald (D, I, 108th AD)
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R, I, C, 112th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R, I, C, 113th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Bill Magee (D, I, 121st AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R, 122nd AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Christopher Friend (R, I, C, 124th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Gary Finch (R, I, C, 126th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R, C, 130th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R, I, C, 134th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Joe Morelle (D, I, 136th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (R, C 139th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D, I, C, 143rd District) Incumbent
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D, I, C, 140th AD) Incumbent
Assemblyman Ray Walter (R, I, C, 146th AD) Incumbent

Incumbent candidates had a positive voting record on the Business Council's 2012 Voters' Guide for their votes in the Assembly.

The 2012 Voters' Guide, measures New York State legislators' commitment to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state's economic climate by scoring their votes on key legislation during the 2012 session.

These endorsements come through the Business Council's Political Action Committee.