Founder and Managing Director, Park Strategies
No stranger to powerful roles, former three-term U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato founded Park Strategies in 1999. The lobbying firm has made a name for itself over the years with a rapidly growing clientele. Besides New York City and Long Island, the firm has expanded its locations to Buffalo, Albany, Washington, D.C., and even Taipei, Taiwan.
As the firm’s managing director, D’Amato uses his government experience to help major clients such as Nassau Health Care Corp. and Northwell Health. The Republican also has a platform as a regular on NY1, offering his insights on the latest political developments. And while he’s a proud supporter of President Donald Trump, D’Amato is well regarded by both parties, making him influential on both sides of the aisle.
President and Managing Director, RedLand Strategies
Michael Balboni is veteran of state government, including a nearly decadelong stint in the state Senate and an appointment as deputy secretary of public safety under then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he was named chairman of the newly created state Senate Homeland Security Committee and drafted major legislation aimed at protecting New York.
After his many years in government, Balboni transitioned to the private sector in 2009 and founded the consulting firm RedLand Strategies in 2012. Balboni has worked with companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Raytheon Co. and CSX Transportation and has also helped municipalities develop emergency management plans.
But, he’s never strayed too far from government work, regularly representing local governments and serving on state committees for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Founder and Partner, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc.
Robert Zimmerman is a longtime public relations consultant whose work extends far beyond the Zimmerman/Edelson Inc. headquarters in Great Neck, with a scope that is national and even international in reach. An expert in media relations and crisis management, he is also a national Democratic committeeman and an influential party figure on Long Island.
A consultant, not a lobbyist, Zimmerman has been appointed to commissions, boards and task forces by a who’s who of Democratic figures, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Zimmerman often appears on networks such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox to give his insight as a political analyst. He founded the marketing and communications agency Zimmerman/Edelson in 1988.
Resi Cooper employs her Long Island background for consulting on the state and national levels. She was the regional director for then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, and the political director for her 2006 re-election campaign. In 2016, she directed state operations for Clinton’s successful primary campaign in New York.
Cooper has distinguished herself as a powerful figure as an independent consultant. She worked as a liaison with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and is currently a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. She has represented prominent clients, including Stony Brook University, Nassau County and Con Edison. Whether working with politicians, private companies or nonprofits, Cooper is the woman behind the scenes for many of Long Island’s most important political issues.
Arthur “Jerry” Kremer
Chairman, Empire Government Strategies
While serving for more than 20 years in the Assembly, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer had the distinction of becoming the only Long Islander to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee.
Today, he is chairman of Empire Government Strategies, the lobbying firm he founded that has experienced rapid growth. He also is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischeck, where he chairs the municipal and regulatory affairs department. He chairs the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance as well.
Kremer has been a political analyst and commentator, offering his opinions on TV and in written commentaries. He is also a key member in many Long Island organizations, serving on the boards of Hofstra University and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.