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Jerry Kremer
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Chairman of Empire Government Strategies

New York University, Brooklyn Law School (LL.B., 1958)

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer is the founder and Chairman of Empire Government Strategies. Mr. Kremer has enjoyed a long and distinguished career not only in law, but also in government. A 23-year veteran of the New York State Assembly, he was the only Long Island legislator to ever head the prestigious Ways and Means Committee. He served in that post for 12 years, and served by appointment of the Governor on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Capital Review Board and the Public Authorities Control Board. As a member of the Legislature, Mr. Kremer was an author of the Automobile Lemon Law and the Article X Power Plant Siting Law. During his tenure in Albany, Mr. Kremer also served as Chair of the Committee on Corporations where he was involved with corporate and energy issues. He has served as government relations representative to Canon U.S.A., DMJM+Harris Engineering, the New York State Bowling Proprietor's Association, The Bus Association of New York State, Caithness Energy, MedReview, the

Fair Assessment Committee, the Town of North Hempstead, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the New York Association of Wholesale Marketers. Mr. Kremer created the only statewide grassroots lobbying operation that has representation in eight regions on New York State. Mr. Kremer is Chair of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, a 200-member organization that promotes energy issues throughout the state. Mr. Kremer maintains an active role in many key Long Island organizations. He is a Trustee of Hofstra University; a member of the Board of Overseers of the Tilles Cultural Center, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association. For the past sixteen years, he has chaired the annual Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting luncheon honoring outstanding achievements by the media. Mr. Kremer is also Chairman of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, a 600-member youth chorus who has won the International prize for choral groups in British Columbia, Japan and Austria. They have performed frequently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the White House. He is the Past President of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association. In addition, Mr. Kremer is a Colonel (Ret.) in the New York State Guard. As an extension of his professional life, Mr. Kremer serves on the Committee on Professionalism in the Law by appointment of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Mr. Kremer is married to the former Suzan Rosenholtz and has four daughters.

The news media have consistently sought Mr. Kremer’s commentary and analysis of the events of the day. He has been the News12 political analyst for over fifteen years and appears regularly on the Fox network and ABC television. Mr. Kremer also authors a weekly column on political topics for Long Island Business News.

www.empiregovernmentstrategies.com

Entries by Jerry Kremer

Nuclear Plants Make New York a Global Model for Addressing Climate Change

(15) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:28 PM

On September 23, New York will host the United Nations Climate Summit, one of the foremost events to address reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions that threaten the quality of life for billions of people. As New York offers a showcase for how to have a vibrant economy and...

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A Portrait of JFK, Rockefeller Reflections

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:19 PM

Over my desk hangs an oil portrait of President John F. Kennedy. The painting attracts many comments from visitors to my office who admire its strong resemblance to the late president. Like all good works of art, this one has a story associated with it, and it involves Governor Nelson...

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Shades of Al Smith in Albany Today

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:41 PM

The ghost of Al Smith has once again materialized on the grounds of the State Capitol. Smith, a former New York Governor and candidate for President of the United States, intoned those famous words, "I don't belong to an organized political party. I am a Democrat." Those words were prophetic...

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Mets Fans Deserve Better

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 9:32 AM

These days the people are feeling a lot of pain as the country recovers from the recent recession. There is another type of pain being felt by the loyal fans of the New York Mets who have invested their heart and soul and their money in a team that guarantees...

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Voter Photo Identification Laws and ALEC

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 3:50 PM

I have to confess to being duped along with thousands of well-meaning present and former state legislators around the country by ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council sent me a slick, bound book loaded with draft legislative ideas when I served in the New York State Assembly and I couldn't...

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Keeping the Lights on in New York State

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 6:24 PM

Americans are used to turning on the lights with little hassle. We have come to expect our power supply to be continuous and without interruption. But as many in the energy sector know, electricity doesn't just magically appear in your home. It takes hard work, planning and access to resources...

