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Government Affairs Albany Update

March 9, 2001

Kagann to be Featured GAC Speaker

Stephen Kagann, Chief Economist to Governor Pataki, will be he featured speaker at the next full Government Affairs Council meeting scheduled for March 20th. Mr. Kagann will present his analysis of the state and national economy. He will also discuss how the broad-based tax cut proposals of the President and the targeted tax cut proposals of the Governor will help New York.

The meeting begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. in The Business Council's Schuler Building, lower level conference room. No prior registration is necessary.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is getting a new leadership team.

Commissioner John Cahill is leaving for a senior policy position on the Governor's staff. Executive Deputy Commissioner Gavin Donohue will become Executive Director of the Independent Power Produces of NY, an Albany-based trade associating representing businesses that develop and run electric generating plants.

Governor Pataki has formally nominated Erin Crotty as the state's new DEC Commissioner, and she will formally take over that position once confirmed by the Senate.

Glen Bruening recently moved from the Governor's staff to the position of First Deputy Commissioner at DEC, with oversight responsibility for all environmental quality and administrative functions.

Also, Susan Taluto, previously the DEC assistant commissioner for administration, has been named deputy commissioner for environmental remediation and water. She takes over from Jim Austin, who has been acting deputy commissioner since Crotty vacated that position two years ago. Austin will return to his earlier position as assistant commissioner for air, environmental monitors and energy issues.

Crotty is returning to the DEC after a two year stint as director of state and local government relations for Plug Power, an Albany-based developer of fuel cells. Prior to that, she was DEC's Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality, with oversight responsibility for remediation and water issues. She first joined the Administration in 1995 as Governor Pataki's director of Special Environmental Projects, where she was involved in the negotiation and development of the historic New York City Watershed Agreement and implementation of the 1996 environmental bond act. Previously, she was a policy analyst for the State Senate Commission on Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes. Crotty holds a master's degree in urban and environmental studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Majority Leader Tokasz lists Issue Analysts

Majority Leader Paul Tokasz has provided The Business Council with a list of issue analysts on his staff. The staff and issue areas are as follows:

Mary-Anne Dandles
Aging, Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Children & Families, Education, Health, Mental Health, Social Services

Douglas Clark
Agriculture, Codes, Corrections, Economic Development, Election Law, Energy, Small Business, Tourism

Stacy Harvey
Banks, Consumers Affairs, Corporations, Environmental Conservation, Housing, Governmental Employees, Insurance, Veterans

Danielle Leidner
Governmental Operations, Judiciary, Labor, Local Governments, Real Property Taxation

Debra Annunziata
Cities, Libraries, Racing & Wagering, Transportation, Ways & Means

Congress Rejects recent Ergonomics Standard

On Wednesday night, March 7th, the House voted 223 -206 for the Joint Resolution of Disapproval of the recently enacted OSHA ergonomic standard. This follows the Senate's Tuesday night, March 6th, vote of 56-44 in support of the Joint Resolution of Disapproval. The President has indicated that he will also support the repeal of the recently enacted OSHA ergonomics standard.

Essentially, the standard will be sent back to OSHA to be reworked. The Joint Resolution of Disapproval will not permit OSHA to rewrite the standard in its original form so they have a lot of reworking to do.

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Public and Private Colleges and Universities NYS Virtual Job Fair

The NYS Virtual Job Fair is an entirely Internet-based job fair that will run from March 15 - May 31. It specifically targets students and alumni from New York State public and private colleges and universities. Thousands of students and alumni from over 170 New York State colleges and universities will be invited to use the NYS Virtual Job Fair to search for permanent, part-time, and internship positions.

Employers are encouraged to submit information about their organization and hiring needs, and candidates will be able to search and submit resumes through the web site.

The NYS Virtual Job Fair provides employers with a low, cost effective way to increase their organization's visibility within NYS colleges and universities and reach top quality candidates interested in NY employers.

Last year, the NYS Virtual Job Fair 2000 was the largest Virtual Job Fair in the country with over 500 organizations participating. It generated over 6000 candidate hits and resulted in hundreds of placements.

Employers can register on-line at: To receive the information by mail, please contact Mark Schmiedeshoff, at Hudson Valley Community College, 518-629-7326. The cost for the program is $75. This covers the entire duration of the VJF and includes as many changes to your profile as you wish to make. An invoice will follow your on-line registration.

A Recruiter's Quote:
"This virtual job fair program is a cutting edge recruitment tool and has been very valuable for Verizon. It helped us in hiring 66 New York State college graduates last year!"
Janet Krause, Recruiter, Verizon