We have achieved so many successes for our clients. Here are some examples:
PLA Communications worked with the coalitions at New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis to restore critical funding for spinal cord research.
PLA New York advocated for research center funds and worked to develop a state disaster preparedness Institute.
Overcame stiff opposition to secure passage of NYS legislation that allows NYC to install speed cameras outside schools in crash-prone areas.
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.
Assisted Caramoor in obtaining $150,000 in economic development funding from NYS for its Garden of Sonic Delights exhibit.
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.
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.
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.
Secured funding for statewide elder abuse prevention program developed by Lifespan, based in Rochester.
Stopped measures to impose onerous privacy requirements that would have stifled innovation in on-line services and resources.
Secured increased funding for non-public schools through additions to the state's Comprehensive Attendance Policy and Mandated Services program.
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.
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.
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.
Advanced legislation to expand funeral pre-payment options for New Yorkers and provide options that are already available in most other states.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developed legislative and media strategy and led coalition to stop plans for a National Football League stadium on Manhattan's west side.
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.
Fought for a timely extension of the ICAP, which offers property tax abatements for commercial and industrial development in New York City
Developed innovative economic development package to relocate production of ABC hit series "Ugly Betty" to New York from Los Angeles.
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.
Secured $2 million in funding from the New York State Economic Development Assistance Program for innovative facility for study and development of video games.
Prevented a municipality from taking over a local private golf course through abuse of eminent domain statutes.
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.
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.
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.
Spearheaded successful negotiations between federal, private and nonprofit entities to form conceptual agreement on a $50 million project to clean up the Buffalo riverfront.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.