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Three local state senators score high on job creation

Three Capital Region state senators tied with the top scores as job creators in the state, according to the Business Council of New York State.

Republican senators Roy McDonald, Hugh Farley and James Seward received an 86 percent score, which put them on pace with almost their entire party in the Senate.

The Business Council put out rankings of the Legislature based on this year's session, in which the group critiqued each legislator's performance based on 11 targeted bills. There were five bills the council supported, including three budget bills, and six bills it opposed, including the autism spectrum disorder insurance coverage mandate that was signed into law recently with a lot of positive attention.

The only negative move McDonald, Farley and Seward made in the eyes of the Business Council was voting in favor of the autism insurance mandate.

In the Assembly, Republicans James Tedisco and George Amedore had the highest local scores, with each being deemed "pro jobs" 70 percent of the time. The pair voted against the Business Council on the autism insurance mandate bill and two proposals regarding worker's compensation, which they both supported.

Interestingly, Democratic Assemblyman Bob Reilly had a better score than Republican Peter Lopez. His lead was narrow, 56 percent to 50 percent, but typically Republicans are always more in step with business groups than Democrats are. The reason Lopez had a worse score was that he came out in support of a true millionaire's tax, which Reilly didn't take a position on, according to the Business Council.

Heather Briccetti, acting president and CEO of the Business Council, said in a press release that the group's assessments will help give New Yorkers a clearer view of which legislators are truly committed to making the state's economy competitive.

The Business Council noted that as in recent years Senate Republicans are the strongest supporters of the group's agenda, but added that there were improved scores among all legislative caucuses.

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