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Upstate Jobs Party Press Releases

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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.  [...]

Why UJP Thinks Public Money Going to Private Companies is a Bad Idea

UJP has some core tenets or things we truly believe in. We're a new political organization, so that's a pretty important. We often talk about stemming the outflow of our talent in Upstate, and achieving meaningful growth and success by enabling the innovation economy. However too often, political leaders think [...]

UJP Endorses CNY Jobs Champion Al Stirpe

Independent Political Organization Rounds Out Bipartisan Team of Candidates in CNY by Endorsing Al Stirpe for Assembly Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced another major 2020 endorsement in Central New York, endorsing Assemblyman Al Stirpe for reelection.  In recent years, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, State Senator Bob [...]

UJP Announces First-Ever Endorsement in Southern Tier

Independent Political Organization Supporting Senator Tom O’Mara as Its First Candidate Endorsement in Southern Tier  Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced its first ever endorsement in in the Southern Tier, endorsing Senator Thomas O’Mara. UJP announced this endorsement and support for O’Mara as the right choice to [...]

UJP Endorses Catalfamo in 113th Assembly Race

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Major New Endorsement in Capital Region Independent Political Organization Supporting Challenger Dave Catalfamo for State Assembly, Noting Strong Support for UJP Platform Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced a major new endorsement by UJP in the Capital Region.  UJP announced [...]

Capitol Insider: UJP Pursues Party Status

The Times Union in Albany is one of the state's foremost authorities on what's happening in State politics. Because of that, it was exciting to find this excellent article in today's edition that focuses on UJP's efforts to become an official Party in New York State at at time when [...]

Times Union: UJP endorses bipartisan slate of legislators in Capital Region

Our Founder, Martin Babinec, recently spoke with Mandy Fries of the Albany Times Union about the UJP 2020 endorsements in the Capital Region. Learn more here.

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Bipartisan Endorsements in Mohawk Valley

Independent Political Organization Supporting Joe Griffo and Peter Oberacker for State Senate and Marianne Buttenschon in Assembly, Noting Strong Support for UJP Platform Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced 2020 endorsements including strong support for New York State Senator Joe Griffo and Candidate Peter [...]

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Major Endorsements in Hudson Valley

Independent Political Organization Supporting Dynamic Team of Candidate to Fight for Private Sector Job Growth from Westchester to Ulster and Sullivan Counties Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced new endorsements for State Senate for the first time in the Hudson Valley.  While in previous years, UJP had [...]

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Endorsements in Western New York

Independent Political Organization Supporting Dynamic Team of Candidates to Fight for Private Sector Job Growth in Rochester, Finger Lakes and Buffalo Area Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced new endorsements for State Senate for the first time in Western New York.  The Western New York UJP team [...]

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Major Endorsements in Central New York

Independent Political Organization Supporting Dynamic Team of Candidates – Angi Renna and Sam Rodgers -  to Fight for Private Sector Job Growth in Syracuse and Central New York Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) today announced 2020 endorsements for State Senate in Central New York.  In recent years, Syracuse [...]

Upstate Jobs Party Announces Bipartisan Endorsements in Capital Region

Independent Political Organization Supporting Daphne Jordan for State Senate and Rich Amedure for State Senate; Angelo Santabarbara in Assembly, Noting Strong Support for UJP Platform Albany, NY – Upstate Jobs Party (UJP) founder Martin Babinec today announced new endorsements by UJP in the Capital Region.  UJP announced their strong support [...]

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.

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 [...]