April 26, 2000
GRT e-advocacy continues
1330 persons send 24,207 letters urging repeal
The Business Councils electronic-advocacy campaign to encourage repeal of the states gross receipts tax (GRT) on energy is continuing, with 1329 persons having sent 24,207 pro-repeal letters to lawmakers and their staff.
Pokalsky, who is coordinating the effort for The Council,
said much credit for the strong participation rate should
go to local chambers of commerce around the state and to the
Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS), an association
of local chambers across the state, which is encouraging chambers
to join the campaign.
Local chambers that have attracted the most participants to the campaign are: the Greater Syracuse Chamber (210 participants); the Plattsburgh Chamber (79); the Adirondack Regional Chamber (72); the Orange County Chamber (60); the Chemung County Chamber (48); the Tompkins County Chamber (39); the Chautauqua County Chamber (38); the Cheektowaga Chamber (37); the Chenango County Chamber (34) and the Genesee County Chamber (34).
Pokalsky also credited PinPoint Communications of Rensselaer County, which The Council has retained to provide the technological foundation of the e-advocacy campaign.
PinPoint has helped us develop this advocacy initiative, implement it using its LobbyNet technology, and help attract local chambers to the effort, Pokalsky said.
The e-advocacy campaign lets visitors to The Councils website (www.bcnys.org) quickly and automatically send faxed letters urging GRT repeal to legislative leaders and users local lawmakers. Users can also move the letters to their own letterhead and personalize them.
The Business Council pioneered web-based e-advocacy last year when it used PinPoint Communications in a broader effort to support a diverse group of tax cuts led to more than 50,000 letters being sent to legislative leaders and key staff in Albany.