2023 Government Affairs Planning Session

December 08, 2022

The Renaissance Albany Hotel

Registration is closed, please register on-site.


Executive Vice President
518-465-7511 ext.204


Our 2023 Government Affairs Planning session will be Thursday, December 8 at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. A key date in our annual advocacy cycle, we will focus on key legislative issues of interest for business, as well as the political atmosphere in Albany and how the fall elections will influence the legislative session.


Thursday, December 8  

11:00 a.m.

Registration Open

11:30 a.m.

Buffet Luncheon Available

12:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker

  • Honorable J. Gary Pretlow (D - 89th Assembly District)
    New York State Assembly
12:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker

  • Honorable Harry B. Bronson (D - 138th Assembly District)
    New York State Assembly
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The Business Council Staff Presentations
2:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker

  • Honorable George M. Borello* (R,C,I, LIBT - 57th Senate District)
    New York State Senate
3:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker

  • Honorable Mary Beth Walsh* (R,C - 112th Assembly District)
    New York State Assembly
3:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker

  • Honorable Jeremy A. Cooney* (D,WF - 56th Senate District)
    New York State Senate
4:00 p.m. Adjourn
*Speaking via Zoom. 
**Agenda subject to change.


Heather Mulligan, President and CEO

  • Welcome

Paul Zuber, Executive Vice President

  • Introduction and Program Overview
  • Elections and Campaign Finance Law Changes
  • ABC Law Reform
  • Data Privacy
  • President’s Circle Meetings

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President

  • Unemployment Insurance Tax 
  • Extended Producer Responsibility

Lev Ginsburg, Counsel

  • Antitrust Legislation
  • Weekly Pay 
  • Single Payer/Public Option
  • Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act
  • Legal Center

Melvin Norris, Senior Director of Government Affairs

  • Transportation
    • (Congestion Pricing)
  • Economic Development
    • (MWBE)
  • Construction
    • (Access to adjoining lots, materials price escalation)

Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resouces

  • Minimum Wage
  • Paid Family Leave Expansion
  • Workplace Safety
  • Unlawful Workplace Harassment Update
  • Employee Classification
    • Exempt/Non-Exempt
    • Independent Contractor/Employee

Crystal Griffith, Director, Workforce Development

  • Clean Slate
  • Second Chance Hiring Initiatives
    • Reform Alliance
  • Workforce Development 
    • Workforce shortage and skills gap
    • P-Tech/Micro-credentials
    • Chip Fabrication Industry/Off-Shore Wind

Mario Vazquez, Assistant Director of Government Affairs

  • Lobbying Outreach
  • New York State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
  • Community Engagement Committee


This event is for Business Council members only. 

  BEFORE 12/01 AFTER 12/01

Business Council Member



Cancellation & Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $20 processing fee. Cancellations received after December 01, 2022, will not be eligible for a refund. The Business Council encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.

*This event will be held in person. If you cannot join us in person, you may register to participate virtually. Please be sure to click the box to attend by Zoom when registering.


The Renaissance Albany Hotel 

144 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

Parking Information: 

Directions to Renaissance Albany Hotel can be found by clicking here. Discounted self-parking is available in the hotel garage for $12 per car, per day. Individual parkers are responsible for all their own charges. To take advantage of the discount, attendees should go to the hotel reception desk, prior to departure, to pay the fee and have their ticket validated.