2015 Business Council in the News

Small-business owners prepare for minimum wage fight (Times Union)

Business groups met with opposition as they fight $15 wage (Gannett)

Opposition growing to block Cuomo's proposed $15 an hour minimum wage (Robin K. Cooper, Albany Business Reveiw)

State announces subsidies to keep Kraft-Heinz jobs (Politico NY

Businesses punch back on minimum wage hike (Politico NY)

Business groups team up to combat Cuomo's proposed $15 an hour minimum wage (Robin K. Cooper, Albany Business Reveiw)

Business groups unite to block Andrew Cuomo’s plan for $15 minimum wage (Glenn Blain, NY Daily News)

Business groups to campaign against minimum wage hike (Michael Gormley, Newsday)

Report shows year-over-year progress for state's economy (Politico NY)

Third round of North Country P-TECH award winners announced by state (Alan Rizzo, Watertown Daily Times)

Another Voice: Blaming the bank for zombie homes is easy, but the solution is much larger (Heather C. Briccetti, The Buffalo News)

Labor Department: No jobs impact from fast food hike (Politico NY)

Uber: Expansion of ride-sharing program would create 13,000 jobs in New York (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

We need to generate more nuclear energy (Heather Briccetti letter to the editor)

Letter: State leaders must continue responsible energy path (Buffalo News)

Our view: Let minimum wage experiments elsewhere guide N.J. (Atlantic City Press)

Going green (NY Daily News)

Cuomo-backed women’s agenda among unresolved issues from 2015 session (Bill Mahoney, Politico New York)

NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home (David Klepper, Associated Press)

Debate continues over proposed $15 minimum wage (WRGB-TV)

Will fight for $15 lift new union leadership? (Todd Clausen, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Business Groups: No Rush On Minimum Wage (Nick Reisman, State of Politics)

Key decisions awaiting Cuomo’s new DEC commissioner (Scott Waldman, Politico New York)

Cuomo taps close aide for new DEC chief (Brian Nearing, Times Union)

Basil Seggos named New York's environmental commissioner (Assoicated Press)

Cortlandt's Hudson Valley Chamber Receives High Honor (Sandra Diamond Fox, Cortlandt Daily Voice)

Critics see Common Core task force as deja vu all over again (Claude Solnik, Long Island Business News)

Millions could be affected by NY minimum wage proposal (Associated Press)

Energy giant buys pipeline planners' parent (Joe Mahoney, Oneonta Daily Star)

EXCLUSIVE: Unions will spend big bucks to push for $15 minimum wage in NY (Kenneth Lovett, Daily News)

Keep pushing for progress on school reform (Newsday)

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara subpoenaed SUNY Poly records (Larry Rulison, Times Union)

Cuomo open to tax cut for businesses to offset costs from $15 minimum wage (Glenn Blain, NY Daily News)

Trade-off possible on wage hike (Rick Karlin, Times Union)

Cuomo promises to push for tax cuts along with wage hike (Politico New York)

Cuomo touts optimism in Buffalo amid report of investigation (Buffalo Business Journal)

Cuomo: Little political will to merge municipalities, schools (Michael Goot, Glens Falls Post Star)

Corruption Inquiry Appears to Expand to a Signature Cuomo Program (William K. Rashbaum and Susanne Craig, New York Times)

The Business Council Of New York State To Fight Minimum Wage Increase (Public Radio)

On wage hike, business leaders give Cuomo benefit of the doubt (Jimmy Vielkind, Politico NY)

De Blasio’s vision isn’t nearly radical enough to fix New York’s schools (Campbell Brown, New York Post)

Education advocates protest former CNN journalist's speech in Bolton Landing (WNYT)

Campbell Brown battles unions, kicks off Business council event (Jimmy Vielkind, Politico New York)

Campbell Brown draws NYSUT and AQE protesters to Sagamore Hotel (Bethany Bump)

Campbell Brown speech at business dinner attracting union protesters (Public Radio)

