Called an “influential lobbyist,” “key player,” and an advocate who can “deliver for a wide range of clients spanning business and labor,” by City & State, John Cordo is Principal of Cordo & Company.
John has spent over 25 years shaping public policy and political results in Albany, from both the public and private sector. John’s expertise has achieved outstanding results for his clients, and C&C has thrived in effectively working with administrations and legislative leaders of all political stripes. John’s understanding of Albany is informed by his unique experience at all levels of the process including time spent inside and outside the Capitol, as well as directing public relations and media campaigns.
Since establishing C&C, John has worked on numerous successful advocacy and procurement projects, including Genting New York’s winning bid to build and operate Resorts World New York Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack, the merger of Amerigroup Community Care and Heath Plus, and 1199 SEIU’s success in securing homecare workers in New York City a living wage. John has recently featured on the Albany “Power 100” List.
John established the firm in 2007, following a successful tenure as partner at the law and lobbying firm Featherstonhaugh, Wiley, Clyne & Cordo. Prior to his time at FWCC, John served as Special Counsel to the State Senate Majority where he played an integral role in the development and implementation of labor and pension policy, as well as shaping education, transportation, and health policy.
A native of New York City, John earned his B.S. and J.D. from Cornell University, and holds an M.A. from Rockefeller College. He is admitted to practice in the New York State and Federal Courts and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
With over 20 years’ experience navigating the intricacies of the Albany process, Steve Harris is President of Cordo & Company.
Steve has expertly represented the interests of private sector companies and trade associations before the New York State Legislature and Executive for the past two decades, achieving consistent results for his clients. Steve’s experience both inside and outside of state government provides a foundation for the nuanced and dogged advocacy he employs on behalf of his clients.
Steve represents key players in the insurance, telecommunications, education, and entertainment fields, including the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He is the President of the New York State Beer Wholesalers Association and operates as the Association’s principal lobbyist and Executive Director.
Steve’s career started in public service, beginning under Senator Roy M. Goodman in 1987 and later serving as Counsel to Senator Michael J. Tully, Jr. Steve entered the private sector, eventually becoming principal in the firm of Vacek, Harris & McCormack P.C., where he provided legislative representation to industry leaders in real estate, banking, and insurance sectors.
A graduate of SUNY Oswego (1987) and Albany Law School (1990), Steve is a long-time resident of the Capital Region.
Adam brings over a decade of experience working and advocating in New York State Government and Politics. Adam Richardson, Esq. has joined the firm as Senior Vice President.
As First Assistant Counsel for the New York State Senate Majority he helped manage and direct a staff of over twenty counsels covering all policy areas of New York State Government with a focus in labor law. Adam is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Albany Law School and is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Katy has dedicated her entire legal career to policy development and legislative advocacy. As Assistant Counsel to the New York Senate Majority, she specialized in health and mental hygiene issues.
Katy had advised Senate Majority Leader, Counsel to the Majority, and Senate Republican Conference on subjects including prescription drug abuse, women’s health initiatives, the State’s medical marijuana program.
Subsequently, Katy entered the private sector where she advised clients on how to comply with complex State and federal regulatory requirements; and served as the Director of Research and Legislation for a statewide healthcare association.
Since joining Cordo & Company, Katy has expanded her portfolio to include clients seeking to strategically position themselves in new markets and emerging industries within New York State. Her work includes advocacy pertaining to the State’s medical marijuana program, as well as lobbying for a number of key players in the technology sector – including Uber, Expedia and Vivid Seats.
An Albany native, Katy earned her B.A. from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and J.D. from Albany Law School.
Nora brings public and private sector experience in healthcare and labor policy, and joins the Cordo & Company team as Policy Director.
As a Legislative Analyst at the New York State Assembly, her policy portfolio included housing, labor, veterans affairs, and governmental operations.
Following her term with the legislature, she learned to navigate the complex world of healthcare as a Health Consultant with Public Consulting Group. While at Public Consulting Group she worked on federal, state, and local health and Medicaid policy in New York, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Florida.
Nora earned her B.A. from Siena College and Master’s degree from SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare.
With outstanding experience in client-facing communications and services, Amy Folger is the Director of Client Services at Cordo & Company.
Amy has spent her career honing her abilities in understanding clients’ needs and delivering exceptional results. Amy directs administrative tasks at C&C, serving as the firm’s gatekeeper ensuring that the office runs smoothly and is the strategic point of contact for communication with clients to identify their needs and assist in meeting those needs.
Additionally, she is an integral part of the team’s legislative tracking team, and is adept in the use of State Watch, the New York State Legislative Retrieval System and oversees compliance for the firm with The Joint Ethics Commission.
Amy attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2009. She is a native of the Capital Region.