Unshackle Upstate, in conjunction with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) launched a $40,000-mail campaign last week in the 41st and 46th Senate Districts on behalf of the candidates we have endorsed.

In total, we will be sending 140,000 pieces of mail to voters in the Hudson Valley and Albany area. It is critical that voters know which of their state legislators are working for them.

In the 41st S.D. in the Hudson Valley, our mailings will be going out in support of Sue Serino, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat Terry Gipson.

In the 46th S.D. in the Capital Region, we support George Amedore, a Republican who is running against incumbent Democrat Cecelia Tkaczyk.

The bottom line is that we need State Senators who will fight for Upstate, not take their direction from New York City political leaders and campaign funders.