NFIB Joins Unshackle Upstate in Calling for Audit of Thruway Authority

Albany (August 15, 2012) – Mike Durant, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), today issued the following reaction to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s recent analysis of the fiscal condition of the State Thruway Authority:

 “Today’s report by Comptroller DiNapoli paints a disturbing financial picture within the State Thruway Authority.  The simple fact remains that toll hikes should not be used to sweep fiscal mismanagement under the rug. 

“This will slash jobs, hurt every sector of New York’s economy and raise prices on consumers.  I applaud the Comptroller for issuing this report and we join our partner Unshackle Upstate in calling for an audit of the State Thruway Authority.”

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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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