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May, 2014
Three Village School District

Three Village School District

Challenge:  The Three Village School District, located on Long Island stood to lose millions in property taxes.  Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook), acquired private property for development that included private businesses.

Against tremendous pressure from SUNY, Empire successfully passed a precedent setting law that required Stony Brook to pay property taxes to the school district on public land used for a private purpose.

Solution:  Our team met with legislators, agency heads and the governor’s office to explain our issue.  We drafted legislation that would force the state to pay property taxes to the school district on the land acquired by Stony Brook, which was taken off of the tax rolls.

Result: Empire drafted and successfully passed a law requiring Stony Brook University to pay PILOT payment to the Three Village School District in perpetuity.

 

NY Medical Staff Leadership Council Re-Branding

NY Medical Staff Leadership Council Re-Branding

History: Empire was retained late to help rebuild the association’s image in Albany and to develop a strategy to advance legislation in support of physicians statewide.

Accomplishments:

  • Developed a brand identity for the NYMSLC in Albany, which represents over 5,000 physicians in Nassau County.
  • Created and maintains an interactive website for the organization.
  • Developed position papers on issues related to healthcare and insurance.
  • Lobbied key members on health, insurance, Medicare and business issues.

Bus Association of NY Albany & NYC Transportation Issues

History: The Bus Association of NY represents charter bus operators, businesses large and small.

Accomplishments:

  • Obtained State Sales Tax Exemption on purchase of buses used in Interstate Commerce;
  • Negotiated with Office of the Mayor and Commissioner of Transportation to revise proposed rules and regulations impacting on the bus industry;
  • Lobbied Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to remove onerous restrictions on certain bus operation practices;
  • Successfully mobilized members to oppose legislation to tax charter tours;
  • Worked with State Department of Transportation to get major rules changes helping to reduce costs to bus industry members;
  • Lobbied Department of Labor to change policies that were costing industry members significant dollars; and
  • Researched and authored white papers in support of industry position on transportation and business issues.
“Dietary Supplement Distributor” Defeated Nationally Publicized Bill

“Dietary Supplement Distributor” Defeated Nationally Publicized Bill

Challenge: A nationally recognized supplement distributor was facing a ban on their product, which would have decimated sales in New York and elsewhere.  The client came to Empire to help educate state legislators on the product using a body of evidence from third party research on its safety.

Empire carefully directed a statewide outreach campaign aimed at defeating legislation harmful to the dietary supplement industry.

Solution: Empire developed a statewide grassroots campaign targeted at state legislators aimed to educate them on the product.  Thousands of correspondence was issues by voters to key legislators.

Result:  The bill ultimately died in committee with several members withdrawing their support as a direct result of our efforts.

Long Island Railroad Third Track Outreach Campaign

Long Island Railroad Third Track Outreach Campaign

The Third Track Project is a $1 billion dollar initiative to add an additional track running between Queens, NY and Bethpage, Long Island that would allow the LIRR to run additional trains both east and west to increase capacity for commuters in and out of Long Island.

Challenge:  Empire was tasked with collecting support for and/or neutralizing threats from public officials, business leaders and community groups.

Empire’s team led a grassroots education campaign reaching 57 elected officials, hosting multiple public forums, galvanizing support in a majority of the impacted communities. 

Solution:  The project involved in-depth community and grassroots outreach in eight local communities represented by 51 public officials and with 16 key civic organizations, as well as a number of other groups such as volunteer ambulance corps, volunteer firemen, sanitary sewer district officials, and commercial and residential property owners whose properties were located in the proposed project area, among other stakeholder groups.

Result:  Empire successfully engaged 57 elected officials at the federal, state, county and local level. After a year and one-half of ongoing meetings with stakeholders, public officials, trade groups and industry organizations, six of the eight communities either gave their tacit consent for the project or were neutral. The remaining two were neutral but were interested in amenities in exchange for dropping their, potential opposition.