By Tom Precious
Albany -- The ink is barely dry, but the state's chief business lobbying group thinks today's coalition agreement between Senate Republicans and five breakaway Democrats is a good thing.
"The Business Council is encouraged by the creation of a bipartisan governance model that will avoid the dysfunction the Senate experienced in 2009 and 2010," said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. "The power-sharing deal reached by the IDC and Senate Republicans reflects a commitment to support Governor Cuomo's fiscal reform agenda. Only by controlling spending and holding the line on taxes can New York stay on the path to economic stability.''
And from Brian Sampson, head of Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of business groups from across upstate, is this thought: “Unshackle Upstate is dedicated to improving the Upstate economy. A legislator’s party affiliation is of no concern to us, so long as they are committed to making Upstate communities better places to live, work and raise a family. We look forward to working with the Senate Majority Coalition to ensure that the state enacts a fiscally responsible state budget, reduces unfunded mandates on local governments and makes New York a better place to run a business and put people to work. We are unconcerned with how these goals are accomplished, and look forward to working with all 213 legislators and Gov. Cuomo when the legislature returns to session in January.”