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BNP Advocacy Insider – September 2021

Hochul Takes Oath, BNP Offers Recommendations for First 100 Days In the wake of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, Kathy Hochul became the 57th Governor of the State of New York. BNP President and CEO Dottie Gallagher sent Hochul a welcome letter to Governor Hochul and recommended actions Hochul should

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BNP Advocacy Insider – August 2021

NY HERO Act Requires Action Soon  Under the NY HERO Act, employers must adopt an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan by August 5. Employers then have 30 days after adoption to distribute the plan to employees.   The BNP has many resources to help employers understand the HERO Act. In June,

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BNP Advocacy Insider – July 2021

Hero Act Standards Released New York State Department of Labor published its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention standards as mandated by the NY HERO Act. All industry-specific standards can be found on our website.   The BNP recently hosted a webinar called “What Employers Need to Know About the NY HERO Act,” featuring expert advice

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BNP Advocacy Insider – June 2021

Advocacy Day 2021 a Success    The BNP recently hosted three virtual advocacy sessions with lawmakers. The BNP and various members met with Rep. Brian Higgins and Sen. Tim Kennedy to discuss infrastructure, with Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes to discuss workforce development, and with Assembly Member Bill Conrad to discuss energy. All

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BNP Advocacy Insider – May 2021

  Gov. Cuomo Signs HERO Act with Amendments Last night, Governor Cuomo signed the HERO Act (S.1034/A.2681) into law. This bill sets strict workplace disease prevention standards in an attempt to minimize the spread of any future airborne virus. As you know, the BNP opposed this legislation because it was

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BNP Advocacy Insider – April 2021

  NYS Budget Finalized State lawmakers and Governor Cuomo have agreed to a new state budget for FY 2022.  Highlights of the $212 billion spending plan include significant tax increases, the legalization of mobile sports wagering, relief for small businesses harmed by COVID-19, a fund for cash payments to undocumented immigrants who

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BNP Advocacy Alert – NYS Budget Update

  Advocacy Alert:  NYS Budget Finalized  Governor Cuomo and members of the State Legislature have agreed on a new state budget for FY 2022.  The $212 billion spending plan includes, among many other provisions, tax increases, a grant program focused on businesses most impacted by COVID-19, and the legalization mobile sports betting.  The budget allocates

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BNP Advocacy Insider – March 2021

  NYS Budget Watch  The New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have less than 30 days to strike an on-time budget agreement.  The sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo and the resulting Attorney General’s investigation, along with the debate over the Governor’s expanded authority because of the pandemic, will only complicate budget negotiations.  The BNP has made clear where we stand

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BNP NYS Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

New State Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

In unprecedented times, as the state continues to roil from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and State Legislature did enact a new state budget for FY2021.  Given the events swirling around us, the fact that the budget was passed after the April first deadline seemed inconsequential. However, there are

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Busted Bridges Impact Buffalo Niagara Economy

Buffalo Niagara’s bridges are in rough shape according to a new report by a national transportation research group. TRIP says eight percent of locally and state-maintained bridges in Erie and Niagara counties are rated as structurally deficient.  These bridges carry more than 500,000 vehicles a day according to TRIP.  Across

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