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Retailers applaud AG Schneiderman’s ‘organized retail crime’ takedown

ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus today issued the following statement: Retailers throughout New York State today thank Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, his team, and all law enforcement partners for the hard work leading to the arrest of leaders of an organized retail crime ring operating in […]

Retailers applaud Governor’s bag moratorium

ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus this evening issued the following statement: Retailers in New York City and throughout the state thank Governor Cuomo for making the difficult decision to tap on the brakes on the New York City plastic bag fee. We respect the complexity of […]

Retailers support Governor’s ‘marketplace’ sales tax plan

“It’s not a new tax” says Council President The Retail Council of New York State today urged lawmakers to approve as written a proposal from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget seeking to require “marketplace providers” to collect New York’s state and local sales taxes on merchandise shipped in to the state from out-of-state sellers. “It […]

Retailers bash bid for 10% workers’ comp rate hike

State Fund overcharges demand full actuarial study ALBANY, NY – As New York’s Department of Financial Services reviews input from its June 27 hearing on a recommended 9.8 percent rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance, the Retail Council of New York State wants instead an industry-wide actuarial study before the DFS considers any further rate […]

Merchants applaud new law combatting organized retail crime

ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus issues the following statement applauding Governor Cuomo’s approval of a law giving prosecutors an important new tool in the fight against organized retail crime (Chapter 63, Laws of 2016): Organized retail crime isn’t the same thing as personal-use shoplifting. These are […]

Retail Council statement on minimum wage, paid family leave

ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus issues the following statement on today’s announcement regarding an increase in the state’s minimum wage and implementation of paid family and medical leave: We commend Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, and leaders Flanagan and Klein for the extraordinary time and energy they […]

Retail Council statement on Governor Cuomo’s minimum wage announcement

Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus today issued the following statement on today’s announcement from Governor Cuomo calling for a legislated statewide minimum wage that would reach $15/hour: Governor Cuomo could not have been more clear in January that a minimum wage increase stood among his highest priorities.  He put on the table what we […]