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.

Scaffold Law Facts – the Impact on MWBE’s is Staggering

New York’s notorious scaffold law has a broad negative impact.  The dramatic increase of costs on schools, municipalities, small business and taxpayers has ground new construction and vital infrastructure modernization to a halt. This isn’t spin, these are facts.  Children … Continue reading

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NYC’s listing as “Judicial Hellhole” Should Remind Albany of the Need for Tort Reform

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today said that lawmakers in Albany who would like to keep tort reform on the back burner should read a new report today by a national group that named New York City one … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Unveils 2014 Legislative Agenda

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today released an ambitious legislative session for next year that features tax and regulatory reforms to improve New York’s notoriously bad business climate and legal changes to eliminate predatory lawsuits. “An unprecedented level … Continue reading

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The Tax Relief Debate In New York Begins

The Pataki-McCall Tax Commission, appointed by Governor Cuomo and charged with the task of offering recommendations on cutting taxes in New York has announced their findings. Within this report are recommendations that will help small businesses, such as reforming the … Continue reading

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Employee Misclassification: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Many people that once dreamed of being their own boss could now have a big problem on their hands. And many businesses that rely on those individuals to help carry out operations could be in the same boat.  This week … Continue reading

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New HIPAA Rule May Extend to Your Business

There has been a lot of talk in the media and even Congressional hearings on whether or not the source code powering the Obamacare  federal website violates HIPAA privacy protections on medical records and personal health information. But this chatter … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Broad-Based Tax Relief is a “Must” in New Plan

For the second time in recent months, governors from other states have visited New York to promote the advantages of working and living elsewhere.  Earlier this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that the Lone Star State is Wide Open … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Last-Place Biz Ranking Should Boost Cuomo’s Plan to Cut Taxes

Another study, another last place finish for New York. Or perhaps, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Either way, recent weeks in Albany have seen a laser like focus on New York’s substantial tax burden.  We … Continue reading

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