OLEAN - Senator Catharine Young received the backing of Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of business groups and trade organizations that includes 70,000 companies which employ more than 1.5 million workers in New York state. This comes on the heels of being endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses of New York and receiving a 90 percent rating, the highest in the Senate, from the Business Council of New York State.
"Businesses are what drive local economies and improve the quality of life for residents," said Senator Young. "People need good-paying jobs and we need career opportunities so our young people can stay after they graduate. Unshackle Upstate has become a booming voice in Albany, speaking out for all workers and exposing the inequalities that have caused upstate to lag behind New York City and the surrounding areas."
"Senator Young exemplifies how an elected representative can be a leader for her community. Time and time again she has demonstrated her leadership with tough votes and passionate floor debates on important issues," said Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate. "She understands that if we are to return New York to the Empire State, we must continue to lower spending and taxes, remove the regulatory burdens that impede job growth and rid local governments of antiquated mandates that drain their resources and lead to higher taxes for homeowners. We need more leaders like Senator Young who will work with the governor to reshape New York's future. We encourage all of the people of the 57th Senate district to vote for Cathy Young on November 6th."
Senator Young has long been a champion of lower taxes and reducing the government red tape that makes it difficult for companies to do business in New York. She has constantly pushed for property tax relief and exploring ways to make government run more efficiently and cost less. All of those points would improve the business climate.
In a press release announcing the endorsements, Sampson stated, "the legislative candidates endorsed today will help unlock New York's true economic potential."
"In 2010, people across the state voted for a stronger economy and economic certainty for families and businesses. Working together, we've made great strides toward those goals but New York State's comeback is far from over," added Sampson. "The 30 candidates that we've endorsed today are committed to improving New York's business climate and easing the burden on taxpayers. These men and women have earned the opportunity to go to Albany and serve their constituents."
"I am proud that Assemblymen Andy Goodell and Joe Giglio were also endorsed by Unshackle Upstate," added Senator Young. "They have been willing partners in improving the upstate economy and residents in their districts can count on them to deliver. Both Assemblymen Goodell and Giglio have business-focused agendas that benefit our region."
"We will be very active in the key legislative races across the Upstate region," stated Sampson. "Our goal is to encourage voters to cast their ballot for candidates who are truly committed to reining in state spending, lowering taxes, creating jobs and improving New York's business climate. We will do everything in our power to promote the candidates in these key races and continue our fight to strengthen the state's economy."
Senator Young is running unopposed to represent the 57th Senate District, which is comprised of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and parts of Livingston counties. She has received the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party endorsements.