Grant Loomis

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About Grant Loomis

Vice President, Government Affairs

Learning What Matters Most to Your YP Employees

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and BN360, the Partnership’s Young Professionals program, conducted a survey over the summer of the region’s young professionals aimed at better understanding how they view the region and future career opportunities. The survey focused on what the business community and public sector can do to strengthen our region as a place where young professionals want to work and live.

A Federal Fix to NY’s Broken Scaffold Law

New York State leaders have lacked the political will to fix our state’s broken Scaffold Law for decades.  Now a United States Congressman is giving it a try.  Rep. John Faso of the Hudson Valley has introduced federal legislation creating a workaround to New York’s burdensome, job killing mandate.  The Infrastructure Expansion Act would exempt any construction project in New York State subsidized with federal funds from the state’s current Scaffold Law which mandates absolute liability on building owners and contractors.

NYS Legislative Sessions Ends with Little Legislating

The 2017 New York State Legislative session ended with little legislating, and that is not a bad thing for Buffalo Niagara employers.  Compared to the busy and extended budget negotiations earlier this year, the end of session seemed sedate (As I write this, Governor Cuomo has called the Legislature back to Albany to address a few outstanding issues, chief among them mayoral control of New York City schools).  Here are the highlights:

NYS Budget Update – Key Issues Included in Budget Extender

Several of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s state advocacy priorities are now on hold after the Governor and State Legislature failed to reach a final budget agreement.  To keep state government running, the Legislature did pass a stop-gap measure through the end of May.  This budget extender does includes key issues important to the Partnership and economic development efforts in Buffalo Niagara.  They are:

State Budget Talk Over Lunch

A record crowd at this year’s Legislative Lunch heard what the Buffalo Niagara Partnership does and does not want to see as a part of 2017-18 State Budget. Two-hundred people, including many members of the Western New York legislative delegation came together for lunch and conversation at the Marriott in Amherst. The Partnership detailed where we stand on the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal – specifically what we support, what we oppose and what we think is missing.