Thank you This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending. Contributors Senator Tim Kennedy As a lifelong Western New York resident, Senator Tim Kennedy knows the importance of growing and protecting New York’s workforce, which is why he was a supporter of the creation of the Northland Workforce Center on Buffalo’s East Side. He actively works to connect Western New Yorkers with job opportunities. While he regularly works one-on-one with companies to establish roots in Buffalo, he strongly believes in preserving the city’s past. Kennedy is the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He grew up in a blue-collar family in Buffalo, where his parents raised him and his four siblings to work hard, focus on their education, help their neighbors, and get involved in their community. He attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute before going on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy at D’Youville College. For 11 years, he worked with geriatric and pediatric populations to help them recover from injuries and fully participate in all life situations. As a licensed occupational therapist, Senator Kennedy has spent his entire career working to help people. Mike Duhaime, Partner, Mercury Public Affairs Mike DuHaime is a partner at Mercury Public Affairs. He has long been among the most accomplished political operatives in the country and is one of the most sought-after strategists in the corporate and non-profit public affairs space. His unparalleled knowledge of the nation’s political, government, journalism and business sectors provides an invaluable resource to clients across the globe. DuHaime oversees Mercury’s operations in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. He also works closely with Mercury’s New York and London leadership in charting a path for the global growth of the company.While he made his reputation at the highest levels of national politics, DuHaime also advises multiple Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, sports teams, corporations and non-profits in the areas of public relations, crisis management, survey research, and strategic planning. His clients have included such varied and accomplished companies as Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Uber, Tesla, NBC Universal, Spectra Energy, Hewlett Packard, Caesars Entertainment, the New Jersey Devils and the New York Jets.