New York is a complex and diverse state to govern—and a notoriously challenging one in which to do business. Rife with contradictions, New York contains enclaves of great wealth and pockets of devastating urban and rural poverty. The state hosts the leading global financial center, preeminent universities and research centers, high-technology companies—and 35,000 family farms. The state legislature has been variously described as an innovative laboratory of democracy and a poster child for legislative dysfunction.
A New York State of Mind
Clients come to us—and stay with us—because we deliver results. We know the intricacies of the executive, administrative, regulatory and legislative processes, and keenly understand the political terrain. Putting credibility above short-term political gain, we have developed strong relationships with government leaders and their key aides throughout state government.
Our team takes a genuine interest in your needs and is vested in your success. We're unwavering in our commitment to helping clients achieve their goals, whether we're engaged in coalition-building; designing strategic community outreach efforts; providing legislators with well-vetted policy options; drafting bills, procuring sponsors and locking up votes; or securing millions in funding, grants, contracts and awards.
Broad Firsthand Experience
Many members of our team have held prominent positions in public service, including serving as gubernatorial advisors or counsel, high-level staffers to legislators, and in other senior roles in state government, where they gained invaluable experience and insight, as well as a wide range of local, regional and state contacts.
Lobbying and Beyond
Located within walking distance of the Capitol building, our Albany office is perfectly situated to serve as a launching pad for our lobbying and administrative agency appearances. We can help you with securing landmark legislation and regulatory changes to protect or advance your interests, derailing adverse bills and proposed rules, obtaining necessary approvals from state agencies and winning reversals of adverse agency decisions in court.
As opposed to being simply a lobbying firm, we can tap into our nationally recognized health care, privacy and data security, environment and energy, advertising, infrastructure, labor, entertainment and other practices. Our lobbying for health care clients, for example, is done in close collaboration with our health care lawyers and consultants. With offices in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco, we help you stay on top of the latest economic and political developments. We work closely with our New York City practice, which provides effective and informed advocacy for clients with interests affected by New York City government.
We do more than just open doors. We help craft the substance to protect and advance your interests.
Who we work with
We work with clients in the health care, pharmaceutical and biomedical research, real estate and construction, education and educational broadcasting, economic development (e.g., job training, affordable housing), traditional and renewable energy, transportation, technology, insurance, trade association and not-for-profit sectors.
What we do
In addition to working closely with legislators to get across clients' positions, we provide a wide array of other services, including:
- Performing public policy research, proposing legislation and monitoring legislative progress and regulatory developments
- Designing advocacy strategies, developing strategic alliances and coalitions, and organizing grassroots support
- Attending legislative committee hearings and formal rulemaking proceedings
- Representing clients at regulatory and enforcement proceedings, audits and disciplinary actions—and in court
- Securing funding from the state budget and guiding clients through the state's complex procurement and contracting processes
- Keeping you up to date on late-breaking legislative, regulatory and legal developments