Albany, NY, November 22, 2022 — 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 2022 Economic Development Power 100 list. The list identifies the top government officials, CEOs, heads of business groups and trade associations, advocates of small businesses and minority- and women-owned enterprises, and others who drive job creation across New York.

The magazine listing states: “The past year has brought numerous challenges for retailers, including hiring shortages, inflation and concerns about crime. Melissa O’Connor made sure their needs were heard, representing thousands of retailers across New York. O’Connor brought with her to this role 17 years of experience working at the Retail Council of New York State, giving her key insights into local and state policies affecting the retail industry and the know-how to get lawmakers’ support.”

To view the full list, visit

About the Retail Council of New York State

The Retail Council of New York State, incorporated in 1931, is New York’s largest retail trade association. With headquarters just one block from the state Capitol and legislative offices, the Council serves the needs of merchants, professionals and other providers of goods and services across the state. Members enjoy a wide range of money-saving programs, including merchant services, insurance plans, payroll processing, energy savings and discount shipping.

The Council represents about 5,000 stores, ranging in size from sole proprietor businesses to national retail chains. As the voice of retail in New York, the Council also represents the interests of members before the state Legislature and government agencies.


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