Empire State Chapter Proudly Endorses Marc Molinaro for Governor

ALBANY, NY – The Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, representing more than 425 merit shop contractors across New York State, through its Political Action Committee, proudly announces its endorsement of Marc Molinaro for Governor.
“The state of New York is at a crossroads. It’s mired in corruption, has some of the worst outmigration of any state in the country, and its tax burden strangles those that remain,” said Brian Sampson, President of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. “What we need now, more than ever, is someone that will put politics aside and do what’s best for all New Yorkers. And that person is Marc Molinaro and we are proud to endorse him for Governor of this great state.”

The Association believes that Molinaro, because of his experience in local and state government, is the only candidate that will fight for sensible reforms and mandate relief while supporting fair and open competition.

“I want to thank Brian and the entire membership of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) for their trust. New York is at a crossroads and I am proud to stand together with the members of ABC as we chart a new path that will bring jobs and opportunity to hardworking families throughout our state,” Molinaro said.

Over the past eight (8) years, the Association and its members have watched as the current Governor has utilized every tool at his disposal to steer work toward his union donors. From costly and discriminatory Project Labor Agreements (PLA) to Labor Peace Agreements (LPA), Andrew Cuomo has cheated New York taxpayers and created a public health crisis as it relates to our water infrastructure and transportation needs. He has excluded hundreds of local contractors from bidding these projects and barred hundreds of thousands of local workers from being able to work on projects they pay for with their tax dollars. Governor Cuomo’s undying commitment to labor is deeply troubling because his priorities rest with his campaign account and not his constituency.
“We support fair and open competition, not politicians who favor rewarding campaign donors at the expense of every day New Yorkers,” said Sampson. “Marc Molinaro is an honest, caring man that wants nothing but the best for our state. He’s seen first-hand the negative impact of poor economic, tax and regulatory policy decisions that emanate from Albany. He will do what’s right for our future. We’re proud to endorse Marc and encourage voters to support him on Election Day. It’s time to believe again!”

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