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Super Committee Ain't So Super

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 11:17 AM

The failure of the Congressional super committee to come up with a compromise on a financial plan is probably no surprise to any political observer who is realistic about the current state of affairs in Washington. The super committee was doomed to fail from day one.

When the 12 member...

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If I Were a Protestor

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 9:51 AM

Traveling between New York City and Washington over the past weekend has given me a chance to see two of the many protests that are currently taking place around the world. The Manhattan event is impressive as to its size and the D.C. one is surprisingly small.

What most of...

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Bring Back the Gipper

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 12:01 PM

If we ever needed the "Gipper" we need him now. You know who I mean, the late great former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. If the Gipper was around today the Tea Party Republicans would be forced to face all the ramifications of the failure of the U.S....

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Sarah Palin Has Already Decided the GOP's Fate in 2012

(53) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 6:51 PM

This is about Sarah Palin. Remember her? She was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2008. Since the defeat of the Republican ticket Ms. Palin has been occupied with book signings and occasional political speeches to Tea Party supporters and similar thinkers.

It wasn't that long ago that the...

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Tale of Four Cities

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 1:06 PM

This is a tale of four state capitols, not two. It involves politicians in Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. What they achieve or fail to achieve in the next two years may be the test of what America really wants and where this country is going in the...

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Prepare for the Pain of Budget-Cutting

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 12:08 PM

They say misery loves company, and if that's the case, New York state has lots of company. It's no secret that New York is faced with a budget deficit of at least $10 billion. But compared with some of the other big states, New York's budget dilemma may be small...

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Why Tax Amnesty Went Wrong in New York

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2010 | 1:08 PM

New York State is currently in a serious financial condition. Each time it looks like there is an idea that might plug some of the deficit, the state shoots itself in the foot. And with the passage of time, the deficit grows bigger and bigger.

In 2010, New York State...

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Murkowski Defines "Refudiate" for Palin

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 2:24 PM

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is being credited with inventing a new word, "refudiate," that will be included in the next New Oxford American dictionary. It is a great irony that the first person to successfully put that word into action is U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski(R-AK) -- and the victim...

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When Self-Funding Goes Awry

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 9:22 AM

In these days of tight money everybody is looking for a bargain. Consumers want deep discounts on anything they buy. Political leaders want candidates who can pay for their own campaigns. This year's elections should serve as a warning to the party leaders that self-funded candidates are no bargain.

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Midterm Elections: Let the Buyer Beware

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 10:05 AM

What do the years 2006, 2008 and 2010 have in common? More than just dates. They stand for three elections where the voting public demanded change and took the steps to bring it about.

While Tuesday's winners are busy congratulating themselves, they should take time out to figure out what...

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Shunning: The New GOP Mantra

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 4:35 PM

If anyone was ever looking for words to describe today's typical Republican Party politician, the ones that first come to mind are rigid and lockstep. Republicans never depart from a fixed agenda nor do they allow any elected official to go off the reservation on any issue.

But, there is...

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Carl Paladino: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 11:50 AM

These days the Democrats haven't gotten much cheery news around the country. But, New York State is a different story thanks to the Republican candidate for Governor, Carl Paladino. They say that every cloud has a silver lining and, now, that silver lining is Paladino.

It has been four short...

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The Never-Ending New York Battle: Upstate vs. Downstate

(6) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 2:46 PM

Have you ever met an "apple knocker"? It's a real person, at least it used to be in the minds of many downstate elected officials. In the mid-1960's it was the typical way to describe an upstate member of the state legislature. Apple knockers are rural people, a "hick" or...

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Ground Zero Mosque: A Double-Edged Sword for Republicans

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 2:43 PM

Tip O'Neill, the late Speaker of the House, used to say that all politics is local. This will certainly be the case for the races this November, which will be decided by local issues. This fact only adds fuel to the fire for Republican strategists who are injecting the mosque...

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