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From PoliticsNY and amNewYork: What is one thing your organization hopes to accomplish in 2024? The Parkside Group will be advising and working with its clients in their advocacy efforts and partnerships with both New York State and Cit…
Parkside Group received three Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) for Best Overall Data Analytics Solution, Best Overall Use of Direct Mail, and Best Direct Mail for National Public Affairs/Issue …
From The New York Times: How did Eid inspire your outfit? When I was growing up, I was always taught that you should always look your best on Eid. Why did you come to this gathering? It’s very diverse. It’s very accepting. And I wanted …
The Parkside Group is proud to announce that it has received three Reed Awards for Best Fundraising Mail Creative, Best Collateral Item, and Best Digital Campaign on a Shoestring Budget. The Reed Awards is a national competition, named …
The Parkside Group welcomed new team member Dominic Kablack this month as its new Director of Scheduling. Dominic is a seasoned professional with a proven track record in operational management and advocacy. With over a decade of experi…
From City & State: From a small, scrappy startup to a lobbying and political consulting powerhouse, The Parkside Group has seen a period of growth under Harry Giannoulis, including working on projects that have been n…
From Empire Report: Millions of dollars have been spent by suburban Democratic candidates attacking their own party because they think distancing is necessary. This approach never works. Ever. There are no voters who find these tactics …
Parkside Vice President Kalima Johnson was recognized as Consultant of the Year by BPRHAL's Young Professionals!…
From City & State: A onetime chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Paul Thomas is a partner in The Parkside Group’s government relations team, overseeing budget advocacy work and representing corporate and nonpr…
Parkside Founding Partner and President Evan Stavisky, spoke to the Daily News about Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State and the continued desire to see more housing plans: It is not clear whether she will center housing in her 2…
From City & State: The Parkside Group – a highly rated political consulting and lobbying firm – also handles communications work. The firm recently partnered with the Rockland County Health Department to run a culturally sensitive m…
The Parkside Group welcomed team member, Andrew Costello, this month. Andrew joins Parkside as its new Accounting Associate, where he is supporting all company wide operations for accounts, ledgers and financial reporting. Andrew has pr…
From Crain’s New York Business: A Marist College poll this month showed both political leaders with underwater approval ratings. Hochul was elected to a full term by a startlingly narrow margin in 2022, and Adams is facing down potentia…
From City & State: Saima Anjam joined the Parkside Group in 2019, with a focus on using her social justice advocacy background to assist progressive groups. Her portfolio emphasizes social impact with a bevy of nonprofit clients. Pr…
The Parkside Group welcomed three new team members this month: Beth Warren, Kathryn “Kat” Gordon, and Shakiya Booker. Beth joins Parkside as its new Deputy Chief Operating Officer, where she will contribute deep programma…
From Crain’s New York Business: “Every fall, there are certain immutable facts of nature,” says Evan Stavisky, a Democratic political consultant. “Birds fly south for the winter, the Jets are eliminated from contention, and the entire N…
From AM New York and Politics NY: Harry Giannoulis provided the strategic vision that transformed the Parkside Group from a startup company into a multi-faceted strategic communications and public affairs firm that has served over 750 c…
From City & State: Stephanie Olcese once had ambitions of becoming a doctor or social services worker, but eventually she found politics to be the best route toward making systematic change. “My family was not very political growing…
From City & State: The Parkside Group is best known as the go-to campaign consultant for the state Senate Democrats, who held on to their supermajority last year despite facing significant headwinds. Last November, the firm helped s…
From City & State: Even a couple decades ago, the idea of a digital campaign operation was mostly an afterthought. Now, it’s sometimes a determinative force in getting a message out there. Prior to his promotion to digital director …
From City & State: “If you see a construction site, the carpenters, the plumbers, the electricians, the painters, they all started as apprentices,” said Democratic strategist Evan Stavisky, who over the course of 45 minutes rattled …
Parkside’s COO Lauren Bush moderated the Power of Diversity in Shaping Policies panel at City & State's Economic & Workforce Development Summit, where panelists discussed how the presence of more women and people of color in pos…
From City & State: After being raised by a nurse single mother in Brooklyn and making it to Harvard, David Garza went into retail and the corporate world. But a 2001 epiphany about his enthusiasm for service had him take a 180, and …
