Voting Record in New York
NFIB tracks the key legislative issues identified by our small business members every session and then we tabulate a score for each New York lawmaker in the state House and state Senate. The NFIB voting record provides a critically important evaluation of a legislator's attitude toward small business based on floor votes. You won't find a more effective way to gauge the performance of politicians than examining their voting record.
While most elected officials claim to support small businesses, the NFIB voting record gives business owners and other citizens a picture of what your state representatives and state senators are up to in Albany. Please thank those legislators who supported small business and continue to work with those who have fallen short.
Top Votes from the 2012 Session
Remedies New York state auditor practices to help restore fairness to the tax assessment process and protect retail merchants from being subject to unreasonable audit tactics, including a prohibition on the Department of Tax and Finance from using any external indices that fail to utilize local economic conditions. A “Yes” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 56–4. Not voted on in the Assembly.
Prohibits New York state agencies, authorities and municipal governments from the practice of job order contracting on small public-work projects, which would lead to increased government efficiency, save taxpayer dollars and increase opportunities for small business through a streamlined procurement process that coordinates the repair and maintenance of small public construction contracts. A “No” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 47–13. Not voted on in the Assembly.
Directs the Public Service Commission to refrain from regulating the rates, terms and conditions on services delivered over Internet technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which would improve and increase access to New York’s technology infrastructure, thus helping spur new economic opportunities and increase job possibilities, especially in rural regions of the state, while not affecting assessment fees on such VoIP service. A “Yes” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 42–18. Not voted on in the Assembly.
Enacts the Power NY Act of 2011, a permanent power plant siting law, which creates a new and centralized process for reviewing and approving the siting of electric generating facilities by streamlining the process and ensuring compliance with air quality rules, public health provisions, homeland security requirements and the state’s energy plan, thus reducing the cost of energy for job creators, creating jobs and fortifying the state’s power supply to meet existing and future energy demands. A “Yes” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 59–3; passed the Assembly 120–14.
Enacts the “tax cap,” as well as additional measures, such as the creation of a Mandate Relief Council, which will benefit small businesses and taxpayers across New York State. This provides significant tax relief and boosts incentives for economic investment in the state, and begins the process of right-sizing state and local government. A “Yes” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 57–5. Passed the Assembly, 120–15.
Amends the onerous “New York State Job Theft Prevention Act,” which has imposed costly new mandates and burdens on employers, and exposed them to new and increased civil and criminal penalties. This legislation removes the annual pay notice mandate and amends the original law to require notification only at the time of hire. A “Yes” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 34–24. Not voted on in the Assembly.
Enacts a new public employee Tier VI which has the potential to save more than $80 billion over the course of 30 years, thus creating substantial long-term tax relief from stifling pension costs. A “Yes” vote supports the NFIB position. Passed the Senate, 32–5. Passed the Assembly 92–46.
Reduces one of the essential cost reduction measures incorporated within the 2007 workers’ compensation reform legislation. The bill allows an injured employee to utilize any pharmacy, so long as it matches the state’s “published prices,” regardless of whether an employer has entered into a contract with a pharmacy network to supply pharmaceuticals to claimants in an effort to gain volume discounts and eliminate drug prices. A “No” vote supports the NFIB position. Not voted on in the Senate; passed the Assembly 128–3.
Enacts the “New York State Fair Pay Act,” which results in increased litigation and additional backlogs in the courts, detracts from truly aggrieved workers, and adds to the high cost of doing business in New York State by adding an unnecessary claim for sex discrimination. The Civil Rights Act already provides adequate remedies for employment discrimination, including any claim that equal pay is being denied based on gender. A “No” vote supports the NFIB position. Not voted on in the Senate; passed the Assembly 90–52.
Expands the Department of Labor’s authority by empowering the agency to get involved in private contractual matters between private, independent businesses and clients by acting as an arbitrator between private parties in areas of establishing payment terms, dictating private contracts, and initiating civil and criminal legal action to private party contracts and agreement. It creates a drastic overreach of government involvement in the private sector. A “No” vote supports the NFIB position. Not voted on in the Senate; passed the Assembly 93–47.
Increases the state’s minimum wage rate beyond the federal minimum rate, thereby decreasing the demand for new employees, especially unskilled and inexperienced workers, driving up the cost of entry-level jobs while also having an adverse impact on goods and services that small businesses provide by increasing the overall cost of doing business and shifting upward the entire wage structure. A “No” vote supports the NFIB position. Not voted on in the Senate; passed the Assembly 98–49.