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Ellen M. Gustafson

Government Relations Director
New York Metro
New York City

P 212-545-4012
F 212-972-3213


Ellen M. Gustafson is a Government Relations Director in the Albany and New York City, New York, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Gustafson joins the firm from former New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick's office and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the New York City budget and legislative processes, as well as community outreach. In addition to managing the capital and discretionary budget allocations for the office, Ms. Gustafson created a plan to obtain more pre-k seats in the district, resulting in more than 900 additional seats in two years. She also steered the completion of the new $8 million Solar One building (Summer 2019) by The New York City Economic Development Committee on the east side of Manhattan through many committee meetings and contract negotiations.

While attending law school, Ms. Gustafson participated in the Elder Law Clinic assisting in Article 81 hearings and completing Certified Part 36 Training for Fiduciary and Appointees.

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May 13, 2019

New York City Employers Are Barred from Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use

May 13, 2019

New York City has enacted a law prohibiting New York City employers from requiring prospective employees to submit to testing for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. The new law, the first of its kind in the United States, became effective on May 10, 2019. The obligations under Intro... Read More

February 26, 2019

New York City Council Seeks Further Protections for Fast Food Industry Workers

February 26, 2019

The New York City Council introduced two bills to extend protections from workplace terminations to fast food employees. These two bills (Intro 1396 and Intro 1415) are the latest in a series of legislative actions by the City Council relating to the fast food industry. Fast Food Workers as a Specific Class The New York City... Read More

January 2, 2019

New York City Considers Ban on Restaurants, Retailers From Refusing to Accept Cash

January 2, 2019

A bill to ban restaurant and retail establishments in New York City from going cashless has been introduced in the New York City Council. The bill’s sponsor, Council Member Ritchie Torres, introduced the measure amid a growing number of retail establishments adopting credit or debit card-only business models. He asserts that the... Read More

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