News

18
Feb
1999
Senator Dale Volker (R-Buffalo) Assemblyman Joe Morelle (D-Rochester), two of the Legislature's strongest supporters of civil justice reform, have introduced a comprehensive tort reform bill. The bill is backed by New Yorkers for Civil Justice Reform, a broad coalition of organizations representing big and small businesses, municipalities, physicians, architects and many others
18
Feb
1999
By Ed Reinfurt If we want to do something vital to improve New York's business climate, we should emulate our fourth-graders. That's right: Today, the New Yorkers making the most persuasive case for a more competitive New York in the 21st century may be our nine-year-olds
18
Feb
1999
Assemblyman Joseph E. Robach (D-Rochester) has been named Chairman of the Legislative Commission on Skills Development and Career Education. The commission was created in 1986 to examine both public and private skills development and job training programs, and to evaluate vocational education programs
18
Feb
1999
Paul Speranza, general counsel for Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and a member of The Business Council's Board of Directors, has been appointed Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Taxation Committee. Last year, Speranza was named to the U.S. Chamber's Board of Directors representing The Business Council
10
Feb
1999
Commissioner of Education Richard Mills said this week that he would not relent in his quest for higher school standards, regardless of the outcome of the budget debate over school aid. Commissioner Mills made his comments Tuesday while testifying before legislative hearings on the education component of Governor Pataki's proposed budget
10
Feb
1999
Reports that the Legislature is dismayed about how Governor Pataki submitted his budget have raised the possibility that a budget agreement will not be reached by the constitutional deadline of April 1. The Governor submitted a budget this year that would grow by less than the rate of inflation--a step that immediately led to promises that the Legislature would add significant spending to the package
04
Feb
1999
The Council has begun a series of informal briefing memos on issues related to health-care cost containment. Elliott Shaw, outlined The Councils views on financing graduate medical education (GME) in the first memo in the series
04
Feb
1999
The Business Council and the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges have urged lawmakers to invest in workforce development that is employer-drven, locally delivered, easy to access and well-funded. In a memo to legislators February 1, The Council and the Association also called for $50 million in state aid to business, economic development groups, and educational institutions to support consortia efforts to develop and deliver training
04
Feb
1999
By Margarita Mayo In business we must listen to our customers or we eventually go out of business. Education has customers too--the most important of whom are the students. Their voice was captured in a Public Agenda Foundation report called Getting By: What American Teenagers Really Think About their Schools
03
Feb
1999
Private sector work-related injuries and illnesses declined by 20,000 cases to reach a record low in New York in 1997--despite a jump of more than 200,000 persons in the workforce. The state Department of Labor said private industry workplaces reported 248,100 non-fatal work-related injury and illness cases