The Partnership prepares for Primary Day

Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9, 2014) is Primary Day for New York State elections, and Buffalo Niagara is privy to two hotly contested legislative races in the 60th Senate District and in the 141st Assembly District.

Generally, the Partnership does not engage in primary races (read more about our engagement policies here) – but two candidates are on the ballot tomorrow who we’ve identified as deserving of our early support: Senator Mark Grisanti and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

Senator Mark Grisanti has consistently been one of the best advocates for taxpayers in Albany since being elected in 2010. He has a stellar record representing Buffalo Niagara, including:

  • leading the fight for UB2020
  • reauthorizing historic preservation tax credits
  • reforming ballast water regulations
  • passing manufacturer tax relief
  • extending the Brownfield Cleanup Program, the Partnership’s number one priority this year!

Grisanti photo1Grisanti and the Partnership have been close collaborators on economic development initiatives that have led to lower taxes, more jobs, cleaner neighborhoods and renewed economic opportunities in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Grisanti deserves to be re-elected, and if you live in the 60th Senate District and are registered Republican, you should give him every consideration for your vote.

In true bi-partisan fashion, the Partnership also recognizes the positive impact that Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes has had on Buffalo Niagara. Peoples-Stokes deserves your vote if you live in the City of Buffalo and are a registered Democrat.

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Peoples-Stokes speaks at the Unshackle Upstate New E.R.A. press conference

Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes has become a strong advocate for economic development and job creation in Buffalo Niagara and across Upstate, including her support for many long-standing Partnership priorities, including:

Coupled with her support for substantial tax relief for manufacturers and estate tax reform in this year’s state budget, Peoples-Stokes has established herself as a leader in the State Assembly and works to ensure Buffalo Niagara’s voice is being heard in Albany, especially in the downstate-dominated Assembly.

Regardless of your party affiliation or residency, the Partnership encourages everyone to get out and vote tomorrow!

If you need help finding out your polling place or who’s running in a primary in your neighborhood, visit the Erie County Board of Elections website here.