The Business Council Political Action Committee endorses seven Senate candidates


Director of Communications

Albany, NY—October 21, 2014—The Political Action Committee of The Business Council of New York State has endorsed challengers in four Senate district races, and candidates for three open Senate seats.

The Business Council PAC endorsed four challengers in Senate races; Terrence Murphy (R) in Senate District 40 (Duchess Putnam and Westchester Counties); Susan Serino (R) in Senate District 41 (Duchess and Putnam Counties); George Amedore (R) in Senate District 46 (Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster Counties); and Richard Funke (R) in Senate District 55 (Monroe and Ontario Counties).

The Business Council PAC endorsed three candidates in Senate races with open seats; Thomas Crocci (R) in Senate District 3 (Suffolk County); Michael Venditto (R) in Senate District 8 (Nassau and Suffolk Counties); and Robert Ortt (R) in Senate District 62 (Monroe, Niagara and Orleans Counties).

“Our endorsements of challengers and candidates running in races for open Senate seats are based on these candidates' intent to support The Business Council's pro-growth policies, and in several cases, the candidates' pro-growth performance in other public offices,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council.

The Business Council PAC has added Senator Jeffrey Klein (IDC, Bronx) and Senator Martin Golden (R, Brooklyn) to its list of endorsed State Senators seeking re-election based on their performance on The Business Council Legislative Scorecard for the 2013 and 2014 Legislative Session.

With the endorsements of the seven candidates and Senators Klein and Golden, The Business Council PAC has concluded its endorsement process for the 2014 election cycle.

The following is a complete list of all incumbents and candidates endorsed by The Business Council (PAC)

State Assembly AD-2 Anthony Palumbo (R) New Suffolk AD-3 Edward Hennessey (D) Medford AD- 9 Joseph Saladino (R) Massapequa AD-10 Chad A. Lupinacci (R) Huntington Station AD-12 Andrew Raia (R) Huntington Station AD-14 David McDonough (R) Merrick AD-17 Thomas McKevitt (R) East Meadow AD-63 Michael Cusick (D) Silver Lake AD-64 Nicole Malliotakis (R) Brooklyn AD-102 Peter Lopez (R) Schoharie AD-111 Angelo Santabarbara (D) Rotterdam AD-112 Jim Tedisco (R) Glenville AD-114 Dan Stec (R) Queensbury AD-115 Janet Duprey (R) Peru AD-117 Ken Blankenbush (R) Black River AD-118 Marc Butler (R) Newport AD – 120 William A. Barclay (R) Pulaski AD-121 William Magee (D) Nelson AD- 122 Clifford Crouch (R) Guilford AD-126 Gary Finch (R) Springport AD-130 Robert Oaks (R) Macedon AD-131 Brian Kolb (R) Canandaigua AD-132 Philip Palmesano (R) Corning AD-139 Stephen Hawley (R) Batavia AD-140 Robin Schimminger (D) Kenmore AD-144 Jane Corwin (R) Clarence AD-146 Raymond Walter (R) East Amherst AD-148 Joseph Giglio (R) Gowanda AD-150 Andy Goodell (R) Jamestown State Senate SD-2 John J. Flanagan (R) Smithtown SD-3 Thomas Crocci (R) Islip* SD-5 Carl L. Marcellino (R) Syosset SD-6 Kemp Hannon (R) Garden City SD-7 Jack M. Martins (R) Mineola SD-8 Michael Venditto (R) Massapequa SD-9 Dean Skelos (R) Rockville Centre SD-17 Simcha Felder (D) Brooklyn SD-22 Martin Golden (R) Brooklyn SD-23 Diane J. Savino (IDC) Staten Island SD-24 Andrew J. Lanza (R) Great Kills SD-34 Jeffery Klein (IDC) Bronx SD-38 David Carlucci (IDC) Clarkstown SD-39 Bill Larkin (R) Cornwall-on-Hudson SD-40 Terrence Murphy (R) Yorktown SD-41 Susan Serino (R) Hyde Park SD-42 John Bonacic (R) Mt. Hope SD-43 Kathleen A. Marchione (R) Halfmoon SD-45 Betty Little (R) Queensbury SD-46 George Amedore (R) Rotterdam SD-47 Joseph Griffo (R) Rome SD-48 Patty Ritchie (R Oswegatchie SD-49 Hugh Farley (R) Niskayuna SD-50 John DeFrancisco (R) Syracuse SD-51 James Seward (R) Milford SD-52 Thomas W. Libous (R) Binghamton SD-53 David J. Valesky (IDC) Oneida SD-54 Michael Nozzolio (R) Seneca SD-55 Rich Funke (R) Pittsford SD-56 Joseph Robach (R) Rochester SD-57 Catharine Young (R) Olean  SD-58 Thomas O'Mara (R) Big Flats SD-59 Patrick Gallivan (R) Elma SD-60 Mark Grisanti (R) North Buffalo SD- 61 Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R) Amherst SD-62 Robert Ortt (R) North Tonawanda *Italics denote challenger or candidate for open seat