Small Business News – April 23rd Edition

Rain, Snow, Wind…in April.  Lovely here in Albany and around the State today.  Below are today’s small biz headlines..

That notorious “Scaffold Law” was the topic of a letter to the editor in the Syracuse Post-Standard over the weekend.  NFIB/NY fully supports and advocates for Senator Gallivan’s legislation that sensibly reforms this antiquated law.

As New York continues to work through the issue of allow natural gas development, areas of the state that are supportive of the process seem to be first line to get started.  Although, the New York Post is accusing the Cuomo Administration of killing the potential of shale gas through continuous delays in the process.  Let’s hope not.

Finally, former New York Governor David Paterson seems to be adding some new responsibilities.


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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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