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Unshackle Upstate Announces New Executive Director

Dec 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

After an extensive two-month search, Unshackle Upstate announced today that Greg Biryla has been selected by the organization’s executive board to serve as executive director. Biryla, who previously served as Unshackle Upstate’s director of development, will oversee the organization’s extensive advocacy efforts, grow its network of pro-business partners and raise awareness about the challenges facing […]



Unshackle Upstate Remains Opposed to Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Political Campaigns

Jun 17th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

“Unshackle Upstate again calls on our elected officials to reject any so-called reforms that use valuable taxpayer money to fund political campaigns. The majority of taxpayers in Upstate New York do not support having their hard-earned tax dollars pay for political activities, especially at a time when the state is cutting back on the services […]



Unshackle Upstate Supports Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY Initiative

May 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY plan will attract new businesses and much needed jobs to the Upstate region and also help end the brain drain that’s plagued our communities for years. By creating a tax-free zone for businesses that decide to locate on or near SUNY campuses and community colleges, this innovative public-private partnership will improve […]



Unshackle Upstate Calls on Governor Cuomo and Legislature to Reject Hidden Energy Tax

Mar 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

“As Governor Cuomo and the Legislature finalize the 2013-14 budget, we again call for the rejection of the 18-a energy surcharge extension. This regressive measure will cost energy consumers across the state $254 million in 2013-14 and $509 million in subsequent years. New York State’s extraordinary energy costs – among the highest in the nation […]



Unshackle Upstate Statement Regarding Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Jan 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Current Events

Statement attributable to Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “We’re encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s pledge to rein in state spending and taxes for the third consecutive year. By promoting fiscal responsibility, the governor and the Legislature have successfully managed to stabilize the state’s economy and provide an important sense of security to all New […]



Unshackle Upstate Releases 2013 Policy Agenda

Jan 5th, 2013 | By | Category: General Interest

Pro-taxpayer organization calls for mandate relief and improvements to New York’s business climate. Unshackle Upstate (www.unshackleupstate.com) released its 2013 policy agenda. The agenda, which can be downloaded here, reinforces the organization’s core principles and prioritizes legislative and regulatory items that impact Upstate taxpayers and employers – including meaningful mandate relief and easing regulatory burdens that […]



Business Leaders to Thruway Authority: Slam the Brakes on Proposed Toll Hike

Aug 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Key business organizations voice opposition to toll increase prior to public hearing. Leaders from seven prominent business organizations voiced their collective opposition to the Thruway Authority’s proposed 45-percent toll increase on vehicles with three or more axles in advance of Friday’s public hearing on the issue. The organizations – including Unshackle Upstate, New York State […]



Unshackle Upstate Demands Forensic Audit of Thruway Authority

Jul 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Upstate advocacy organization issues letter calling for delay of toll increases until completion of financial review. Unshackle Upstate, a pro-taxpayer advocacy organization, distributed a letter to Howard Milstein, chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors, requesting that any toll increases be delayed until a forensic audit of the public authority is […]