NFIB/NY Backs Zeldin in NY-01

Albany (June 12, 2014) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for State Senator Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional District race.

“New York is a tough place for small business owners and no one has fought harder on their behalf than Lee Zeldin,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant.

NFIB is the country’s leading advocate for small business owners representing roughly 10,000 members in New York.  The group endorses candidates based on their voting record on key issues identified by its members such as health care, taxes, labor and regulatory issues.  NFIB tracks votes at the state and federal  levels.  In this term Zeldin earned a 94 percent score on the NFIB Voting Record.  He received a perfect 100 percent score in the last term.

By contrast his potential opponent, Rep. Tim Bishop, has a lifetime 21 percent voting record on small business issues.

“Lee Zeldin has been rock-steady on small business issues and Congressman Bishop simply hasn’t been reliable,” said Durant.  “Our members know they can count on Lee Zeldin to represent their interests in Washington and we’re very proud to support his candidacy.”

NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas, who heads the organization’s political and grassroots operation, said it’s important for the country to have more people in Washington like Lee Zeldin who understand the importance of small business.

“Small business is the engine of job growth and prosperity and Lee Zeldin knows it,” she said.  “Every member of Congress and every candidate claims to care about small business but many don’t have a voting record to match their rhetoric.  Lee Zeldin’s record in a tough state speaks for itself and we think he can be very competitive in what could be a swing district this cycle.”

Zeldin’s endorsement was made by the NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee.  Surveys show that small business owners are influential in their communities and NFIB members in New York’s 1st Congressional District will work hard this year to send Lee Zeldin to Washington.

For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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