CONNECT, The Business Council Podcast

CONNECT, The Business Council Podcast is hosted by President & CEO Heather Briccetti. With over 2,000 members, The Business Council is New York State's chamber of commerce, manufacturing association and leading business advocacy group. CONNECT focuses on business issues while also delivering guests who are news makers across New York State. 


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Season Two

Episode 17 - Melissa Moore - Drug Policy Alliance

Melissa Moore, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, recently joined the podcast to chat about legalized cannabis in New York State. We discuss how New York is not the first state but perhaps the "most ambitious" state with marijuana policies. We also examine realistic expectations for state projected revenues, employer protections, and how the federal government may use New York's law as a possible future national standard.



Episode 16 - E.J. McMahon - The Empire Center

The Empire Center's E.J. McMahon joined the podcast to talk about the historic $212 billion New York State budget agreement. E.J. discusses how the spending in this budget compares to previous spending throughout State history and why this is a "turning point"  in New York's history. We also dive into the actual impacts of the SALT cap and who the cap most affected.



Episode 15 - Jeremy Wladis - The Restaurant Group

Jeremy Wladis, President of The Restaurant Group, and five different restaurants from New York City to Charlotte recently joined the podcast to discuss the pinch restaurants are feeling in New York City due to restrictions and the pandemic. Wladis also discusses the differences in restrictions from state to state, the current difficulties of operating in Washington DC, and how he survived the 2015 Amtrak train crash. 



Episode 14 - Dave Portnoy - Barstool Sports

Barstool Sports founder and President, Dave Portnoy, joined the podcast to discuss his small business fundraising venture. To date he has helped raised almost $20 million for businesses struggling from the pandemic. The money has gone nationwide, including to a few businesses in New York State. He also dishes on the best pizza in New York.