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:

‘Buy American’ Act Would Threaten Bi-National Economy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ‘Buy American’ Act in his 2017-18 Executive Budget.  This legislation would establish a preference in all state and public authority contracts and procurements over $100,000 for bidders who agree to provide products that are manufactured in the U.S.  If implemented, it would threaten the robust trade and investment relationship New York State has with Canada.

Buffalo takes the issues to Washington, D.C.

Last week, Grant Loomis and I joined twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) for our annual fly-in and lobby days in Washington, D.C.  During our trip, the group attended more than 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff.  In each meeting, we outlined our main priorities, which range from investing in our nation’s infrastructure to supporting our bi-national economy with Canada.  A full list of the priorities we discussed in each meeting can be found here.

Partnership Hosts Forum on Green Code Implementation

On Wednesday, February 22, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Development Advisory Council hosted officials from the City of Buffalo for an informational forum on the recently approved Green Code zoning legislation. This forum focused upon the new approvals processes that projects within the City must navigate under the code. It featured presentations from staff from the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning as well as the City’s implementation consulting team.

2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Development and Construction

The Buffalo Niagara region is undergoing an economic revitalization, however the future success of new construction projects and redevelopment is not guaranteed.  Disjointed development policies and overly-burdensome regulations, often unique to Buffalo and New York State, create a challenging environment for projects to move forward.  To build upon our momentum and truly achieve new growth, policies impacting local development must be aligned to achieve the prosperous future envisioned for Buffalo Niagara.

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.