State & Broadway, a leading Albany-based lobbying firm, is recognized by both policymakers and the public as a trusted source of information on a host of legislative and regulatory issues. Through bipartisan advocacy, we have achieved success for our clients in many areas of public policy. Our team of government affairs professionals work in a highly coordinated fashion to design comprehensive and creative government relations strategies that effectively position our clients for success. State & Broadway's reputation, expertise, strategic relationships and extensive political contacts are all invaluable assets for any business, trade association or interest group seeking government affairs representation in New York.
State & Broadway's government affairs clients benefit from our access to key policymakers who play a crucial role in the political and legislative processes in New York. Our team works directly with the executive branch, administrative agencies, legislature and other policymaking bodies, to achieve maximum results for our clients.
State & Broadway possesses extensive experience, with recognized lobbying success within various fields and industries, including: Minority and Women Business Enterprises, Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Civil Legal Services, Healthcare, Education, the Film Industry, Arts and Culture, Construction, Telecommunications, Transportation, Insurance and Financial Services. State & Broadway will help your business or organization identify and proactively manage public policy issues that affect your bottom line.
State & Broadway's proven, effective client representation process is based on a simple but effective formula:
Identify the issue at hand and determine whether it requires statutory, regulatory or other action. We then analyze the issue from a political perspective to explore its viability.
Frame the issue in a manner that will be compelling and understandable to relevant government officials. This often involves working with the client to develop written materials that explain their position, along with an assessment of the key players in the legislative or regulatory process that will most likely need to be engaged along the way.
Connect the client with the relevant government decision makers who actually have the power to make decisions that can affect the client's interests. Often, a client's first instinct regarding which public official to approach on a particular legislative or regulatory matter is mistaken; State & Broadway will connect you with the right decision makers who actually have the power to make a difference on your issue, at the right time.
Working with government can be frustrating, especially for those unfamiliar with the legislative process. So making connections with the right decision makers or simply having your voice heard in the crowded halls of government can be a daunting challenge. That is where State & Broadway can help.
State & Broadway acts as a bridge between people and government. Our professional lobbying firm helps individuals, businesses and organizations identify, frame and advocate for issues that impact public policy, before the policymakers who actually have the ability to implement real and effective changes.
Our highly respected, motivated and experienced team has excellent working relationships throughout state and local government in New York, and has a well-earned reputation as being a leader on public policy issues in Albany, New York City, and points in between. State & Broadway's government affairs professionals can help your business or organization navigate state and local government to your advantage, and can assist you in successfully achieving your desired public policy goals.
When you need to connect with government in New York, you first need to connect with the government affairs professionals at State & Broadway.
Our team of professionals provide integrated and creative public affairs strategies, political, legislative and communications consulting and related government affairs services to clients in various trades and industries.
More than ever before, small companies find themselves tangled in a web of regulatory and legal issues that impede their ability to do business.
Given an ever-increasing number of regulations on the state and federal levels, the question of how to seek relief from or gain assistance of government is often confusing and frustrating. But thankfully, there can be a clear path out of this confusing labyrinth.
Companies need a bridge of sorts that connects them to government, says Lawrence Scherer, partner at State & Broadway. That is precisely what we can provide.
Business people are often confused about the role of lobbyists, believing this is a mysterious process cloaked in secrecy and involving enormous fees. But in most cases, it isn't true and working with a lobbyist is often much more attainable than most people realize. And effective lobbying is really a very efficient way for companies to work with government to seek various forms of assistance, adds Scherer.
Small and midsize businesses and trade associations can turn to lobbyists to help them:
For years, New Yorkers were given the option of checking off a box on driver's license applications and renewals, regarding whether they wished to donate their organs in the event of death to someone waiting for an organ transplant.
A potential lifesaver for others, to be sure, and an act of profound goodwill, but the word option was the fly in the ointment. Specifically, rather than facing the issue head on, most drivers simply avoided the question altogether and left the box blank.
