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1507, 2020

Upstate Jobs Announces Economic Platform

July 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Calling on candidates and policymakers to reinvigorate the Upstate Economy by scrapping a broken system and supporting entrepreneurs Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP), a nonprofit 501(c)-4 independent organization, today announced the economic component [...]

807, 2020

UJP Interview on Capitol Pressroom

July 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Recently, our founder Martin Babinec was featured on the Capitol Pressroom with David Lombardo. This statewide radio show focuses on issues of importance in the State Capitol, and Martin was interviewed to discuss the impact [...]

307, 2020

Bring Upstate Back by Supporting Startups and the Innovation Economy

July 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

As we assess where we need to focus our economic recovery, Upstate Jobs believes now is the time to look to a new approach with greater potential for creating more good jobs throughout Upstate. Our [...]

2906, 2020

COVID Didn’t Kill the Upstate Economy – Politicians Did

June 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Long before we were faced with the challenges of the COVID shutdown, Upstate Jobs noted New York’s failed economic development approach.  New York has long had its priorities out of whack as more productive investments [...]

1606, 2020

Upstate Jobs Announce Education Reform Platform

June 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Calling on candidates and policymakers to act upon lessons learned from homeschool and virtual learning model used in COVID pandemic, UJP calls for significant reform in State Education approach For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, June 16, [...]

1106, 2020

COVID Crisis Highlights Outdated Approaches to NYS Public Education

June 11th, 2020|0 Comments

One of the major adjustments of the COVID-19 crisis is the sudden shift to home learning families with children have been forced to make. No one expected to suddenly have to shift to this new [...]

2805, 2020

Bringing It Back

May 28th, 2020|0 Comments

We’ve seen the headlines for many years and felt it personally. Upstate has lost more than 1 million residents leaving the region in just the last decade.  While it is an indisputable statistic, it is [...]

1505, 2020

Upstate Leads the Way in Reopening New York

May 15th, 2020|0 Comments

For two months, we have endured a lockdown unlike anything in recent history – eight weeks of the NY PAUSE effort that has required extensive work-from-home and business shutdowns to avoid the spread of the [...]

705, 2020

Leadership in Crisis

May 7th, 2020|0 Comments

It’s the right time for the Governor to continue to show his strength as a chief executive by engaging a team within his administration tasked with accelerating decisions on the regional reopening schedule.

3004, 2020

Upstate is Different. Let’s Acknowledge it and Get to Work

April 30th, 2020|0 Comments

One thing we see and hear regularly during this pandemic is “we’re all in this together.”  It’s a statement that can actually carry several different meanings.  Are we all supporting health care workers and first [...]

2404, 2020

Recovering from COVID and Restarting Upstate

April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

As we appear to have seen a plateau in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in New York -particularly Upstate where we were fortunate to avoid the worst of the outbreak – the attention of many is [...]

104, 2020

Get Involved

April 1st, 2020|0 Comments

2020 is going to be a very important year for the UJP. With much of the media attention focused on COVID-19 and Bail Reform, Upstate economic issues look to again be taking a backseat for [...]

104, 2020

Our 2020 Approach

April 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Candidates backed by UJP have seen incredible success all over New York State.  In 2020, we'll be building our volunteer network and seeking like-minded candidates all over the State — in the Capital Region, Mohawk [...]

104, 2020

UJP Seeks Fairness in Petitioning Requirements

April 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, NYS rightly cut short petitioning and minimum signature requirements for major party candidates last month.  However, the State didn't do the same for the upcoming independent designating [...]

104, 2020

Governor seeks to kill independent voices

April 1st, 2020|0 Comments

With a major health crisis impacting our State, nation and world, most eyes are turned to important issues of public health.  However, that hasn't stopped the Governor from trying to kill off the chance for [...]

1903, 2020

Upstate Jobs Party Calls for Fair Reduction in Candidate Petitioning Minimums

March 19th, 2020|0 Comments

Independent Organization asks for similar reductions for minimums signatures for independent designating petitions as enjoyed by major parties Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today called for a reduction in the minimum number of [...]

312, 2019

New York’s Attack on Political Independence

December 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

As we share just a few weeks ago in this post, the New York State Campaign Finance Reform Commission released its final report earlier this week. This Commission was tasked with devised a system for publicly-funded [...]

1511, 2019

Freedom – We still cherish that, right?

November 15th, 2019|1 Comment

Freedom of speech is vital to our democracy.  However, in the latest wave of bullying by the Albany political power brokers, a proposal to dismiss the will of the people has been offered by none [...]

