News

02
Feb
1998
Honorable John O' Mara Chairman Public Service Commission Empire State Plaza Agency Building 3, 20th Floor Albany, New York 12223 Dear Chairman O'Mara: It is my understanding that Niagara Mohawk Corporation's "PowerChoice" restructuring agreement may be voted on by the three member board of the Public Service Commission (PSC) at the next scheduled deliberative session, Wednesday, February 4
23
Jan
1998
The Business Council has formally adopted its 1998 legislative program, which was developed by committees and councils of member company representatives working in 21 different subject areas. The program was accepted by the Government Affairs Council on January 20, and then given final approval by the Executive and Policy Committees of the Board of Directors later that day
23
Jan
1998
Matthew Maguire has returned to The Business Council as Director of Communications and as Director of Development for The Public Policy Institute. Maguire worked in public relations for The Business Council in the early 1980s. He has spent the last 11 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he worked in both public relations and fund-raising
23
Jan
1998
A top official with the state Department of Labor (DOL) has urged The Business Council to play an active role in the dialogue on possible reform in the state's unemployment insurance system. "It's your money that funds the system," James Dillon, DOL Executive Deputy Commissioner, reminded the business community in a special briefing of the Council's Government Affairs Committee Jan
09
Jan
1998
2,506 employers join in 'Operation UI Pre-Pay,' triggering across-the-board rate reduction to save most companies $63 per employee Working with hundreds of member companies, Chambers of Commerce, trade associations and other allies across the state, The Business Council has engineered a $420 million cut in this year's unemployment insurance taxes in New York
07
Jan
1998
Governor Pataki is right to take pride in the tremendous record of change, renewal and growth that New York has developed in the last three years. This state is making its comeback. Three years ago, George Pataki stood almost alone in his belief that New York could turn around -- and in his understanding that it would take a smaller, smarter government to do the job
01
Jan
1998
Economic Development In New York The idea of being active in economic development is not new in New York. At the same time the state was starting to make itself uncompetitive by raising taxes and creating new regulations, the Urban Development Corp. and Job Development Authority were born. Those programs were helpful, and their remaining operations remain so
01
Jan
1998
Site Selection, Incentives, and Jobs Let's say you're an executive at a medium-sized or large manufacturing company. Your products are sold throughout the United States. Like many American manufacturers, your business has enjoyed especially rapid growth in foreign markets over the past decade. Overall sales are up; projections show that solid growth will continue
01
Jan
1998
TO: Chambers of commerce/regional associations We're told that Senate Majority Leader Bruno will soon introduce legislation to enact the major business-tax reduction package he proposed several weeks ago. As you know, continued progress in reducing New York's tax burden is one of our very highest priorities for 1998
01
Jan
1998
HOW NEW YORK STATE CAN GRAB ITS SHARE OF 2 MILLION NEW JOBS For years, other states have taken more than their fair share of the nation's new jobs, leaving New York in the dust. We're doing better now, but our economic growth still lags most other states. We can change that. How? By beating other states in the tough game of convincing employers New York wants them here