Author Archives: Mike Durant

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.

NFIB/NY Backs Zeldin in NY-01

Albany (June 12, 2014) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for State Senator Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional District race. “New York is a tough place for small business owners and no … Continue reading

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Cuomo against … his own agenda?

Today’s NY Post ran the following op-ed that I wrote in response to the Governor’s sudden shift in agenda.  The online version can be found here. Cuomo against … his own agenda? Would a pro-business candidate back an agenda that … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Urges Congressional Reps to Pass Tax Relief Bill Thursday

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), representing 11,000 small business owners in New York, today urged its congressional delegation to support a tax-relief bill that garnered strong bipartisan support in the past and which would be a shot in … Continue reading

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NFIB Response to Governor’s Agreement with the Working Families Party

“This weekend, Governor Cuomo sent a regressive message to both small business and taxpayers. The Governor is directly threatening the viability of Main Street solely for personal political gain. This abrupt shift on critical issues and unfathomable embrace of a … Continue reading

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Survey Showing New Yorkers Eager to Leave Means Big-Govt. Policies Aren’t Producing Opportunities

A new Gallup Survey showing that more than four in 10 New Yorkers want to move should force policymakers in Albany to rethink what they’re doing. “New York has a government program for every problem, a regulation for every business, … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY’s Durant and Albany-Colonie President Eagan Talk Lawmakers Return to Albany

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NFIB/NY to US Senators: Higher Federal Minimum Wage Would be Setback for New York

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today put US senators on notice that their votes Wednesday on whether to raise the federal minimum wage by 37 percent will count heavily among small business owners in New York. “New York … Continue reading

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NFIB Bursts New York City’s Bubble

Today the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center filed an amicus brief asking New York’s Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court’s ruling saying New York City’s ban on large drinks is unlawful. “Small business … Continue reading

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About those “new” New York commercials…

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The State of Small Business in New York

Last week I had the chance to talk about the recently enacted state budget and the “state of small business” here in New York.  I appreciated the time with WCNY TV and the conversation. The entire segment is worth a … Continue reading

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