Optimal Results

Government Affairs and Media Relations

We have achieved so many successes for our clients. Here are some examples:

Spinal Cord Funds

PLA Communications worked with the coalitions at New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis to restore critical funding for spinal cord research.

Stony Brook

PLA New York advocated for research center funds and worked to develop a state disaster preparedness Institute.

New York City: Speed Cameras

Overcame stiff opposition to secure passage of NYS legislation that allows NYC to install speed cameras outside schools in crash-prone areas.

Lower Hudson Valley: New Tappan Zee Bridge

Worked with the team, Tappan Zee Constructors, that successfully bid for one of the largest contracts in NYS history to design and build a new Tappan Zee bridge, just north of New York City.

Hudson Valley: Secured funding for Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Assisted Caramoor in obtaining $150,000 in economic development funding from NYS for its Garden of Sonic Delights exhibit.

Western New York: Helped Negotiate Deal to Save the Maid of the Mist Boat Tours of Niagara Falls

Assisted Maid of the Mist Corp, a local Western NY company, in negotiations with Governor Cuomo's administration in efforts to ensure their boat tours continue operation on the American side of Niagara Falls.

Western New York: Facilitated Deal to Build $46 Million Economic Development Project

Worked with the City of Buffalo and state authorities, including Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes, to move Catholic Health's $46 million headquarters project - along with 700 jobs - to Downtown Buffalo.

Western New York: Proceeds from hydropower sales to benefit local economic development

Won inclusion in 2012-2013 state budget provisions to ensure that proceeds from the sale of hydropower in Western New York come back to the region to benefit local economic development efforts.

Statewide: Funding for elder abuse prevention

Secured funding for statewide elder abuse prevention program developed by Lifespan, based in Rochester.

Statewide: Protecting innovation in on-line services and resources

Stopped measures to impose onerous privacy requirements that would have stifled innovation in on-line services and resources.

Statewide: Increased funding for non-public schools

Secured increased funding for non-public schools through additions to the state's Comprehensive Attendance Policy and Mandated Services program.

Erie County: Spearheaded legislative efforts to facilitate development of brew pub that will create hundreds of jobs

Worked to achieve legislation that will lead to development of a destination brew pub near Buffalo, and create hundreds of permanent and construction jobs, and facilitate similar projects throughout New York State.

Statewide: Supporting renewable energy

Facilitated passage of legislation supporting renewable energy developers, and requiring the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to tracking generation and distribution of renewable energy.

Statewide: Keeping power affordable for New Yorkers

Worked to block several measures that would have imposed significant cost burdens on utility companies and resulted in higher energy prices for New York consumers.

Statewide: Expanding funeral pre-payment options for New Yorkers

Advanced legislation to expand funeral pre-payment options for New Yorkers and provide options that are already available in most other states.

Statewide: Oral Chemotherapy Parity

Secured the passage of legislation that requires health insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy in the same way that they cover intravenous, or traditional chemotherapy treatments.

Statewide: SUNY Reforms

Worked with Stony Brook University to secure passage of legislation that allows SUNY campuses to raise tuition without enduring state funding cuts. The legislation also included additional capital funding for Stony Brook and the three other university centers.

Statewide: Medicaid Transportation Services

Secured winning bid for Medical Answering Services in Phase 1 of the statewide takeover of Medicaid transportation services from the counties. As a result, Medical Answering Services also created 80 jobs in its Syracuse headquarters.

Statewide: Charter Schools

Secured legislation to raise the limit on the number of charter schools in New York State, which in turn allowed New York to successfully compete for $700 million in Federal Race to the Top education funding.

Statewide: Sugar Tax

Led coalition with American Beverage Association to prevent for two consecutive years the enactment of a sugar tax - some call it a "fat-tax" - in the New York State budget. Also worked successfully to block fitness club tax.

Statewide: Ban on Texting While Driving

Working pro bono for the mother of a teenager who was killed in a tragic accident caused by texting while driving, secured first state legislation to ban texting while driving as part of a comprehensive driver safety law.

Statewide: Reducing Electronic Waste

Worked to implement comprehensive legislation requiring manufacturers to collect and recycle televisions, computers and other electronic waste, and to create public education programs so consumers know where to bring electronics for collection.

Statewide: Red Light Cameras

Overcoming stiff opposition in some areas of New York State, won the passage of legislation that authorizes certain municipalities to install cameras to apprehend and ticket drivers who run red lights.

Statewide: Public Defender Case Loads

Worked with Legal Aid Society to secure passage of legislation that, for the first time ever, sets a cap on the number of cases a public defender can carry at one time. Also helped to secure millions of dollars in much-needed city funding for criminal and civil legal services.