Campbell Brown to appeal to Business council, chide de Blasio (Keshia Cluekey, Times Union)

NYS Business council prez still backs Gov. Cuomo despite push for minimum wage hike (Ken Lovett, Daily News)

Cuomo proposes first-in-country $15 state minimum wage (Chris Bragg, Times Union)

Business council Annual Meeting Priorities (Capital Tonight)

Mixed reaction for minimum wage hike plan (Hema Easley, Times Hearld-Record)

Gov. Cuomo throws support behind $15 statewide minimum wage; fast-food wage increase approved (Marie J. French, Albany Business Review)

Cuomo's about-face on $15 minimum wage ticks off his business allies (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's New York)

Biden and Cuomo Crusade for $15 Minimum Wage in New York (NY Observer)

Cuomo, Rallying With Biden, Pushes For $15 Minimum Wage (State of Politics)

NYSUT To Protest Campbell Brown Appearance (Updated) (State of Politics)

Approve permits for the gas pipeline (Times Union)

Businesses pan plan to hike fast-food minimum wage (James Walsh, Times Herald Record)

Gas tax proposed to help cut carbon emissions (Politico NY)

Business Groups Predict $15 Min Wage Will Have Unintended Consequences (Public Radio)

Critics: “Opting Out” of Standardized Testing May Skew Data (Public News Service)

Fast-food pay in NY labor chief's hands (Jon Campbell, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Cuomo hopes tax incentives will lure GE back to New York (Danika Fears, New York Post)

Business council releases objections to proposed minimum wage increase, targets panel's membership (Marie J. French, Albany Business Review)

Business council submits objections to fast-food wage boost (Shivani Gonzalez, Capitol Confidential)

Business council files objections to minimum wage increase (Josefa Velasquez, Politico New York)

Business council Knocks ‘Improper Impaneling’ Of Wage Board (State of Politics)

New York restaurants file objections to $15 wage (Associated Press)

New York Wage Boards Shaped Policy for Decades (Mike Vilensky, Wall Street Journal)

Education reform advocate to give Business Council keynote (Politico NY)

Business groups put support behind Charter's plan to buy Time Warner Cable (Larry Rulison, Times Union)

Business council endorses Charter’s plan to buy Time Warner Cable (Larry Rulison, Times Union)

Education journalist Campbell Brown will be keynote speaker at Business Council of New York State meeting (Megan Rogers, Albany Business Review)

Business Council: State employment grew 2.3 percent in last year (PoliticoNY)

Biz groups see hope for suit against Cuomo's wage hike but won't bring one (Crain's New York Business)

Surprise: NY business groups, unions differ on minimum wage hike for fast-food workers ( Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

Minimum Wage Hike Raises Larger Question (Public Radio)

Wage board votes to raise minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York state (Niagara Frontier Communitications)

New York’s Fast Food Wage Board Confirms: $15/Hour (National Review)

Fast-food wage board React-O-Mat™ (Casey Seiler,Capital Confidential)

Wage War? (State of Politics)

New York Wage Board approves $15 hourly wage for fast-food workers (WCVB-TV)

Board Backs Phased-In Minimum Wage Hike To $15 For Fast-Food Workers (State of Politics)

Region edges closer to wage hike (Ryan Anglim and Katie Kocijanski, Register Star)

A Important Day in Social Movement History (Karen Scharff, Huffington Post)

Hailing Fast Food Wage Hike, Cuomo Dismisses Potential Job Losses as ‘Idle Threat’ (Will Bredderman, New York Observer)

New York state fast-food panel weighs minimum wage raise increase (Matthew Hamilton, Times Union)

NY board backs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers (Associated Press)

Gov. Cuomo’s one-sided Wage Board will cost NYC jobs (Heather C. Briccetti, NY Post)

Unions leaders, not business dominate Cuomo advisory committee (Marie J. French, Albany Business Review)

Wage board poised to raise pay for fast food workers (Karen Dewitt, Public Radio)

