New York State Senators Griffo, Larkin, Ortt, Ranzenhofer, and Ritchie Endorse John DeFrancisco for Governor

February 12, 2018

Mayor of Rome Jacqueline Izzo Also Endorses John DeFrancisco’s Candidacy for Governor

Today, State Senators Joseph Griffo, Bill Larkin, Rob Ortt, Mike Ranzenhofer, and Patty Ritchie enthusiastically endorse John DeFrancisco for Governor. The Senators represent various parts of the state, including Western NY, Central NY, the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Hudson Valley. Additionally, the Mayor of Rome, Jacqueline Izzo endorses John DeFrancisco’s candidacy for Governor.

Statement from Senator Joseph Griffo (47th Senate District):

“During my time in the Senate, I have known Sen. John DeFrancisco to be a hard worker who is well versed on the issues and challenges facing New York State. Senator DeFrancisco has proven to be a tenacious fighter and tireless advocate on behalf of residents and businesses across the Empire State.

“Senator DeFrancisco has shown that he is dedicated to ending the outward migration of the state’s residents by advocating and fighting for ideas and values that will help our state to thrive, such as tax reform, economic opportunity and less regulation and mandates. I know that he will work hard to make New York State a better place for all New Yorkers.”

Statement from Senator Bill Larkin (39th Senate District):

“As someone who has worked for many years alongside Senator John DeFrancisco, I have seen firsthand that he has the vision and leadership we need to make our State more affordable and more business friendly. While Senator DeFrancisco has held many leadership posts including Chairman of both the Finance and Judiciary Committees, what goes unseen is his unwavering passion for his constituents. His work ethic is unmatched and I know he will fight hard every single day as our Governor to make our State a better place to live, work and visit. I am proud and honored to support Senator DeFrancisco’s candidacy for Governor.”

Statement from Senator Rob Ortt (62nd Senate District):

“John DeFrancisco possesses the qualities we need in our next Governor. I’ve been fortunate to know John as a personal friend and professional colleague. He’s a brilliant public servant with the utmost integrity. He doesn’t shy away from a fight and he says what’s on his mind even if it’s not what you want to hear. And while those tendencies may be frowned upon in Albany, that’s exactly what the people of this great state deserve.”

Statement from Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (61st Senate District):

“I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse Senator John DeFrancisco for Governor. As the only candidate with both government and private sector experience, Senator DeFrancisco will utilize his firsthand knowledge of how to run a business and his vast experience in state government to make our state a better place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

“Senator DeFrancisco has the intelligence and integrity to be an effective governor who can help stem the tide of the massive population loss over the last 8 years. I have had the honor and privilege of working with Senator DeFrancisco for the past 10 years and seen firsthand how his vision will vastly improve the lives of the ordinary citizens of our great state. It is with great pleasure that I endorse Senator DeFrancisco for Governor.”

Statement from Senator Patty Ritchie (48th Senate District):

 “H aving served with him in the Senate eight years, representing neighboring districts, I know John DeFrancisco is a common-sense, no-nonsense leader who understands our communities’ needs and the challenges facing our state, families, businesses and economy.

“I’ve been proud to partner with him to lower taxes, support public education and fight for hardworking men and women, seniors, farmers and small business owners. He knows how to wage a fight and win.”

Statement from Jacqueline M. Izzo, Mayor of the City of Rome:

“I would like to add my support to Senator John DeFrancisco’s candidacy to become our Republican nominee for Governor. Senator DeFrancisco is well respected by his colleagues, and offers a wealth of experience and understanding of state government, qualities essential for our Republican nominee.”