Small Business Headlines – July 27th

A rainy day in the Capital District but those of us that live here dodged a major weather bullet.  My thoughts are with those in the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley that are dealing with devastation from yesterday’s storm.

The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York commissioned a study (done by the Rockefeller College) on the financial impact of lawsuits on municipalities.  The Albany Times Union has some of the results.

Unemployment in the Buffalo-Niagara region jumped to 8.8%.

Quinnipiac’s latest poll shows that New Yorker’s do not support a legislative pay raise.

INCYMI…as part of Capital Tonight’s series this week on the financial crisis facing our communities and schools, two of my partners on the Let NY Work coalition talked with Liz.  More on this later.






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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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