Business Council PAC announces Gubernatorial endorsement


Director of Communications

Albany, N.Y. - The Business Council of New York State’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced its support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a third term as governor of New York State. The following is a statement from The Business Council’s President and CEO, Heather C. Briccetti, Esq.


“First, let me say this was a challenging decision for us. In the end, our PAC decided to judge Governor Cuomo on the entirety of his eight years in office. Our members have strongly supported a number of the Governor’s most significant initiatives, including the real property tax cap, state spending constraint, significant investments in the state’s regional economies – especially upstate – and in public infrastructure statewide, business tax reform and others. The Governor has also recognized the need of employers statewide for skilled workers, and has adopted workforce development and education programs that will be responsive to current job market demands.


We measured these accomplishments against several actions that hurt the state’s economic climate, and imposed new burdens on business. These include costly employer mandates such as an increased minimum wage, an expansive paid family leave program, and an energy policy that has imposed new costs on business and has failed to provide new energy infrastructure.  


The bottom line is that New York’s success, and the ability of state government to provide for the needs of New Yorkers, is driven by, and dependent on, the success of its private sector.


Post-election, we look forward to working with the Governor, the Senate and Assembly on an agenda that addresses pressing social policy needs while providing a more competitive state economic climate that fosters private sector investment and job growth across New York State. This agenda includes: completing our response to federal tax reforms; implementing more effective job training programs; building necessary electric and gas infrastructure; avoiding unworkable labor mandates; and others. The state’s future depends on it.”


The Business Council Political Action Committee makes endorsements of candidates who support The Business Council of New York's mission to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State.