Wesner Pierre, opened up about his childhood in South Jamaica, Queens, the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on NYC's youth, and his hopes for the future in a wonderful new Q&A in NYN Media. You can read the full interview w…
From City & State: Manny Pastreich took over the presidency of the powerful 32BJ SEIU at the end of last year, succeeding Kyle Bragg. Pastreich was Bragg’s top deputy as the labor union’s secretary-treasurer before ascending to the …
From City & State: "Strategist Evan Stavisky put it this way: “Certainly Jenifer Rajkumar is indefatigable, and she will show up anywhere, anytime." You can read the rest of the article here>>…
The brand-new Timbuctoo Climate and Careers Institute hosted its first ever cohort of students for the summer, just a year and a half after the concept of the program had been initially discussed. The program, which was created in partn…
Farrell Fritz Government Relations Director Vanessa Bongiorno, NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly, AT&T Director of External and Legislative Affairs Magdalonie Paris-Campbell, and JCRC-NY Director of Community Affairs H…
From City & State: Dan Katz is known for his ability to accomplish what some have previously thought to be impossible. He has helped pass New York’s landmark sports betting law and the Wage Theft Prevention Act, and he has assisted …
From The Hill: “There’s no debate that we’re going to have a contentious primary, but Mondaire Jones won a contentious primary,” said Democratic strategist Evan Stavisky, who lives in the district but is unaligned with either candidate.…
Tishman Speyer President and CEO Rob Speyer, Head of Real Estate Americas at Blackstone Nadeem Meghji, and 32BJ SEIU President Manny Pastreich were recognized on City & State’s Real Estate Power 100 list.   From City & Stat…
At the hearing, BPHN provided a salient testimony on the need to address the asylum seeker and homelessness crisis.…
More than 240 million Americans will now have access to the very latest in connectivity technology, thanks to DISH, which marks a major milestone for DISH and the U.S. telecom industry overall.…
The panelincluded Andrew Celli, Partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, Damaris B. Acosta, Deputy City Clerk at the Office of the City Clerk, and Carol C. Quinn, Director of Lobbying at the NYS Commission on Eth…
In partnership with the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, Children’s Aid hosted a foster youth shadow day through their Fostering Youth Success Alliance. Throughout the day young people learned …
From City & State: Evan Stavisky has been one of the key behind-the-scenes players in the push to expand gambling in New York. Lobbying on behalf of DraftKings and FanDuel, Stavisky has helped pave the way for the state’s online gam…
From PoliticsNY and AmNewYork:   What does sustainability mean to you? For me, sustainability means planting seeds in a garden we’ll never see. We, as human beings, need to realize that there is only one Earth and it has a finite a…
From City & State: Saima Anjam’s past work on issues related to workers’ rights, gender equity and climate action has imbued her work at The Parkside Group with a strong sense of social responsibility. Beyond helping clients secure …
Parkside Group received four Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) for Best Newspaper Campaign, Mail for Nonprofit, Bus Sign, and Best Use of Collateral - Small Budget AAPC North. Founded in 1969, t…
Tess spoke to Inside City Hall’s host Errol Louis on Inside City Hall about why Rep. George Santos won’t win voters acting being “loud and chaotic” on Twitter.   You can watch a short clip of Tess's appearance here>>…
The Parkside Group is proud to announce that it has received two Reed Awards for Best Fundraising Mail Creative and Best Use of Outdoor Advertising. The Reed Awards is a national competition, named after Campaigns & Elections magazi…
The Parkside Group welcomed two new team members this month: Kalima Johnson and Cecilia “CeCe” Szkutak Kalima joins Parkside as its new Vice President of Government Relations, where she will work with Parkside’s rapidly growing non-prof…
From City & State: Just a few short years ago, the state Senate was controlled by the GOP. How times have changed. Thanks in no small part to the expertise of Harry Giannoulis – the strategist for the state Senate Democrats’ campaig…
Evan discussed Rep. George Santos’ first failed attempt at running for Congress and the egregious lies he told along the campaign trail.…
From City & State: Paul Thomas’ two decades in New York politics and government are a big plus for his government relations clients. Thomas, who previously worked for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and state Sen. Kevin Parker, works …
From PoliticsNY and AmNewYork: In 2022, Spencer Lee, Joe Reubens, and Tess McRae worked with 16 victorious State Senate campaigns across New York to ensure that Democrats held the supermajority – even as candidates for other office…
From City & State: The Parkside Group, a top lobbying firm and the lead political consultant for the state Senate Democrats led by Harry Giannoulis and Evan Stavisky, has also built up a strong public relations operation. Spearheade…
