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Upstate Jobs Party News

Keep up with the latest press releases and news stories from UJP!

Upstate Leads the Way in Reopening New York

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 COVID-19 pandemic.  While New York City, Long Island, and much of the suburbs of New [...]

Leadership in Crisis

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.

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

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 responders however we can?  Of course!  Are we all feeling a similar fear?  Most likely.  [...]

Recovering from COVID and Restarting Upstate

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 turning to how we restart our lives and our economy, rebuild the momentum we had [...]

Get Involved

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 Albany power brokers. We need your help to fight back against this. Make sure you follow UJP [...]

Our 2020 Approach

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 Valley, Central New York, Hudson Valley, North County and Western New York. Because UJP is [...]

UJP Seeks Fairness in Petitioning Requirements

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 petition period.  A few weeks ago, UJP issued a press release calling for a reduction, [...]

Governor seeks to kill independent voices

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 independent thinking at the ballot box. In New York, there is currently an ability for new political [...]

Upstate Jobs Party Calls for Fair Reduction in Candidate Petitioning Minimums

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 signatures required for independent designating petitions for candidates seeking elected office this year, given the [...]

New York’s Attack on Political Independence

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 political campaigns. However, it took these efforts a step further, establishing new standards on how to create [...]

Freedom – We still cherish that, right?

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 other than the Democratic State Chairman himself, Jay Jacobs. Jacobs has challenged fusion voting - [...]

Upstate Jobs post big wins on Election Day 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 have on our daily lives. That’s why Upstate Jobs was so invested in several races around the State this year. [...]

Tesla’s Buffalo Plant gets $884 M Write Down

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 has been the marquee Buffalo Billion project of Tesla. Just this week, new questions have [...]

Upstate group backs Dixon for executive

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 on rooting out corruption, fixing a broken economy, and fixing a broken two-party system. This [...]

UJP Endorses Dixon for Erie County Executive

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 focus on rooting out corruption, fixing a broken economy, and fixing a broken two-party system. [...]

Buffalo must work on sustaining its STEM economy

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 State region, and David Robinson’s commentary in The Buffalo News serves as an accurate analysis [...]

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

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 the election for Onondaga County Executive and strike down the unconstitutional practice. UJP - a [...]

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Policy Forum in Central New York

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 the Upstate Economy, the Innovation Economy, and how supporting entrepreneurism can help reinvigorate Upstate. This [...]

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

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 announced that candidates from both major Parties have filed petitions with the Board of Elections [...]

CEO Survey Shows More Jobs For Upstate College Graduates

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 average salaries that are up to 60% higher than the average salary in a typical [...]

TV Coverage of Regional Policy Forum

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 shared their insight on what's helping and hurting business and economic growth.  Check out the [...]

RSVP For Utica Regional Forum!

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 Location: 177 Genesee Street, Utica, NY Tickets: Click here. This will be an open forum [...]

UJP Announces First Regional Policy Forum in Utica

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 forum will take place in Utica, NY at the Clark City Center of Utica College [...]

UJP Reacts to Amazon HQ2 Deal

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 celebrating news of Amazon’s selection of New York City for a HQ2, the Upstate Jobs [...]

New York Voters Join UJP in ‘Riding the Wave’

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 real electoral test of the Trump Presidency.  Enthusiasm from all New York voters was manifested [...]