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The Buffalo Niagara Partnership on Tuesday endorsed Chris Collins for Congress along with a host of mostly other Republicans for top legislative races in the 2012 elections.
Western New York’s top business group announced its support for Collins after not endorsing the entrepreneur who promised to run Erie County like a business when he re-entered the political arena in 2007. But since then, the Partnership and Collins have enjoyed friendlier relations, culminating in its endorsement of Collins over Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Hamburg.
The group also said that it will back Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.
“For congressional candidates, the basis was policy positions on national employer and business development issues, plus an astute understanding of, support for, and ability to get action on Buffalo Niagara-specific initiatives,” said Partnership President Andrew J. Rudnick. The group also said that it will back incumbent Republican Mark J. Grisanti in the 60th State Senate District.
“In state races, we made these endorsement decisions based on the candidates’ Unshackle Upstate legislative scorecards, maintaining an upstate-friendly majority in the State Senate, and actions on important regional projects such as UB 2020, Proceeds and Roswell Park,” Rudnick said.
Endorsements also went to State Sens. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, 61st District; George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, 62nd District; and Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, 63rd District.
Assembly backing includes incumbents Robin L. Schimminger, D-Kenmore, 140th District; Dennis H. Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, 143rd District; Jane L. Corwin, R-Clarence, 144th District; and Raymond W. Walter, R-East Amherst, 146th District.

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