That's until Lauren's Law, legislation named after Lauren Shields a 12-year old, Stony Point girl who had to go on life support and then suffered a stroke, after waiting for a heart donor went into action.
Save Lives Now New York, an advocacy group focused on increasing the supply of available organs, asked us to help them lobby the New York State Legislature to change current law and make the choice of donating organs or not, mandatory, says Perry Ochacher of State & Broadway. The idea was that if people were actually required to make a choice, they would no longer be able to avoid the issue but instead would have to make a decision. The hope was that the act of making a decision would lead to more people making the right choice and opting to donate their organs to save lives. Currently, New York ranks 47th nationally in organ donations. The situation had to change.
Working with New York State Senator David Carlucci, Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Speaker Sheldon Silver, we were able to lobby for this subtle but critical change. In two years, we passed Lauren's Law. We believe that by making a response mandatory on the driver's license application just by virtue of requiring people to think about it we'll dramatically increase the number of people enrolled in the organ donor program in New York, adds Ochacher.
Ted Lawson, Executive Director of Save Lives Now New York, credits State & Broadway's Perry Ochacher, for serving as a key player in making Lauren's Law a reality.
Perry knew precisely which key legislators and staff to approach, could get them to pick up the phone and meet with us and guided us every step of the way in the nuances of working with state government, Lawson said. State & Broadway served as our bridge to state government, allowing us to effectively lobby for the successful passage of Lauren's Law.
Governor Cuomo signed the legislation named after Lauren Shields Lauren's Law into effect on October 3, 2012 (Chapter 465 of the Laws of 2012).
New York State film industry insiders are hailing Life of Pi's sound editing Academy Award nomination as yet more proof that New York State is still a film mecca.
In addition to the obvious post-production talent in New York, lobbying efforts have resulted in legislation signed into law in 2012 that enhanced the post-production tax credit from 10% to 30%, boosting the number of projects brought to the state to twenty-four.
Production and post-production work tends to go where economic support is most favorable. New York's embedded film industry which is vital to the state remains here as long as the state competes for its business, says Lawrence Scherer, President of State &Broadway, a government relations firm specializing in serving organizations, film unions and corporations seeking lobbying support in Albany.
The film business is like a traveling road show, says Paul Moore, Eastern Executive Director of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The tax credits and an Oscar nod are powerful incentives for film makers to shoot and complete film projects in the Empire State. Scherer and his associates started to tackle the tax issue eight years ago when they began lobbying for a post-production tax credit incentive. At the time, even the legislature was unaware that New York was so heavily engaged in post-production work.
When Governor Cuomo signed legislation in July to increase the rebate from 10% to 30%, he made New York the leader in incentivizing post-production projects, says Scherer. Twenty-four new post-production projects are committed to come to New York in the next seven months. But it would't have happened if we had not engaged in a systematic lobbying approach in which we worked with individual legislators, leadership and the Governor on the economic potential of film and television post-production work.
New York has long been home to a major, but hidden component of the film industry, namely productions that employ thousands. But the cost of doing business in New York was always considered more expensive. According to Marcelo Gondola, President of the Post New York Alliance, the increase in the tax rebate from 10-30% and 35% for upstate is a big incentive to bring post-production work to New York State.
Productions that shoot outside of New York rarely brought their finishing work to New York. Now, with the incentive and the obvious talent and technical infrastructure, we are developing into a post-production hub, concludes Gandola.
Local industry insiders, including the partners of C5, Inc., the sound post-production facility whose work on Life of Pi resulted in the nomination and last year's win for Hugo, are clearly seeing signs that the tax credits are working to bring film-making back to New York and are keeping it here through the post-production stage.
We've gotten calls galore about films being shot in March. I totally attribute it to the legislation. It's very attractive, hard to argue. For the longest time, post-production was considered too expensive in New York. That argument is now negated, says Ron Bochar, part owner of C5, Inc. It would not have happened if not for the tax incentives. There is a huge up-tick in the construction of boutique mixing rooms, people are getting more work. It is already changing the landscape, bringing confidence.
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