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Small Business Endorses Senator Serf Maltese for Re-Election

September 25, 2008

GLENDALE, NY, September 22, 2008 - New York’s leading small business association, the National Federation of Independent Business, today endorsed Senator Serf Maltese for re-election in the 15th Senate district.

“As a state Senator, Serf Maltese has been a steadfast ally and solid vote for small business, earning a 100 percent voting record on small business issues during this legislative session,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Elmendorf.  “Sen. Maltese will continue to fight to cut taxes, rein in government spending, and improve our economic competitiveness.  He will oppose job-killing mandates and stand up for entrepreneurs and free enterprise.  Sen. Serf Maltese is the right choice for small business.  Sen.Maltese understands that the best way to create jobs and grow our economy is to reduce the cost of doing business, particularly for small employers who account for 99 percent of all businesses in New York and are responsible for most new job creation.  Serf Maltese is an experienced leader who gets results and who has consistently been on the right side of the issues for small business.  We need him back in Albany to keep up that fight,” Elmendorf said.
“I am so pleased to receive the endorsement of NFIB, the leading voice of New York’s small businesses,” said Sen.Maltese.  “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and a critical component of our state’s economy.  In addition to the services these businesses provide, they also create jobs in our communities.  NFIB is on the front lines fighting hard on behalf of small businesses for lower taxes, reduced energy costs and affordable healthcare.  My father was a small businessman and I understand the challenges they face as well as what is necessary for these businesses to succeed.  That is why I look forward to a continued partnership with NFIB so together we can work to help small businesses flourish, prosper and create jobs, especially here in Queens.”
“Sen. Maltese has been a longtime champion of local small businesses,” said Rudy Drauch, owner of Karl Ehmer Delicacy House on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.  “As the son of a small businessman, Sen. Maltese knows that the people of Queens prefer local small businesses, which bring unique flavors and personal service to our individual communities.  As a resident of Queens since his marriage 53 years ago, the Senator is in touch with the needs of his constituents and he represents the strong family values the residents of Queens hold dear.  There is no greater advocate for small businesses that create jobs and invest in the local economy than Sen. Serf Maltese.”
With rising energy prices and healthcare costs, small business owners are looking for solutions to reduce the cost of doing business in New York.  Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls.  NFIB’s political support is based on the candidate’s position and record on small-business issues.  Senator Maltese’s endorsement comes from the NFIB/New York SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/New York’s membership. The endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of the state’s small businesses behind the Maltese campaign.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.  NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.