I what I believe is the organization’s first endorsement of this election season, the NFIB has announced its support for Sen. Lee Zeldin’s congressional campaign in Long Island’s NY-1.

Zeldin is facing off against fellow Republican George Demos in the June 24 primary. The winner of that race will advance on the GOP line to take on veteran Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, whom the Republicans have been trying (without success) to oust for several cycles now.

“New York is a tough place for small business owners and no one has fought harder on their behalf than Lee Zeldin,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant. “Lee Zeldin has been rock-steady on small business issues and Congressman Bishop simply hasn’t been reliable. Our members know they can count on Lee Zeldin to represent their interests in Washington and we’re very proud to support his candidacy.”

The NFIB is the country’s leading advocate for small business owners, and has about 10,000 members in New York. The group endorses candidates based on their voting record on key issues identified by its members such as health care, taxes, labor and regulatory issues.

NFIB tracks votes at the state and federal levels. During his past two-year term in the state Senate, Zeldin earned a 94 percent score on the NFIB Voting Record. He received a perfect 100 percent score in the last term. By contrast, on the NFIB scale, Bishop has a lifetime 21 percent voting record on small business issues.

Technically speaking, the endorsement was made by NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee.