When I started Gap Technologies, Inc. 15 years ago I had no investors and a shoestring budget. The company grew to 25 employees because we focus on giving our employees the resources they need to learn and grow. We believe that everyone at the company has a say, and our employees vote twice a year on who deserves raises in pay. That means if you roll up your sleeves and work hard, you get paid more. As a result, we have seen strong growth. Our employees have averaged an 8% compensation increase each and every year for 7 years. That means that the average person at Gap makes 50% more than they did 7 years ago. Imagine if we could bring that growth to New York farmers and small businesses! As your representative, I will not endorse any legislation that does not benefit New York State workers and farmers. That means I will not repeal health care without a good replacement. It means I won’t vote for tax reform that eliminates the NYS tax exemption. New Yorkers are already buried in taxes. We don’t need to be paying more!
Under my leadership, Gap Technologies, Inc. partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to adopt 86,000 acres of land. We wanted to help protect our beautiful country and farmers at the same time. I was working to adopt some NYS property with the Nature Conservancy, but the property taxes in NYS made it too expensive!
Gap Technologies, Inc. is Green Business Bureau certified at its highest certification level and has solar panels on top of the building, contributing over 50% of our electrical energy. Once Solar City becomes operational, our plan is to buy even more because that means supporting New York businesses. Revitalizing Western New York has always been in my blood, even in my 20’s. I was an initial member of the 21st Century Fund, a non-profit that gives out money every other year to projects that enhance Erie County. To this day, the organization has given out over $1,000,000 to projects designed to grow Western New York. Before that, I also started a grass roots effort to restore the worst portion of Delaware Park’s Ring Road, a paved exercise loop so that roller bladers could use it. It took me a year to pull it off, but making NY parks accessible was worth it.
The day after the Charlottesville riot, Gap Technologies, Inc. issued a statement to its employees condemning Donald Trump’s behavior. This was a huge financial risk to me, as employees with differing views could have quit and seriously damaged our company’s welfare. Still, I have decided to put integrity above profit every time. Here was the announcement, which is still hanging in our front office:
As Edmund Burke reminds us, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I feel that I am morally compelled to remind people that Gap Technologies, Inc. and its owner believe that many of Donald Trump’s comments do not fit into the culture I/we are working to create here at GAP. If this man worked at GAP and said the things he said while working at GAP, he would have been disciplined many times for sexism and racism and fired many times over. Larry Piegza
Please contrast this against Chris Collins' behavior, who endorses Trump.