The New York chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business announced 75 endorsements today to state legislative candidates, mainly backing Republicans.
The NFIB has been increasingly active politically in New York, joining with the state Business Council and Unshackle Upstate to boost business-friendly candidates.
The NFIB backed only one Democratic senator—Sen. David Valesky, D-Syracuse, who is a member of the four-person Independent Democratic Conference, which often votes with Republicans.
The group entered two open Senate races: backing Republican Bob Cohen in his bid to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer in Westchester and Republican Sean Hanna to replace retiring Sen. James Alesi in Monroe County.
“I am pleased to extend the National Federation of Independent Business endorsement to these worthy candidates,” said Mike Durant, NFIB/NY state director, in a statement. “Each one has shown a commitment to advocating strongly on behalf of small business and are integral to reversing the economic trajectory of the state.”
In the Assembly, the NFIB endorsed a Democrat: Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, Erie County.
Here’s the full list: