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Masiello, Martucci and Associates (MMA) is a results-driven lobbying firm that, among its principals, has decades of collective experience leveraging political know-how for political action – and the results our clients need.

We’re proud of our Western New York roots and use them to our advantage, and that of our clients. Headquartered in Buffalo, MMA understands the political and regulatory structure on which the success of your organization may hinge. The simple truth is that the fortunes of both public and private enterprises often rise or fall on the strength of the political skills brought to the table.

MMA is especially tuned into the Western New York and the upstate region which takes on particular significance in light of New York State’s stated objective of making Upstate New York a high priority under its economic revitalization program.

Economic development in Western New York and Upstate is a leading focus of Masiello, Martucci & Associates, and some of the client results we've achieved are alluded to in the testimonial section of this website.

Masiello, Martucci and Associates’ principals have the demonstrated ability to reach and educate elected officials and decision makers at the local, state and federal levels. Part of our job is to first educate you, our client, about the politics that shape public policy – some of it "academic," but part of it from a street-wise perspective of what it really takes to pry open often stuck political doors!

The other part of our job is providing policy makers with timely, accurate and credible information to promote the client organizations’ issues effectively. In large measure, MMA is in the problem-solving business. By helping formulate strategies and plans of action tailored to our clients’ needs, we can create opportunities that will lead the way to the results you’re looking for.

Our range of expertise spans:

  • Intimate understanding of and commitment to Upstate and Western New York
  • Business development, planning and strategy
  • Real Estate development consulting services
  • Social meida, public relations and crisis communications planning services
  • Political consulting, including message development, strategies and tactics
  • Coalition Building
  • Ability to get directly in front of key decision makers
  • Meeting preparation and sharpened message execution
  • Legislation advocacy that works to your benefit
  • Healthcare issues
  • Homeland security and critical infrastructure protection
  • Environmental legislation and regulation
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Telecommunications
  • Regulatory issues
  • Federal and state appropriations

Carl Calabrese announces retirement from Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates

Carl Calabrese 3 24 14.jpgCarl J. Calabrese, long known for his effectiveness as a lobbyist and astute political commentary, announced his retirement today (Dec. 18, 2020) as senior partner at Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates (MMCA), effective Dec. 31, 2020. Calabrese will continue to provide political analysis and commentary on radio and television, but no longer as a representative of MMCA.

A founding partner of what was initially known as Government Action Professionals, Calabrese helped steward the growth of the firm as it became the most successful lobbying entity in New York state outside of Albany and New York City.

“Starting a business from scratch and building it into the largest lobbying firm in Western New York over the past 16 years has been an absolute joy, as has been working with my two partners, Tony Masiello and Vic Martucci,” Calabrese said. “They were my personal friends when we started the business and they’re my personal friends today. Having our bonds of friendship grow even stronger over 16 years in business is a real accomplishment.”

Following 15 years of service in Tonawanda town government and five years in Erie County government, Calabrese and Marina Woolcock, who also worked with him in county government, launched Government Action Professionals in 2005. It was the first lobbying firm with headquarters in Buffalo, as opposed to Albany and New York City. The firm’s business model called for specializing in representing Western New York businesses, not-for-profits, local governments and educational institutions for all their state and local lobbying and government consulting needs.

Later that year, the firm welcomed Victor Farley as a new partner. In 2006, Anthony M. Masiello joined the organization following his decision not to seek a fourth term as mayor of the City of Buffalo.

“Carl Calabrese’s vision for a Buffalo and Western New York government relations firm that can compete with Albany and New York City interests was more than fulfilled,” Masiello said. “His knowledge of government, his attention to detail and facts, and his work ethic were and remain the foundation for our firm. 

“I am grateful that he took a chance on me to help round out his team and I’ll always be very appreciative of his friendship, his support and integrity. Kate and I wish Carl and his wife, Debi, and their family, continued success, great health and peace.”

In 2009, following the retirements of Woolcock and Farley, Victor A. Martucci joined the firm as a partner and the name of the business was changed to Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates. Since then, MMCA has grown to be the largest lobbying firm in Western New York with an extensive list of clients consisting of many of the region’s leading businesses and organizations.

“I am proud to have been Carl’s business partner for the past 11 years, but I’m most grateful for our friendship of more than 35 years,” Martucci said. “Carl had the courage and vision to create a business model that most people in Albany said would never work: build a Buffalo-based lobbying firm.

“It’s been a privilege to work side-by-side with my good friend, not only to build a successful business, but to successfully advocate for our clients in Albany and here at home in Western New York. I am happy that Carl and Debi will now have more time to devote to their children and grandchildren, and I’m excited about the future of Masiello, Martucci & Associates, continuing to build on our business foundation with my great partner and friend, Tony Masiello.”

In 2011, along with Masiello and Martucci, Calabrese became a founding partner of Keenan Communications Group (KCG). Led by Kevin A. Keenan, KCG specializes in crisis communications and public relations.

“Carl is among the most decent, smartest people I’ve ever met,” Keenan said. “During the nine years we partnered together, he taught me a great deal about how government works, how to effectively deal with people, and as a political commentator, he is without peer in Western New York. Carl’s on-air persona provides listeners and viewers with insights that are always about policy, never about personality.” 

Effective Jan.1, 2021, MMCA will be known as Masiello, Martucci & Associates. The firm will continue to operate out of its downtown Buffalo headquarters in the Main Court Building.

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There’s an old saying: ‘Some men have jobs they’re good at, and some men have jobs they enjoy and if God is smiling on you, you get to do both.’ God has certainly smiled on me. That ‘smile’ allowed me to do good for my clients, my family and the community I call home,” Calabrese said.