Business Endorsements Come In For O’Mara, Borrello And Palmesano

October 30, 2020

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) has obtained the endorsements of a number of leading statewide business groups and labor organizations. The prominent business groups and fundamental job-creation advocates which have expressed their support of Palmesano’s re-election effort, include:
● The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB);
● The Business Council of New York State, Inc.;
● Unshackle Upstate.;
● Associated Builders and Contractors of New York (ABCNY); and
● The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY).
“It’s a privilege to receive the support and trust of these business organizations, which understand the critical importance of reducing New York’s costly and burdensome taxes and regulations that stifle private-sector investment and job creation. I will continue to fight and advocate for policies that will foster much-needed economic expansion and job creation in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Region,” said Palmesano.
Joining the business groups in support of Palmesano’s re-election are the following labor organizations:
● The Public Employees Federation (PEF);
● The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA);
● The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO);
● New York State United Teachers (NYSUT);
● American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and
● Transportation Division of the International Union, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART).
“I want to thank our dedicated public and private-sector workforce for their tireless commitment and the contributions they make every day in our local communities across the state. I am pleased to receive their support,” said Palmesano.

New York’s leading voice for small business, the National Federation of Independent Business of New York State (NFIB/NY), has also named Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) an NFIB/NY 2020 “Guardian of Small Business.” According to the group, the Guardian Award “is the highest honor NFIB bestows upon state legislators.” O’Mara said, “I take great pride in being a strong and steady voice in the state Legislature for our small, independent businessmen and businesswomen. Small business is the economic lifeline for thousands of local workers. The surest way to revitalize upstate communities is through private-sector, manufacturing, small business job creation. I’m grateful for this recognition of my commitment to a future of economic development and job creation. Priority number one now will be to stay focused on the upstate economy, upstate jobs, and the long-term economic rebuilding, recovery and security of upstate workers and their families. That means supporting policies and programs that strengthen our small businesses.”

In addition, the NFIB has named Senator George Borrello a 2020 “Guardian of Small Business.” The organization represents more than 10,000 small and independent business members across New York State. “As a small business owner myself, this award is incredibly meaningful to me, particularly in this difficult year where we’ve seen unprecedented circumstances and hardships challenge our state’s small businesses like never before. Throughout it all, the hardworking, resourceful members of our small business community do what they always do: they fought to survive, for the good of their families, employees and communities,” said Senator Borrello. “I have been in their corner from day one, advocating for relief measures and against arbitrary, one-size-fits-all policies that put their livelihoods in jeopardy. That commitment to our small business community will continue for as long as I am in public service.”
“Senator George Borrello uniquely understands the passion and frustration felt by New York’s small business owners because he is one himself. On the critical issues that impact all small businesses across every region of our state – high taxes, onerous regulations, costly unemployment and workers’ compensation bureaucracies – Senator Borrello has carried the torch since his first day in the Senate. As local, independent businesses confront unprecedented new challenges brought forth by COVID-19, they will need strong allies in Albany. Real-world experience like Senator Borrello’s might be uncommon in the halls of the Capitol but it has never been more valuable.” said Greg Biryla, NFIB’s New York State Director.