Kyle Davis has joined the Empire Center as its Director of Public Affairs.

In this role, Davis will focus on increasing the Empire Center’s presence in the Capitol, building relationships with state and local elected officials, and strengthening advocacy coalitions.

“It’s never been more important to have sensible policy leading the way to help New Yorkers succeed,” Tim Hoefer, President and CEO of the Empire Center, said. “We’re so excited to have Kyle on the team and working to expand our reach among those who are implementing that policy in the Capitol and throughout New York.”

Before joining the Empire Center, Davis previously worked at the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce as the Government Relations and Public Policy Manager, and worked closely with other business groups across the State to advance a pro-growth legislative agenda. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Masters Degree in Public Administration and holds degrees in both Political Science and Communications from SUNY Cortland.

“I am honored to join the Empire Center team and I look forward to continuing my work as an advocate for small businesses, economic growth, and accountable government,” said Davis. “I’m excited to work with our partners in Albany and across the state to help make New York a better place to live and work.”

You may also like

Port Authority’s Overtime Surge Wiped Out ‘Cashless’ Savings

Seven Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees last year collected more than $200,000 each in overtime as total overtime surged, according to 2023 payroll data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. The five-year increase in overtime far exceeds the Port Authority's payroll savings from phasing out bridge and tunnel toll collectors over the same period. Read More

Empire Index: State’s On Wrong Track, Tax Cap Popular And More

Three in five New Yorkers (60 percent) say the state is on the wrong track, up from 55 percent earlier this year, according to the latest Empire Index poll of registered voters by the Empire Center for Public Policy. Read More

School Budgets Outpace Inflation As Districts Plan To Spend Over $33K Per Student

School districts presenting budgets to voters next Tuesday plan to spend an average of $33,404 per student, up 4.4 percent from the current school year, according to new state data. Read More

MTA Payroll Jumps 9 Percent As Overtime Goes Off the Rails Again

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)’s payroll jumped $663 million, or 9 percent, last year as overtime spending ticked up to a new record and subsidiaries dished out $261 million in retroactive pay, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. Read More

Empire Center Experts React to FY25 Budget

"This year’s budget process was an avoidable trainwreck. New York is the only state that begins its fiscal year on April 1, earlier than anyone else. This has contributed to Albany’s new, old tradition of missing deadlines, then hurriedly voting on bills before lawmakers can fully review them. Moving the fiscal year start would make the budget process more transparent and give lawmakers time to better perform their duty as the state’s board of directors." Read More

Teacher Pensions Added to SeeThroughNY Include 25 Over $300K

New York’s two teacher pension systems last year had 25 retirees eligible to collect pensions of more than $300,000, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. Read More

Median Teacher Pay Tops $100K In Five Counties, Two Boroughs, 1/4 of NY Districts

A total of 189 out of 685 school districts outside New York City last year had median classroom teacher pay over $100,000, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website, up from 156 five years earlier. Read More

Empire Center Releases First “Empire Index” Poll

The Empire Center for Public Policy today announced the results of its first statewide “Empire Index” poll, examining public sentiment and awareness of major policy issues. Read More