Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- New York State Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay arrived in Western New York Tuesday afternoon to announce his party's support for Senator Mark Grisanti for New York State Senate.
According to a news release:
In his remarks, MacKay stated, "In Mark Grisanti, we have found an individual that not only possesses the characteristics we look for in a candidate, he epitomizes them."
MacKay noted that in just over 13 months in office, Grisanti has distinguished himself as one of the most independent lawmakers in the legislature.
"Mark has shown time and time again that he is not afraid to cross the aisle to do what is right for Western New York, and for the people of New York State. He is not beholden to political insiders and special interest groups; he has been a self made, independent lawmaker dating back to his campaign in 2010, and has always stuck to his pledge of putting people before politics."
Chairman MacKay was joined by State Senator George D. Maziarz (R, I -Newfane) on the grounds of the historic Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park for the announcement.
Grisanti expressed his gratitude for the endorsement.
"I thank Chairman MacKay for being here today and for his faith in me to properly represent Western New York," said Grisanti. "I will continue to work hard and do what is in the best interest of my district without bowing to political pressures and outside influences while striving to preserve the rights of every constituent."
MacKay cited Grisanti's extremely productive first term in office, including the passage of UB2020, which he labeled "a job generating machine for Buffalo and Western New York."