April 15, 2012
ALBANY -- Business is booming for former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.
His firm, Park Strategies, was one of the fastest-growing lobbying companies in New York last year and the largest on Long Island, according to state records. It earned about $3.33 million in fees for lobbying state and local officials -- nearly 45 percent more than 2010.
As a result, Park Strategies ranked No. 9 in the state among lobbying firms for 2011.
Some of its new clients included Veolia Transportation ($180,000), the private company hired to run Nassau County bus service; and Golden Touch Transportation ($75,000), a Veolia subsidiary that provides New York City airport shuttle service.
Park Strategies also represented New York City's Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade ($115,000) in a year that state lawmakers enacted new taxi laws; the Real Estate Board of New York ($67,500), when lawmakers renewed rent-control laws; and the Staten Island-based New York Container Terminal Inc. ($120,000), which opposed recent bridge-toll hikes.
Another new client was Gateway Casino Resorts ($98,000), a Detroit-based company that has a contract with the Shinnecock Nation to pursue the opening of a casino on Long Island.
D'Amato's firm added more than a dozen new clients last year and now has 46.
Dana Sanneman, D'Amato's administrative assistant at Park Strategies, said the former senator was out of the country and unavailable for comment. She added: "Park Strategies does not comment on our lobbying activities or specific clients."
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