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Alex Betke Authors Opinion Piece Regarding Earmarks for Empire Report New York

“Those of us who have been around lobbying and government for a long time are eager to see the return of earmarks as expected in the 117th Congress…

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Connecticut) announced a plan to establish Community Project Funding – a new approach to earmarks intended to overcome Republican and public disdain for earmarks.

This is a great opportunity for non-profits and governments to secure funding needed for key projects. In the past, I helped get earmark funding for hospitals, municipalities and community based not-for-profits for specialized diagnostic equipment and electronic management systems, as well as Main Street upgrades, water and sewer improvements and other transportation system investments.”

Read the full opinion piece here:


Gary Eisenman Recognized Among Real Estate Power 100

Recently tapped by the government relations and consulting firm Brown & Weinraub to be a senior adviser and counsel, attorney Gary Eisenman brings more than 30 years of experience in business, law and government. He has counseled real estate companies, private equity firms, commercial banks and nonprofit corporations and Fortune 100 Companies. Eisenman served alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo when Cuomo was the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Emily Whalen Recognized for Going Above & Beyond

We encourage your participation in City & State’s recognition of 40 women who exhibit exemplary leadership in their fields and have made important contributions to society in the sectors of business, public service, media, nonprofit and organized labor at its 2021 Above & Beyond virtual celebration.

Our Emily Whalen is one of the 40!


Sabrina Shulman Represents B&W at City & State’s Virtual Healthy New York Summit

On April 15 from 1-4 City & State will host it Virtual Healthy New York Summit, bringing “together health care decision makers and policy experts from all sectors to identify challenges and discuss solutions to improve our system. Attendees will gain new insights and perspectives on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health care during and post the pandemic.”

B&W’s Sabrina Shulman will moderate the 3:15 pm session regarding Innovative Health Programs and Services in New York



Legislation for LIBOR Replacement Passes Both Houses

This week both houses of the Legislature passed legislation to adopt an alternative to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) governing short term interest agreements which is scheduled to be discontinued. The recommended benchmark rate, Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), was established by our client the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC). The proposal was included in the Executive Budget and, as a result of advocacy, gained momentum to be passed outside the budget.

Alternate Energy Practice Wins

Recent announcements include the launch of NextEra Energy Transmission New York, Inc’s $180 million project to upgrade the energy transmission system serving Western New York with a new 345-kilovolt transmission line across 20 miles, and selection of the Ørsted South Fork Wind Farm for connectivity to an energy substation via a new 7.6-mile transmission line.

A great overview of the project our client Plug Power is developing at the Science, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in Genesee County was recently published.


Higher Ed Funding 

Our friends and clients CICU have successfully advocated for Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program (HECap) funding to support capital projects at institutions of higher education and are at it again this year asking the Legislature to restore an Executive Budget cut. We’re proud to help them in this effort.