1211, 2019

Upstate Jobs post big wins on Election Day 2019!

November 12th, 2019|0 Comments

UJP Newsletter, November 12, 2019 Focus on local races elevates leaders across the State Many will tell you that local elections are vitally important for several reasons, including the scale of impact these local races [...]

1111, 2019

Upstate Jobs post big wins on Election Day 2019

November 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Focus on local races elevates leaders across the State Many will tell you that local elections are vitally important for several reasons, including the scale of impact these local races have on our daily lives. [...]

811, 2019

Tesla’s Buffalo Plant gets $884 M Write Down

November 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Image courtesy of the Buffalo News UJP has regularly raised questions about the wisdom of New York Economic Development officials trying to pick winners and losers in funding major projects.  One such project [...]

1710, 2019

Upstate group backs Dixon for executive

October 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Article from October 5 edition of the Observer Today: Upstate group backs Dixon for executive BUFFALO — The Upstate Jobs Party has announced its endorsement of Lynne Dixon for Erie County Executive, citing her focus [...]

1809, 2019

UJP Endorses Dixon for Erie County Executive

September 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Organization dedicated to improving Upstate economy calls Independent candidate the “clear choice for change” Buffalo, NY – The Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced their endorsement of Lynne Dixon for Erie County Executive, citing her [...]

909, 2019

Buffalo must work on sustaining its STEM economy

September 9th, 2019|0 Comments

From the August 22nd Edition of the Buffalo News: By Brett Orzechowski M&T Bank’s late-June announcement that it will create 1,000 new tech-focused jobs for a proposed hub is an outlier for any New York [...]

608, 2019

Upstate Jobs Party Files Law Suit Against New York State, Onondaga County Boards of Elections to Prevent Unfair Line Consolidation in Central New York

August 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Litigation to Prevent Suppression of Expression and Protect the Constitutional Rights of Voters and Candidate Syracuse, NY – The Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced major litigation to prevent a consolidation of ballot lines in [...]

907, 2019

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Policy Forum in Central New York

July 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Independent Civic Engagement Organization to Host Upstate Regional Policy Forum July 17 in Syracuse Syracuse, NY – The Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced the next in a series of events that will focus on [...]

1106, 2019

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Bipartisan Slate of Local Candidates in CNY, Mohawk Valley

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Democratic Mayor of Little Falls and Republican Onondaga County Executive File Petitions to Run on Independent Line, Noting Strong Support for of UJP Priorities Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) Chair John Bullis today [...]

2205, 2019

CEO Survey Shows More Jobs For Upstate College Graduates

May 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Higher pay and rapid advancement retain talent in Upstate NY communities Upstate, New York, May 15, 2019 — The 3rd annual Upstate CEO Report, commissioned by Upstate Venture Connect, shows that fast-growing companies across our region have [...]

2105, 2019

TV Coverage of Regional Policy Forum

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

We had a great time in Utica last week for our first Regional Policy Forum.  Chuck Green from AIS talked about his biggest challenge as a tech employer in Upstate New York and our panelists [...]

605, 2019

RSVP For Utica Regional Forum!

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

UJP is bringing its message to the Mohawk Valley! Join us at the Clark City Center of Utica College on Wednesday, May 15 for our first Regional Policy Forum Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm [...]

105, 2019

UJP Announces First Regional Policy Forum in Utica

May 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Utica, NY – The Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced a new series of events that will focus on the Upstate Economy, the Innovation Economy, and how supporting entrepreneurism can help reinvigorate Upstate. The first [...]

1411, 2018

UJP Reacts to Amazon HQ2 Deal

November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Upstate Jobs Party Calls for Renewed Upstate Focus and Economic Development Overhaul UJP cites Amazon NYC deal, Solar City, and Nano Film Hubs as endemic of a broken system Albany, NY – While politicians are [...]

1411, 2018

New York Voters Join UJP in ‘Riding the Wave’

November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

The 2018 Election was broadly predicted to be a “Blue Wave” across the country, as pundits and activists alike anticipated widening partisan divisiveness to manifest itself in a major win for Democrats in the first [...]

611, 2018

Capitol Pressroom: Supporting candidates down ballot

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

By WCNY In 2016, the Upstate Jobs Party was formed to give a platform to congressional candidate and businessman Martin Babinec. In this cycle, the Party isn’t putting up a gubernatorial candidate but instead supporting [...]

