NFIB Awards Thirteen NYS Lawmakers With Top Honor

Date: October 27, 2020

Guardian of Small Business Award recognizes exceptional voting records in support of small business.

ALBANY (Oct. 27, 2020) —NFIB, the nation’s and the state’s leading small-business association, honored six state senators and seven members of the Assembly as 2020 Guardians of Small Business. The Guardian of Small Business Award is reserved for state lawmakers who vote consistently with small business on key issues identified by real small business owners.  

The 13 recipients, listed below, received high marks on NFIB’s 2019-2020 New York State Voting Record and demonstrated an exceptional and consistent commitment to the small businesses of New York during the past legislative session.

“COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdowns have pushed many small businesses to the brink, threatening livelihoods, job creation, and the fabric of local economies,” said Greg Biryla, NFIB’s NY State Director. “The legislators recognized as 2020 Guardians of Small Business have gone above and beyond to support small, independent businesses before the pandemic and amidst the unprecedented challenges brought forth by COVID-19.”

“Rebuilding our economy will take hard work and smart policy,” added Biryla. “To ensure our state’s recovery begins on Main Street, not just Wall Street, small businesses will need more champions in Albany like those recognized today.”

New York 2019-20 Guardian of Small Business Award recipients:


New York State Senate
George Amedore – 46th Senate District

George Borrello – 57th Senate District 

Patrick Gallivan – 59th Senate District

Tom O’Mara – 58th Senate District

Rob Ortt – 62nd Senate District

Sue Serino – 41st Senate District


New York State Assembly

Will Barclay – 120th Assembly District

Kevin Byrne – 94th Assembly District

Michael Fitzpatrick – 8th Assembly District

Andy Goodell – 150th Assembly District

Robin Schimminger – 140th Assembly District

Colin Schmitt – 99th Assembly District

Mark Walczyk – 116th Assembly District




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