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Bringing New York’s economy back

In an op-ed published yesterday in Forbes Magazine, contributor Carl Schramm outlines seven steps New York can take to grow its economy. The piece, prepared for the Empire Center in conjunction with its conference, “Saving Jobs in Upstate New York,” says that although everyone wants an economically strong state, more needs to be done to achieve that goal.

Schramm provides an in-depth historical review of how New York got to where it is today and outlines various scenarios. He provides an ambitious plan that includes: eliminating estate taxes; reducing state spending; improving universities to produce cutting-edge research; providing incentives for scholars to come back to, or remain, affiliated with universities in the state; attracting highly educated immigrants with specialized training; providing students with the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace; and creating a sense of pride in being a “New Yorker.”

Read the full op-ed on Forbes website.

Annual pay notification repeal blocked at end of session

Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, is featured in today’s Business Review article on how the repeal of the annual pay notification requirement, part of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, was blocked at the end of this year’s legislative session. The measure had been moving forward, passing the Senate with bipartisan support in late June and with an Assembly companion bill introduced with a bipartisan mix of 62 cosponsors.

Read the full article on the Business Review website.

NY Times: Senator in corruption case spoke of silencing witnesses, prosecutors say

From The New York Times to the Times Union, many details are emerging in the corruption case against State Senator John Sampson. From Times reporter Mosi Secret: “…When [Sampson] became concerned that his actions were under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, he allegedly took a step that stands out even in the growing annals of wrongdoing by New York lawmakers.”

Click here to read the Times report.

Click here to read Jimmy Vielkind’s report in the Times Union.

VP Ken Pokalsky on “New York Now”

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Ken Pokalsky

Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, will be appearing alongside Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate, and Mike Durant, the New York State Director for NFIB, on WMHT’s news program New York Now at 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Sunday. The three will be appearing with program host Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Their roundtable discussion will focus on their reactions to the state budget and their hopes for the remainder of the legislative session.


NY Times: In dark humor and stiff drinks, Albany finds relief from scandal

“They pat each other down. They crack wise about ‘CSI: Albany.’ They vent, in bars and back rooms and on basketball courts.” That’s the start of New York Time’s reporter Jesse McKinley’s story on the return of state lawmakers to work in Albany.  He also described the reception Senator Malcolm Smith received from his colleagues.

Click here to read more.

Annual LCA Show set for Tuesday, June 11th

The Legislative Correspondents Association (LCA) announced this year’s LCA Show, a witty and entertaining review of the year that was in Albany politics, will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The Times Union’s Capitol Confidential Blog posted a video preview online.  The LCA is the group of news reporters assigned to cover New York State government in Albany, New York. For more information visit the LCA website or their blog.

Governor Cuomo on ethics package: “I want to pull back the lens.”

Governor Cuomo gave some hints about an ethics package he’s putting together during an interview with Susan Arbetter on her WCNY program, “The Capitol Pressroom” Monday. He also addressed the recent Fred Dicker New York Post column which said the governor was attempting to push Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver out. “Never waste a crisis,” said Cuomo to Arbetter.

Casey Seiler wrote about the interview for the Times Union. Click here to read more.