Who We Are

Christopher J. Duryea, Managing Partner

Certainly New York has experienced an unprecedented level of political upheaval over the past several years. As a result, partnering with government has become more challenging.   In founding Statewide Public Affairs, Mr. Duryea’s vision is to manage a dynamic, experienced and trusted team who excels for our client’s government affairs needs within the context of today’s challenging environment.

With over two decades of experience working in and around New York politics, Mr. Duryea has well-recognized expertise in assisting clients navigate the complexities of New York state and local government. As Managing Partner, Mr. Duryea is responsible for the continued success of Statewide’s clients.

Most recently, Mr. Duryea was a Partner at Marsh, Duryea & Associates where he represented numerous clients and developed a particular expertise on corporate, taxation, economic development, telecommunications and energy matters. Mr. Duryea also previously served as Vice President of the Cable Telecommunications Association of New York, charged with overseeing day-to-day operations and leading government affairs efforts. Here he developed a keen understanding of telecommunications policy issues and trade association management skills.

Mr. Duryea first began building his vast understanding of New York politics as Office Manager for the Onondaga County Democratic Committee, where he worked on numerous Central New York political campaigns.   Subsequently he became an expert on the inner workings of Albany, serving as Legislative Director for the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Corporations, Authorities & Commissions and Environmental Conservation Committees.

In May 2012, City & State News named Mr. Duryea as one of “Albany’s Rising Stars” noting, “Duryea is a key player.” Mr. Duryea is a veteran of the U.S. Navy’s submarine service and has a Masters in Political Science from the Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany and a BA in Political Science from SUNY Albany.

Jim Quent, Partner

Jim Quent is an accomplished government affairs, communications and public policy strategist with over 20 years of experience in the mechanics of New York City and New York State legislative and regulatory processes, politics and the private sector. Mr. Quent’s experience ranges from representing Fortune 100 companies, technology solutions providers, and health care professionals, to construction and not-for-profit organizations. A highly skilled, bilingual (English / Spanish) communications professional, Mr. Quent has a keen vision and serves as an incredible strategic asset for clients.

​​Recognized as one of New York’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars: The Next Generation of Political Leaders in New York” in 2008 by ​City Hall News (now City and State Magazine), Mr. Quent’s vast government experience includes positions as Deputy Chief of Staff to a NYS Assembly Speaker, Deputy Press Secretary for two NYS Comptrollers, Legislative and Communications Associate with the Medical Society of the State of New York, and Chief of Staff to a NYS Assemblyman.

A seasoned political operative, Mr. Quent has managed campaigns for the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, served as Communications Director for Tom DiNapoli’s 2001 race for Nassau County Executive, and directed statewide field operations for former State Comptroller Carl McCall’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

​As a passionate supporter of civic engagement, Mr. Quent volunteers with multiple organizations to encourage young professionals to get involved in government and politics. He also raises money to combat cancer and support other worthy causes.

​Mr. Quent graduated with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany, and studied abroad at La Universidad de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain.

Wayne Lair, Jr., Partner

At Statewide, Mr. Lair works closely with our clients to ensure a seamless interface between the legislative process and their specific interests and needs as they are impacted by New York State public policy. Representing such a wide variety of clients, ranging from small businesses and associations to Fortune 50 companies, Mr. Lair helps counsel clients on how to develop legislative priorities, identify key stakeholders, and then maximize their exposure to government to their benefit by working diligently with both sides of the aisle.

Named a 2018 “Rising Star” by City & State New York, Mr. Lair has spent the last decade working as a contract lobbyist in Albany on a multitude of issues while assisting a wide breadth of clients in navigating the complex nature of New York State government and politics. Recently, Mr. Lair has lobbied successfully for clients on various legislative priorities, including new laws increasing insurance coverage for cancer drugs and allowing for the sale of fireworks in New York State. While some clients seek a legislative fix to a problem they are having, others need assistance in blocking burdensome regulations or unwanted legislation. Mr. Lair has successfully worked on a number of campaigns to defeat these types of measures, including the widely publicized fight over allowing wine sales in grocery stores as well as allowing online poker in New York State.

Mr. Lair holds a B.A. in History from the University at Albany and an M.A. in Political Science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University of Albany.

