Last week, the New York branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and the state’s Business Council endorsed Republican Fred Akshar in the 52nd Senate District special election.

In its endorsement, NFIB cited Akshar’s call to reduce the state’s tax and regulatory burdens.

The Business Council called Ashkar “the type of pro-business, pro-growth voice that we need in Albany.” The group noted that he has released an economic development and tax reform plan that would provide up to $200 million in tax relief for small business owners across the state.

Akshar faces Democrat Barbara Fiala, a former DMV commissioner, for the seat formerly held by Republican Tom Libous, who was forced out of office in July after he was found guilty of a charge of lying to the FBI.