Small Biz Applauds Enactment of Agriculture Assessment Cap

Great news for New York’s family farms!  Today, Governor Cuomo announced that he has signed the legislation capping the annual agriculture assessment!

Below is our statement…

“By signing the cap on agriculture assessments, Governor Cuomo has sent a strong message to New York’s family farms.  Agri-business contributes mightily to the health of New York’s economy and the rapid escalation of property taxes were threatening to permanently alter the sustainability of our family farms. We applaud both the unanimous approval by the legislature and commitment by the Governor to help sustain and grow this vital segment of New York’s economy.”

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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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