Business advocates also came out to sign on with the pledge in hopes of reducing the tax burden. Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State Inc., spoke on behalf of small businesses across the state. In a release, Adams said that small business owners across the state cannot deal with the burden of another tax and fee hike. "Small business owners make tough choices every day to keep their businesses running and pay their bills. It's high time for state government to do the same- and that means really balancing the budget by cutting spending and reducing the cost of government, not resorting to the all-too-easy tax and fee increases that are wrecking our economy and driving people, jobs, and opportunities from New York."
Tedisco and Amedore were accompanied by Assemblymen Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, and Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie. Other members who have already signed and were not present for the ceremony included Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canadaigua, Assemblymen Jim Bacalles,R-Corning, Mike Fitzpatrick, R-St. James, Cliff Crouch,R-Guilford, Joe Errigo, R-Henrietta and Dede Scozzafava, R-Gouverneur.