Coming Soon! Streamlined Hearing Proceedings

Efficient and convenient aren’t words usually associated with state government.  But small business owners in New York State may soon be able to breathe easier knowing that there’s at least one thing that the state is trying to improve for them. Governor Cuomo this week signed legislation to allow state agencies to give small business owners the option of resolving matters that require a hearing via mail, e-mail, telephone conferencing, Skype or other technology, rather than appearing in person for a hearing.

NFIB/NY supported the law, arguing that the costs and burdens of in-person hearings for minor violations have a disproportionate impact on small business. Allowing the use of technology in resolving matters can help reduce the burden.

Under the new law, state agencies can adopt regulations for streamlined proceedings involving small business for specific issues that can be resolved without a physical hearing. In the coming months, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Health and Labor will be issuing regulations with details about the kinds of issues that can be resolved without an in-person hearing and how to request, schedule and participate in streamlined proceedings.  Regulations will be available in the New York State Register.

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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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