NFIB to Silver: You Want Better Schools, Reform Scaffold.

ALBANY (March 6, 2013) – All of the following may be attributed to Mike Durant, State Director of NFIB in response to Speaker Silver’s concerns over space in New York City schools.

“Yesterday, Speaker Silver expressed concerns regarding the current state of schools in New York City.  He should be concerned.  Too many children are attending school in trailers that are unsafe and inadequate.

“It is worth noting, however, that the Speaker’s continued refusal to allow a floor vote on the sensible reform to the scaffold law is a major contributor to the problem that he laments.  The scaffold law increases the legal risks, the financial risks and therefore the cost of building anything in New York, including new school facilities.  Reforming the law will remove a big barrier to construction and make it possible to put our children and teachers in safe, modern schools.  The Governor has expressed interest in addressing this problem and if Speaker Silver is truly concerned, he will take Governor Cuomo up on his offer.”

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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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