This week, County Legislator and 41st state Senate District candidate Sue Serino (R,C,I-Hyde Park) was one of only 10 state Senate candidates to receive the endorsement of Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate is a non-partisan, pro-taxpayer, pro-business advocacy organization devoted to protecting taxpayers and businesses in the Hudson Valley.

In giving their endorsement, Brian Sampson, the Executive Director for Unshackle Upstate said, “As Upstate’s leading voice for taxpayers and businesses, we’re very aware that voters are concerned about jobs and taxes. These endorsed candidates are wholeheartedly committed to promoting job growth, reducing burdensome taxes and improving the economy. We strongly believe that Upstate families and businesses will be well-represented by these men and women.”

“I’m tremendously proud to have the endorsement of Unshackle Upstate. Their efforts to help Hudson Valley taxpayers and businesses escape the oppressive policies imposed on us by New York City Leadership are laudable,” said Serino. “We need a senator whose roots are here in our community and who wants to grow our economy and make this a better place to live, work and raise a family. I grew up in Wappingers Falls; I started my first business, a daycare, in Poughkeepsie, and today I run a real estate company which employs over 25 people in Hyde Park. As a small-business owner, I know firsthand how New York’s red tape and regulations are suffocating businesses of all sizes and forcing people from our communities. I’ve seen this in my own business and we’ve seen it on a grander scale with businesses like IBM and others.

“As town councilwoman I voted against a 19 percent increase in property taxes because I knew my constituents couldn’t afford it. As county legislator I did what I felt was right when I voted against an energy tax my constituents couldn’t afford. And as senator I’ll vote against legislation which is going to have a negative impact on our region and our economy. I want to help the hardworking men and women of the Hudson Valley get back on their feet and succeed just as I’ve done right here in our community.”

Last month, Unshackle Upstate released their annual Legislative Scorecard, which ranked Serino’s opponent Terry Gipson with a score of only 67. This fell below even the scores of indicted New York City politicians like John Sampson and Malcolm Smith. The report, released on August 19, graded legislators on their sponsorship and floor votes on bills that provide relief for taxpayers and promote job creation.

At that time, Serino said, “It’s downright shameful that our senator scored worse than two New York City politicians who are both under indictment for their actions while in office. Malcolm Smith and John Sampson have no reason to support Hudson Valley taxpayers and yet they’re doing a better job of it than Terry Gipson. We deserve better than that.”

Serino has already received the endorsement of National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), another pro-taxpayer and pro-business group working to build jobs in the Hudson Valley. Gipson received only a 64 percent on that group's legislative report.