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Small business group limits its backing of state GOP candidates

ALBANY – The trade group that speaks for small businesses in New York leans heavily Republican in its new endorsements for state Senate candidates.

But the National Federation of Independent Business’ New York chapter, which says the last legislative session was among the worst for businesses in recent memory, withheld endorsements for several host of Senate GOP candidates, including Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican.

Now, Flanagan does not have much of a race, so the move by NFIB is considered symbolic, and the trade group did back Republicans in a number of key contests that could shape the future control of the Senate.

In Western New York, the group chose to endorse just three Republican candidates: incumbent senators Patrick Gallivan and Robert Ortt and Chris Jacobs in Senate 60th district.

In all, the group, through its Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust PAC, endorsed just 49 candidates for the Legislature’s 213 seats. Among members of the Assembly from Western New York, it is backing just one member of the Democratic majority: Robin Schimminger of Kenmore.


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