Business advocacy group Unshackle Upstate praises North Country Sen. Griffo’s voting record
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:55 am

A coalition of business and trade organizations representing more than 700,000 companies, rated gave Sen. Joseph A. Griffo an 88 percent score for his voting record this legislative session.

Griffo received 88 out of 100 possible points from the coalition known as Unshackle Upstate. That is the organization’s the third highest grade.

Griffo represents portions of St. Lawrence County including Potsdam and Massena.

Unshackle Upstate gave the senator favorable marks for his ‘yes’ votes on a series of bills aimed at reducing regulations on businesses.

In addition, the group applauded his support of the on-time state budget, as well as his sponsorship of two bills that would limit new taxes and protect businesses from illegitimate unemployment claims.

“For Upstate, its economy and our communities to prosper, we need partners in Albany who understand the negative effects that high taxes, onerous regulations and burdensome mandates have on both businesses and taxpayers. Sen. Joe Griffo has proven through his actions and effort that he will fight Albany’s tax-and-spend mantra and stand up for Upstate,” said Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate.

“I have long stressed that reducing taxes and cutting red tape are the keys to unlocking economic progress in New York, especially upstate,” Griffo, said.. “I have always tried to vote in a manner consistent with that position, and I’m pleased that a large coalition of businesses has recognized my effort to do right by taxpayers and business owners. I thank Unshackle Upstate and its members for giving me high marks.”