“Is New York Competitive?” Event!

I am pleased to announce an event that is taking place on September 12th!  The Empire Center for New York State Policy is hosting a discussion on the economic competitiveness of New York.  I will be sitting on a panel with Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate and Heather Briccetti of the State Business Council.

In addition to the three of us,  Jonathan Williams, director of the tax and fiscal policy task force of the American Legislative Exchange Council and David G. Tuerck, president of the Beacon Hill Institute will be presenting.

The event will run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 148 at the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, 80 South Swan St. in Albany.  If interested in attending, you can register here!



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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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