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“Now, more than ever, we need to elect legislators who will ease the burdens of taxpayers and employers. We strongly believe that these legislative candidates will do just that,” said Brian Sampson, Unshackle Upstate Chairman and president of Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter. “These outstanding men and women know that our taxes are too high and our business climate is too harsh. As we outlined in our recent Fast Forward agenda, it’s essential for our elected leaders to get our economy back on track as quickly as possible. Our organization and these candidates share two important goals: strengthening the Upstate economy and saving our Upstate communities.”


As he seeks his second term as Assemblyman, Mark Walczyk announced Friday that he has picked up the endorsement of Unshackle Upstate.


Unshackle Upstate is a bipartisan, pro-upstate, pro economic development organization, consisting of trade organizations and businesses across the Upstate region.  Their main objective is fighting for fiscally responsible policy to help upstate flourish.  With Walczyk’s proven track record of pushing for lower taxes, regulatory reform and reduced state spending, Unshackle Upstate feels Assemblyman Walczyk is the proven choice to represent the 116th District. 


“It’s no secret that Albany tends to zero in on interests that benefit Downstate and it’s organizations like Unshackle Upstate that help me send the message in the halls of the Capitol that Upstate matters.  I’m humbled to have received their endorsement,” said Assemblyman Mark Walczyk.  “Red tape, ridiculous new taxes and other crazy schemes from Albany are keeping businesses from growing.  I’ll continue to push back against legislation and bloated budgets that continue to drive resources Downstate and businesses elsewhere.”


This endorsement from Unshackle Upstate is the latest in an ever-growing list of support Assemblyman Walczyk has earned as he seeks his second term in the Assembly.  Walczyk has been endorsed by NFIB, NYSUT, the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Ogdensburg Police Department Patrolman Benevolent Association, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 73, CSEA, one of New York’s largest unions, the NYSTPBA, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Association and the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, Local 2390, the New York State Police Investigators Association, the NRA and the North Atlantic State Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 277.    

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