Monthly Archives: February 2013

Buffalo News Op-ed: O’Neil-White has had a lasting impact on community

Business Council board member, Alphonso O’Neil-White, announced he will soon retire earlier this week. The following op-ed, which appears in this morning’s edition of The Buffalo News,  refers to his excellent leadership and devotion to Alphonso O'Neil-Whitecommunity, which we saw first hand. It’s wonderful editorial. Here’s a snippet: His broad experience and expertise could fill pages, but perhaps what will be missed most is his excellence in leadership that has translated into corporate and community responsibility.

Click here to read the op-ed.

In gun law, Cuomo mandated something that doesn’t exist

It’s Unclear if Anyone Will Make 7-shot Gun Magazines

Jessica Alaimo, reporter for Democrat & Chronicle, writes that although New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country starting April 15, there are no gun manufacturers who make clips with fewer than 10-rounds, at least as far as the paper has found.

Click here to read Alaimo’s story.



Quinnipiac Poll: Christine Quinn well ahead in Democratic primary race

Quinnipiac LogoQuinn Close To 40% In New York City Dem Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters More Comfortable With Gay Than Biz Exec Mayor

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is closing in on the 40 percent target needed to avoid a runoff election as she leads the Democratic primary for mayor with 37 percent, more than three other candidates combined, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 14 percent, with 11 percent for 2009 Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson and 9 percent for Comptroller John Liu, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Another 27 percent are undecided.

There is a small reverse gender gap as Quinn gets 40 percent of men and 34 percent of women.

Click here to see more of the survey.


Ethics panel report in Lopez’s harassment case is withheld

In this morning’s edition of The New York Times [subscription publication] reporters Danny Hakim and William K. Rashbum write about a special prosecutor’s request that the New York Legislature not release a report drafted by the state ethics commission which looked into the Vito Lopez harassment scandal. You may recall that last August the Assembly censured Lopez after it had determined he “verbally harassed, groped and kissed two of his staff members.”

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Member news: Local chamber blasts state energy fee

The Leader-Herald reporter Levi Pascher reports on the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s strong opposition to a proposal to extend an energy surcharge on utility bills. He quotes chamber president Mark Kilmer: “Right now, one of the biggest impediments to economic development in the state is the high energy costs,” Kilmer said. “We pay about 51 percent more than the national average for residential, and commercial is more than that and is like 65 percent more than the national average.”

Click here to read Pascher’s article.

Take Action LogoClick here to take action against the energy surcharge 18-a.

Click here to read the letter The Business Council and a coalition of associations sent to Governor Cuomo opposing extension of the 18-a surcharge.