Statewide: Stimulated Sales of New York State Wines Beyond State's Borders

Secured passage of legislation to allow New York State wineries to compete with other states' products by marketing and selling their products in certain states with reciprocal agreements.

PLACommunications: Tax Surcharge for High-Income Earners

Worked with grass roots groups to raise awareness of overwhelming public and legislative support for income tax surcharge on New York State's wealthiest residents, as an alternative to devastating cuts in school budgets around the state.

PLACommunications: Marriage Equality

Through ongoing work for leading statewide LGBT advocacy group Empire State Pride Agenda, served on communications team for New Yorkers United for Marriage, coalition of LGBT groups that worked together on successful fight to win approval of same-sex marriage in New York State Legislature.

New York City: West Side Stadium Plan

Developed legislative and media strategy and led coalition to stop plans for a National Football League stadium on Manhattan's west side.

New York City: Coalition for the Homeless

Successfully fought to restore millions of dollars in vital funding to protect critical social services programs including the homeless prevention fund, mobile soup kitchen and emergency food program, supportive housing for formerly-homeless people living with HIV/AIDS and emergency shelter and services for at-risk/LGBT youth.

New York City: Industrial Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP)

Fought for a timely extension of the ICAP, which offers property tax abatements for commercial and industrial development in New York City

New York City: Incentive Package to Bring "Ugly Betty" to New York

Developed innovative economic development package to relocate production of ABC hit series "Ugly Betty" to New York from Los Angeles.

Yonkers: Saw Mill River

Helped to secure state funding for the Saw Mill River "Daylighting" project, which reintroduced the river as a public space in the heart of the city's revitalized downtown.

Brooklyn: Polytechnic University Center for Innovation in Technology and Entertainment

Secured $2 million in funding from the New York State Economic Development Assistance Program for innovative facility for study and development of video games.

Nassau County: Deepdale Eminent Domain Battle

Prevented a municipality from taking over a local private golf course through abuse of eminent domain statutes.

Niagara County: Home Health Care Takeover

Worked with local officials and the State Department of Health to ensure Catholic Health Systems won the bid to takeover Niagara County's home health care business.

Buffalo: Preventing the Closure of St. Joseph's and Westfield Memorial Hospitals

Through successful negotiation and representation, prevented the closing of St. Joseph's Hospital of the Catholic Health System and Westfield Memorial Hospital, which were both targeted for closure by the Berger Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.

Buffalo: Steel Winds Project

Worked with State and Local Government officials, on behalf of First Wind, to negotiate a deal to build 14 windmills on the shores of Lake Erie.

Buffalo: Clean-up of Buffalo Riverfront

Spearheaded successful negotiations between federal, private and nonprofit entities to form conceptual agreement on a $50 million project to clean up the Buffalo riverfront.

Rochester: Secured More State Transit Aid

Helped to secure a 62% increase in operating aid - more than $11 million - for the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA). The additional aid helped the RGRTA to reduce bus fares to $2 - the lowest level in two decades - and reduce its operating deficit.

Albany: Port of Albany Wharf Renovation & Expansion of Container Service and Cargo Business

Worked with state and federal officials to secure an additional $10.8 million to rebuild the Port's aging wharf, on top of $1.6 million in state funds previously obtained for the purchase of equipment critical to the Port's diversification. The acquisition of the technologically advanced mobile harbor crane allowed the Port to expand its container service and cargo business and transformed Albany into one of the most vibrant inland ports in the Northeast.

Yonkers: Raceway Racino

Played a key role in efforts to establish Yonkers Raceway as one of eight horse-racing venues in the state to open video lottery terminal (VLT) racinos. Yonkers Raceway is now one of the most profitable VLT operations in the state, and generates millions of dollars in aid annually for Yonkers and its schools.

Ravena: Cement Plant Modernization

Won approval from state Department of Environmental Conservation to modernize existing Lafarge cement plant. The new plant will be the cleanest and most energy-efficient facility of its kind in North America.

Middletown: Regional Hospital Consolidation

Obtained approvals for Orange Regional Medical Center, new state-of-the-art regional hospital that replaced several smaller medical facilities that were outdated and costly to operate.

Western New York: Seneca Nation Casinos for Western New York

Developed a successful strategic plan which led to designation of the Seneca Nation as the operator of a Niagara Falls casino and sole developer of two other Western New York gaming facilities.

North Country: AMP establishes North Country Power Authority

Secured passage of legislation that establishes a municipal power system to reduce energy costs for homeowners, renters and businesses in New York State's North Country.