Small Business Grades New York Lawmakers 2011-12 Performance

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading small business advocacy organization, released its 2011-2012 Legislative Voting Record today.  The Voting Record identifies the top issues for New York small business owners, tracks the votes of every legislator and calculates a score on a scale of 100.  The Voting Record is a tool that lets voters measure the rhetorical support that lawmakers often give to small business against their actual voting record.  It is also is a key component in NFIB’s decision to endorse incumbent legislators.

“What’s encouraging about this year’s Voting Record is that it shows a sustained commitment by the Senate Majority and the Assembly Minority to reduce business costs, reduce taxes and improve New York’s economy for small businesses,” said Mike Durant, NFIB New York State Director.

Durant pointed to several legislative accomplishments as proof that things have gradually improved in Albany.

“There has been progress over the past two years, from the property tax cap to pension reform, but a tremendous amount of work remains,” he said.  “I applaud those lawmakers that have scored well this cycle.  Their commitment to New York’s small businesses is commendable and as Election Day comes and goes, I would urge them to maintain the focus on reducing New York’s high cost of doing business.”

The Voting Record examines seven key bills in the Assembly and Senate.  They were among the more than one hundred pieces of legislation monitored by NFIB.  All lawmakers are listed in the Voting Record, but it should be noted that in order to receive credit for the score, legislators must have recorded a vote for a majority of the legislation identified in the Voting Record.  In order to receive a passing grade from NFIB, a lawmaker must have scored at least a 70 percent.

The Senate Majority is led by 11 Senators that scored a perfect 100 percent, including freshman Senator’s Lee Zeldin and Patrick Gallivan. In the Assembly, numerous members of the Minority Conference scored 86 percent.  Assemblyman Robin Schimminger recorded the highest score in the Assembly Majority, also with an 86 percent.

Check to see if your representatives in Albany are receptive to the needs of small business owners! Check out the NFIB-NY 2012 Voting Record!

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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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