Carol A. Hamilton, Director of Client Services and Compliance

Carol A. Hamilton is the Director of Client Services and Compliance for Statewide Public Affairs, Inc. and currently provides all administrative services. With over 18 years of experience, she directly coordinates client needs with the principals of the firm to ensure that clients receive the highest levels of service. She also directs all compliance efforts as required by JCOPE and the New York City Clerk’s office on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Previously, Ms. Hamilton was Chief of Staff with the firm of Marsh, Wasserman & McHugh where she managed office staff as well as day to day operations of the firm. Prior to that she was employed by the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision, and the Center for Disability Services Community Services Division.

Ms. Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in Business, Management and Economics from the State University of New York – Empire State College.

Kevin G. Banes, Partner

Kevin Banes comes to Statewide Public Affairs with extensive public and private sector experience.  Most recently, he successfully managed the Albany office of e3communications Inc., a Buffalo-based public affairs and public relations firm.  Serving as its director of government affairs, Mr. Banes led the firm’s lobbying practice representing a myriad of interests before the Executive and Legislative branches.

With over 15 years of experience working in and around state government, Mr. Banes has managed a diverse portfolio of legislative and regulatory initiatives. He has lobbied on behalf of both public and private sector entities advocating on a wide range of policy areas that include health and human services, higher education, energy and technology, insurance, k-12 education, economic development, manufacturing and state procurement.

Mr. Banes gained firsthand knowledge of how state government operates while serving as legislative director for Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill, managing the day-to-day operations of his Albany office. In this capacity, he was responsible for advancing the Assemblyman’s legislative and budgetary priorities. Mr. Banes now utilizes these experiences to provide his clients with effective strategies that advance their priorities.

Mr. Banes also served as director of government relations for the School Administrators Association of NYS and the NYS Public High School Athletic Association. He continues to provide both groups with strategic advice on all legislative, regulatory and political matters impacting their memberships.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Banes began his professional career working for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, where he was responsible for directing the organization’s community grant and outcome-funding allocation process. In addition, he worked to strengthen community/agency relations, managed several legislative advocacy efforts and was responsible for fundraising and managing numerous community-based projects.

Mr. Banes received his MPA from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and holds a BA in Communication from the University at Buffalo.  Over the years, he has worked on numerous political campaigns and other civic causes.  In addition, he has volunteered with organizations such as Deaf Adult Services of Buffalo and St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.  Currently, Mr. Banes serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Government Advocacy Committee for Wildwood Programs in Albany.

Ty Mills, Director of Legislation and Operations

Ty Mills joined the Statewide Public Affairs team in January 2017 and brings with him hands on experience and perspective from all sides of the issues.

In his previous work in the private sector for an international energy company, he was responsible for the marketing, communications and outreach for all of New York State.

As well as working in the energy industry, he also worked for the NYS Assembly Majority Office of Communications and Information Services. While there his focus was working with new and marginal majority members. In addition he also planned and managed the running of their respective campaigns.

Most recently Mr. Mills was employed by the NYS Senate where he helped shape their policy positions and lay the ground work for their plans for the future.

At Statewide Public Affairs, Ty uses this experience, a trained attention to detail, and along with the latest legislative tracking technology will provide the firm and its client’s real-time updates on the status of relevant legislative and regulatory initiatives.  He will also monitor relevant social media outlets, political blogs and newswires to keep our clients always up to date.

Mr. Mills holds a B.A. in Mass Communication with a minor in business from SUNY Oneonta

Samantha Diliberti, Director of Public Relations

Samantha Diliberti brings to Statewide Public Affairs extensive experience in government, political and media relations, as well as a strong background in business development.  Before joining the SPA team, Ms. Diliberti served as Associate Publisher for City & State NY, a premier niche media company covering New York government and politics. There she launched four new business divisions resulting in new revenue, and executed the acquisition of the company’s nonprofit publication, New York Nonprofit Media, where she served as interim Managing Editor. Ms. Diliberti also oversaw the company’s marketing and communications strategies.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Ms. Diliberti served on the teams of Governor Andrew Cuomo and United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She was the face of each administration in the lower Hudson Valley region and acted as the liaison between the administrations and regional stakeholders, including elected officials, advocacy directors, and high-level business executives. She created strategic outreach plans, developed and implemented media events, and collaborated with New York State agencies to monitor major regional projects including the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement, Regional Economic Development Council report, Consolidated Funding Application projects, and the expansion of New York’s tourism initiatives.

Ms. Diliberti’s extensive political experience on nearly a dozen campaigns at both the state and local levels, includes tracking, messaging and design, and grassroots outreach.

Ms. Diliberti holds a B.A. in Political Science and English from Wake Forest University.