Goodell Receives Top Business Rating

October 15, 2011

The New York State Business Council has ranked Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R-C Chautauqua) as one of the best members of the New York State Assembly based on his voting record in favor of promoting job growth and improving the business climate in New York. In fact, only one of the 150 Assembly members ranked higher than Goodell.

Legislators were rated for their stance on 11 bills considered by The Business Council to have a significant impact, either positive or negative, on New York’s economic climate. The bills included the real property tax cap, Medicaid spending reductions and program reforms, electrical generation site legislation, Recharge New York and an improved Excelsior Jobs Program. All these bills were signed into law this year and were included on the scorecard.

Assemblyman Goodell emphasized that job creation is essential to the future of Chautauqua County. “It is extremely important to cut taxes and spending, improve the business climate in New York state, and help create more jobs,” said Goodell. “A stronger economy helps everyone.”

Todd Tranum, President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, stated, “We are greatly appreciative of Assemblyman Goodell’s hard work and support of business issues. His voting record in Albany this year is a demonstration of his attention to issues that will help businesses retain and grow jobs in Chautauqua County.”

“Assemblyman Goodell has supported capping real property taxes, controlling Medicaid costs, implementing programs and initiatives that are helping businesses attain the power they need to run their facilities, and reforming worker’s compensation. All of these actions are important steps toward creating an environment where businesses can thrive and provide job opportunities,” said Mr. Tranum.

The New York State Business Council is a nonpartisan organization that focuses on promoting a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs. It is the leading business organization in New York state, supported by thousands of member companies with approximately one million employees, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.

Goodell also was recently named on the prestigious New York State Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” for his support of key legislation helping local agriculture.

“Whether it is agriculture, manufacturing, retail, or services, I am committed to putting Chautauqua County residents first,” said Goodell. “A strong employment base is critical to our future.”