Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate Endorse Jack Quinn for State Senate

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership together with Unshackle Upstate, the Business Council and NFIB today announced their endorsement of Assemblyman Jack Quinn for New York State’s 58th Senate District. Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Partnership; Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate; Kenneth Adams, The Business Council President/CEO; and Mike Elmendorf, New York State director of NFIB joined Quinn to announce the endorsement at Redlinski Meats in Cheektowaga.

“Over the past two years, state spending has increased by 12 percent and taxes and fees increased by $9 billion. Upstate, and all other regions of NY, simply can’t afford to elected legislators who will continue Albany’s toxic tax-and-spend policies,” said Andrew Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “Jack Quinn has a 5 point plan that addresses these job-killing actions that continue to make Upstate New York impossible to do business.”

“It is time for all of us to send a very clear message to every elected official in New York…that we have had enough of the tax and spend tactics and demand that they start to represent the largest special interest in the state…The TAXPAYERS,” added Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate. “2010 is a critical year for the people of New York.  We must elect representatives that want to do what is right and necessary for the survival of our families and our private sector jobs.  Here in the 58th Senate district, the best person for that job is Jack Quinn.”

“Jack Quinn is a proven leader with a strong record of fighting for small business–and a reformer who is not afraid to take on powerful special interests to advance policies that will strengthen our economy and make New York a more affordable place to live and do business,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Elmendorf.  “Jack has consistently stood with small business during his service in the Assembly, voting against tax increases and policies that would make New York’s economy even more uncompetitive.  His staunch support for job creators and entrepreneurs earned him NFIB’s ‘Guardian of Small Business Award,’ and we are confident that as a Senator, Jack Quinn will continue to be a key leader for small business in Albany.”

“I am honored today to receive the endorsements of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate, the NFIB and the Business Council.  In my 5 Point Plan, I have committed to reform state government, reduce taxes and rebuild Western New York’s economy.  To revive Upstate New York, we must have strong private sector development and the ability to retain our best and brightest workers that are currently being driven out by downstate’s tax and spend policies.  As Senator, I intend to rely on these organizations in helping me returning New York to the Empire State,” said Assemblyman Jack Quinn.

Rudnick noted that Quinn’s 5-Point Plan focuses on cutting spending and taxes, job creation, pension reform, Medicaid reform and ethics reform; all areas the Partnership and Unshackle Upstate have weighed in on. “Not only does Quinn’s plan address the expanding deficit and increased spending our state is facing, he identifies responsible and logical areas of wasteful spending that need to be reigned in,” he said.

Sampson observed that Quinn has demonstrated commitment to fiscal responsibility, job creation, and cooperation.  “His five point plan will provide an immediate relief to the overburdened people of this district and New Yorkers overall.  It is relief that is long overdue and desperately needed.  I am proud to stand here today with my colleagues from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, NFIB and the Business Council and endorse Jack Quinn for election this fall,” he said.

“Quinn has earned our endorsement for election this November. Special interests in Albany and downstate will be doing all they can to ensure the status quo remains after this election.  The business community is ready and able to stand up for Upstate New York businesses and taxpayers,” Rudnick concluded.



Unshackle Upstate is a bi-partisan coalition represents more than 45,000 employers with more than one million workers in every region of upstate. The coalition’s website,, allows citizens to join the Unshackle Army and send messages to elected officials in Albany.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.

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