A Holiday Gift for Small Business in New York! Toll Hike Averted!

You have seen me discuss the proposed (and insensitively called “modest”) toll hike.  Well, for small business owners, toll payers, and consumers in New York, a holiday gift for you.

The Governor and Thruway Authority have announced that the toll hike will be averted and internal cost saving measures will be implemented in its place.  This is a commendable and appreciative action by the State.  My statement on this is below.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo and Executive Director Madison for responding to the resounding public sentiment regarding the potential toll hike and finding internal cost saving measures. This significant shift in dealing with the structural financial issues within the State Thruway Authority is encouraging for New York’s toll payers and small business owners and NFIB/NY strongly urges that State Thruway Board to accept these recommendations.

 The cost saving measures that were announced today shows a drastic change of philosophy at the State Thruway Authority moving forward and an understanding of both New York’s small business and economic needs.”

 For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com/newyork.

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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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