City & State, December 6, 2021 — City & State, the premier media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy, has included Retail Council of New York State President & CEO Melissa O’Connor in its magazine’s Economic Development Power 75 list. The inaugural list identifies the policymakers who are driving economic development strategies in New York and positioning the state for a post-pandemic recovery, including elected officials, government appointees and leaders of chambers of commerce, trade associations, business improvement districts, labor unions, corporations and nonprofits.
The magazine listing states: “Melissa O’Connor has underscored the critical role retail venues are playing in the state’s recovery, both as economic hubs and sites for COVID-19 vaccination clinics. O’Connor, who previously led government relations at the Retail Council of New York State, was named the council’s president in November 2020, following the retirement of Ted Potrikus. As an advocate for New York’s largest retail association, she is helping members navigate a new economic landscape, including operating online via the