Government: Press Releases

Statement on NYS Budget Agreement

Buffalo, NY – “With this State Budget deal, the Governor and members of the State Legislature have turned their backs on New York employers and doubled down on the state’s well-earned reputation as the most unfriendly place in the country to own and operate a business.  The employer mandates contained in this budget are unprecedented and will continue to hold back the Upstate economy.  And as bad as this budget is for employers, it could have been much worse if it were not for the aggressive and coordinated advocacy efforts of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate, the Minimum Wage Reality Check coalition and dozens of employer organizations who collectively stood up for New York’s job creators.”

Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, on the plan to allow the construction and operation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities in New York State

“For too long, New York has been the only state in the country without an LNG program, forcing New Yorkers to miss out on the real economic and environmental opportunity LNG offers. The Partnership commends New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for finalizing a program to allow LNG storage, dispensing and transportation in our state. This issue has been an economic development priority for the Partnership and has been a top action item on our Regional Agenda for the last three years.

Partnership Brings Buffalo Niagara to Albany

BUFFALO–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership this week convened business leaders for three days in Albany to voice their opinions on Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget. Regional priorities were: Brownfield Cleanup program extension, Scaffold Law reform, broad-based tax reform and mandate relief to reduce the tax burden for NYS employers and taxpayers. The three days included Buffalo Niagara Night in Albany and subsequent Lobby Day, hosted by the Partnership. Partnership members also participated in NFIB’s Small Business Day.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate Endorse Harry Wilson for State Comptroller

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership together with Unshackle Upstate, today endorsed businessman Harry Wilson for the position of New York State Comptroller. Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Partnership and Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate joined Wilson to announce the endorsement at the Partnership offices in Buffalo.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate Endorse Jack Quinn for State Senate

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership together with Unshackle Upstate, the Business Council and NFIB today announced their endorsement of Assemblyman Jack Quinn for New York State’s 58th Senate District. Andrew Rudnick, President and CEO of the Partnership; Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate; Kenneth Adams, The Business Council President/CEO; and Mike Elmendorf, New York State director of NFIB joined Quinn to announce the endorsement at Redlinski Meats in Cheektowaga.