Four Business Council member companies have won the 1998 Governor's
Awards for Pollution Prevention for their outstanding environmental protection
efforts through the use of pollution prevention measures.
The awards were presented by Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) Commissioner John P
New York State's manufacturing sector "is making a comeback," a new
report by The Public Policy Institute says.
The report, The State of Manufacturing
in New York State, shows that manufacturing employment statewide
grew slightly in 1997, the first annual increase in more than a decade
Our expanded web page now offers information about all Council programs
- and connections to many relevant web sites in Albany
The Business Council has significantly increased the amount and breadth
of information on its page on the World-Wide Web.
The web page is intended to offer members and any other visitors information
about The Council, its programs and services for members, its research
and its legislative agenda
Fresh from a successful legislative session in which lawmakers addressed
many Business Council priorities, The Council is again asking its members
for input in developing new priorities for future sessions.
"The Business Council is a member-driven organization, and that means
that we pursue a legislative agenda that is based on priorities that
are set by our members," said Elliott
The Business Council is creating a new Coalition for Mandate Reform
that will unite local government and business leaders in a grassroots
campaign for relief from state mandates that drive up government costs
and property taxes.
The Council has asked chambers of commerce around the state to play
leading roles in the effort
A call for higher standards for public school teachers to match new
higher standards for students is "an important step forward in the effort
to improve the quality of public education," according to Margarito
Mayo, The Business Council's specialist in education issues.
But Mayo said that standards for teachers can be raised without undermining
or eliminating existing alternative certification methods for teachers
The government affairs staff of The Business Council has prepared a complete
summary of how major issues of concern to the business community
were addressed in the legislative session that ended June 19.
The 21-page document summarizes both bills that were passed and those
that were rejected, and indicates the position taken by The Business
Council if any
Gov. George Pataki has agreed to present the keynote address Wednesday,
September 16, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting at the Sagamore
in Bolton Landing, New York.
At the annual meeting, which is open to all Business Council members,
Business Council leaders will outline future plans, and discuss what
can be expected from state lawmakers in the year ahead
The Business Council has scored a major victory on one of its top legislative
priorities: a comprehensive unemployment insurance (UI) reform bill.
Governor Pataki is expected to sign the bill, which would:
Create new, more balanced UI tax tables.
Reform disqualification procedures so all employers whose accounts
might be tapped for benefits can introduce disqualifying evidence
in an applicant's benefits hearing
new government intrusion into the health-care market because
private-sector efforts have improved quality and held back
the growth in health costs, Business Council staff told
national journalists at two recent forums