Group: Common Core standards working, advocates tweaks (Michael Goot, Glens Falls Post Star)

Uber rallies riders, drivers, corporate allies to fight City Hall (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's New York)

Business groups mostly pleased with NY legislative outcomes (Colleen Wilson, Westchester Business Journal)

Most Say They Will Miss Departing DEC Commissioner (Pat Bradley, Public Radio)

Fractivists say NY's ban is influencing moratorium decisions elsewhere (Karen DeWitt, Public Radio)

#FightFor15 Goes To New York's Wage Board (Dave Lucas, Public Radio)

Compromises derail bill to regulate toys (Scott Waldman, Capital New York)

State plan sets aggressive clean-energy goals (Scott Waldman, Captial New York)

Video Only: Lev Ginsburg on WRGB Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies (video only, WRBG)

State plan sets aggressive clean-energy goals (Scott Waldman, Capital New York)

End-of-session framework agreement React-O-Mat™ (Matthew Hamilton, Capitol Confidential)

Cuomo, leaders announce property tax rebate program, (Capital New York)

Video Only: Lev Ginsburg on WRGB Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies (WRBG)

Wage board holds final hearing on raising the minimum wage for fast food workers (Karen Dewitt, WRVO Public Radio)

Property-tax cap would add two exemptions (Joseph Spector, Politics on the Hudson)

Cuomo, NY legislative leaders agree to extend property tax cap, but business groups want to see details (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

VIDEO ONLY: Ken Pokalsky on CBS 6

N.Y. Lawmakers Strike Deals on Rent Rules, Mayoral Control, (Erica Orden, Wall Street Journal)

Wage Board meets final time before deciding on fast food workers' wage, (WNYT)

Fast-food workers push for $15 minimum wage (Michael Gormley, Newsday)

New York fast food wage board hears testimony about potential mandate of higher minimum wage (Rick Karlin, Times Union)

Business groups testify against wage hike for fast food workers (Capital New York)

Disillusioned business leader says Cuomo strayed from what worked (Erik Engquist, Crain's New York)

The labor loophole (Chris Bragg, Times Union)

State legislator comes to the aid of Colonie wine retailer (Lauren Halligan, Troy Record)

Debate Continues On $15/hr Minimum Wage (Dave Lucas, WAMC)

Bill expands health coverage for pregnant women (Capital New York)

Senate sponsor optimistic about Empire Wine bill (Capital New York)

It's time to make way for a sharing economy (Heather Briccetti, Poughkeepsie Journal)

Wage mandates prove too costly (Letter to the Editor, Times Union)

A Last-Minute Push Made For Tax Cap Changes (State of Politics)

Education lobby, municipalities want to loosen tax cap (Rick Karline, Times Union)

Property tax cap could be tweaked, made permanent (Capital New York)

Senate GOP nears deal on child-products bill (Capital New York)

Business groups: NY leaders should support federal efforts to regulate chemicals, not state 'toxic toys' legislation(Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

Unemployment insurance fund back in the black: Cuomo (Carrie Mason-Draffen, Newsday)

Gloria Steinem backs Cuomo’s push to raise fast-food workers’ pay (Kenneth Lovett, Daily News)

Most favor permanent property tax cap (Rochester Business Journal)

Administration drafts version of stalled toy regulation bill (Capital New York)

Business council Previews Wage Board Testimony (State of Politics)

EPA declares no ‘widespread’ harm to drinking water from fracking, boosting industry (Fox News)

EPA: Fracking hasn't caused widespread contamination of drinking water, but it could without controls (Glen Coin, Syracuse Post Standard)

EPA gives Republicans new ammo in fight against fracking regs (Timothy Cama, The Hill)

EPA concludes fracking does not lead to ‘widespread’ problems with water (T.J. Pignataro, The Buffalo News)

EPA: Fracking Has Had No Widespread Negative Impact on Drinking Water (Briggette Sayegh, Time Warner Cable News)

