|Capitol Group's Comprehensive Lobbying Strategy Helps Protect NYS Snowmobilers
May 30, 2010 – Albany, NY, Capitol Group, LLC and the NYS Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) announced today that the New York State Legislature rejected Governor Paterson's proposed sweep of monies from the Trail Fund. The state's attempt to take this money for other purposes would clearly threaten the safety of the trail system and would bankrupt the trail fund.
Viewed as one of the most significant threats to the marine trades industry in years, NYSSA and Capitol group, LLC, moved quickly to develop a lobbying plan to defeat the Governor's proposal. This unprecedented sweep was proposed less than two years after a previous attempt to take $1 million during the 2008-2009 budget process was avoided with the understanding by NYSSA and its supporters that similar raids would not be attempted in the future. Governor Paterson had stated in a press release at the time that the state would "ensure that money from these registration fees will be spent in a way that specifically benefits snowmobilers... solely on trail maintenance and related program activities."
"Defeating the Governor's proposed sweep of the trail fund required a team effort driven by a strong statewide association and a comprehensive lobbying strategy that included message development, high-level negotiations and a well-orchestrated grassroots effort," said Nick Barrella, Capitol Group, LLC's Managing Partner.
Capitol Group, LLC is one of New York's leading full-service public affairs firms providing lobbying, government affairs representation, strategic counsel, and communications services. The firm is recognized for its highly successful bi-partisan lobbying practice. Capitol Group, LLC represents clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 Companies and small not-for-profits to statewide associations.