(SYRACUSE, NY) – The campaign for Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, Republican candidate for Governor of New York, today announced that the State Board of the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), which represents over 700 member-companies, has overwhelmingly endorsed Carl Paladino for Governor.
ABC leaders announced the endorsement standing with Paladino at the group’s Syracuse headquarters Tuesday morning. The statewide organization has committed to helping the Paladino campaign get out the vote for the September 14th Republican primary. This is the first primary endorsement for governor in the history of the organization.
“In Carl Paladino we see a like-minded compatriot who respects our core values to encourage open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit. We are endorsing him for Governor of New York as he is the only candidate running who will work to promote free enterprise within the construction industry,” said State Board Member and general contractor David Resetarits.
“With Carl’s hands-on development experience, we know he will join us in our fight to stop Wicks Law requirements that have forced almost $9 billion in additional costs on New York taxpayers over the past 30 years and increases the possibility of corruption and racketeering in the construction industry,” Resetarits said.
“The Associated Builders and Contractors endorsement is important to our campaign because they represent some of the most aggrieved businesses in New York,” said Carl Paladino, a successful Buffalo developer and attorney. “As someone who has been constructing buildings across the state for the last 40 years, I know first hand how debilitating and disruptive State laws and regulations can be on business. I join ABC in support of real Wicks Law reform and in opposition to project labor agreements that prevent full and open competition.”
ABC has 77 chapters nationwide representing 25,000 merit shop construction-related firms with two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the construction industry and its member firms work within the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.
Carl Paladino, a successful Western New York real estate developer and attorney, declared his candidacy for Governor of New York in April. He and Tom Ognibene, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, have petitioned their way into the Republican Primary and canvassed to create a Tea Party-inspired line: the Taxpayers Party. For more information on where Carl Paladino stands on the issues, please visit www.paladinoforthepeople.com.