EPA fracking report comes at critical time in NY (Jon Campbell, Gannett News Service)

After EPA releases report, Business council says NY should rescind hydrofracking ban (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

Fracking Backers Seize On EPA Report, Call for Ban Reversal (State of Politics)

NY Biz Council asks for hydrofracking ban to be lifted after EPA report (David Bertola, Buffalo Business First)

Cuomo pushes tax cap extension (Matthew Hamilton, Times Union)

Business Groups: No To Prevailing Wage (State of Politics)

Businesses seek to kill utility bill tax (Craig Wolf, Poughkeepsie Journal)

Report: Medical costs in Albany higher than other upstate cities (Claire Hughes, Times Union)

Environmental groups: 'Toxic toys' legislation has clear path to passage in NY Senate (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

Senate holds up toy regulation bill (Scott Waldman, Capital New York)

Reformers, Democrats urge vote on L.L.C. bill (Bill Mahoney, Capital New York)

Senate supports permanent tax cap; local officials decry the limit (Colleen Wilson, Westfair Communication)

Hail hath no fury like a taxi app-maker scorned (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's New York)

Insurers, business council assail pregnancy insurance bill (Capital New York)

Another Voice: Focus on pay levels misses the broader problem (Heather Briccetti, Buffalo News)

Cuomo Called On To Eliminate Utility Tax (Jamestown Post Journal)

Supporters of tax cap push to make it permanent (Karen, Dewitt, NY Public Radio)

Flanagan Pushes Permanent Tax Cap (State of Politics)

Biz groups say tax cap saved $7.6 billion in school taxes alone (Rick Karlin, Capital Confidential)

New Senate Majority Leader Pushes for Permanent Property Tax Cap (Geoff Redick, Time Warner Cable News)

Tax cap has saved at least $7.6 billion, supporters say (Rick Karlin, Times Union)

Report: LI school-tax growth rate plummets since tax cap enacted (Yancy Roy, Newsday)

Report: Tax cap has saved NYers up to $7.6B (Joseph Spector, Poughkeepsie Journal)

Flanagan: Support for school budgets throughout NY result of increased state aid, property tax cap (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

New York Weighs Jurisdictional Rule for Foreign Firms (Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal)

Fast Food (Wage) Fight Is Joined (State of Politics)

Biz groups, labor demand crackdown on fast-growing Persian Gulf airlines (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's New York)

New York's fracking decision will be hard to replicate or overturn (Matt Richmond, NY Public Radio)

New York lawyers fight move to make it easier to sue foreign firms (Neasa MacErlean, Global Legal Post)

Advocacy group: Don't weaken high Common Core standards (Glens Falls Post Star)

School boards, business groups oppose ‘opt out’ bills (Capital New York)

Business council calls for end to energy surcharge (Capital New York)

DEC takes next step on New York state fracking ban (Brian Nearing, Times Union)

Cuomo convenes wage board, riles business groups (Colleen Wilson, Westfair Communications)

After nearly 7 years, NY releases final fracking review (Jon Campbell, Democrat & Chronicle)

NYS is One Step Closer to Saying "No" to Fracking with DEC Report (Scott Willis & Elana Sukert, WAER)

State releases final fracking statement (Capital New York)

DEC Releases Final Hydrofracking Review (Nick Reisman, Time Warner Cable News)

Business Council Considers Wage Board Challenge (Capital Tonight)

Uber fans rally Sillicon Valley and Alley against de Blasio (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's New York)

Pro-Common Core group takes issue with blog post — and the author responds (Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post)

N.Y. governor bypasses legislature to boost wages – just like Obama?

