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Upstate Jobs Party News

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

Fixing a Broken Government

The news stories about a broken New York State government have become too many to mention.  In the last 15 years, we’ve seen the leaders of both houses of the legislature convicted of corruption, a governor and attorney general step down in sex scandals, and a comptroller convicted of profiting [...]

Upstate Jobs Announces Economic Platform

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 of their 2020 platform, calling for an overhaul of economic development programs and a refocus [...]

UJP Interview on Capitol Pressroom

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 of the Governor's decisions limiting the abilities of candidates to seek independent ballot lines this [...]

Bring Upstate Back by Supporting Startups and the Innovation Economy

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 prior post recommended corrective measures to stop repeating our failed economic development policies of the [...]

COVID Didn’t Kill the Upstate Economy – Politicians Did

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 in line with the direction of today’s economy and next generation talent has taken a [...]

Upstate Jobs Announce Education Reform Platform

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, 2020 Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP), a non profit 501(c)-4 independent organization, today [...]

COVID Crisis Highlights Outdated Approaches to NYS Public Education

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 model where our kids are at home instead of in the classroom.  And while we’ve [...]

Bringing It Back

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 far more than that; many parents in Upstate have waved goodbye as their sons and [...]

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 [...]