Saratoga: Today, seven members of the New York State Assembly endorsed Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for re-election to Congress.

“Elise Stefanik is the trusted, experienced voice that upstate New Yorkers need in Washington. From her first day in Congress, she has always put the needs of constituents and communities first,” said Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski.) “The challenges on our horizon demand that we have strong, knowledgeable and committed representation fighting for us in the halls of the Capitol. Congresswoman Stefanik has delivered for the North Country and will continue to get results for the families and businesses she represents.

“The contrast between Elise and her opponent couldn’t be clearer when it comes to our national security,” said Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco.) “As a Marine Colonel who has served at the highest levels of our government and three combat tours in Afghanistan, I know Elise is a real leader. Her work on the House Intelligence Committee keeps us safe, and her work on the House Armed Services Committee keeps us secure. One of the fundamental responsibilities of the Congress is to provide for the Common Defense, yet the only strategies we’ve heard from her opponent are to cut our military funding, open our borders, and hope everything is okay. As a proud father who wants to pass down a better future to our posterity, I know that Elise Stefanik is the only person I want advocating for my family and standing up for the brave men and women who protect our homeland.”

“I’m proud to call Elise Stefanik both a close friend and a colleague,” said Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury.) “Her commitment to serving is impressive and she’s proven herself to be a dedicated, compassionate leader. Elise is constantly reaching out to our communities and consistently engaged on the important issues we face. In a short time, she’s gone from being one of the youngest Members of Congress to one of its hardest working and most effective. I look forward to voting for Elise Stefanik and continuing our efforts to improve the quality of life for North Country families.

“Congresswoman Stefanik has been an incredible help to the district she represents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I-Ballston). “We’re thankful that Elise stood up and fought back against Governor Cuomo when he tried to divert lifesaving resources from our hospitals, hosted countless calls with local government officials, industries and stakeholders who felt significant impacts due to COVID-19 and worked to protect our frontline and essential workers. She is the only one running for Congress who is elevating our concerns in Upstate New York and the North Country, concerns which are so often ignored or forgotten in Albany and in Washington. Elise listens to us, fights for us, and then delivers for our families. We need her in Congress, and I’m proud to have her as a partner at the federal level.”

“I wholeheartedly support Congresswoman Stefanik and fully endorse her candidacy for re-election,” said Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown.) “Here in NNY, she’s on the ground, listening to the needs of residents. In DC, she’s a tenacious fighter and advocate for our values. Everywhere I go people are proud to say Elise is their representative in Washington and it’s easy to understand why. I’ve had the chance to work with Elise on important projects for our region, and I know the laser focus and tireless dedication that she puts toward supporting our communities day in and day out. That’s why I’m proud to endorse her for re-election this year.

“Elise Stefanik is the number one advocate for Fort Drum,” said Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River.) “She has fought for the base more than anyone in the history of the North Country, and she won the fight to save Fort Drum from devastating sequestration back in 2015. Recently, Elise worked hard to secure Fort Drum as the Department of Defense’s preferred site for an East Coast Missile Defense system, which would create thousands of jobs and bring hundreds of millions of dollars into our local economy. She is constantly delivering these important wins that enhance our military readiness while boosting our region’s economic success, and that is why she is such an effective representative for our region.”

“Elise is always reaching out to local leaders and local businesses to see how she can learn from them and help them to thrive,” said Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton.) “We have toured countless small businesses and local manufacturers together, and each time Elise listens intently and then jumps to action to help however she possibly can. As a Veteran, I can say firsthand that Elise is working on ensuring that our Veterans receive the best possible care they can. I am proud to Endorse Elise and call her a friend.”

“I’m honored to earn the endorsements of each of these seven New York Assembly members,” said Stefanik. “Having effective working relationships and partnerships with state and local elected officials is critical to my work securing results for my constituents. I’m proud to work closely with these Assembly members and advocate for increased funding for the North Country on the federal level. I’m grateful for their support of my re-election campaign and look forward to our continued partnership in my next term in Congress.”