Small Business Headlines – Labor Day Edition

One convention down, another starts up today…and with it comes Labor Day, the traditional starting point of election season for many voters.

The news has primarily been on the Presidential race as Governor Romney and surrogates highlighted America’s entrepreneurial spirit and laid out their vision for our country.  Starting today, President Obama and his supporters will try to do the same.  Governor O’Malley of Maryland stumbled right out of the gate yesterday.

Governor Cuomo is keeping a very low profile at the DNC.

The start of the DNC in Charlotte means, for New York’s Democratic delegation, Speaker Silver and the Assemblyman Lopez scandal will generate significant buzz.  The Auburn Citizen has called on the Speaker to resign his post.

There has been little in terms of small business news the last few days, but one item of note is another call by the New York Post for Governor Cuomo to reconsider his rather cemented position on the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility.




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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