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Government Affairs Albany Update

March 3, 2006

Special Election Results

There were seven special elections around the state on Tuesday. These are the results of those races:

All of these seats were won by the parties who previously held them, so there was no change in the balance in either house.

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority Presents New York Energy $martSM Forums

Commercial/Industrial, small and large businesses, colleges/universities, municipalities, schools, and building owners/managers are welcome and encouraged to come and meet with NYSERDA staff members to find out what technical and financial assistance programs are available to meet your energy needs. Registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. To register visit or

Although encouraged, registration is not mandatory.
For more information call 1-866-NYSERDA or visit

Rick Bell to Speak at WC Meeting March 7th

The next meeting of The Business Council's Workers' Comp committee is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 in Albany from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Rick Bell, Executive Director of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board will be the featured speaker. At the meeting we will discuss our strategy and next steps on comp reform.

Assembly Moves ‘Wal-Mart Bill”

This week, A.9534 sponsored by Assemblyman O'Donnell was reported out of the Assembly Labor Committee. In a habitually quick and quiet committee meeting, there was some debate on the bill that would “establish a fair share health program and fund to ensure that large employers contribute appropriately to the increasing costs of health care benefits for employees in NY”. The bill was referred to the Codes Committee with the minority voting in the negative.