News

30
Nov
1998
ALBANY — Chambers of commerce and other business groups from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Schenectady today urged lawmakers to enact an "Upstate Agenda for Growth" proposed by The Business Council. At a press conference at the state Capitol, Daniel B. Walsh, president of The Business Council was joined by representatives of the Greater Buffalo Partnership, the Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
24
Nov
1998
ALBANY — The Business Council has urged legislative leaders to use a December session to pass an aggressive package of bills called the "Upstate Agenda for Growth." The Upstate Agenda would reduce energy costs, accelerate existing tax cuts, enhance workforce development, repeal mandates in order to lower property taxes, pre-approve potential business sites, and promote New York's economic progress to businesses and economic development professionals both inside and outside New York State
24
Nov
1998
November 23, 1998 Honorable Joseph L. Bruno President Pro Tem and Majority Leader New York State Senate Room 909, LOB Albany, New York 12247 Dear Senator Bruno: RE: An Upstate Agenda for Growth, for action in December A December session of the Legislature would provide an early opportunity to stimulate growth in the single remaining area where New York still lags the nation economically: Upstate
24
Nov
1998
Local government and business leaders have begun naming state mandates that decrease local governments' flexibility while driving up their costs and taxes. More than 100 local government and business leaders took part in "mandate reform roundtables" sponsored by the new Coalition for Mandate Reform
12
Nov
1998
Industrial customers nationwide in 1997 paid the lowest prices for electricity in 17 years, according to figures released Nov. 3 by the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, New York State in 1997 still ranked as one of the three most expensive states in the union for electricity, according to the report
12
Nov
1998
Three members of The Business Council's Environment Committee received The Council's "Building A Better New York" award, given in recognition for outstanding contributions to Business Council advocacy efforts. The awards were presented Nov. 5 at The Business Council's annual environmental conference in Saratoga Springs
12
Nov
1998
Peter M. Lieb, chief counsel for litigation with International Paper Company, testified Oct. 14 on behalf of The Business Council in favor of a proposed expansion of the Commercial Division of the state Supreme Court to Westchester County. The Commercial Division was created on an experimental basis in New York City and Monroe County on the recommendation of a 1995 task force appointed by New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye
30
Oct
1998
Council members are invited to a discussion of industry self-regulation of online privacy Tuesday, Nov. 10, in New York City. The meeting is sponsored by the Online Privacy Alliance, a group of global corporations and associations committed to promoting principles that foster an online environment that protects individuals' privacy
30
Oct
1998
A state government that for years was both "expansive" and "expensive," and a continuing imbalance of tax dollars sent to Washington compared to aid received, have helped keep New York's economy trailing the nation's, according to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In this year's edition of his annual look at the federal budget and the states, Senator Moynihan recalled the "vibrant and growing regions" of upstate New York when he began his career in politics in the mid-1950s
30
Oct
1998
The Business Council is asking the state's elected leaders to set their sights on further business tax cuts in 1999-and is soliciting business leaders' ideas on where the next round of tax reductions should focus. Council President Daniel B. Walsh wrote Governor Pataki and legislative leaders this week, urging continued efforts to cut New York's still-high taxes