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For Release — October 25, 2012

The Business Council endorses 20 in State Senate races

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

“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 must 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:

Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Thomas Libous (R, I, C, 52nd SD) Incumbent
State Senator Ken LaValle (R, I, C, 1st SD) Incumbent
State Senator John Flanagan (R, I, C, 2nd SD) Incumbent
State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, I, C, 3rd SD) Incumbent
State Senator Carl Marcellino (R, I, C 5th SD) Incumbent 
State Senator Kemp Hannon (R, I, C, 6th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Jack Martins (R, I, C, 7th SD) Incumbent   
State Senator Chuck Fuschillo (R, I, C, 8th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Marty Golden (R, I, C, 22nd SD) Incumbent
State Senator Andrew Lanza (R, I, C, 24th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Bill Larkin (R, I, C, 39th SD) Incumbent     
State Senator Betty Little (R, I, C, 45th SD) Incumbent             
State Senator Joe Griffo (R, I, C, 47th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Hugh Farley(R, I, C, 49th SD) Incumbent  
State Senator David J. Valesky (D, WF, I, 53rd SD) Incumbent
State Senator Mike Nozzolio (R, I, C, 54th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Joe Robach (R, I, C, 56th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Cathy Young (R, I, C, 57th SD) Incumbent          
State Senator Pat Gallivan (R, I, C, 59th SD) Incumbent
State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R, I, C, 61st SD) Incumbent

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

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.