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Hawley endorsed by NRA and Rochester Chamber for re-election

Staff Reports Posted 6 October 2016 at 10:05 am
File photo by Tom Rivers: State Assemblyman Steve Hawley speaks at a rally against the SAFE Act in Albion on Sept. 8, 2014.

File photo by Tom Rivers: State Assemblyman Steve Hawley speaks at a rally against the SAFE Act in Albion on Sept. 8, 2014.

BATAVIA – State Assemblyman Steve Hawley announced today he has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and the Rochester Chamber of Commerce for re-election to the 139th Assembly District.

Hawley, owner of an insurance agency in Batavia, has been in the Assembly for nearly 11 years. The district includes all of Genesee, all of Orleans except the Town of Shelby, and four towns in western Monroe County.

Hawley said he is a vocal voice for upstate gun owners and small businesses. He noted he has also received an “A” rating from the NRA,  an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and a rating of 88 percent from Unshackle Upstate, solidifying him as one of the strongest Second Amendment and small-business proponents in the entire State Legislature.

“Supporting the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Western New York has been part of my platform since I originally ran for the Assembly,” Hawley said. “When the NY SAFE Act was rammed through the Legislature in 2013, I was adamantly opposed and I still fight its unconstitutionality today. Hunting and target shooting are part of our area’s culture, and if I am privileged enough to serve another two years in the Assembly, I will defend those rights with everything I have. I am humbled by the NRA’s endorsement and will continue to support their efforts.”

Hawley is unopposed for re-election on Nov. 8.

“As a member of the small-business community for over four decades, I know the hardships faced by companies right here in Western New York,” he said. “While more influence and political gimmicks continue to be funneled downstate, the lifeblood of upstate communities, our family-owned small businesses, continue to suffer and that is absolutely unacceptable. Albany’s tens of thousands of pages of rules and regulations suck the life out of small businesses trying to sustain a profit and keep from outsourcing local jobs. I am honored to have the endorsement of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and will continue to fight for New York’s business community upon re-election to the Assembly.”

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