Building on a legacy of success: The 2015 New York State Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session was a positive one for the state’s employer community. Both the final state budget and the end-of-session negotiations produced pro-business reforms, while avoiding significant, adverse bills that would impose new costs, restrictions or mandates on the private sector. A fifth consecutive on-time, low-growth budget included a variety of tax and program reforms and dedicated a significant portion of “windfall” funds to economic development projects. (PDF)

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The Business Council advocates for business all year

The Business Council’s advocacy team focuses on business issues before the New York State Legislature and its regulatory agencies. However, our member support efforts go beyond lobbying on legislation and proposed rulemaking. We help businesses – especially small businesses – deal with regulatory compliance issues. We also support Business Council members involved in litigation where cases will impact the broader business community, such as inappropriate use of the False Claims Act (NY v. Sprint Nextel Corp.) and the wrongful disclosure of trade secrets (Verizon New York, Inc. v. New York State Public Service Commission (NY)).

We also collaborate with the U.S. Chamber, National Association of Manufacturers, The Council on State Taxation and other national partners to weigh in on federal issues of importance to New York’s business community. Our experienced lobby team works on a wide range of cost-of-doing business issues that impact New York’s private sector employers and their bottom line.