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.
Named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by City & State, Eric J. Henderson employs his expert knowledge of the State’s healthcare landscape on behalf of his clients as Director of Policy at Cordo & Company.
Eric has spent the last decade navigating the intricacies of the State’s healthcare policies, with particular expertise in the areas of Medicaid delivery, policy, and compliance. In his time with C&C, Eric has been a leader on successful advocacy campaigns for nonprofits, federally qualified health centers, organ donor networks, and health care workers unions. Eric matches his persistent advocacy with outstanding research chops, and takes great satisfaction in seeing “how all the pieces fit together.”
Prior to joining C&C in 2014, Eric worked for the nonprofit organization Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan Inc., most recently as the Senior Compliance Lead for State Funded Programs. In that role he managed the delivery of multiple changes to the Medicaid business with direction from New York State and the Medicaid Redesign Team. Working closely with Medical Affairs senior staff and Legal Counsel, Eric helped ensure quality care to the highest need populations while ensuring that the organization met the guidelines of the Medicaid Delivery system. Additionally, he developed internal policy and procedure guidelines for staff throughout the organization.
Eric is a graduate of SUNY Albany, receiving his B.A. in 1998. He holds certification in medical coding practice, and is a longtime resident of downtown Albany.
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 and ensuring that the office runs smoothly. Additionally, she is an integral part of the team’s legislative tracking team, and is adept in the use of StateWatch and the New York State Legislative Retrieval System.
Amy attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2009. She is a native of the Capital Region.