Small Business Headlines – August 22nd

As summer starts to dwindle…it means it is legislative scorecard time!  NFIB/NY’s scorecard will be released within the next couple of days, but in the meantime, the Business Council and Unshackle Upstate have both released their respective scorecards within the last 24 hours.

In other news..

The Regional Economic Development Councils met with the Cuomo administration for the bulk of the day yesterday.

While it was previously reported that a decision on shale gas development in New York was coming soon, there are signals that this decision may be delayed.

The 165th New York State Fair opens Thursday.

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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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