About Us

The Retail Council of New York State was incorporated in 1931 by a group of retailers who came together to support their industry. Today, the Retail Council is New York’s largest statewide association of its kind.

Headquartered in Albany, just one block from the Capitol, the Retail Council is a full-service trade organization with extensive experience in government and media relations. As the exclusive voice of retail in New York, we are a trusted resource for business owners to stay informed on issues essential to the industry. We provide members with the tools and support they need to operate efficiently.

Our Mission

The Retail Council of New York State promotes, advances and protects the interests of retailers throughout the state, with a focus on government relations, education, public relations and other matters related to retail businesses and consumers.

The Team

Melissa O'Connor

Melissa O'Connor

President & Chief Executive Officer

Carly Brentini, CPP

Carly Brentini, CPP

Assistant Director of Member Development

Michele Coons, CPP

Michele Coons, CPP

Director of Member Service

Kelsey Dorado

Kelsey Dorado

Director of State & Local Government Relations

Dennis Eck

Dennis Eck

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Adam Hershberg

Adam Hershberg

Chief Financial Officer

Virginia Hitchcock, AAI

Virginia Hitchcock, AAI

Director of Insurance Services

Nicholl Lockwood

Nicholl Lockwood

Vice President of Operations

Amanda Powers

Amanda Powers

Director of Communications and Marketing

Bill Rabbitt

Bill Rabbitt

Director of Insurance Development

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