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Unshackle Upstate unveils 2010 scorecards

Unshackle Upstate, a coalition representing more than 70,000 upstate employers, this week released its legislative scorecards for the 2009-2010 session.

The cards are available online at They identify the legislators the organization believes acted in the best interests of New York taxpayers and employers, as well as those who failed to do so.

Results consist of points accumulated or lost, as defined by sponsorships and committee and floor votes of all 212 legislators on legislation, as well as budget bills on which Unshackle Upstate has taken a position. Votes and sponsorships were divided into four distinct categories and graded with a maximum score of 100.

Sandy Parker, president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, said the scorecard is one tool taxpayers can use to determine which legislators have acted in the state’s best interests and deserve their vote, and which legislators should be looking for a new line of work.

Unshackle Upstate also will use its scorecards when considering which candidates to endorse in the fall elections.