Reubens, a partner at Parkside spoke to City & State about the importance of on-the-ground organizing: But the story of the 2022 midterm elections was about how the “Set It and Forget It” approach to campaigning – messaging almost e…
Evan, a partner at Parkside told Bloomberg that it will be difficult for Republicans to hold onto their newly won seats. “Here’s the thing: In two years it’s going to be a presidential year,” he said. “If they think the Democrats aren’t…
From City & State: Saima Anjam, joined The Parkside Group in 2019 with more than a decade of experience advocating for nonprofits such as the New York Immigration Coalition and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.…
First time State Senate candidates Lea Webb, Iwen Chu, and Jessica Scarcella‑Spanton won their races, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart‑Cousins won her re-election, and State Senators Andrew Gounardes, Jo…
From City & State: A mainstay consulting group in the state Legislature, The Parkside Group's claim to fame rests on its work as the principal strategist for the state Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, which helped the conferenc…
Tess spoke to Inside City Hall’s host Errol Louis about voters’ investment in preserving democracy in this general election.   You can watch a short clip of Tess’ appearance here>>…
Jake delivered introductory panel remarks at City & State’s conference, which is dedicated to informing individuals about how to foster business partnerships with city and state level government, prime contractors and work with MWBE…
You can find an excerpt of Lauren’s Q&A featured in her Power Women List profile below.   What steps still need to be taken to increase gender parity? We don’t need to define the steps again because we all know them and ha…
Saima spoke to City & State about how advocating in front of the governor has changed since Governor Kathy Hochul took office. Saima Anjam, senior vice president at The Parkside Group said, “There’s a new collaborative approach in d…
Tess spoke to Bobby Cuza about the importance of endorsements in the heated race for New York’s 12th Congressional District.   You can watch a short clip of Tess' appearance here>>…
From City & State: One of New York’s most influential lobbying and consulting firms, The Parkside Group has racked up an impressive client list that includes state Senate Democratic leadership, 32BJ SEIU, FanDuel, DraftKings, FreshD…
Tess spoke to Inside City Hall’s host Errol Louis about the significance of endorsements in the crowded race for New York’s newly drawn 10th Congressional District.   You can watch a short clip of Tess' appearance here>>…
In advance of the primary our team of experts analyzed races up and down the ticket, including Evan, who spoke to The Buffalo News about why incumbent New York governors almost never lose primaries and how Gov. Kathy Hochul has secured …
From City & State: For the past decade, Paul Thomas has used his varied skill set in government and politics to meet the various needs of his firm’s clientele. The political veteran manages The Parkside Group’s budgetary advocacy pr…
From City & State: Evan Stavisky has been on a hot streak that has helped expand gaming in New York. His firm helped convince lawmakers last year to legalize online and mobile sports betting, which went live in January. So far …
The Parkside Group is proud to have received three Pollie Awards and one Reed Award for nonprofit fundraising direct mail. The Pollie and Reed Awards are both national competitions that recognize excellence in creative design. The award…
The Parkside Group hired two new team members this month. Sezlyn Peterson is joining The Parkside Group as its new Policy Associate, where she monitors hearings, tracks legislation, and drafts written comments and/or testimony on pendin…
From City & State: Saima Anjam brings a long history of advocacy work to her work at The Parkside Group. She is a former senior director of advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition, where she worked on issues like e…
The Parkside Group is pleased to announce that it has welcomed two new team members this month and that Lauren Bush has entered into a new role. Lauren has begun a new dual role as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Governmen…
From City & State: "Forget the old “three men in a room” that used to rule in Albany. With Gov. Kathy Hochul’s history-making ascension, it’s now two women and one man in a room. And that’s just one of the many ways that female…
From City & State: The Parkside Group's Paul Thomas has been busy this year with his work at the influential political consulting and lobbying firm, which boasts high-profile clients like Microsoft, DraftKings, and the Brooklyn Nets…
The Parkside Group is proud to share that our industry-respected colleague, Jorge Perez, was featured within the 2021 City & State The Power of Diversity: Latino 100 list. The list "highlights the most influential Latinos who are se…
From City & State NY:   Overview "City & State’s Top 50 State Lobbyists list highlights the most sought-after firms in the business. Based on the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics’ lobbying compensation data for 2020,…