The Business Industry Political Action Committee, the political action committee of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, has announced its candidate endorsements, including incumbents 48th District Sen. Darrel Aubertine, a Democrat, and 47th District Sen. Joe Griffo, a Republican, and in the 122nd State Assembly District, Republican Ken Blankenbush.
Aubertine is being challenged by St. Lawrence County Clerk Patty Ritchie.
BIPAC explains its endorsement of Aubertine over Ritchie on the 48th State Senate District this way:
“The race for the 48th State Senate district seat includes incumbent Darryl Aubertine and challenger Patty Richie. Current Senate seat holder Aubertine discussed in detail with Board members his continued dedication to one of MACNY’s longtime top legislative priorities, passage of a long term power program bill, Energize New York, of which Darrel was a co-sponsor and a leader throughout the legislative session. Patty, who currently holds the position of St. Lawrence County Clerk, showed a very strong background in policy work and a desire to bring additional key business issues to the forefront in Albany, such as lowering taxes on businesses. The interview process for this seat proved two strong and suitable candidates, both with clear sense of many of the issues hindering the state’s business community.
“Although both Patty and Darrel would serve as qualified representatives in the 48th Senate District Seat, it was determined by the Board that Darrel’s history in open dialogue with our membership, his commitment to energy issues and his pro-manufacturing legislation such as elimination of the corporate franchise tax for manufacturers demonstrate that he is well suited to continuing to fight for manufacturers. Therefore, BIPAC announces its endorsement of Darrel Aubertine.”
As for Griffo and Blankenbush, BIPAC says it believes they will best represent the interests of manufacturers in Albany.”
BIPAC was formed in 1980 with members from MACNY and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State.
BIPAC looked to endorse pro-manufacturing and reform-minded candidates from all areas of Upstate, focusing their attention on key issues, including energy costs, workers compensation, healthcare and the increasing costs of doing business in New York State.