Government Affairs Albany Update
September 28, 2010

Pro-Jobs Agenda - Voters' Guide 2009-2010

Cuomo Economic Development Agenda

Andrew Cuomo today released his detailed economic development proposal, NY Works. It includes a wide range of proposed initiatives, including modifications of the recently enacted Excelsior program, adoption of a permanent Power for Jobs program, creation of regional economic development councils which will direct a portion of state economic development funds, new financing programs for small business and "innovation" companies and others. The plan reiterates Cuomo's support for a state spending cap and a local real property cap.

Staff Contact: ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org

Gift Ban Regulations

The Business Council has submitted comments on the “gift ban” regulations proposed by the Commission on Public Integrity in August. The Council argued that a number of provisions in the draft rule exceeded or were in direct conflict with the Commission’s statutory authority. In other instances, the language in the draft rule created more, rather than less, uncertainty regarding compliance. As a result, we argued that the Commission’s proposed rule would have significantly expanded legislative restrictions on “gifts” from registered lobbyists to public officials, and would have further complicated compliance efforts. The public comment period on this rulemaking closed last Friday; there is no set timetable for the Commission to issue a final rule.

Staff Contact: ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org

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