Letter From The Partnership:
Effective advocacy is at the heart of what has made the Buffalo Niagara Partnership the premier employer organization in our region. Central to our advocacy efforts is our ongoing commitment to connect our members with local, state, and federal officials to champion the needs of local employers to help create economic opportunity throughout Buffalo Niagara.
The Partnership’s annual Public Officials Directory provides you with important contact information for the region’s government and economic development leaders. The information contained in this directory helps you work together with the Partnership as we continue to push for legislative action and common-sense reforms.
–Grant Loomis | Vice President, Government Affairs
Public Officials Directory
The Public Officials Directory is provided as a benefit to members of the
Buffalo Niagara Partnership and is password protected.
Passwords were distributed following our 2020 Advocacy Agenda Rollout Event.
If you have misplaced or lost your password, please reach out to your Member Rep or Maddilyn Genovese to receive another one.
How to Effectively Communicate with Elected Officials
Effectively communicating with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level doesn’t have to be difficult. Below are our best tips for making sure your voice is heard.
- IDENTIFY YOURSELF – Make sure the official is aware that you live or do business in his/her district. If you are an employer, identify your business and how many people you employ.
- BE BRIEF – An elected official’s time is limited. So is yours.
- BE SPECIFIC – Refer to bill numbers whenever possible. Ask for a specific action (support, oppose, amend, further study, etc.)
- BE INFORMATIVE – Give reasons why a bill should be supported, opposed, amended, or further studied. Offer solutions if appropriate. Let them know how the legislation will positively or negatively impact your business.
- BE FACTUAL – Stick to the facts.
- BE COURTEOUS AND POLITE – Ask for a specific action without being demanding or threatening.
- BE REASONABLE – Remember it’s all right to have a difference of opinion.
- BE APPRECIATIVE – Acknowledge your legislator’s efforts and convey appreciation for current action, even if he/she is not supportive of your point of view.
Letters may be formal or informal, typewritten or handwritten. Letters are read and they elicit responses. If you write to an elected official who does not represent you, you should expect your letter to be referred to your actual representative. At the federal level, letters are often screened for security purposes. As a result, you should plan to wait a longer period of time for a response.
Depending on the official, email can be an effective way to communicate when issues are time sensitive. Keep the message short and to one screen, and always provide your complete contact information. Many elected officials require to you use an online submission form from their website to communicate via email. This process has its advantages as it is easier for the office to track the email and ensure it has been received and reviewed.
Phone calls are appropriate, especially when there is not enough time to write a letter or visit your official prior to a vote. A call is best used to ask an official to support or oppose a particular bill before a public hearing or committee/floor vote. Make phone calls sparingly.
Call in advance to set up an appointment and explain the reason for your visit. Some offices also allow you to request a meeting through the elected official’s website. Ensure you understand the official’s position on a particular issue. Consider inviting other individuals from like companies with similar concerns to participate in the meeting. You should also be open to meeting with a key member of an elected official’s staff if the principal is not available. Developing relationships with legislative staff members is an important part of the advocacy process.
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