Government Relations

Our experienced and respected government relations team delivers effective advocacy at the state and local level for merchants large and small. We work with our members to create and advance a comprehensive agenda, communicating the retail industry’s message to lawmakers, state and local agencies and the media.

Stay Informed and Connected

National brands and independent stores receive regular updates about new laws and regulations in real time. We provide continued support to our members as they implement and comply with requirements in New York State, and we are always available to answer specific questions.

Protect the Bottom Line

The New York State Legislature typically introduces more than 10,000 different bills in a two-year legislative cycle, and it is our job to analyze each proposal on your behalf. Company operations, policies and branding are all unique, and that requires informed advocacy and guidance, especially in a bellwether state like New York. We educate policymakers on the intricacies of the retail industry and can protect your company from proposals that may adversely affect your business operations.

The Retail Council of New York State delivers results. They care deeply about their members, which is where their ‘can do’ attitude shines. They are strategic in their approach to legislative advocacy, and importantly, they win. Responsiveness and communication are this organization’s strength. They’re available day or night to answer questions, take on a request, or give us a window into Albany politics. When you need them, the Retail Council is there.

Breanna Schafer, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Target


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