Small Business Headlines – April 27th

Some small business headlines on a sunny, yet chilly Friday in Albany..

As New York continues to weigh the pros and cons of natural gas development, the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation says that communities that have locally banned hydraulic fracturing will be taken into consideration, IF the State ultimately allows the process.

Yesterday Governor Cuomo announced that the State would invest heavily into energy efficiency.

After the redistricting process was finalized, there was a 63rd State Senate seat created by the Senate Republican Majority.  The New York State Court of Appeals heard a challenge on the constitutionality of that seat yesterday.

And finally, the Governor stated yesterday that he expects a “quiet” end to the 2012 legislative session.  When it comes to the fight against raising the State’s minimum wage, let’s hope he is right!

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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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