Greg Biryla has been named the state director of the pro-business NFIB’s New York office, the organization will announce Monday.

“We are so pleased to have Greg lead our New York office because he brings top-notch advocacy skills and he has a deep knowledge of business-related legislation,” said NFIB’s Tim Goodrich, Executive Director of State Governmental Relations. “Our members can rest assured that someone with a history of business-related policy successes is leading the charge on their behalf in Albany.”

Biryla, currently the executive director of the Rochester-based Unshackle Upstate, will replace Mike Durant. He’s previously worked as a staffer for the state Assembly and Senate, as well as trade groups and business associations.

“It’s an honor to be named NFIB’s next state director in New York. Representing more than 10,000 hardworking members from Montauk to Lake Erie is a tremendous privilege. New York’s small and independent businesses help drive the state’s economy and provide countless men and women with jobs and opportunities,” Biryla said.

“As the husband of a small business owner, I understand the pride that comes with building a business from the ground up, staking your own course and placing a bet on yourself. I also know there are challenges. That perspective will guide my advocacy in Albany and across the state to ensure the voice of NFIB-NY is heard and the interests of small business are advanced.”