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Government Affairs Albany Update

November 10, 2005

Lobby Law Seminar

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
The NYS Bar Association is holding a half-day seminar on compliance with the new procurement lobbying legislation, on Friday, December 9 in Albany. The session will feature presentations by NYS Lobby Commission representatives (including David Grandeau), and will cover lobby act compliance as the state and local government levels, as well as related Ethics Law changes. The event is $80 for Bar Association members, $130 for non-members.

Minister Wins Assembly Seat

The Rev. Karim Camara won the special election Tuesday to fill the vacant 43rd Assembly District seat. Rev. Camara, a Democrat, garnered 77% of the vote in the race to fill the vacancy left in September when veteran Brooklyn Democrat Clarence Norman Jr. was forced out of office.

Procurement Lobbying Advisory Council

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
The state Advisory Council on Procurement Lobbying will hold its first meeting on Thursday, November 17. It is scheduled to run from 10am to 12 noon in Meeting Room 7, Empire State Plaza, in Albany. The meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Council was established by Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2005, which extended the state Lobbying Act to, and imposed restrictions on, lobbying activities related to state and local government procurement efforts. Most provisions of this act take effect on January 1, 2006.

The Advisory Council is charged with:

The Council is comprised of three state agency representatives; representatives from public authorities, local government, and the contracting community; as well as designees by the legislative leaders. Advisory Council members include: Richard Reed (NYS OGS); Michael Nevins (JP Morgan); Mary Ann Gridley, (NYS Dormitory Authority); Daniel Steward (City of Plattsburgh); Steve Sloan (CDPHP); Terri Matthews (NYC); Thomas Perreault (NYS DOT); Kim Fine (State Comptroller); Ronald Younkins (Office of Court Administration); and Susan Knapp (NYS Division of Budget). Speaker Silver has yet to name his appointee to the Council.

For more information, or to discuss possible issues to be addressed by the Advisory Council, contact Ken Pokalsky at The Business Council.