State Senators George Amedore, Rich Funke, Kathy Marchione, Joe Robach, Sue Serino, James Seward and James Tedisco endorse John DeFrancisco for Governor. The Senators represent various parts of the state, including the Capital Region, Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country and Hudson Valley.
Statement from Senator George Amedore (46th Senate District):
“Senator DeFrancisco has always been an unwavering advocate for hard working families and taxpayers across New York State. He has the vision to put New York on a path to economic recovery and promote fiscal responsibility.
“His leadership as Governor would be a step in the right direction for this State. I enthusiastically endorse John DeFrancisco for Governor and look forward to working closely with him to make New York a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Statement from Senator Rich Funke (55th Senate District):
“While I believe that both Senator John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Brian Kolb would both be improvements over Andrew Cuomo, now is the time to stand up and be counted for one or the other in advance of our convention. Therefore, I am proud today to declare my full support and endorsement of my colleague and friend Senator John DeFrancisco for Governor.
“Upstate New York stands at a critical juncture, and the only way we can effectively turn the tide is with new leadership in the Governor’s office. There’s an old rule in politics that you should under-promise and over-deliver. Sadly, Governor Cuomo has done the exact opposite. His command and control economic policy is a failure.
“Time after time we hear an announcement, a promise of jobs and then little to no results. At the same time, these same policies that put powerful Executive staffers like Joe Percocco and Alain Kaloyeros in charge of billions in state tax dollars have led to pervasive corruption and public cynicism. It needs to end and it needs to end now.
“As a skilled trial lawyer I firmly believe that no one else will be able to prosecute the case against Andrew Cuomo as well as Senator DeFrancisco. If we are going to win this year, we need to unite behind the best candidate now-and the clear choice is John DeFrancisco.”
Statement from Senator Kathy Marchione (43rd Senate District):
“Honest and ethical, insightful and thoughtful, fiscally conservative and deeply principled: these are words that describe my good friend and colleague Senator John DeFrancisco.
“John will be absolutely tenacious in fighting for an affordable New York State, more jobs, greater opportunities and a better quality of life for all taxpayers.
“John has the energy, ideas and vision needed to deliver real tax relief, preserve and protect the Second Amendment, strengthen our economy, reform government and restore the incredible promise and unrealized potential of our Empire State.
“John DeFrancisco is the leader New York needs for the challenges we face. I am proud to offer my good friend Senator John DeFrancisco my strong endorsement for his candidacy for Governor.”
Statement from Senator Joe Robach (56th Senate District):
“Senator DeFrancisco has been a relentless advocate for lowering taxes, living within our means and making New York State more affordable for hard working men, women and families of all ages.
“John has always been a champion for upstate New York, providing strong, outspoken leadership for the people he represents.
“I have been proud to work alongside Senator DeFrancisco, and see his dedication to fighting for policies that will help grow jobs and promote economic development in our state.”
Statement from Senator Sue Serino (41st Senate District):
“We have all seen the reports—people and businesses are leaving New York in droves in search of affordability and opportunity.
“John DeFrancisco is the leader we need to partner with the Legislature and local communities to ensure that our state is a place people want to live, instead of leave.
“An Air Force Veteran with years of experience as the Chair of the Senate’s Finance Committee, he has consistently made the tough choices and has been a vocal fiscal watchdog, never afraid to call out wasteful spending.
“Senator DeFrancisco has a proven track record of ensuring that the voices of New Yorkers are heard, and of bringing people together to resolve contentious issues—skills that will prove invaluable in helping to move our state forward.
“Given the opportunity to lead our State, I am confident that he has what it takes to ensure that our tax dollars are put to work for us. I am proud to endorse Senator DeFrancisco’s campaign for Governor.”
Statement from Senator James Seward (51st Senate District):
“Senator John DeFrancisco is focused on leading New York State – the entire state – and has a winning game plan that will help us reach our full potential. John knows that improving our state’s economy is job one and he stands ready to implement strategies that will generate real results.
“I have worked closely with Senator DeFrancisco for a number of years in the New York State Senate and have witnessed first-hand his results-driven approach to government. John isn’t about politics and platitudes; he is about workable solutions that will better our businesses, help families, and encourage growth in the Empire State.
“John DeFrancisco is the leader we need and I am proud to endorse his candidacy for Governor of the State of New York.”
Statement from Senator James Tedisco (49th Senate District):
“Senator John DeFrancisco is a leader who not only talks the talk but he walks the walk when it comes to standing up to this Governor and fighting for transparency in state government so that it’s more accountable to taxpayers.
“I’m proud to strongly support and endorse Sen. John DeFrancisco to be the next Governor of the State of New York as he will be a champion for taxpayers on the pocketbook issues that matter most to turning around the economy in Upstate New York and across the state.”