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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 […]

Retailers ready to welcome Canada for coupon promotion

Governor boosts retail tourism and New York’s merchant community With some 200 retailers signed on so far to Governor Cuomo’s initiative to promote New York as a shopping destination for Canadians looking for great deals and unique shopping experiences, the Retail Council of New York State today urged every merchant to get involved. Governor Cuomo’s […]

Retail Council partners with I Love NY to boost NYS retail

Governor Cuomo today announced the “I Shop NY” initiative, a partnership with the Retail Council of New York to promote New York-based stores and businesses to Canada and boost the state’s economy. This year, “I Shop NY” will take place March 22-April 6. The Canadian tourism market is the number one source of tourism in […]

Retail Council welcomes new President and CEO

Ted Potrikus begins new role September 1 ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State Chairman Tom Zapf of Macy’s today announced that Ted Potrikus becomes the statewide trade association’s new President and Chief Executive Officer beginning September 1, 2014. Mr. Potrikus succeeds James R. Sherin, who retires after serving the Council’s President and […]

Walsh joins Retail Council government relations team

The Retail Council of New York State announced today that Alison Walsh has joined the association as government relations associate. Ms. Walsh will help manage the Council’s diverse government relations program, tracking and analyzing legislation and working with lawmakers and staff on the wide variety of issues affecting Retail Council members. Prior to joining the […]

Christmas 2013: Hard work, tough sledding

A letter grade of “B-minus” for the holiday shopping season ALBANY – New York’s retailers used deep discounts, extended hours, and heavy promotions to attract shoppers during the 2013 holiday shopping season, mustering an increase in sales volume of some 3-to-4 percent over a similar time period in 2012. Merchants surveyed by the Retail Council […]

Snow: Good news or bad news?

Winter weather (in moderation) good for sales ALBANY – New York’s retailers report modest gains to date during this truncated “official” holiday shopping season – up 1 to 3 percent over the same period in 2012 – but all this winter weather could be a double-edged sword as the calendar lurches closer to Christmas Day. […]

Summers joins Retail Council as director of membership

The Retail Council of New York State announced today that Christian Summers has joined the association as director of membership. In this role, Mr. Summers will be the primary liaison to existing members and work to grow the association’s membership base by promoting its many money-saving services and programs available to retailers. Prior to joining […]

Retail Council statement

Retailers have had many constructive, forward-focused conversations over the past few weeks with the National Action Network, the National Urban League, and their partner organizations. Today’s announcement is just the start of a renewed good-faith partnership, and we look forward to the dialogue to come.