New York's chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business has recognized five state legislators with its "Guardian Award," including the head of the Assembly Republican Conference and a state senator who represents parts of Cayuga County.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and state Sen. Jim Seward, along with state Sens. Michael Ranzenhofer and Lee Zeldin and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, received the award, which is given to "elected officials who vote and stand up consistently in the interest of New York small business owners," according to NFIB.
"These five lawmakers have been tremendous advocates for New York's small business owners and I am proud to present the NFIB Guardian award to each of these lawmakers," NFIB New York State Director Mike Durant said in a statement. "Their steadfast commitment in fighting for Main Street employers has been exemplary and we look forward to continuing our work together to make significant process for small business in this state."
The awards for Corwin and Kolb are the latest in a series of honors for the Assembly GOP conference.
Kolb's office recently touted the Assembly GOP's scores in the NFIB and Unshackle Upstate legislative scorecards. The Assembly Republican Conference averaged a score of 87 in the Unshackle Upstate scorecard and an 88 in the NFIB report card.
Kolb, R-Canandaigua, said voters should pay attention to the scores.
"With November's elections approaching, voters should be aware of which legislators and candidates are truly committed to creating jobs, lowering taxes and moving our economy in the right direction," Kolb said. "I'm proud of the job our conference has done and congratulate all of our members on the recognition given by Unshackle Upstate and NFIB."
Seward, R-Milford, also received high marks in the NFIB and Unshackle Upstate scorecards. He received a perfect score — 100 — from Unshackle Upstate and earned a 91 from NFIB, which tied him with Zeldin, a Long Island Republican, for tops in the Senate.
"Small businesses are among New York's top employers and to keep them on top it is crucial that state government partner with these job creators," Seward said in a statement. "I am committed to advancing legislation that helps create an atmosphere conducive to job creation — cutting business taxes, lowering energy costs and eliminating unnecessary government regulations."
Seward is up for re-election this year. He is running for another term representing the 51st Senate District, which includes six towns in southern Cayuga County.
The path to another two-year term in the state Senate is clear for Seward. He doesn't have a Democratic opponent in this year's election.