News

15
Apr
1999
There have been several signs in Albany in recent weeks to suggest that momentum for tort reform may be growing. The New York State Bar Association April 10 voted to continue its opposition to tort reform-but not before a minority of its members voiced strong dissent. The Corporate Counsel and Municipal Law sections of the association supported some reforms advanced by New Yorkers for Civil Justice Reform, a coalition that includes The Council and groups representing municipalities, nonprofit groups, and associations of physicians, architects, farmers, and many others
15
Apr
1999
One major New York State employer is reporting good news in the state's ongoing competition with other states and countries for jobs. In a March 31 news release, Oneida Ltd. announced that a program begun in January to increase productivity had exceeded expectations. "We now have the flexibility to close our higher-cost manufacturing facility in Canada and reallocate that production to more efficient, lower-cost sites in New York and Mexico," Peter J
15
Apr
1999
The Business Council and three of its members will be honored for their continued support for women in business in New York State. Price Chopper, Bellevue Women's Hospital, Capital District Physician's Health Plan, and The Business Council will be recognized at an April 27 luncheon sponsored by Enterprising Women of New York
15
Apr
1999
Business organizations in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse have unveiled Advance Upstate New York, a new effort to bolster the upstate economy.The three groups are seeking legislative action on four issues they consider barriers to economic growth upstate. Specifically, they are seeking: Repeal of the gross receipts tax on utilities to reduce New York's high energy costs
15
Apr
1999
The Business Council has launched a new campaign to remind lawmakers that drastic increases in state government spending would imperil New York's economy. In a briefing paper released April 8, The Council warned that an unaffordable increase in state spending this year could lead to "the return of the disaster years" like those that brought huge tax increases and drastic funding cutbacks throughout the early 1990s
08
Apr
1999
ALBANY—An unaffordable increase in state spending this year could lead to "the return of the disaster years" like those that brought huge tax increases and drastic funding cutbacks throughout the early 1990s, The Business Council of New York State said in a briefing paper released today
01
Apr
1999
The Business Council has scheduled its annual Manufacturing Week for May 7-14. This year, the event will focus on one of the top priorities of the manufacturing community, tort reform, said Brian McMahon, director of economic development for The Council and its specialist in manufacturing
01
Apr
1999
Business Council members have been asked to complete a survey on the effect of federal estate taxes on business employment levels in New York State.The Business Council is conducting the research with the Center for the Study of Taxation, a national not-for-profit research organization
01
Apr
1999
The new president of the state AFL-CIO has promised to begin a new statewide organizing efforts and to intensify the union's advocacy efforts in Albany. Dennis M. Hughes was elected president of the 2.5 million-member union March 23. He succeeds Edward J. Cleary, who is retiring. Hughes said that the AFL-CIO will "harness and direct the full political and legislative potential of our 31 central labor councils, 71 state organizations, 3,500 local unions and more than two million members into a force that no legislator or candidate for office will be able to ignore
01
Apr
1999
Paul M. Nasipak has been named 1999 Small Business Advocate of the Year by The Business Council and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The award was presented March 30 at Small Business Day, which is organized in Albany each spring by The Business Council and co-sponsored by NFIB