The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently released its 2016 Regional Priority Projects. Formerly known as the Regional Agenda, the list continues the Partnership’s collaboration with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the counties of Erie and Niagara to identify regionally significant development, infrastructure and planning projects for our state and federal representatives to support.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is a proud founding member of Unshackle Upstate. In the blog below, Unshackle Upstate’s Executive Director Greg Biryla details our statewide effort to oppose a $15 an hour minimum wage. On behalf of our members, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to working with our partners throughout New York to oppose this 67% increase in the minimum wage.
For well over a decade, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has collaborated with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the counties of Erie and Niagara to produce the Regional Agenda.
The document has been a combination of shared requests for both project funding and policy changes at the state and federal level.
The decision to drastically hike the hourly wage for fast food workers in New York to $15 an hour will ripple well beyond the fast food industry and will do nothing but further disadvantage businesses and job opportunities in this state.
The higher wages will be phased in over the next several years, with workers earning $15 an hour by end of 2018 in New York City, and by July 2021 in the rest of the state.
The Partnership recently established an Energy Council to better unite members around key energy policy impacting Buffalo Niagara’s business community.
We know that all businesses have energy needs. For some businesses, the cost of those energy needs is a big factor on their bottom line.
The 2015 New York State Legislative session is one for the history books – but not for what was accomplished legislatively.
This tumultuous session, which saw the leaders of both the Senate and Assembly resign their leadership posts in scandal, ended more than a week later than scheduled and with very little legislative activity.
Any significant redevelopment effort usually includes asbestos remediation.
Seeing as how asbestos remediation is very tedious and very expensive work, and is often a deterrent to moving forward with a redevelopment plan, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long advocated for a state incentive program to encourage asbestos remediation.
We strongly oppose yet another hike in New York State’s minimum wage.
“New York already pays one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country, with a scheduled increase to $9.00/hour set for the end of this year. Attempts to raise the minimum wage again – to levels that would put New York’s rate well above the vast majority for the country – will do nothing but further disadvantage our state which is already well known as a high-tax, overly regulated, and unfriendly place for business,” said our President & CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen.
Some state lawmakers are pushing legislation to create the State Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate.
On the surface, who could object to having an advocate in place to represent the interests of residential utility customers across New York State?
As the Governor and State Legislature work to finalize a State Budget before the April 1 deadline, the future of both Design-Build and IDA ‘reform’ in New York is becoming clearer.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and our partner organization, Unshackle Upstate, have long advocated for a permanent Design-Build program in New York.