Government Affairs Albany Update
January 14, 2011
Governor’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team. Governor Cuomo has named Business Council President Kenneth Adams to his “Mandate Relief Redesign Team,” created by Executive Order #6. He joins Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association and William Mooney, Westchester County Association president, as the business representatives on the panel. The panel is charged with looking for ways to reduce the costs of mandated programs on schools and local governments and identifying opportunities for eliminating or reducing unfunded and underfunded mandates imposed by the New York State government on local governments and school districts. The Business Council welcomes mandate relief recommendations from member companies. The next “team” meeting is next Wednesday, January 19. Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg.
Department of Transportation. Joan McDonald was nominated to be Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation. She is currently serving as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Previously, she was chair of Connecticut Innovations, an authority providing development capital to emerging businesses, Senior Vice President of Transportation for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Vice President of Jacobs Engineering.
Additional Appointments. The Cuomo also announced the following appointments:
- Yomika S. Bennett as Assistant Secretary of Transportation. She currently is Director of State and Local Relations at DOT.
- Brian Fischer is reappointed Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, a position that he has held since his confirmation in 2007.
- Dr. Michael Hogan will be reappointed Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health, a position that he has held since his confirmation in 2007.
Business Council Action Agenda. The Business Council has released its 2011 New York Growth Agenda, a series of fiscal reforms and policy initiatives designed to improve the state’s competitiveness and produce new private sector investment and job growth. A more detailed discussion of the Council’s position on key legislative issues is available here. These were based on extensive input from Business Council members, and will be distributed to the Administration and full legislature. For more information, or for additional copies, please contact email@example.com
Legislative Committees. There is a light legislative committee agenda for next week. Among the “highlights”:
- Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Senator Jack Martins, will hear from the major municipal associations. Representatives from the Conference of Mayors, Association of Counties and Association of Towns will address the Committee at 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in Room 123 of the State Capitol.
- The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee will be taking up legislation to preclude businesses from requiring any person to disclose their social security number, except where otherwise required by law (see A.846), and to authorize private enforcement of state anti-price-gouging laws (see A.890). The meeting is 11:30 am, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in Room 942 of the Legislative Office Building.
- The Assembly Local Government Committee will be taking up legislation (A.373) to allow for the creation of local “land banks” that would acquire, hold, manage and develop tax-foreclosed properties for the purpose of community development, and legislation (A.1869) that would prohibit wireless communication facilities on school property.
Please feel free to contact us for more information, or with comments, on these and other legislative proposals. Staff contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Action Plan. As reminder, The Business Council is in the process of drafting the state’s draft “climate action plan,” issued last November pursuant to then-Governor Paterson’s Executive Order # 24 (see http://nyclimatechange.us/ for further information.) The interim report is open to public review and comment through February 7, 2011. Its recommendations contain many proposals already on the state's legislative and policy agenda (e.g., adoption of state level, industry wide GHG cap and trade program, additional financial incentives for deployment of renewable generation). We look forward to receiving your input. Staff contact: email@example.com.
Environmental Priorities. A coalition of environmental groups issued their top twelve legislative priorities for 2011, including carry-over issues including restrictions on “hydrofracking,” and additional state-imposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions and finalization of the Paterson-proposed “climate action plan.” It also includes things like restrictions on use of plastic shopping bags and disclosure mandates for consumer cleaning products. It also wants to make brownfield cleanup standards more stringent, and put additional limits on brownfield redevelopment credits. The document is available here.
Comptroller Report. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli release a report this week on the future of “public private partnerships” as a mechanism to address the state’s $250 billion in infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, saying that these partnership are a good option for consideration, provided that certain factors – such as accurate assessment of the value of public assets, oversight of pricing mechanisms, and others – are fully evaluated. The full report is available here. The Business Council has urged the state to consider public private partnerships in addressing state infrastructure needs.Archives - Government Affairs Albany Update