Monthly Archives: April 2013

Governor Cuomo: No run for the White House

During an interview with Susan Arbetter on her radio program, Capitol Pressroom, Governor Cuomo said he is “focused on running this state,” and not considering whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016.


“There is no truth to the assertion that I’m talking presidential politics and strategy and what Hillary Clinton should or shouldn’t do or what I’m doing presidentially,” said Cuomo, in response to a report in the New York Post that he will not run for president if Hillary Clinton gets into the race.

Click here to more in a article by Tom Precious of The Buffalo News.

Click here to listen to Susan Arbetter’s interview with Governor Cuomo.


Second chance for racehorses in the Finger Lakes

A Finger Lakes area program that is good for both retired racehorses and New York State tourism has been gaining more attention recently. If you have ever wondered where the average racehorse goes when they retire or don’t win races read today’s article in the New York Post about the the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. Former racers are retrained in the hope that they will be adopted and can excel in other disciplines.

According to The Post, “every year in the US, some 30,000 thoroughbreds are born and bred to be racehorses in hopes of producing the next Secretariat or Seabiscuit. While a lucky few find the fame and glory we’ll see on display at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, a great number are faced with an unfortunate destiny.”

Although other organization’s deal with the issue of retired racehorses,  the Finger Lakes racetrack is the only one to have an on-site program.


Corning announces expansion of clean-air facilities

Corning Incorporated‘s board of directors has approved $250 million to increase manufacturing capacity of the company’s diesel emissions control products. The majority of the investment will increase capacity at the Erwin diesel facility near Corning, which manufactures large ceramic substrates and filters for heavy-duty diesel engine, truck, construction, and agricultural equipment manufacturers worldwide.

Mark Beck, executive vice president, Corning Environmental Technologies & Life Sciences Business Group stated, “These investments in our manufacturing capabilities demonstrate our commitment to ensuring a reliable supply of next-generation diesel products to our global customers for years to come.”  He also noted that demand for Corning’s products could double by 2017.

Read more on Corning’s website.

Briccetti on campaign finance reform

Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council, was published today in Crain’s New York Business weighing in on the increasingly hot topic of campaign finance reform. Many groups are calling for a taxpayer-financed campaign system similar to New York City but many proposals do not dig deep in exploring what really needs to change or create much needed equity between campaign donors.

Read Heather’s full op-ed on Crain’s website (free registration required)

Many groups have claimed that polls show people support a taxpayer-financed system yet the latest Quinnipiac Poll shows that is not the case with 53% of those surveyed saying they oppose it.

Check out our breakdown of the latest Quinnipiac Poll


Quinnipiac Poll

BCNYS Campaign Finance Reform

Don’t miss: Municipal Finances – Close to the Cliff?

Last week’s announcement that Governor Cuomo plans to create a task force to help financially distressed communities restructure their finances makes Wednesday’s PPI forum particularly timely.  We’ve lined up a great group of presenters to talk about and comment on the issue of municipal financial distress.  It’s free and sure to be informative.  All the details are below, including a link to register.  We hope to see you there.

Municipal Finances: Close to the Cliff?

Faced with rising costs, growing pension and health insurance obligations and a slow economic recovery, municipal budgets across New York are facing unprecedented financial pressures.  Ultimately, cuts in services or increases in taxes will impact residents and the businesses in these distressed communities.

Join The Public Policy Institute on Wednesday, May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, for a forum on the current state of municipal financials that will help define the problems facing municipal finances, the forces behind them, and possible solutions.  The Forum will take place in Meeting Room 4 of the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Speakers include:
Richard Brodsky, Former NYS Assemblymember & Senior Fellow, Demos and the Wagner School at NYU
Edmund J. McMahon, Senior Fellow, Empire Center for New York State Policy
Peter A. Baynes, Executive Director, NYS Conference of Mayors & Municipal Officials
Nathaalie N. Carey, Assistant Comptroller, Office of the NYS Comptroller
Dorothy Johnson, Former Executive Director, Buffalo Financial Stability Authority
C. Todd Miles, Partner, Harris Beach PLLC

The Forum is open, but Registration is required.  Register here.

For more information contact Mark Amodeo at 800.358.1202 or [email protected]

Listen to WCNY’s Susan Arbetter on crafting questions for Gov. Cuomo, how Albany got into her system

Susan ArbetterSusan Arbetter, host and producer of the NPR syndicated program “Capitol  Pressroom,” has always been a top-notch analyst of inside politics. Lately, she’s been getting even more notice for the appearances Governor Cuomo has been making on her program. Michelle Briedenbach of Syracuse.Com (The Post-Standard) sat and spoke with Arbetter about Governor Cuomo’s recent appearances and her reputation “for being fair.”

Click here to read more.

Cuomo: Liquor license backlog smaller

Cuomo: Liquor License Backlog Smaller

This good business story comes to us from Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union who wrote that “the backlog of unprocessed applications has dropped from 750 when he took office to 194 this month.” Vielkind spoke to several people who said they welcomed the improvement, but stressed more needs to be done.

Click here to read more.