ICYMI: Cuomo calls for wage board on fast-food salaries (Matthew Hamilton, Capitol Confidential)

Capital Playbook: Skelos losing support; Sumner Redstone’s health (Capital New York)

Cuomo Moves to Raise Wages for New York Fast-Food Workers (Patrick McGeehan, New York Times)

With all eyes on Senate, Assembly passes bill to increase minimum wage (Matthew Hamilton, Captiol Confidential)

Even Amid Albany Dysfunction, Advocates Forge Path to Paid Family Leave (Samar Khurshid and Ben Max, Gotham Gazette)

Election reform must be broader (Heather Briccetti special to the Times Union)

For some users, cheap electricity in high-priced New York (Bill Sanderson, Capital New York)

Renewable power grows; so does cost (Craig Wolf, Poughkeepsie Journal)

State to make fracking ban official, not permanent (Capital New York)

Professors and local administrators talk advancements in technology, learning methods (Jeffrey Bagg, BU Student Press)

Company news: Eric Mower receives lifetime achievement award (Syracuse Post Standard)

Lawyers scrutinize NY's next fracking move (Jon Campbell, Poughkeepsie Journal)

Assembly takes up pay equality bills (Matthew Hamilton, Times Union)

NY lawmakers strengthen state equal pay law for women (Michael Virtanen, AP - Syracuse Post Standard)

In Cuba, Cuomo plays the long game (Jimmy Vielkind, Capital New York)

Cuomo in Cuba: 'Isolation has not worked' (Alan Gomez, Democrat & Chronicle)

Pro-Common Core group: New York not getting its money's worth in education (Denise Jewell Gee, The Buffalo News)

N.Y. math exams to start as test-refusal effort continues (Jon Campbell, Journal News)

Effort to amend New York drug-access law raises concerns (Katelyn Kivel, American Pharmacy News)

State Senator Pushing Bill to Regulate Unpredictable Work Schedules (Ross Barkan, New York Observer)

Op-Ed: View tests as checkup on education (Heather Briccetti and Steve Sigmund)

Assembly passes toxic children’s product bill (Matthew Hamilton, Capital Confidential)

Campaign donor loophole for New York LLCs survives (Reece Alvarez, Westchester Business Journal)

NYSUT: Teacher evaluation delay a “responsible step” (Politics on the Hudson)

Facing tight deadline, summer break, deal near to delay teacher evaluations (Rick Karlin, Times Union)

Lawmakers, union back delay in teacher evaluations (Joseph Spector, The Journal News)

Paid family leave poised for big debate (Todd Clausen, Democrat & Chronicle)

Elections Board Deadlocks On LLC Reclassification (State of Politics)

Biz Council To BoE: Don’t Touch LLC Classification (State of Politics)

Business council: We like the current definition of LLCs, thanks (Casey Seiler, Capital Confidential)

Amid growing protest, pro-Common Core group urges ‘opt in’ (Capital NY)

Laborers, business groups support controversial natural gas pipeline (Albany Business Review)

NY lawmakers mull warning labels on sugary beverages (Associated Press)

Labor, business groups backing pipeline project (Capital NY)

State tests start Tuesday as opt-out debate grows (Gannett)

Business Council Shares Pros, Cons Of Cuomo's Budget Proposal (Jamestown Post Journal)

Did NY's last minimum wage hike prompt cuts in low-wage jobs? (Teri Weaver, Syracuse.com)

Readers split on minimum wage hike (Rochester Business Journal)

Business group steps away from women's equality (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's New York)

New York State Association of Counties backs bill to legalize mixed martial artsNew York State Association of Counties backs bill to legalize mixed martial arts (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

Cuomo's minimum wage increase picks up business support (The Chronicle)

Taxing Health Insurance Premiums (Capital Tonight)

Business Leaders Praise Cuomo's Minimum Wage Increase (WAMC)

Taxing Health Insurance Premiums (Time Warner)

Once opposed, biz group steps away from women's equality package (Andrew J. Hawkins, Crain's)

Cuomo's minimum wage increase picks up business support (WKTV)

Advocates Press Cuomo to Support Paid Family Leave Legislation (Rachel L. Swarns, New York Times)

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter (WCNY)
Heather Briccetti of The Business Council discusses energy taxes. Please note, the interview begins at about 37 minutes into audio podcast.

