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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Contact: Karyn Burns, 315-474-4201 x13, kburns@macny.org

BIPAC ANNOUNCES 2010 STATE CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS

Syracuse, NY- BIPAC, the Business Industry Political Action Committee and the political
action committee arm of MACNY, the Manufacturers Association, today announced their 2010
candidate endorsements. BIPAC was formed in 1980 and is comprised of members from
MACNY and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State.

BIPAC looked to endorse pro-manufacturing and reform-minded candidates from all areas of
Upstate, focusing their attention on key issues, including energy costs, workers compensation,
healthcare and the increasing costs of doing business in New York State. This year BIPAC
recognized its growing statewide presence and participated in a record 27 races from across the
State.

BIPAC Chairman Dean Burrows stated, “The BIPAC Board found this year’s endorsement
process both challenging and highly rewarding. It is no secret to candidates and constituents
alike that New York State is at a crossroads in both our political and economic times. Our
detailed questionnaire, coupled with valuable face-to-face time with the candidates, allowed not
only for our Board to discuss the specific issues facing our state’s manufacturing community, but
to gain an understanding of who will stand up for us and be a strong voice for manufacturing.
During such difficult economic times, it is critical now more than ever to have representatives
that will work towards a better business climate for New York State, regardless of what side of
the aisle they sit on. We look forward to working together with these individuals in the next
legislative session and getting both Albany and our business climate back on solid ground.”

Based on the candidates’ responses and interviews, BIPAC is endorsing and weighing in on the
following races:

48th State Senate District - The race for the 48th State Senate district seat includes incumbent
Darryl Aubertine and challenger Patty Richie. Current Senate seat holder Aubertine discussed
in detail with Board members his continued dedication to one of MACNY’s longtime top
legislative priorities, passage of a long term power program bill, Energize New York, of which
Darrel was a co-sponsor and a leader throughout the legislative session. Patty, who currently
holds the position of St. Lawrence County Clerk, showed a very strong background in policy
work and a desire to bring additional key business issues to the forefront in Albany, such as
lowering taxes on businesses. The interview process for this seat proved two strong and suitable
candidates, both with clear sense of many of the issues hindering the state’s business community.
Although both Patty and Darrel would serve as qualified representatives in the 48th Senate
District Seat, it was determined by the Board that Darrel’s history in open dialogue with our
membership, his commitment to energy issues and his pro-manufacturing legislation such as
elimination of the corporate franchise tax for manufacturers demonstrate that he is well suited to
continuing to fight for manufacturers. Therefore, BIPAC announces its endorsement of
Darrel Aubertine.

49th State Senate District – The race in the 49th Senate district includes incumbent Senator Dave
Valesky and challenger Andrew Russo. For six years, Dave has represented the 49th District, and
has assumed a leadership position in his Senate conference. During that time Dave has
supported several of MACNY's priorities. However, he has also supported large increases of
fees and taxes on manufacturers and businesses that as a leader within his party he should have
opposed. Andrew, a relative newcomer to the political arena, openly discussed his frustrations
with the political climate in Albany, his desire to bring key manufacturing issues to the forefront
of the 2011 Legislative Agenda, his desire to lower fees and taxes and encourage a more open
and transparent legislative process. After much discussion of the pros and cons of both of these
strong and hard working candidates, it was determined that a newcomer to the Albany process
would bring a welcome change for our collective membership. BIPAC is pleased to announce
its 2010 Endorsement of Andrew Russo for the 49th Senate District seat.

121st State Assembly District – This race for the seat includes incumbent Assemblyman Al
Stirpe and challenger Don Miller. Al, a former business owner, is seeking reelection to his
current seat for his third term. Don, a current operations manager at a local manufacturer,
discussed his desire to lower coats for businesses and deliver a strong manufacturing agenda to
the oftentimes lacking Assembly agenda. BIPAC determined with such a small representation of
manufacturing experience in the State Legislature, a fresh perspective would be a welcome
addition to our legislative process. BIPAC is therefore pleased to be announcing its
endorsement of Don Miller for the 121st Assembly District Seat.

The Central New York manufacturing community, through The Business Industry Political
Action Committee, offer the following endorsements based on an examination of candidate
records in public office, candidate questionnaires, and candidate interviews. We believe the
following candidates will best represent the interests of manufacturers in Albany:

47th State Senate District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Joe Griffo.

50th State Senate District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing John DeFrancisco.

53rd State Senate District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Tom O’Mara.

54th State Senate District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Michael Nozzolio.

58th State Senate District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Jack Quinn.


62nd State Senate District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing George Maziarz.

107th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Clifford Crouch.

111th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Bill Magee.

116th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing RoAnn DeStito.

119th State Assembly District – BIPAC has decided not to endorse in this race.

120th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing William Magnarelli.

122nd State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Ken Blankenbush.

123rd State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Gary Finch.

124th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing William Barclay.

125th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Robert Oaks.

129th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Brian Kolb.

140th State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Robin Schimminger.

142nd State Assembly District – BIPAC is pleased to be endorsing Jane Corwin.

BIPAC will be announcing at a later date its endorsements in the Hudson Valley region, where
Manufacturers Alliance partner Council of Industry of Southeastern New York is located.

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The Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) is the political arm of the
Manufacturers Association of Central New York. BIPAC is a group statewide manufacturers
and businesses concerned about the status of New York’s business climate.