News and Notes on a Wednesday

Small Business Day 2012!

On Wednesday, April 18th, small business owners from across New York will be in Albany to let their voices be heard.  While the last 18 months have seen both dramatic and incremental changes in policy for New York’s small business owners,  urgency is needed to keep the pressure on.  If you are interested in attending, please click this link to register today!

Governor’s Small Business Outreach Initiative

Recently, Governor Cuomo announced a new initiative as an outreach measure to New York’s small businesses.  Armed with the charge to put small business owners in the room with representatives of state agencies, this outreach program will travel the state throughout the spring and summer months.

A Few Headlines

Talk is beginning to emerge on the possibility of a legislative pay raise.

The notorious “Scaffold Law” hit the media waves today both here and here.  Reforming this mandate is a big part of NFIB/NY’s legislative agenda for the remainder of the 2012 session.  For more information, visit

I also offered some comments yesterday regarding the apparent lack of focus on domestic energy needs of small business in Washington D.C. As energy costs rise, especially gasoline, and small business owners continue to face stagnant sales, New York and the nation’s energy issues need to be addressed.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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