Government Relations + Lobbying

In the world of politics and government, experience is key, but being there is everything. Robinson+Cole has a team of lobbyists with decades of experience, who are everywhere government is when our clients need them to be there.

There's an adage that says "if you know one state, you know one state." We know two: New York and Connecticut, and whether you face similar or different issues in each of them, there's a real benefit to knowing you have capable advocacy, on the ground in both state capitols ready to help you develop and implement the strategy you need to succeed.

    • Experience
      • Representation of Westchester County Industrial Development Agency concerning a tax incentives project to locate a large pharmaceutical research corporation in three newly constructed buildings in a biomedical complex in Greenburgh, New York, resulting in 600 jobs retained or created in Westchester County.
      • Representation of Westchester County Industrial Development Agency concerning a tax incentives project to locate a large pharmaceutical research corporation in a vacant biotech complex in Greenburgh, New York, resulting in 550 jobs retained or created in Westchester County.

      • Secured funding for one of the single largest open space acquisitions by a northeastern state.
      • Successfully lobbied for the electric industry in the negotiations to deregulate Connecticut's retail electric market.
      • Lobbied for an international subsidiary of a major Connecticut aerospace company to get the state legislature to extend favorable state corporate tax treatment to match the tax treatment available to this subsidiary’s competitors overseas.
      • Developed and implemented, on behalf of all of the HMOs in Connecticut, a political and lobbying strategy that defeated several waves of legislation harmful to Connecticut's insurance industry.
      • Enabled, in collaboration with other advocates, the elderly nutrition program line item of the budget to receive an unprecedented increase during the 2000 Legislative Session.
      • Helped a private university obtain financial support on the state and local levels to expand its facilities for its performing arts school for graduate and undergraduate students.
      • Representing a major Connecticut municipality successfully working with the city’s administration and legislative delegation to pass legislation creating a special development zone for a potential $800 million commercial development project, and authorizing up to $150 million in potential state and local direct funding and financing for the project.
      • Served as chief negotiators for a Native American tribe, operators of the world’s largest casino, in discussions with the Connecticut Governor and his staff over the right to operate slot machines at the tribe’s casino.
      • Introduced and had passed special legislation waiving deadlines for filing property tax exemption requests for two manufacturing companies, preserving the exemptions worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for those companies and ensuring state reimbursement of those exemptions for the municipalities in which the companies were located.
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    • News
      • December 5, 2023

        The Roffe Group of Robinson+Cole Once Again Named to City & State New York's Power List of Top Lobbyists

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      • March 9, 2023

        Robinson+Cole Formally Establishes CT Government Relations Subsidiary

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      • September 12, 2022

        Christine Rutigliano and Caley Taratus Presented with “Partners in Advocacy Award”

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      • January 13, 2022

        R+C Expands New York State Government and Regulatory Representation with Addition of The Roffe Group P.C.

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      • January 5, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Ranked Second Largest Lobbying Firm in Connecticut by Hartford Business Journal

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      • October 19, 2021

        Susan Halpin Selected to Hartford Business Journal’s 2021 Power 25 Health Care List

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Health Insurance Reimagined," presented by Susan J. Halpin, as moderator for the CBIA-hosted event "Healthcare's Future: The Post-COVID World" (5/10/2022)
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