NFIB’s NY PAC Announces Endorsed Candidates for State Assembly and Senate

Date: September 07, 2022

State’s leading small business advocacy organization supports candidates who support small business


ALBANY (Sept. 7, 2022) NFIB announced today that its New York political action committee has endorsed 77 candidates for New York State Assembly and Senate ahead of the General Election on November 8th.


“Small businesses across New York State continue to struggle in this difficult economic environment and are wondering when there will be light at the end of the tunnel,” said Ashley Ranslow, NFIB’s New York State Director. “Main Street endured tumultuous business conditions throughout the pandemic with state mandated closures and restrictions and is now contending with forty-year high inflation, supply chain challenges, stubbornly high gas and energy prices, and unrelenting labor shortages.”


“Now, more than ever, small businesses need lawmakers in both houses from both sides of the aisle to focus on easing the burden and costs on Main Street. New York State has and continues to be a difficult place to do business, and with the economy showing signs of a recession, policies that support the livelihood and success of small, independent businesses must be a priority,” added Ranslow. “NFIB’s NY PAC has endorsed incumbents and candidates that have demonstrated their commitment and support of small businesses and are willing to champion solutions to help provide much-needed financial and regulatory relief. With small businesses employing nearly half of New Yorkers and producing half of the state’s GDP, New York State is reliant on a strong, vibrant small business ecosystem. The Empire State needs lawmakers that understand this reality.”


NFIB is the state and the nation’s leading and largest small-business association, with nearly 11,000 members in New York representing a wide range of industries and businesses of all shapes and sizes. NFIB’s NY PAC, the association’s state political action committee, endorses candidates based on their positions on key small-business issues, including taxes, labor mandates, regulatory reform, health care, economic development, and other general business climate matters impacting the cost of doing business in New York.


Small-business owners and their employees are a key voting bloc and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members, and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB encourages its members to help turn out voters for NFIB NY PAC-endorsed candidates in the 2022 General Election. NFIB and its NY PAC Committee will continue to monitor and evaluate key races across the state and may announce additional candidate endorsements in the future.


Candidates endorsed by NFIB’s NY PAC:


NY State Senate


SD 01 – Anthony Palumbo

SD 03 – Dean Murray

SD 04 – Wendy Rodriguez

SD 05 – Steve Rhoads

SD 06 – James Coll

SD 07 – Anna Kaplan

SD 08 – Alexis Weik

SD 17 – Vito LaBella

SD 24 – Andrew Lanza

SD 38 – Bill Weber

SD 39 – Robert Rolison

SD 41 – Sue Serino

SD 43 – Jake Ashby

SD 44 – Jim Tedisco

SD 45 – Dan Stec

SD 46 – Rich Amedure

SD 48 – Julie Abbott

SD 49 – Mark Walczyk

SD 51 – Peter Oberacker

SD 52 – Richard David

SD 53 – Joe Griffo

SD 54 – Pam Helming

SD 55 – Len Morrell

SD 56 – Jeremy Cooney

SD 57 – George Borrello*

SD 58 – Tom O’Mara

SD 59 – Pat Gallivan

SD 61 – Ed Rath

SD 62 – Rob Ortt


NY State Assembly


AD 02 – Jodi Giglio

AD 03 – Joe DeStefano

AD 05 – Doug Smith

AD 07 – Jarett Gandolfo

AD 08 – Michael Fitzpatrick

AD 10 – Steve Stern

AD 12 – Keith Brown

AD 14 – Dave McDonough

AD 17 – John Mikulin

AD 19 – Ed Ra

AD 21 – Judy Griffin

AD 62 – Michael Reilly

AD 63 – Sam Pirozzolo

AD 64 – Michael Tannousis

AD 98 – Karl Brabenec

AD 102 – Chris Tague

AD 107 – Scott Bendett

AD 108 – John McDonald

AD 110 – Alexandra Velella

AD 111 – Angelo Santabarbara

AD 112 – Mary Beth Walsh

AD 113 – Carrie Woerner

AD 114 – Matt Simpson

AD 115 – Billy Jones

AD 117 – Ken Blankenbush

AD 118 – Robert Smullen

AD 119 – Marianne Buttenschon

AD 120 – Will Barclay

AD 121 – Joe Angelino

AD 124 – Chris Friend

AD 126 – John Lemondes

AD 127 – Al Stirpe

AD 130 – Brian Manktelow

AD 131 – Jeff Gallahan

AD 132 – Phil Palmesano

AD 133 – Marjorie Byrnes

AD 134 – Josh Jensen

AD 135 – Joseph Chenelly

AD 136 – Orlando Rivera

AD 139 – Steve Hawley

AD 143 – Frank Smierciak

AD 144 – Michael Norris

AD 145 – Angelo Morinello

AD 146 – Katrina Zeplowitz

AD 147 – David DiPietro

AD 148 – Joe Giglio

AD 149 – Ralph Hernandez

AD 150 – Andy Goodell


* Denotes NFIB member



For nearly 80 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. For more information, please visit

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