411, 2018

Upstate Jobs Party Endorses Keith Wofford for Attorney General

November 4th, 2018|0 Comments

UJP makes only Statewide race endorsement; cites compelling vision for seeing how AG priorities can influence job creation Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced a major endorsement by UJP, [...]

411, 2018

State of Politics: Upstate Jobs Party Endorses Wofford

November 4th, 2018|0 Comments

By State of Politics Republican attorney general candidate Keith Wofford on Thursday was endorsed by the Upstate Jobs Party, a ballot line created in 2016. The group is led by businessman Martin Babinec, who ran [...]

3110, 2018

NY business groups renew support of Antonacci in state Senate race

October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

By Robert Harding | Auburnpub.com Ahead of Election Day, business groups reiterated their support of Bob Antonacci in the 50th Senate District race. Antonacci, a Republican, held a press conference Monday at OneGroup in Syracuse [...]

3010, 2018

Building a New Political Party in New York

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Upstate Jobs Party builds strength and focus to establish a recognized political party for the 2022 elections The Upstate Jobs Party is a political movement dedicated to the creation of more good jobs in Upstate [...]

2910, 2018

Upstate Jobs Party Joins Calls for Upstate Debate

October 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Upstate political movement calls for real debate of issues impacting millions of New Yorkers Albany, NY – The Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today added their voice to the calls for debate of Gubernatorial candidates on [...]

1910, 2018

Spectrum News: Upstate Jobs Party’s 2018 Strategy

October 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Entrepreneur and venture catalyst Martin Babinec interviews with Spectrum News on Upstate Jobs Party's 2018 Strategy By Capital Tonight Staff | Spectrum News Buffalo Gubernatorial election years are key to a political party's survival in [...]

1910, 2018

AuburnPub.com: Eye on NY Podcast

October 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Interview with Upstate Jobs Party Founder Martin Babinec By: Robert Harding | auburnpub.com Today on the Eye on NY podcast: • An interview with Martin Babinec, founder of the Upstate Jobs Party. Babinec is an [...]

1510, 2018

Upstate Jobs Party Announces 2018 Endorsements in Capital Region

October 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Independent Party Supporting Daphne Jordan for State Senate and Carrie Woerner for State Assembly, Noting Strong Support of UJP Priorities Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced new 2018 endorsements [...]

1010, 2018

Innovation Economy and What It Can Mean for Upstate NY

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Talented, well-educated people are the first ingredient to a successful Upstate NY In Upstate New York, we know the story all too well – kids grow up, go to our great colleges, and leave for [...]

1809, 2018

Bob Antonacci Secures Upstate Jobs Party Ballot Line

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Independent Party Supporting Onondaga County Comptroller’s Campaign for New York State Senate and Embrace of UJP Priorities Syracuse, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced the Party's support for Onondaga County Comptroller [...]

1709, 2018

Auburn Pub: Antonacci keeps Upstate Jobs ballot line in NY Senate race

September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

By Robert Harding | auburnpub.com Bob Antonacci will appear on an independent ballot line in the 50th Senate District race after petitions he filed last month survived a challenge from a central New York Democrat. The [...]

1505, 2018

WKTV: Republican Candidate for NY Governor Talks Job Creation in Little Falls

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments

By: WKTV News Republican Gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro visited Little Falls on Friday afternoon to talk job creation at the home of former Congressional candidate and entrepreneur Martin Babinec in Little Falls. Molinaro currently serves [...]

512, 2017

Forbes: Election Day 2017’s Other Big Story

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

By John Zogby, Forbes Contributor Syracuse has long been a test market for consumers. Central Upstate New York, demographics that are representative, a big university, lots of hardworking people, and thousands of refugees. Because of its [...]

1911, 2017

Martin Babinec Testimony to NYS Assembly

November 19th, 2017|0 Comments

November 13, 2017 Hon. Robin Schimminger Member of Assembly Chair, Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry New York State Assembly Albany, NY Dear Representative Schimminger, My testimony today is with perspective as [...]

511, 2017

Upstate Jobs Party Endorsements for the 2017 Election

November 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Little Falls, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced the following endorsements ahead of Tuesday’s election. Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive (R) Rich David, Mayor of Binghamton (R) Brian Tobin, Mayor [...]

3010, 2017

Vote for Change or More of the Same?

October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

A new report by the Federal Reserve uncovers that only a handful of jobs have contributed to Upstate NY job growth since 2016. It’s time to hold politicians accountable for unfulfilled promises on creating jobs. [...]

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