New York State Regulatory & Government Relations

Impacting New York’s myriad of regulations—and the people behind them.

New York State is the most regulated and politically complicated state in the nation. Many of the most highly regulated industries, including healthcare, education, and energy, among others, are subject to multiple layers of regulatory requirements, both written and unwritten. A company operating in one of those industries needs to be able to understand—and impact—the regulations, as well as the regulators and policymakers who establish and implement them

Decades of Experience

Our team includes seasoned professionals who have worked in and around New York State government for decades. We have deep relationships at all levels and on both sides of the political aisle, with regulatory and legislative policymakers and with the entire network of individuals and organizations, both inside and outside government, who shape state policy. Most importantly, as registered lobbyists, we adhere to the highest ethical standards and share a firm belief that the quality of a client’s argument is what is most important to achieve legislative and regulatory success.

The Right Connections

Our practice includes representing clients before all levels of state government, including not only the agency regulators who affect highly regulated clients on a day-to-day basis, but also senior agency staff, the governor’s office, and the New York State Legislature. On the agency side, we help clients connect with the line staff whose interpretations of applicable law or decisions about agency procurements often spell the difference between success and failure for a company or project. When needed, we also connect with more senior policymakers who are often able to take a more global view of state policy goals and how they relate to particular regulatory requirements. If necessary, we can work with agency leadership to change regulations, or lobby the state legislature to change problematic laws. Even where a client has no immediate problem, our monitoring services allow clients to stay ahead of key policy trends and help define the landscape in which they operate.

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Mark R. Ustin


Vanessa E. Bongiorno

Government Relations Director

Articles & Advisories

Local Governments React to State’s Marijuana Law

Countless business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals in New York celebrated the state’s passage in late March of the Marijuana Regulation…

September 22, 2021

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Pandemic Lessons Should Focus on Progress, Not Punishment

When someone finally writes the comprehensive story of the pandemic, it probably will read much like a disaster story: first, the…

February 23, 2021

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What Comes Next? Eight Things to Look for in the Healthcare Industry After the Pandemic

At this point, there are few if any people left in the United States whose lives have not been impacted…

November 03, 2020

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New York State COVID-19 and Legislative Update – May 29, 2020

This week marked seventy days since the inception of New York on PAUSE (Policies to Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone).…

June 02, 2020

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State & Federal Responses to Coronavirus

In an effort to provide a day-to-day update onthe State and Federal actions in response to the coronavirus, we have…

March 21, 2020

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The Berger Prescription – On Demand Podcast

Mark Ustin, partner at Farrell Fritz, was on the Capitol Confidential podcast to discuss the Berger Commission. Ustin, former general…

August 30, 2018

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Bassett Gets Warm Reception As Next Health Commissioner

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Wednesday announcement that Dr. Mary Bassett will replace Dr. Howard Zucker as the state health commissioner was…

September 30, 2021

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Former Governor Aide Weighs in on What Lt. Gov. Hochul Needs to Do

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was meeting with the State Health Commissioner Thursday as part of her transition into…

August 13, 2021

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How the Incoming Governor Can Restore Public Trust in the Health Department

With Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul set to become governor in two weeks, she will need to assess quickly whether to…

August 12, 2021

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Why New York Is Expanding Telehealth Services

You’re a patient in need of seeing a health care provider. Prior to the pandemic, you would trek to your…

April 14, 2021

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The 2021 Law Power 100

In the legal profession, being evaluated is a fundamental part of the job. To enter the field, aspiring attorneys must…

March 16, 2021

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The 2021 Health Power 100

Year after year, health care is one of the biggest policy issues in New York, whether it’s Medicaid spending, access…

January 19, 2021

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Boston’s Concentrated Market Keeps State Regulators Busy with Merger Scrutiny

Conditions placed on the merger that formed the Boston area’s second-largest health system—Beth Israel Lahey Health—are the latest in a…

December 14, 2020

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COVID-19 Changes HIPAA Compliance, But Caution Necessary

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued waivers and notices of enforcement discretion…

May 20, 2020

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How to Find Strong Public Interest Law Programs

Law school hopefuls who dream of using their legal degree to not only help clients, but also benefit society should look…

July 30, 2019

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Anti-Vaccination Advocates: First Amendment, Religious Rights Under Attack

Anti-vaccination advocates rallied in Albany on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers for more support. Those at the protest at the Capitol…

May 15, 2019

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Press Releases

17 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Leading Lawyers by Best Lawyers

Farrell Fritz congratulates 12 attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2022.…

August 19, 2021

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Mark R. Ustin Elected President of St. Catherine’s Center for Children’s Board

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Mark R. Ustin has recently been elected president of St. Catherine’s Center for…

December 27, 2019

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Mishka Woodley Joins Farrell Fritz‘s Albany Office

Farrell Fritz is pleased to welcome Mishka Woodley as a healthcare and government relations associate. Mishka joins the firm’s Albany…

November 11, 2019

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Kathleen M. Brown Joins Farrell Fritz’s Albany Office Healthcare Team

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Kathleen M. Brown, a Cohoes, NY, resident, has joined the firm’s Albany office.…

September 20, 2018

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 13, 2018

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Farrell Fritz Launches Regulatory & Government Relations Practice Group; New Albany Office Highlights Firm’s Expansion to Capital District Market

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that it has launched a New York State Regulatory & Government Relations Practice Group,…

March 19, 2018

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