Advocacy Overview

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s advocacy efforts are broad and far-reaching on behalf of our members.

  • An experienced government affairs team focuses on economic development policy and business advocacy at all levels of government.
  • Our advocacy efforts inform government leaders about the impact of their actions or inactions on local employers and their employees.
  • We track legislation and mobilize coalitions in support or opposition of specific policies.
  • We work to reduce burdensome regulations and bureaucratic red tape.

I was very impressed with resources the Partnership employed to help influence this important legislation.

Sam Savarino, CEO Savarino Companies

Advocacy Events

Our advocacy events connect members to elected officials at the federal, state and local level through a host of programs and events. As a member, you have an opportunity to hear directly from decision and policy makers about the issues being debated in Washington, Albany and right here in Western New York.

The Partnership unveils its Advocacy Agenda detailing the federal, state and local policy priorities most important to its members.

A networking lunch designed to give Partnership members an opportunity to hear directly from state legislators about their state budget priorities and goals for the current session.

Held four times per year, featuring candid briefing and q-and-a sessions with Western New York’s highest profile elected officials, as well as policy themed roundtable and panel discussions focusing on the Partnership’s advocacy priorities.

Brings Western New York to the state capital for food and networking with state legislators, business leaders, and Albany insiders.  The event includes a short presentation of the Partnership’s state budget priorities.

Gives Partnership members the opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of the Western New York delegation and key leaders in state government during an active session day of the New York Legislature.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Check out our events calendar to browse all of our upcoming events and to see when the next Advocacy event is taking place.

Recent Wins

The advocacy efforts of the Partnership have been aligned with a number of ‘wins’ for the Buffalo Niagara region, including:


Workers’ Compensation reform


Investing $2.5B in clean water infrastructure


Passage of the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act


Long term extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program


Peace Bridge Pre-Inspection Program


18-a Utility Tax sunset


Funding secured for Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Plaza improvements


Funding secured for Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Plaza improvements


Passage of Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

2015 & 2014

Blocking Efforts to Strip Local Control of Industrial Development Agencies


Blocking Buy American Act to protect cross-border economy


Transportation infrastructure funding parity across NYS


Extension of Property Tax Cap


Liquefied Natural Gas Program in New York State


Ridesharing for Upstate


Mobilization of the Minimum Wage Reality Check coalition


Extension of Design-Build Program without Project Labor Agreements


Eliminating Annual Wage Notification Requirements

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Upcoming Events

2017 Export Resources Forum

2017 Power Up

2017 BN360 Happy Hour for A Cause

2017 Speaker Series – Protecting Your Bottom Line

2017 Annual Report to Members

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