Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Manufacturers Endorse Aubertine, Record on Jobs

Group cites Senator’s record of open government and commitment to growth in manufacturing

OSWEGO, JEFFERSON & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES (October 12, 2010)—The leading voice for manufacturers in New York State has thrown its support behind State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, citing his record of being open and available to employers and his work to advance a pro-manufacturing legislative agenda.

“MACNY and the Manufacturer’s Alliance are committed to economic growth and creating jobs in New York State and I’m proud to have the BIPAC endorsement,” said Sen. Aubertine. “The issues facing our state do not fall within the lines of party politics and I have worked with MACNY to put our economy and jobs on the forefront. By giving everyone a seat at the table, we were able to create ‘Energize New York’ to build on the success of Power for Jobs and push the kinds of measures that will bring manufacturing jobs back to Central New York and the North Country.”

BIPAC, the Business Industry Political Action Committee and the political action committee arm of MACNY, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York was formed in 1980 and is comprised of members from MACNY and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State. The Senator worked closely with MACNY and the Manufacturer’s Alliance on several major issues, most notably the development of “Energize New York,” collecting input to create a new program to improve Power for Jobs and make the benefits that support 25,000 jobs in Central New York and the North Country permanent with long term contracts for employers so the program can move from preserving jobs to creating jobs.

“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,” BIPAC said in its release “Therefore, BIPAC announces its endorsement of Darrel Aubertine.”

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 cost of doing business in New York State. This year BIPAC recognized its growing statewide presence and participated in a record 27 races from across the State.

The Senator on Monday announced his Jobs Now plan which includes measures discussed with MACNY to get our economy back on track, as well as a continued commitment to working together to create jobs.

BIPAC Chairman Dean Burrows stated, “The BIPAC Board found this year’s endorsement process both challenging and highly rewarding. It is no secret to candidates and constituents alike that New York State is at a crossroads in both our political and economic times. Our detailed questionnaire, coupled with valuable face-to-face time with the candidates, allowed not only for our Board to discuss the specific issues facing our state’s manufacturing community, but to gain an understanding of who will stand up for us and be a strong voice for manufacturing. During such difficult economic times, it is critical now more than ever to have representatives that will work towards a better business climate for New York State, regardless of what side of the aisle they sit on. We look forward to working together with these individuals in the next