Honorable John O' Mara
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
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
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
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
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
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
Getting Better, But Still Not Good Enough
New York State's economy is stronger than it's been in years. We've added more than 140,000 private-sector jobs since early 1995, and are within striking distance of the nationwide growth rate after a decade of lagging far behind.
That better news seems likely to continue
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
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
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