New York Lawmakers Consider $125 Million Paid Family Leave Budget Resolution (Gerely Terzo, Business and Employment News)

Lorenzo Fertitta: UFC Will Hold 4 Events Per Year in New York if MMA Legalized (Tristen Critchfield, Sherdog)

New York business groups: We oppose push to raise state's minimum wage (Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen)

Tourism Action Day Aims to Strengthen State's Tourism Industry (Jon Dougherty, TWC News)

Sigmund To Head Up High Achievement New York (Michael Gareth Johnson, City & State)

State business leaders call for fewer taxes (Kyle Hughes, The Saratogian)

State business, energy groups call for lower taxes and surcharges (Capital New York)

The hidden health tax that brought down a speaker (Laura Nahmias, Capital New York)

Small firms seek action (Brandon Maxwell Phillips, Albany Times Union)

Another Voice: Cuomo's proposed health insurance tax is unneeded and unwise (Heather Briccetti, The Buffalo News)

Business Council official says while New York is on upward trend, upstate still lagging (Justin Sondel, Niagara Gazette)

Business Council again comes out against minimum wage hike (Capital New York)

Tipped workers could see pay raise at end of 2015 (Brian Nearing, Times Union)

Restaurant and hospitality managers concerned about proposed increase for tipped workers (Megan Rogers, Albany Business Review)

NYS sets record for recovery of illegally withheld worker wages (Brian Nearing, Times Union)

Business Council Targeting SLUs and Employee Choice for 2015 Session (Workcompcentral.com)

Event looks at economic outlook for the region (Kerry Feltner, Rochester Business Journal)

Minimum Wage Debate (WHCU, Ithaca)

New York State Lifts Liquefied Natural Gas Storage Ban (Time Warner Cable)

New York Lifts Moratorium, Will Require Permits to Store Liquefied Natural Gas (Bloomberg BNA)

Political Watch: Upstate CEOs express positive outlook (Olean Times Herald)

Business Council president and CEO discusses state spending and minimum wage in radio interview (Alyssa Plock, WCNY)

Despite State’s Help, Growth
Local business leaders say they lack confidence in government officials' economic stewardship (Larry Rulison, Albany Times Union)

Upstate CEOs oppose Obamacare for different reasons (Claire Hughes, Times Union)

Survey: Upstate New York business leaders feeling optimistic (Kevin Tampone, Syracuse Post Standard)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wants to Raise Minimum Wage (Rebecca Davis O'Brien and Joe Jackson, Wall Street Journal)

Cuomo’s minimum wage increase proposal React-O-Mat™ (Matthew Hamilton, Capitol Confidential)

State Business Council offers recommendations (Rochester Business Journal)

Business Council Calls on Cuomo for Workers' Compensation Reforms (WorkCompCentral)

Confidence among area business leaders surges (Kerry Feltner, Rochester Business Journal)

Finding customers is No. 1 challenge for NY companies, survey finds (James T. Madore, Newsday)

Another View: Governor signs business tax relief bill (John McDonald III, Troy Record)

Single-payer health care system is an old and tired idea (Lev Ginsburg, Times Union)

Investing in STEM future (Eric Anderson, Times Union)

Constitution Pipeline good for New York residents, businesses (Heather Briccetti, Daily Gazzette)

Editorial: Lobbying, inflation squeeze the tax cap (Times Herald-Record)

Heather Briccetti, CEO of The Business Council, on 2015 political agenda (David Robinson, Albany Business Review)

NY panel mulling boost to $7 minimum wage for tipped workers (Glen Blain, NY Daily News)

County Unemployment Higher Than State Average (Jamestown Post Journal

Quotable Cuomo: Sound bites from local visits (Maury Thompson, Glens Falls Post-Star)

NY Sets Business Resolutions (Post-Journal)

New Year's surprise: New York eliminates a regulation on business (Michael DeMasi, Albany Business Review)

2014 Archives