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Key Membership Benefits

Government Relations

The Retail Council of New York State has strong lobbyists protecting our members' interests.

"New York is a critical state for the Macy's organization, and the tremendous all-year activity that takes place in Albany can help or hinder our goals. The Retail Council communicates pertinent issues and information, seeks feedback from members, and provides cohesive and consistent guidance to lawmakers. If not for the Retail Council, advocacy would be a tremendous burden on our organization. We appreciate and value their hard work."

Tom Zapf
Vice President and Legislative Counsel

The Council’s legislative agenda comprises a variety of initiatives as diverse as the industry we represent. Our government relations professionals are well regarded throughout the halls of state government, with a reputation for providing strong advocacy for the needs of retailers large and small.

"It only takes one trip to the state Capitol to witness the impeccable reputation that the Retail Council and its government relations team have with members of the State Legislature and their staff. I have the utmost confidence in their ability to represent and protect our stores on a daily basis in New York, which is crucial as a government relations executive responsible for multiple jurisdictions."

Mike Altier
State Government Relations

Council members participate in shaping our agenda and stay informed through our newsletters, the Retailer and the Retail Link. To learn more about our newsletters, click here.

Members of the Retail Council can also stay informed through free email updates when issues arise.

If you are a member of the Council and would like to receive legislative updates, email

In addition, the Council produces an annual year-end legislative summary, which references hundreds of retail-specific bills active in New York State. For a copy of the legislative summary, send an email with your request to

Call the Council at (800) 442-3589 or submit a request for more information to find out more about the benefits the Retail Council offers.

"The Retail Council of New York State is always on the job. They are first to notify us about an issue of concern, and even quicker to respond. They are consistently on top of issues at both the state and local government level. The Retail Council is an invaluable partner to The Home Depot. They help us be successful."

Kent Knutson
Vice President, Government Relations
The Home Depot

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