May 6, 2010 – Where to Start: Albany or DC? Margaret Moree

Speaker:
Margaret Moree, Director of Federal Affairs at The Public Policy Institute for the Business Council

Description:
Moree will discuss new SUNY Strategic Plan as well as implementation of health care reform; financial services regulation; climate change and more.  Moree will also discuss key issues in Albany and why support is needed for the Public Higher Education Empowerment Act.

PowerPoint:
“Where to Start: Albany or DC?”  (N/A)

Location:
Binghamton University Downtown Center

Present:
Presenter - Margaret M. Moree (The Public Policy Institute for the Business Council)
Attendees - Barbara Drago (State University of New York System Administration Development), Debra Morello (Broome Community College), Diane H. Greiwe (Binghamton University (BU), Gene Miller (Lourdes Hospital), Janet Hertzog (Broome Community College (BCC), Jeff Grimshaw (State University of New York at Oswego), Jeremy Bowker (Binghamton University (BU), John Gutenberger (Cornell University), John Hayek (Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC), John Stevens (Tioga State Bank), Kathryn Fletcher (H2 Innovations), Ken Kamlet (Newman Development Group, LLC), Kevin McLaughlin (Empire State Development), Mark Vaughn (Corning Incorporated), Nancy Bellow (State University of New York at Oswego), Omar Sanders (City of Binghamton), Rebecca Ducsik (Broome-Tioga Workforce New York), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University (BU), Thomas Ingram (State University of New York at Oswego), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University (BU), Tim Grippen (New York State Department of Labor (DOL), Yvonne Petrella (State University of New York at Oswego)

Reports/Discussion: 

  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST.
  • Margaret M. Moree, Director of Federal Affairs, The Business Council gave a presentation titled, “Where to Start: Albany or DC? “ To garner attention, provoke thinking, and highlight differing views about how NYS might solve its fiscal problems, M. Moree began her presentation by reading a March 28, 2010 Op-Ed piece titled, “Struggling Towns Must Evolve or Die” The presentation focused on four primary four topics:
  • What’s Happening in DC of Concern to Business: Implementation of health care reform; financial services regulation; climate change and beyond.
  • Albany: budget (ups and downs); what an election year means to legislative priorities.
  • The Power of SUNY: why the Business Council supports the plan; why we’re engaged on the Public Higher Education Empowerment Act; but what can it really mean and why to the business community?
  • Alliances: the need for multiple voices and what community sustainability means in NY’s economy.
  • The presentation was followed by Q&A and open conversation between M. Moree and SUNY BEST members.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Binghamton University Downtown Center