The actions of government officials can have a profound impact on business, industry, and individuals. The Government Affairs Practice Area at Harter Secrest & Emery is a full-service government relations practice that has represented the interests of our clients in New York State for over thirty years. Our experienced attorneys provide strategic advice and counsel to our clients regarding the nuances of New York State government and perform the day to day functions of government relations representation such as: arranging for the introduction of bills; tracking the progress of proposed regulations; arranging for meetings; preparing hearing testimony; lobbying to secure or modify legislation and administrative action on behalf of clients; and working to identify and secure government funding.
Advice and Strategic Planning
Our attorneys work closely with clients to assess their needs and goals in New York. Once determined, we work with clients to develop appropriate and innovative strategies based on the intricacies of New York State government and the obstacles that may prove a challenge to the client accomplishing their goals. This guidance and strategic review are ongoing from the initial representation throughout the entire process as it is often necessary to change and adjust to factors beyond the control of the client.
Visibility in Albany
Our hands-on approach creates visibility for clients in the State Capitol by maintaining contact with state legislators, the Governor’s office, and all appropriate state agencies. Visibility means that our clients not only have name recognition with key government officials in Albany but also these government officials know the goals, successes and importance of our clients to New York State. This also means that when a subject matter expert is needed, they know who to call ask questions and answers. This commitment to visibility is the same regardless of whether the client is a multi-national corporation or a small not-for-profit.
Interaction with New York State Government
Working closely with client representatives, our attorneys coordinate and assist efforts to contact individual legislators, legislative staff members, members of the Governor’s staff, or appropriate agency representatives. This can be done through one on one meetings as needed, large scale lobby day efforts or through participation and attendance at key hearings and other events.
We have established a reputation for effective and successful advocacy through ongoing dialogue with state officials and staff who are the decisionmakers in areas that affect our clients’ interests. Our attorneys are on the ground in Albany, and travel through the state as needed, to ensure our clients have active and engaged representation throughout the legislative session and beyond.
Immediate and Appropriate Reaction
Professionals in the practice monitor the thousands of pieces of state legislation, proposed regulations and state policy proposals which could impact our clients. Our attorneys assist in communicating clients’ positions on these items to members of the state legislature or appropriate agency officials in real time.
Communication is key. Our attorneys are in regular contact with our clients. Whether it be a regularly scheduled weekly call, text message or written report, we work with our clients to tailor our communications to their needs. For all clients, we prepare bill track information detailing activities on specific bills of interest to them and provide general updates on significant and important developments in Albany.