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Government Affairs Albany Update

January 12, 2007

GAC Meeting Agenda for Next Tuesday

Government Affairs Council Meeting
January 16, 2007 • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Business Council Schuler Building

We will begin with an informal reception for Business Council President Kenneth Adams at 9:30 a.m. which will provide an opportunity for GAC members to meet Kenneth prior to the meeting. The meeting will focus on the The Business Council Priorities for 2007. We will also provide details about Administration appointments, a quick review of new Legislators and other Executive and Legislative pronouncements.


  1. Welcoming Remarks & Session Overview
    Kenneth Adams, President/CEO

  2. New Web Site Overview
    David Shaffer, Corporate Secretary

  3. Remarks of New Assembly Majority Leader
    Honorable Ronald Canestrari

  4. Workers' Comp Reform Update
    Elliott Shaw, Director of Government Affairs

  5. Overview of Senate Majority Tax Reduction Package
    Robert Mujica, Deputy Secretary, Senate Finance Committee

  6. Real Property Tax / Local Government Spending
    Bob Ward, Director of Research

New Round of Appointments

Governor Spitzer announced a new round of appointments this week.

Andy Beers will serve as Executive Director of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Mr. Beers has been with the Nature Conservancy since 1989.

Mindy Bockstein is being nominated to serve as Chair and Executive Director of the Consumer Protection Board. Ms. Bockstein has served as the Director of Policy Research in the Office of the New York State Attorney General since 1999.

Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo is being nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo has served as Vice President of the American Cancer Society since 2004.

Derek Douglas will serve as Director of New York State Governor Spitzer's Washington D.C. office. He is currently the Associate Director for Economic Policy and the Director of the Economic Mobility Program at the Center for American Progress, where he has been since 2005.

Olivia Golden will serve as Director of State Operations. Dr. Golden is a Senior Fellow and Center Director at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Michael F. Hogan is being nominated to serve as Commissionerof the Office of Mental Health. Mr. Hogan has served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health since 1991.

Patrick M. Hooker is being nominated to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets. Mr. Hooker currently serves as the Director of the Public Policy at the New York Farm Bureau, a position which he has held since 1999.

Robert M. Maccarone is being nominated to serve as the State Director of the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.

Sean Patrick Maloney will serve as First Deputy Secretary to the Governor. Mr. Maloney will focus on the Governor's strategic and policy priorities. Mr. Maloney previously served as a Senior Advisor to President Clinton from 1997 to 2000.

Steve A. Mitnick will serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy and Telecommunications. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Mitnick was a Senior Advisor at McKinsy and Company as a member of the leadership of McKinsey's North America Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice.

Denise E. O'Donnell is being nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Ms. O'Donnell is currently a Partner at Hodgson Russ LLP.

Member Survey Results Sent to Legislators

Kenneth Adams this week sent a memo to each member of the legislature identifying the 10 overarching policy priorities which came out of our membership survey. The memo describes the survey process and the significant consensus which came out of it and concludes with the hope that we can work with each member of the legislature "in advancing an agenda which will create a stronger New York with more and better job opportunities for all our citizens." Click here to view the memo (pdf format).